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Articles by Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller is a professional coach, author, educator and speaker who specializes in goal-setting, change, happiness and grit. She is the author of six best-selling books, including Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009), the first book to connect the science of goal-setting with the science of well-being. Her next book, Authentic Grit, will be published in 2016. Caroline is often featured in national and international media, was the first Positive Psychology expert on satellite radio with her "Positive Tips of the Day" from 2007 to 2009, and was named a Good News Ambassador by the Good News Network in 2012. In 2013 she won the Mentoring Award from the George Washington University Business School, and she often keynotes at conferences and organizations around the world about her personal experiences, and the cutting-edge science of happiness.

“Dara” To Be Great: Gold Medals, Grit & Goals
July 9, 2008 – 1:49 pm | 25 Comments
“Dara” To Be Great: Gold Medals, Grit & Goals

Last Sunday night, seven women gathered around my television set as a shapely, but taut, body of a drop-dead gorgeous woman filled the screen. “How can she wear that thing and look so good?” one exclaimed. “Black makes you look thinner, but this is ridiculous. She looks half her age, and even acts half her age!” another said.

Harvard, Hogwarts & Commencement Thoughts
June 9, 2008 – 4:29 pm | 10 Comments
Harvard, Hogwarts & Commencement Thoughts

Last week, I had the extraordinary privilege of hearing J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter mega-series, deliver an electrifying commencement speech at Harvard University to a sold-out, standing room only audience of young and adult alike. Although I knew she’d be entertaining, I had no idea how profound Rowling’s talk would be, nor how tightly entwined her speech would be with the themes and message of Positive Psychology.

Wrestling For Your Life
March 9, 2008 – 4:13 pm | 6 Comments
Wrestling For Your Life

Don’t ever let anyone tell you a dream is unreachable. Persistence, stubbornness, passion and heart will fill in the gaps where you need a boost, and you’ll never know how many people you will touch with your spirit, changing their lives as well. Dustin Carter is changing the world, one wrestling match at a time.

My Favorite Things: A Variation on Oprah’s List for Positive Psychologists
February 9, 2008 – 11:51 am | 6 Comments
My Favorite Things: A Variation on Oprah’s List for Positive Psychologists

“Raindrops on roses and
Whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and
Warm woolen mittens”

Julie Andrews sang about them. Oprah has them. And so I now want to do a fun column about “My Favorite Things,” too, …

Grandma Had It Right! Positive Psychology And Common Folk Wisdom
December 9, 2007 – 11:56 am | 6 Comments

My unscientific finding, as I continue to delve into the world of well-being and quality of life research, is that there are countless phrases that I heard from my grandmother and other wise people throughout my life that are now backed up with relevant research. Consequently, I feel much more confident about using them with others and even believing in them myself.

Why Seeing “The Bucket List” Might Change Your Life & Make You Happy
November 9, 2007 – 1:32 pm | 16 Comments
Why Seeing “The Bucket List” Might Change Your Life & Make You Happy

Imagine this: A corporate billionaire and a working class mechanic have nothing in common until they share a hospital room and realize that they both share a burning desire to spend the time that they do have left to accomplish unfulfilled dreams until they “kick the bucket.”

Why My Bat Globe Will Give Me a Longer Life (and make me smile, too)
October 9, 2007 – 1:42 pm | 6 Comments
Why My Bat Globe Will Give Me a Longer Life (and make me smile, too)

In mid-September, I pulled my trusty bat globe out of the garage and set it up on my front lawn.  And like clockwork, the negative comments soon came my way, but it didn’t matter.  …

How To Be Happy At College — And Beyond! Notes from One Mom to a College Freshman
September 9, 2007 – 10:49 am | 13 Comments

Not too long ago I deposited my oldest child at college, which was probably more traumatic for me than it was for him.  Although there are very normal and healthy separations parents go through, such …

The Happiness of Beating Bulimia For Good
July 9, 2007 – 6:01 am | 11 Comments
The Happiness of Beating Bulimia For Good

Last fall, HBO aired a documentary that had good intentions and a terrible outcome. “Thin” was created by filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, whose goal was to show the devastation of eating disorders and the price its sufferers pay in health, well-being and overall quality of life. She succeeded. And that’s the problem.

Regaining Quality of Life When Your Son Totals His Car
June 9, 2007 – 11:06 am | 11 Comments
Regaining Quality of Life When Your Son Totals His Car

Last weekend, I was feeling wonderful, and I was marveling that so many areas of my life were in the place I wanted them to be.  My career has had some major recent breakthroughs in …

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