Day 2: Dr. Christine Carter – Becoming Brave Over Perfect 2018-05-18T00:04:11+00:00

Day 2: Heart

Becoming Brave Over Perfect

Dr. Christine Carter

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What You’ll Learn

  • Understand how to cultivate the most powerful positive emotions that lead us to true happiness
  • Discover how to act from a place of truth and authenticity even when its not easy
  • Learn a practical 3-step process to shape your habits to make the changes you want in your life

About Dr. Christine Carter

A sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot (2015) and Raising Happiness (2011). Drawing on the latest scientific research on positivity, productivity, and elite performance, Carter demonstrates a sweet paradox: by doing less we can actually accomplish more.

A sought-after keynote speaker and executive coach, Dr. Carter also teaches online classes and writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on Huffington Post,,, and several other websites.

To learn more about Dr. Carter, you can visit her website here.

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  1. Deborah Kawkeka May 16, 2018 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Thank you for the clarity of the superficial reward and true happiness. Although I enjoy a good treat now and again, I am seeking peace and balance in my life.

  2. Ronane May 16, 2018 at 12:57 am - Reply

    All of the sessions have really spoken to me so far and Dr. Carter’s session has been the best! Great information and delivery…I’ll be following her from now on. Thank you!

  3. Tina Krauz May 16, 2018 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Speaking the truth without judgement, is something I know, but this has shown me its importance. Also, checking your mood or emotional place without judgement. This sends me in the realm of self kindness and possible self forgiveness. Accomplishing these goals without judgement does take bravery.

  4. Kathleen Rubin May 16, 2018 at 12:59 am - Reply

    It was really inspiring! I am happy to have a roadmap on how to change a habit or create a new one! From Lima, Peru.

  5. Sylvia Lane May 16, 2018 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Very good. I love her talk about gratitude.

  6. Jana May 16, 2018 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Great advice on being true to yourself. I love the way she uses examples and she is very authentic. My favorite takeaway was- Look within your self to see how you do feel. Practice telling the truth! Living your truth! Thanks for all you do!

  7. Brenda Henson May 16, 2018 at 1:30 am - Reply

    I really enjoyed this interview and what Dr. Carter had to say; particularly found her distinction between feeding our reward system versus what makes us truly happy , and her distinction between our sense of scarcity versus feeling that we have enough so interesting.

  8. Geri deGruy May 16, 2018 at 1:51 am - Reply

    I loved this and smiled through it! You are real and it’s lovely.

  9. Blanqui Martini May 16, 2018 at 2:02 am - Reply

    The most helpful and inspiring talk I have heard in a long time. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with such ease and personable delivery 🙂 Living in total authenticity has been my goal for the past decade and I can attest that it truly makes a difference if you want to live a fullfilled and joyful life.

  10. Joey Tanner Barbee May 16, 2018 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Thank you. Many fine reminders. I appreciate them all.

  11. Wanda May 16, 2018 at 2:10 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh – so much GOOD advice! THANKS! I want to listen again…..

  12. Robert Mente May 16, 2018 at 2:35 am - Reply

    I guessed Dr. Carter was a Californian and perhaps connected with Berkeley. It’s the spirited energy , beauty ,feminine seductivity, combined with a high intellect.
    Reminds me of my friend Janice of the early 80’s. Wow! Thanks for the presentation and flash back.

  13. Cindy May 16, 2018 at 3:25 am - Reply

    I relished the section on authenticity. I think the vulnerability that accompanies authenticity would be worth discussing sometime…

  14. Jeremy Taylor May 16, 2018 at 4:19 am - Reply

    Totally wonderful teacher of inspirational awakening. Intrinsic goals for connection to others, I’m in and outright happy about it.

  15. Christine Malm May 16, 2018 at 4:51 am - Reply

    Thank you l really enjoyed listening, l especially enjoyed when Dr. Carter mentioned that she loved to do things where she had fun and one was being MC for an event, which is something l am participating in very soon for a fundraiser, however l am a little nervous and hearing you say that just made me think about it very differently as l do love being in front of an audience and making others feel comfortable and enjoy themselves, so when l do have a microphone in my reach l secretly love it so now l think l can love it without being secretive. Thank you so much.

  16. pete May 16, 2018 at 4:59 am - Reply

    THANK YOU!! super helpful insights and positive energy. I feel more confident in life just listening to that <3

  17. Rebecca May 16, 2018 at 6:04 am - Reply

    This was soooooo incredibly valuable to me. I think Iwill need to purchase the lecture package so I can listen to this again and share it with those dear to me! Thank you!

  18. Judy May 16, 2018 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Telling the truth…even just to yourself. That feels like the biggest challenge of this week. I do appreciate that advice.

  19. Paul May 16, 2018 at 6:49 am - Reply

    I realised: How can I contribute to others – my favorite way to my inner self. Thank you, Christine Carter

  20. JannP May 16, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    The two voices are at very different volumes. Difficult to 👂

  21. Anne May 16, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Your happiness and authenticity is contagious. What great ideas. I took a lot away with me today that I can actually apply to my own life. Thank you

  22. John May 16, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    To me happiness always implies the quality of peace, specifically of being at peace with the “here” and the “now” of life and its “inherent unifying goodness”; of fully embracing and accepting the present moments as they occur and my always-limited perceptions of them.
    Thank you too… Wonderful series!

