Caroline Adams Miller

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.


Best-selling author, Coaching, Educator, Professional Speaker

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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. In 2015 she was named "one of the ten Positive Psychology coaches to follow."


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, U.S. News & 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 great reviews. 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, helping them to be more successful and happy in work and life. Past clients have included: The Brookings Institute, Young Presidents' Organization, Edward Jones, Morgan Stanley, WorkHuman, Columbia University, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co, The Wharton School/UPENN, Booz Allen, lululemon, Harvard Law School, Swisse Wellness, RE/MAX, the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.


Caroline is the author of six books, including the bestselling My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988), which was an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild, and Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013), its sequel. 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. In 2017 it was recognized as one of the "10 Best Books to Help Achieve Your Goals" by Live Happy magazine. It is used as a textbook in numerous coaching and Positive Psychology classes around the world, and was 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. Her workbook, Your Happiest Life, is a four-week guide to help users learn how to set and accomplish goals in a step-by-step way through science-based activities and proven techniques. Caroline's most recent book, Getting Grit (SoundsTrue 2017) discusses why this character strength is so important to a flourishing life, who has it, and how cultivate, amplify, and teach it. In January 2017, six months prior to publication, it was named one of the "Top 10 Books That Will Change Your Life in 2017."


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


Caroline was one of the first happiness experts to join and advise Happify, the premier digital platform offering evidence-based resilience solutions for employers and health plans. She created their goal-setting and grit tracks.

Caroline is a popular presenter in the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School Executive MBA program, where she is considered one of the world's experts on the science of goal-setting, grit and their intersection with Positive Psychology. She 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. She does webinars and training for dozens of organizations, including the VIA Institute on Character about well-being, productivity, grit, and success.


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 34 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 has more than three decades of unbroken recovery from bulimia.


Caroline is one of the first Associates of Positive Psychology Learning. Positive Psychology Learning is run by Lesley Lyle and Dan Collinson, and is the only company to run positive psychology courses endorsed and run in association with a UK university. Positive Psychology Learning places emphasis on experiential learning, and the importance of applying that knowledge in everyday life. Additionally, they are co-founders of the free positive psychology website and Facebook Page, The Positive Psychology People, which represents over 22,000 people from over 64 countries. To read more about their work, research and backgrounds, click here.

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