#130 Set Goals To Grow with Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller is an author, speaker, leader of the self-help and positive psychology movements, and an expert on the science behind successful goal-setting and “good grit.” Caroline’s journey began with her battle against bulimia in her early twenties, and she draws from her experience, real-life examples, and cutting-edge research from positive psychology to engage audiences and empower them with practical takeaways. Caroline has worked with prestigious clients worldwide— including Morgan Stanley, lululemon, McKinsey & Company, and Harvard Law School—and her contributions have been featured in prominent media outlets such as BBC World News, The New York Times, and CNN. Caroline holds one of the first 32 Masters of Applied Positive Psychology degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. When she’s not transforming lives, Caroline excels as a Masters Swimmer, holds a black belt in Hapkido, and is pursuing another in the self-defense system, Tzee Wai Kuen. She resides between Bethesda, Maryland, and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware with her husband and their giant black Schnoodle, Alpha.

Today, Caroline joins me to discuss where happiness comes from and the science behind goal-setting. She recounts her journey recovering from bulimia and addiction and how it led her to the field of positive psychology and coaching. She demonstrates the importance of positive psychology and provides instructions on using it to pursue difficult goals. She reminds us that it is never too late to start pursuing our goals and how novelty and zest for life can help us through challenges. We highlight how grit can be cultivated and how women in particular benefit from supporting each other in developing it. We also talk about the importance of healthy habits and Caroline’s favorite ways to find meaning in life.

​​”I think there’s something about the pursuit of hard goals that makes us better people, that makes us more resilient, that makes us more creative, that makes us more optimistic.” – Caroline Adams Miller

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:

  • Caroline’s passion for positive psychology
  • How Caroline discovered positive psychology and coaching
  • The importance of growth after trauma
  • How giving back helps you achieve happiness and fulfillment
  • The connection between goal-setting and the science of happiness
  • Behind the science of goal-setting
  • Why pursuing hard goals leads to long-term happiness
  • Action steps for pursuing hard goals
  • The importance of support networks
  • The importance of novelty and zest in life
  • Caroline’s thoughts on the meaning of life


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