  23. Kevin J, Waters May 16, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Hi everyone, Listening to Dr. Carter speak about the Intrinsic nature of Gratitude and Happiness, &, the reward system in our brains brought to mind how “Grasping” the brains Gratification, reward, system really is fleeting.A Important reminder for me that Gratitude, &, face to face Expression of that along with loving kindness Nurtures true Happiness….. Thank You

  24. Kazi Nasrin Siddiqa May 16, 2018 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Power of practicing gratitude, changing habits everything was helpful. Thanks for your powerful speech.

  25. Ria Tanz Kubota May 16, 2018 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    OOoooooo loved every golden drop of this. Synchronicity means that these subjects have been coming up with daughter (who taught me gratitude) and friend (who taught me courage.) My fight for perfection my entire 76 years has only exhausted and burned me out. As a retired therapist with a Holistic Health Masters, this was delightful, boundlessly interesting, and inspiring. Thank you! I will be grateful to you for a long time to come.As will my family and friends as I am not always easy. Starting now, I am real.

  26. Kristina May 16, 2018 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Thank you Christine! Such an eye opener to think about how confusing pleasure for happiness can become so draining! All the best from Kristina

  27. Anna May 16, 2018 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Being true to yourself and not worrying all the time about what other people think – I loved hearing Dr Carter talk about this. Such a great energy to this talk – thoroughly enjoyed it!

  28. chris May 16, 2018 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    very impressed by Dr. Carter’s talk! very practical and heartfelt.

  29. Nathalie St-Jean May 16, 2018 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Merci for this great intelligent interview! I’m smiling writing this note, the video is over although your life force, messages are still in the air. So much FUN to learn and grow! YEAH ME. We do better when we meet life where it is and as is in real 😊 MILLE MERCIS!!! for your contribution in my understanding. I’m feeling abundant and joyful as a child.

  30. Evelyn May 16, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Wow – incredibly good stuff. Thank you for the “habit” information. Big hug and love to you

  31. Evelyn May 16, 2018 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    So interesting that the first person to comment has no name and is rather interesting

  32. Eduardo May 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Hi Christine, thank you for you speech. I liked so much. I work with same concepts. I am from Brazil and I would love to talk to you. If you have time (and curiosity), take a look in my website and contact me, please.

  33. Kevin J, Waters May 17, 2018 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Listening Again to Dr. Carter,Being in “Recovery”for many years it took me a great while to be truly Great full ….. I needed to become able to express my Gratitude 1st. for being able to awake each day, &, then become mindful of, and embracing my “Emotions”…….. Mindful Meditation Practice returns me to awareness of Emotions within, &, around me enhancing my Gratitude, &, Happiness, &, allowing me to observe the habits which contribute, or detract from this state of being ! I also enjoyed Dr. Carters thoughts on developing, or changing “Habits”

  34. Tanja Walker May 17, 2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

    As a reforming professional people pleaser in progress (I hope that makes sense) I was blown away by Dr Carter’s wisdom and advice. So many a-ha moments in one interview. I’m loving the summit and am wishing I had more time to deep dive into the content – so much so I’ve just bought the resource package. Looking forward to even more inspiration that I can share with colleagues, family and friends.

  35. Putter May 17, 2018 at 10:41 am - Reply

    What a down-to-earth way you have of communicating these profound ideas, Christine – thank you!
    Your description of how to set habits was very helpful, and your suggestion that we stay true to ourselves has come at a good time.
    [From Putter, in Cape Town]

  36. Robyn May 17, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much Christine. This was an excellent talk. It really spoke to me. I’ve been on this road for several years now and all of this works. It’s a process; our work is never done. I’m happy to be continually engaged in my voyage. I’ve never had so much joy and peace. Thank you Christine for some helpful hints on how to stop/start new habits. There’s always room for improvement. Thank you thank you thank you!

  37. Kavina Thorslund May 17, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Excellent talk! I’m very inspired and got some good advice and facts on the reward system, lasting happiness and adding a new routine into your life. Very helpful for me working as a coach, body worker and mindfulness teacher. Thanks so much!

  38. Georgia Copeland May 17, 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    I loved all of her talk!
    So many sage bits of advice.
    For me, being your authentic self hit home.
    Don’t put up a facade of what you think other people want you to be.

  39. Carole May 17, 2018 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Oh my Dr. Carter! You have opened my mind and given me such a gift of “permission” to do what my heart really wants to do. Thank you!

  40. doroti santiago May 17, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    In gratitude and a renewed commitment to live from a space of personal integrity and gratitude. Gracias!!

  41. Rob May 17, 2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Powerful and useful. Dr. Carter has genuine expertise,great advice and exceptional ability to communicate in this medium. Extremely helpful on a a number of levels. A great time in our history to focus on truth tellingAnd the need and benefits around living our truth. Just one minor point: sometimes seems feelings and thoughts are used interchangeably and I personally find that a bit confusing. Thanks for a valuable experience. Time very well spent.

  42. Leona May 17, 2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you. I was totally absorbed in all the information. So much to take away. But what comes to mind is “dialing back” on building a habit when you feel resistance or you’ll stop. I appreciated the explicit instructions down to (doing one push-up). I have given up on developing a habit without realizing I was experiencing resistance and may not even have noticed when I stopped doing the “making a habit” So thank you again. I also appreciated the reminder that our bodies know when we are not being authentic or with integrity, that people pleasing is about ourselves, think of our feelings like the weather and bring acceptance and curiosity to them and finally the reminder that the culture rewards of technology, shopping, etc do not create happiness. Even though we all probably know it, reminders are good.

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