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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christine Carter, Ph.D. Christine Carter Narrator: Christine Carter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781101890066
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Learn how to achieve more by doing less! Live in that zone you’ve glimpsed but can’t seem to hold on to—the sweet spot where you have the greatest strength but also the greatest ease.

Not long ago, Christine Carter, a happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and a speaker, writer, and mother, found herself exasperated by the busyness of modern life: too many conflicting obligations and not enough time, energy, or patience to get everything done. She tried all the standard techniques—prioritizing, multitasking, delegating, and even napping—but none truly worked. Determined to create a less stressful life for herself—without giving up her hard-won career success or happiness at home—she road-tested every research-based tactic that promised to bring more ease into her life. Drawing on her vast knowledge of the latest research related to happiness, productivity, and elite performance, she followed every strategy that promised to give her more energy—or that could make her more efficient, creative, or intelligent.

Her trials and errors are our reward. In The Sweet Spot, Carter shares the combination of practices that transformed her life from overwhelmed and exhausting to joyful, relaxed, and productive. From instituting daily micro-habits that save time to bigger picture shifts that convert stress into productive and creative energy, The Sweet Spot shows us how to

  • say no strategically and when to say yes with abandon;
  • make decisions about routine things once to free our minds to focus on higher priorities;
  • stop multitasking and gain efficiency;
  • take recess in sync with the brain’s need for rest;
  • use technology in ways that bolster, instead of sap, energy; and
  • increase your ratio of positive to negative emotions.

Complete with practical tips for instant relief as well as stories from Carter’s own experience of putting The Sweet Spot into action, this timely and inspiring book will inoculate you against “The Overwhelm,” letting you in on the possibilities for joy and freedom that come when you stop trying to do everything right—and start doing the right things.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Illuminates the simple and sustainable path toward a precious and happy balance.”

    Deepak Chopra

  • “A must-read for every overworked executive, overwrought parent, or overscheduled human being.”

    Jennifer Granholm, governor of Michigan, 2003–11

  • “A page-turning thriller full of proven ways to have the life you want.”

    Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Hardwiring Happiness

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About the Author

A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, PhD, is the author of The Sweet Spot  and Raising Happiness.

A sought-after keynote speaker, Dr. Carter loves to share her work with new audiences. Combining scientific research and practical application, she offers audiences not only a way to cope with modern pressures, but a way to truly thrive. Speaking to executives, general audiences, and parents, Dr. Carter looks at living life from our “sweet spot”—that place of both power and ease.

Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on the HuffingtonPost, PsychologyToday.com, PositivelyPositive.com, Medium.com, and several other websites. Dr. Carter has been quoted or featured in the New York TimesLos Angeles Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, and Boston Globe, as well as Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Fitness, Redbook, and dozens of other publications. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, Today, and PBS, as well as NPR and BBC Radio.