Creating Your Best Life

Named the #1 goal accomplishment book for 2020 on Thrive Global.

Creating Your Best Life is the only research-based book on the topic of goals and happiness, and it has found receptive audiences worldwide. Filled with interactive exercises and quizzes, it helps readers set and accomplish life list goals and understand the link between goal accomplishment and happiness, also known as Positive Psychology. In a step-by-step fashion, the book teaches readers how to coach themselves on how to set goals in 16 life domains, as well as take control of their environment to maximize their chances of success.

Available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target and Walmart.

Due to national and international sales of over 100K and 10+ years of positive reviews, Creating Your Best Life was reissued on January 5, 2021 with a new introduction and cover, updated exercises and a streamlined look!

The most definitive and up-to-date guide to writing and achieving your goals.

  • Caroline added a major missing piece to the world of coaching by linking goal-setting theory to happiness research.

    Martin Seligman
    Father of Positive Psychology, author of Authentic Happiness, Learned Helplessness & Flourish
  • A + for the authors’ ability to integrate science with a practical application for the general public. One of the best of its kind.

    Library Journal
  • Ever meet someone who is that magical combination of wise yet humble, strong yet sensitive, inspiring yet down-­to-­earth? That’s Caroline Miller. I know nobody who’s thought more about how to apply the scientific research on grit and achievement to our own lives.

    Angela Duckworth
    Founder, Character Lab and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • Lists motivate us and ensure we don’t forget key steps (or people). Caroline’s book will be a classic in goal setting. Try them in your life.

    Mehmet Oz, M.D., MBA
    Author of You: The Owner's Manual & host of The Dr. Oz Show
  • Caroline Miller brings together positive psychology research and hands-on exercises into a unique mix, a manual for defining one’s life goals and making strides towards achieving them.

    Deepak Chopra
  • A fascinating book that connects the research on goal-setting with the new science of positive psychology. Each chapter focuses on ways to increase happiness and self-efficacy, and directs readers to a particular “life list” at the back of the book.

    Publisher's Weekly
  • Caroline’s book not only offers a proven way to accomplish goals, it emphasizes the nurturance of qualities that are essential in that process, including the ability to hang in there when the going gets tough, and the importance of having good friendships along the way.

    James Brown
    Award-winning athlete, host of CBS “NFL This Sunday,” and author of Role of a Lifetime: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Significant Living.
  • This powerful book brings together the latest scientific research on goal setting and well-being and presents it in an engaging way anyone can follow to create a better life

    James Pawelski, PhD
    Founding Director, Master's of Applied Positive Psychology Program at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Must-reading for people who want to get more done and lead the lives they want…Coaches take note—your clients’ life lists will benefit from working with you and using the many tools and models incorporated in the book.

    Judy Feld
    Co-founder, Executive and Professional Coaching Program, University of Texas at Dallas Past President, International Coach Federation Author of SmartMatch Alliances
  • Starting with a concise review of literature in the fields of positive psychology and goal setting theory, the book describes “research-tested happiness boosters” and techniques for building self-efficacy. Instead of searching in psychology, economics, and social science, the reader can enjoy various research assembled together into one comprehensive place. This book seamlessly weaves in research on grit, relationships, passion, savoring, self-regulation, positive emotions, strengths, flow, exercise, and values, as they relate to creating an ideal life.

    Emiliya Zhivotovkaya, MAPP
    Founder & CEO, The Flourishing Center
  • I suspect people are skeptical of a book titled “Creating Your Best Life” and they should be. Miller seems to beckon skepticism and in response, does an excellent job of providing the scientific basis for the main points and exercises in every chapter. The reason that this book is compelling is that it has great forward momentum. If you ever read a book written by scientists, you know that smooth prose is the exception not the rule. This book is an easy read (and I mean this as a profound compliment). Guided by ample scientific research, this book provides the necessary tools for someone to immediately improve their quality of life.

    Todd Kashdan, PhD
    Author of Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life
  • Creating Your Best Life isn’t just the first evidence-based goal-setting book ever written for the mass market, it is also the first to demonstrate why emotional flourishing is critical to becoming successful. Caroline’s ground-breaking work has changed the field of goal-setting in a fundamental way that every leader needs to understand.

    Lea Waters, PhD
    Psychologist and author of ‘The Strength Switch
  • In my work with athletes, I have found that they are seeking useful information that will guide them in being the best competitors they can be – in the moments they need to be. Caroline’s book is the first to combine research on the science of goals and happiness. Athletes will find that they are able to implement the powerful information into practice and competitive settings allowing them to feel more in-control of their performance levels while also enjoying the process. I have recommended this book to my clients, students, colleagues, friends and family. It’s a must read.

    Dr. Caroline Silby
    Author of Games Girls Play
  • Have you ever seriously asked yourself, “What do I need to accomplish my goals and live the life I want?” Caroline’s wonderful book provides simple and substantial answers that will make a positive difference for you every day. Enjoy!

    Marilee Adams, Ph.D
    Author, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life
  • Creating Your Best Life” offers a wealth of compelling arguments and concrete strategies for setting goals. I picked up a copy of the book after hearing Caroline Adams Miller speak about positive psychology at New York University. She brings her passion for a science-based approach to improving the lives of others and makes the book fun and accessible to her readers. She is a font of knowledge, is up on all the latest research, and is passionate about all things goals and happiness. The book offers invaluable insights into topics such as willpower, risks, and regrets. It’s a lively read, packed with information, statistics, and great stories. Don’t miss this incredibly rich exploration which will help improve your life.

    Nancy Ancowitz
    Author of Self-Promotion for Introverts®: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead

The Ultimate Life List Guide

With a foreword from Gary P. Latham, Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Effectiveness, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

This groundbreaking book is the first to explain how the new science of Positive Psychology intersects with goal setting research to help people set and achieve their goals. Happy people have a strong sense of personal agency, and they tend to set harder and more challenging goals, which gets them more of what they want in life. Learn how to develop your own sense of self-efficacy, create powerful mastery experiences, and use your environment to work for you and not against you.

Michael Bungay Stanier called Creating Your Best Life one of the top three coaching books for busy managers. Click here to see his video review.

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Creating Your Best Life

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