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Happiness Matters Podcast

Dr. Christine Carter and Nurse Rona Renner give busy parents tips for raising happy children and leading more joyful lives as parents.

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Best Back-to-School Tips

August 2012

Rona and my best tips for smooth-sailing in the morning as we go back-to-school: no yelling, no nagging, and no missed buses.

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How to Encourage Kids

August 2012

Continuing our discussion from last week about coaching, Rona and I parse out the difference between encouragement and praise for truly motivating kids.

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Inspiration for Parents from Famous Coaches

August 2012

This is one of my favorite podcasts! I find the wisdom of celebrity athletic coaches that we quote here to be incredibly inspiring. Thinking about my parenting as a type of coaching makes me a better parent.

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Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

August 2012

We’ve all done it: threatened a consequence in the face of our children’s misbehavior that we don’t intend to follow through on. In this podcast, Rona and I discuss why not following through makes our kids insecure, and what we can do instead.

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7 Ways to Foster Creativity

August 2012

Creativity is an important lifeskill that we can teach kids.

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Raising Lucky Kids

July 2012

Turns out that certain skills make us—and our kids—luckier.

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Fostering Optimism and Confidence

July 2012

Optimists are happier, healthier, and more successful.

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Happy Parent, Happy Child

July 2012

Want to know what happens to our nervous systems when all we do is check things off our task lists? Rona and I talk about a major happiness killer: busyness. If you feel too busy, or even overwhelmed, this podcast is for you.

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An Ancient Practice for Modern Ailments

July 2012

Research shows that mindfulness and meditation counter depression and anxiety—and the stress of our crazy busy lives.  Listen to this week’s podcast to learn a simple “loving-kindness” meditation you can do alone or with your kids.

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How to be a More Patient Parent

June 2012

Tired of kids fighting?  Wishing you weren’t feeling so edgy?  Wanting a little peace in a world that is CrazyBusy?  Especially if you are new to mindfulness, this podcast will give you some tips to get started being a more mindful—and patient!—parent.

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How Good Are Your Habits, and How Strong is Your Willpower?

June 2012

You may know what you need to do to be happy, but do you know how to do it? Rona and I discuss (and sometimes disagree) about the difference between intending to change, and actually having the skills and the brain power to do it.

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Are We Too Critical?

June 2012

We all sometimes want others to change—especially our children. But does it work to criticize ourselves and others? Rona and I discuss the approach that research shows works best.

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Does Ambition Make us Happy?

June 2012

Our children are increasingly pushed to achieve, achieve, achieve. Will this make their lives successful, happy, and meaningful? Rona and I discuss the ways that ambition brings happiness, and how to foster both in our children.

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Does Your Child Have “Problems”?

May 2012

Teachers often come to parents when their children have problems, but sometimes their framing can lead kids to believe that they can’t do something, or that they are failing. Are problems better framed as opportunities and challenges?

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Is Happiness Selfish?

May 2012

Do happy people focus on being more selfless than selfish? Rona and I discuss how self-love and self-compassion differ from selfishness, and how kids’ natural self-centeredness can detract from their happiness.

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The Evolutionary Roots of Compassion

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The Greater Good Guide to Mindfulness

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The Science of Burnout: What Is It, Why It Happens, and How to Avoid It

International House at UC Berkeley
April 29, 2017
6 CE Hours

A day-long semiar with GGSC Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., celebrated compassion teacher Joan Halifax, burnout expert Christina Maslach, Ph.D., and UCLA psychiatrist Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D.

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