Caroline Adams Miller has written a number of heralded and groundbreaking books since 1988 in the fields of self-help, recovery, spirituality and Positive Psychology. Starting with the bestselling My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988), which was the first major autobiography by a bulimia survivor, Caroline has written two spiritual meditation books (Feeding the Soul Bantam 1991 and Bright Words for Dark Days, Bantam 1994), Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009) and Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013). She also ghostwrote a self-help book for a major organization, and has contributed chapters to an eating disorder anthology and a psychology textbook.
Creating Your Best Life was the first book to explain how the science of Positive Psychology intersects with the science of goal-setting and success, and includes cutting-edge research on such topics as priming, social contagion, positive interventions and grit, which also play important roles in creating and sustaining emotional flourishing and success. In 2017, Live Happy magazine noted that its unique contribution to the goal-setting and success literature had made it one of the “Ten Best Books to Help You Achieve Your Goals.” Dr. Martin Seligman, the “father of Positive Psychology,” says that the book “added a major missing piece to the world of coaching.”
Positively Caroline, the sequel to My Name is Caroline, picks up where the first book left off. It covers the decades Caroline spent going through the challenges that can make staying in recovery so difficult. In the first memoir devoted to staying in unbroken eating disorder recovery for decades, she talks about pregnancy, child-rearing, midlife body changes, overcoming family of origin difficulties, bouncing back from bankruptcy, and becoming one of the first people in the world to get a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. In the first book, Caroline focused on how to get into recovery at a time when it was little-understood, and in this new one she goes to deeper and more difficult places, and shares lessons about how she finally found lasting happiness as part of her long-term recovery.
Caroline’s books and work have been celebrated for three decades in publications ranging from The New York Times and US News and World Report, to dozens of media outlets including CNN, CBS and “The Montel Williams Show.” See a full list of media here, and watch her television appearances here.
Her newest book, Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017), is about the character strength of grit, defined as “passion and perseverance in pursuit of long-term goals,” which she spoke about at the TEDx Gramercy event in September 2014. Her talk, “The Moments that Make Champions,” has garnered high praise from around the world, including from Angela Duckworth, who said, “Beautiful talk by a paragon of grit! Caroline, bravo!” In Getting Grit, Caroline explores the various ways that grit can help and hurt in goal accomplishment. She also separates good and bad grit from each other, including definitions for “selfie grit,” “faux grit,” and “stupid grit,” which fail to awe and inspire others or lead to positive outcomes. She also explores the character strengths that can be cultivated to support authentic, or good, grit, such as humility and patience. Live Happy magazine recognized the importance of the book in early 2017, saying that it was “One of the Top Ten Books That Will Change Your Life in 2017.”