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Gill Garratt
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Cruise Ship Lecture Programme

Gill offered a selection of lectures, broadly titled "Cruising towards happiness" - A series of lectures looking at what helps us to be happy based on scientific research and evidence.

Lecture Titles

1. "Laughter - the best tonic. Laugh more, live longer"
Biological research into immunology has found that laughing and even false smiling can raise your immune levels. Conversely, sadness and distress can lower our immune levels and leave us open to ill health. This lecture looks at the evidence, includes examples and applications of these findings and provides opportunities to participate in laughter.

2. "Spirit has no Age - the older you get, the happier you can be"
Studies into personality have shown that whether you are born an optimist or a pessimist can have a direct effect on your lifespan. It also affects how lucky you are in life. This lecture shows how you can change your basic outlook on life to increase your luck and good fortune by changing the way you view the world. Scientific case studies and opportunities for audience contributions support this lecture.

3. "Think your way to Happiness"
How changing your thinking will influence your behaviour and in turn how you deal with life's ups and downs. This is called CBT. The U.K. has identified it needs to train 5000 health professionals in CBT techniques to help deal with the second most prevalent illness of depression in the U.K. This lecture teaches the basics that we can all apply in our work, family and personal lives. The lecture includes examples and is also fun as well as informative.

4. Luck, Superstitions and beliefs
There is evidence in most cultures of lucky charms and ancient beliefs. Many cultures have customs and rituals believed to help increase good fortune in life. Are people born lucky or do you make your own good fortune? Do you want to increase your luck? Gill's lecture will show you how.

5. Depression - can it be good for us?
It's a fact that 1 in 4 people will experience a form of depression in their life. How do we know if we are depressed? What can we do? The World health Organisation predicts for the year 2030 that depression will be the major debilitating illness in high income countries, followed by heart attack. In middle and low income countries, after AIDS, it will be second and third major illness. This is a huge cost both economically and socially to relationships and families. Does money buy happiness or is there a cut off point? Come along and discuss this in the session.

6. Why keep animals as pets?
The beneficial and therapeutic effects of keeping pets is well documented. Are there differences in cultural attitudes towards keeping pets? Why keeping a pet can be good for your health. How the Japanese have developed high tech 'furry handbags' for companions for older people and to record their memories. Have you got a story of how a pet helped someone to communicate or help them recover from an illness? Past cruise passengers have shared amazing, touching stories of pet power. Come and tell us more!

7. Sports Psychology
'The hole is greater than the sum of it's putts'

How to improve on the golf course? Applying Psychology to sport and physical activities in life. Lee Travino's philosophy on golf. Duncan Goodhew's academy of motivation. Nigella Lawson's culinary passions. They all have common psychology. Come along and find out what it is.

8. The Art of Palmistry
Using an example of an ancient form of interpreting life events through a physiological medium ie the palm, find out how your hand can reveal information about you. This is not a session with glass balls and headscarves (well, not many) but it links old customs to modern day psychology, illustrated by slides, and lets you make your own mind up. Gill will look at modern research which looks at links between between right brain left brain differences in people. Come and find out which you are!

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