Caroline's Books


Caroline is the author of six books, including the bestselling My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988), and its sequel Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013). 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. Caroline’s newest book, Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017), discusses why the character strength grit is so important to a flourishing life, who has it, and how to cultivate, amplify, and teach it. Live Happy Magazine named Creating Your Best Life one of the top 10 goal setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the 10 books that would change your life in 2017. Caroline’s books have been translated into German, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Italian.



Getting Grit

The Evidence-Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance, and Purpose

Grit is increasingly considered one of the key ingredients of success. It is defined as “passion and perseverance in pursuit of long-term goals.” How gritty are you? If you do not know, you are not alone. Some people are predisposed to be more resilient and optimistic than others; however, most people don’t know how to identify and cultivate grit, and as a result don’t achieve their full potential in their work or personal lives. Positive psychology expert Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP uses insightful scientific research, applicable examples, and powerful stories to help you understand why this character strength is so important and what you can do to cultivate it in yourself and others.



Creating Your Best Life

The Ultimate Life List Guide

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.



Positively Caroline

How I Beat Bulimia For Good ... and Found Real Happiness

Positively Caroline: How I Beat Bulimia for Good and Found Real Happiness, is one of the first books of its kind to tackle the subject of how eating disorder survivors can and do create lives of joy and health that persist past the early years of recovery. Some media reports have led people to believe that there is an “addictive personality” that careens from addiction to addiction without ever experiencing lasting wellness, but Caroline’s story is a demonstration that many people can, and do, put food into its proper perspective and then go on to handle other life challenges without sliding backwards into food abuse or turning to other addictive substances or behaviors. Positively Caroline is the sequel to the bestselling My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988), which was the first major autobiography to cover recovery from bulimia, and which continues to sell well today.



My Name is Caroline

For most of her life people thought Caroline was the girl who had it all. She grew up in a good neighborhood, went to the best schools, and was a successful competitive athlete. But, unknown to her family and friends, she also had an eating disorder that almost killed her. After marrying her college sweetheart in 1983, Caroline hit her last bottom and clawed her way back to health and happiness, using free support groups, role models and hard work to finally triumph. In 1988, fully recovered from her addiction, Caroline wrote My Name is Caroline, the first major book on bulimia recovery, at a time when treatment options and hopes for returning to wellness were nearly non-existent. This new version of My Name is Caroline, Caroline's raw story of hitting bottom and summoning the inner resources necessary to fight her way back to health, is still as relevant today as it was 25 years ago. Eating disorders are still too prevalent, and are increasingly impacting people of all ages and genders around the world, so her story of hope and resilience provides important ingredients for anyone who needs to take that first step towards change.



Feeding the Soul

Daily Meditations for Recovering from Eating Disorders


Feeding The Soul (Bantam 1991) is a spiritual meditation book for those suffering from eating disorders. It features 365 inspirational essays, one for each day of the year, that address such topics as depression, motivation, change, holiday eating, families, growth and gratitude. This is a wonderful way to start each day, and it makes a great gift for someone who is taking her recovery one day at a time.



Bright Words for Dark Days

Bright Words for Dark Days (Bantam 1994, Schërz 2000) is one of the first spiritual meditation books to address the topic of women and depression. Among the many areas covered in this book are postpartum depression, the death of loved ones, the sadness that accompanies change, and the special issues that challenge women. This book has been translated into several languages.