Kristine Carlson

Best-Selling Author, Motivational Speaker

Kristine Carlson, New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned speaker, is passionate about spreading her message of waking up to life with joy and gratitude amidst the ups and downs of this earthly existence.


Kris’ life mission expands upon the phenomenal success of her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson’s work in the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series. She continues his legacy of peaceful and mindful living through her own bestselling books—Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms, An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love: The True Story of the Best Gift Ever, and Heartbroken-Open: A Memoir Through Loss to Self Discovery—as well as her well-known “What Now?” program and her upcoming “Don’t Sweat” E-course.


Over the past two decades, Kris and Richard have sold more than 25 million books. She has been featured on national radio and television broadcasts, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.


Kristine Carlson is a sought-after inspirational speaker whose mission and message are built upon the tenants of joyful and peaceful living, mindfulness and meditation, and self-rediscovery in the face of grief or transition.


Kristine is known for her unparalleled capacity to be vulnerable and authentic, inspiring her audiences to be the same. She speaks on such topics as living authentically, the power of gratitude, grief, mindfulness, change and transition, and rediscovering joy, passion, and purpose in the various mind and body woes that accompany any time in life but particularly in middle age.


Kristine Carlson has served on the Board of Directors and the Global Leadership Council for Challenge Day. She was honored to join the Women Go Red campaign for the American Heart Association in 2012 as their keynote speaker. In 2010 she was honored with the Kennedy Laureate Award by John F. Kennedy University. This acknowledgment was also given to Alice Waters and Dr. Sanjay Gupta for their work in the area of mental, physical, spiritual health and well being.


She is mom to two daughters and “Nana” to three grandchildren. She lives in California. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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From Heartbreak to WholenessThe Hero's Journey to Joy
St. Martin's Press

In her new book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness, Kristine Carlson offers a life-altering map for navigating the heroic journey from loss to joy—one that ultimately awakens readers to a deep love affair with life.

From Heartbreak to Wholeness Kristine Carlson talks about the sudden and tragic loss of her husband, and how she reclaimed her life after feeling lost and broken. She maps out the path to happiness after experiencing grief, and how others can find joy again after great sadness.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Kristine Carlson talks about the writing and phenomenon of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and the subsequent books after it. She examines the stresses and burdens that people are often confronted with—whether in the boardroom or the office bullpen, in relationships, or among friends—and gives proven strategies for balancing themselves within a chaotic world and finding ways to do what they like best.

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. Kristine Carlson and Heather Locklear discuss new Lifetime movie based on From Heartbreak to Wholeness on Good Morning America.

Praise for From Heartbreak to Wholeness "From Heartbreak to Wholeness is a pure lighthouse, beaming its beautifull warming light through the thick fog of loss and suffering that each of us gets lost in at times. It’s with breathtaking empathy, kindness, and knowing that Kristine Carlson signals the way back to the shore of ourselves, where we rediscover how to play and dance and rejoice in the sweet miracle of our lives, not despite loss, but because of it."
—SARK author & artist of Succulent Wild Woman and Glad No Matter What

“Kristine Carlson’s brilliant new book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness, accomplishes two vital tasks—making sense of the pain we suffer in loss and giving us a luminous map to find our authentic joy again. A teacher of profound insight, she shows us how to turn life’s moments of crisis into grist for the mill of awakening.”
—Shauna Shapiro, PhD, author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness

“With compassion and love as only Kristine Carlson can do, this book takes you by the hand and helps you not only find your way back to life but walks with you on your hero’s journey after loss.”
—Christina Rasmussen, author of Second Firsts