Dr. Howells's Seminar on Gratitude

Ms. Javaria Farooqui organized a seminar on “gratitude” for the faculty of the department of Humanities, CUI Lahore campus. Dr Kerry Howells, senior lecturer based at the University of Tasmania (Australia), gave this seminar. Howells maintained that gratitude – defined briefly as ‘the action of giving back out of acknowledgement for what has been received, in ways that are not necessarily reciprocal’ – has the potential to infuse relationships with a powerful force that genuinely recognises contribution and value. Her presentation on gratitude was based on decades of research on the role of gratitude in several educational contexts. Participants left the seminar with a deepened understanding of the concept of gratitude and its place in our contemporary world. Dr Howells also discussed strategies for practising gratitude with the participants.