“If we were to meet gratitude face to face she would say ‘take action that serves others’, ‘give back’, ‘give up’, ‘say sorry’, ‘let go’, ‘clear the air’ and ‘connect’.”


– Gratitude in Education: A Radical View

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23 December, 2020
Tranquil boat scene

Reflecting on 2020 through the lens of gratitude

Warm and heartfelt greetings! As the year’s end is unfolding, I would like to take this opportunity to explore how we can reflect on 2020 through the lens of gratitude. How can gratitude help us in this year that will […]
13 May, 2020
Caring hands at the Hetti Perkins Home for the Aged in Alice Springs. The Hetti Perkins Home is an aged care facility for indigenous Australians. Almost 90% of the patients are sufferers of dementia.

Reinventing difficult relationships

There have been many views on how we can use this period of physical distancing and self-isolation as a time to take stock of what was working and what wasn’t in our lives before we were suddenly hit with this […]
30 April, 2020

Gratitude In Adversity

For those of you who have joined me for the 30-day Gratitude Practice, you would have recognised that we started each day with an answer to the question why practise gratitude? In particular, why practise gratitude when we are facing […]
23 February, 2017
Driveway up through trees and iron gate

Six pillars of gratitude

The Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero held that “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others”. What does this mean and why does he say that gratitude is the ‘parent’? The notion of ‘virtue’ […]
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During this time of global pandemic, gratitude is a vital tool to help foster greater resilience, clarity and peace.

Gratitude in Practice Podcast

Episode 3:

Gratitude In Relationships

In conversation with Kerry Howells, John Hendry (OAM) shares his wealth of knowledge and experience on the importance of gratitude in relationships.

Gratitude in Education

A review by Professor Jonathon Jansen of Kerry’s book ‘Gratitude in Education: A Radical View’:

“If you haven’t yet heard the name Kerry Howells, expect to do so soon. With her brilliant book, Gratitude in Education, this Tasmanian scholar puts her finger on one of the most troubling aspects of education … the lack of gratitude. Howells raises some of the most powerful stories of teachers who change the entire cultures of schools by expressing words of gratitude towards students, especially difficult ones, by appreciating in public their strengths.”


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