Why gratitude is necessary for happiness

Sociologist & Happiness Expert, Christine Carter, PhD shares advice for parents on shy teaching kids to be grateful is necessary for them to be happy
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Why gratitude is necessary for happiness

I think gratitude is really foundational for leading a happy life. It's interesting in abundant cultures, there's a real paradox around gratitude, in that, our kids are much more likely to feel disappointed when they don't get what they want, than they are to feel grateful for what they do. What this means is that we can consciously teach them to express their gratitude, things that they might feel grateful for, and then help them practice that in a routine and habitual way. We have lots of good research around gratitude that shows that when we are consciously practicing to feel more grateful, we tend to be remarkably more happy, more satisfied with our lives and a whole host of other benefits comes to us as well.

Sociologist & Happiness Expert, Christine Carter, PhD shares advice for parents on shy teaching kids to be grateful is necessary for them to be happy


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Christine Carter, PhD

Sociologist & Happiness Expert

A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, PhD is the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog for Greater Good, which is syndicated on the Huffington Post and PsychologyToday.com. Carter has helped thousands of parents find more joy in their parenting while raising happy, successful and resilient kids. Known for her parenting and relationship advice, Carter draws on psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and uses her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures to demonstrate the do’s and don’ts in action.

After receiving her B.A. from Dartmouth College, where she was a Senior Fellow, Dr. Carter worked in marketing management and school administration, going on to receive her PhD. in sociology from UC Berkeley. Dr. Carter has been quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications. She has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” the “TODAY” show, the “Rachael Ray Morning Show,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and NPR.

Carter has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of events and professional groups. In 2010, she received an award from the Council on Contemporary Families for her outstanding science-based reporting on family issues. In 2011 she won Red Tricycle’s award for the “Most Awesome Parent Education,” and so far in 2012 she has been nominated for a Bammy Award and for an award from the American Sociological Association for public sociology.

Dr. Carter teaches parenting classes online throughout the year to a global audience on raisinghappiness.com. She lives with her family in Berkeley, CA.

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