Guardian in-house psychologist Oliver Burkeman analyzed the present literature on how to be happy this week and came up with a brief summation of key tips.
“Remember to be grateful. Volunteer. Nurture your relationships. Spend time in nature. Make sure you encounter new people and places,” the columnist recommended, “And never assume that you know what will make you happy.”
As well as singling out researcher Barbara Fredrickson’s suggestion that the ideal ratio of positive experiences and emotions to negative ones is 3:1, he advised ‘spend your money on experiences, not objects’ just as futurologist Ian Yeoman predicted tourists doing just that by 2050.
"If you look at some of the research from the US army research centre, what they do at the moment, when soldiers go into battle, they're given sleep deprivation tablets,'' the Wellington University expert told a conference this week.
“To a certain extent you could replicate that into travel and tourism, taking a tablet to do a 24-hour experience,” he noted.
The New Zealand based ‘tourist futurologist’ also suggested punters will be routinely sleeping with robot ‘prostitutes’ (to avoid sexual diseases) reflecting earlier predictions made by Artificial intelligence expert David Levy from the University of Maastricht.
Speaking about the topic in 2007, Professor Levy prophesized humans falling in love with androids within 50 years in his thesis ‘Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners’ and said such relationships will not necessarily be unhealthy.
"It may sound a little weird, but it isn't; love and sex with robots are inevitable,” Mr Levy told Livescience.com.
“Particularly for) ‘people who find it hard to form relationships, because they are extremely shy, or have psychological problems, or are just plain ugly or have unpleasant personalities," he said.
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