Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller

American Life Coach
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Program Descriptions

Authentic Grit:

Your Secret to Happiness and Success:
Grit is increasingly considered one of the key ingredients of success. It is defined as “passion and perseverance in pursuit of long-term goals.” How gritty are you? If you do not know, you are not alone. Some people are predisposed to be more resilient and optimistic than others; however, most people don’t know how to identify and cultivate grit, and as a result don’t achieve their full potential in their work or personal lives. Positive psychology expert Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP uses insightful scientific research, applicable examples, and powerful stories to help you understand why this character strength is so important and what you can do to cultivate it in yourself and others. The audience takeaways include specific actions to change your behavior and mindset so that you are more likely to achieve fulfillment and success with all of your goals.

Create Your Best Life
How to Identify and Pursue the Most Meaningful Goals with Grit
Studies have found the happiest people are those who wake up every day to clear-cut goals that provide their lives with meaning and purpose. Their goals are usually quite difficult; however, they don’t quit or make excuses. Instead, they rely on the characteristic of “grit” to thrive and succeed at accomplishing their goals. Grit is defined as “passion and perseverance in pursuit of long-term goals.” In this session, positive psychology expert Caroline Adams Miller shares her unique, comprehensive and evidence-based approach to helping you create and accomplish any goal on your list. You will learn the power of goal setting and grit to drive happiness and success in your professional and personal life.

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Set learning and performance goals – and why each matters
  • Identify your “web of influence” and know who should and should not be in it
  • Start using the environment to trigger positive habits and goal success
  • Cultivate grit in yourself and use it as your “secret to success”
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    Biography Read more

    For almost three decades Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP has been a pioneer with her ground-breaking work in the areas of goal setting/accomplishment, grit, happiness and success. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading positive psychology experts on this research and how it can be applied to one’s life for maximum transformation and growth.


    Caroline has been featured in hundreds of magazines, newspapers and other media around the world for several decades, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, US News and World Report, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR and CNN. She was the first Positive Psychology expert to bring coaching and happiness to satellite radio via XM with her “Positive Tip of the Day”.


    Caroline’s TEDx Talk on grit, “The Moments That Make Champions” has received more than 11,000 views. Angela Duckworth, winner of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship for developing the Grit Scale, said about the presentation, “Beautiful talk by a paragon of grit! Bravo, Caroline!” Caroline’s keynotes and workshops inspire and empower her audiences to set and accomplish goals by using their grit ... thus being more successful and happy both in their work and life. Past clients have included: Young Presidents’ Organization, Edward Jones, Heartland Coaches Association, Columbia University, National Press Club and American Society of Journalist and Authors.


    Caroline is the author of five additional books, including the bestselling, My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988), which was an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013). Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009), is the first mass market self-help book on the science of happiness and how it intersects with the science of accomplishing goals. It is used as a textbook in numerous coaching and Positive Psychology classes around the world; and is lauded by the “father of Positive Psychology” Martin Seligman, in his book Flourish. Seligman says that Caroline “added a major missing piece to the world of coaching” because of her ground-breaking and evidence-based connection between Positive Psychology and success. Caroline’s next book, Authentic Grit, will discuss why this character strength is so important to a flourishing life, who has grit, and how to get it.


    Since 2000, Caroline has coached hundreds of individuals, from senior executives to professional athletes; parents to politicians. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation.


    Caroline was one of the first happiness experts to join and advise Happify, the world’s largest online community dedicated to assessing and amplifying well-being through evidence-based games and activities. She is also assisting in the creation of the world’s first destination learning center devoted to the study of flourishing and grit in Midway, UT. Caroline was an adjunct lecturer in Positive Psychology and coaching at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and at the University of Texas-Dallas School of Management for almost a decade.


    In 2012, Caroline was named the 2012 Good News Ambassador by the Good News Network, and in 2013, received the Mentoring award from the George Washington University School of Business for her decades of helping others achieve their goals.

    Caroline graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and was one of the first graduates of the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) in 2006. She is a top-ranked Masters Swimmer in multiple events, has a black belt in Hapkido...and 32 years recovered from Bulimia!!

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