I recently attended an event where sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D. was the keynote speaker. She is the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. I went to the event not knowing anything about her, and was blown away by her down to earth, upbeat personality. Learning that she hails from Berkeley (where we recently left a little piece of our heart) was the cherry on top. I happily picked up a signed copy of her book on the way out and read it over the next few days. I’ve read tons of parenting books and articles over the last few years, and this book is a true stand out. She offers 10 steps based in science, not opinion or parenting style, about how to have happy children *and* be happier parents.
The topics she covers speak directly to my heart: gratitude, emotional intelligence, optimism, and of course, happiness. I want my children to be well behaved, kind, generous, and productive members of society, and above all – I want them to be happy. Truly happy, content in their hearts and minds, grateful, and kind people.
Since reading the book I’ve followed Dr. Carter on facebook and on her blog where she offers great free content, and for those who want to delve a little deeper, she offers online classes. I’ve yet to sign up for one of the online courses, but I’ve looked into them several times (usually on one of those rough parenting days when I feel like I need some new skills).
I don’t want to give away too much, because the book is a quick read, super practical, and fun to read. It’s worth it, I promise!
Have you read anything that really made an impression on you lately? Please share in the comments!
Author: Candace Thomas