Kinnaird Centre for Learning and Cultural Development (KCLCD), Kinnaird College for Women (KC), organized an interactive seminar on Positive Psychology & Cultivating Happiness. The purpose of the seminar was to educate and acquaint the students and attendants on positive psychology’s role in helping us make our lives more pragmatic and in the cultivation of happiness in our lives. The thought provoking seminar was conceived by Ms Rukhsana Mehmood and moderated by Ms Taimia Sarwar & Ms Tooba Imtiaz.

In the first fragment of the seminar, which was the presentations session, The keynote speakers enlightened the audience with their intellectual topics, Prof Dr Ismatullah Cheema (also the patron in chief) presented on the topic, Positive Psychology: Past, Present & Future; Dr Naushaba Hassan presented on Forgiveness & Mental Peace; Dr Amina Obaid Khawaja on Hope, Wonder & Spirituality; Ms Anisa Bandial on Optimism & Helplessness; Ms Zara Haroon on The Power of Gratitude and Mr Farhan Hashmi on Finding happiness: the dilemma of being Ephemeral. They enlightened the audience and dilated upon historical review of the positive psychology including their own opinions.

Speakers said that the central question of this age is: How to be happy. With the hustle and bustle, hue and cry of this modern time, we have become too preoccupied with work, stress and all the negatives we encounter in our indefatigable struggles. Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, and Csikszentmihalyi identified focus on human strengths, building best things in life and making the lives of normal people fulfilling as the fundamental goals of positive psychology. They introduced ideas such as wellbeing, happiness, strengths and virtues and flow in our field. Researches in positive psychology also found that focusing on positive events influences life in the long term and leads to a happier, healthier life.

The second fragment of the seminar was the panel discussion, chaired by Prof Dr Amjad Tufail, including Prof Dr Ismatullah Cheema, Asst Prof Dr Usman Rasheed, Dr Rafia Rafique, Dr Uzma Ashiq Khan, Mr Suleiman Khan and Dr Naushaba Hassan among the other panelists.

In the third segment, the research students presented their research findings in front of the audience. The scientific session was chaired by Prof Dr Rafia rafique.

The event ended with a vote of thanks by the organizer Ms Rukhsana Mehmood- senior consultant clinical psychologist (PMC) & course coordinator, PCCP (KCLCD). Lastly, souvenirs were presented to the panelists and the speakers and certificates were awarded to the participants and audience of the seminar.

Executive Director KCLCD Kinnaird College for Women Mr Rizwan Anwar and Director Ms Maha Jamil distributed the Souvenirs among panelists and Keynote Speakers and appreciated the efforts of the organizers and esteemed Panel. Seminar was a Huge Success and had a great Feedback.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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