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Kristine Carlson (born July 5, 1963, Portland, Oregon) is an American author living in California. A graduate of Pepperdine University, she is known as the wife of, and co-author with the late Dr. Richard Carlson of the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all Small Stuff series, and author of National Bestsellers, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love and Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women. She served on the Board of Directors and the Global Leadership Council for Challenge Day.
Her newest best-selling book, written with her late husband and released in December 1997, is An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love, and is based on an extended love letter written to her by her husband. Richard Carlson, a devoted father to their daughters and loving husband, died from a pulmonary embolism at 45. Having taken the opportunity to express his love for her in such a form has brought this book to the public's attention by Oprah Winfrey in a special show on December 5, 2007 about losing someone you love.
In addition to appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Kristine has appeared on other national talk shows, such as The Today Show and The View and local news and talk shows, such as CBS in San Francisco.
Kristine Carlson captivated readers worldwide with her first three bestsellers, "An Hour to Live, An Hour to Love: The True Story of the Best Gift Ever Given", "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love" and "Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women."
Expanding on the success of her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson's work, (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series), Kristine has continued to share her message of empowerment, success, emotional strength and love.
Her most recent book, Heart Broken Open, is a courageously honest memoir of her personal journey through the depths of grief and mourning after the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband. This powerful book has gained the attention and earned accolades of readers and media across the globe.
She has two daughters and a grandson.
In 2010 Kris 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.