Zooikoorts (Clutteritis) in Libelle Magazine

Hein Zegers: ‘Op jonge leeftijd verloor ik mijn beide ouders en mijn enige broer. Daardoor gaat een mens misschien wat sneller nadenken over wat nu écht belangrijk is. Het leven is zo fragiel en kostbaar, zonde om het te verspillen aan krampachtig verzamelen van spullen en zinloze drukte.’

Uit: Libelle Nederland Special (September 2017), dat zes volledige pagina’s wijdt aan ‘Zooikoorts’ (naar het gelijknamige boek verschenen bij Lannoo).

(English version below)

Libelle Gezond (Nederland) Special, September 2017, p. 93-98.

Hein Zegers: ‘At a fairly young age, I lost both my parents and my only brother. Maybe that makes a person think twice about what is really important. Life is so fragile and precious, what a pity to waste it gathering stuff and being mindlessly busy.’

Excerpt from Libelle, the oldest Dutch Women’s magazine. Special September 2017 issue that spends six full pages on the subject of the book ‘Clutteritis’.

Double Interview with Emily Esfahani Smith & Hein Zegers

Fragment from a double interview with Emily Esfahani Smith & Hein Zegers in Marie Claire (Belgium), September 2017, p. 96-98 (“There is more to life than being happy”):

Hein Zegers, Well-Being researcher and author of Clutteritis (Zooikoorts, Lannoo Publishing) also has mixed feelings about the happiness hype. “Happiness studies are often about averages, but a human is no average. Take soccer, for example. To some, soccer is the ultimate happiness booster, whereas for others, it is a nightmare. Or take mindfulness: it may be beneficial, but not for everybody. Or take people that are mildly depressed: they tend to become even more depressed when they are exposed to the well-meaning advice of a happiness guru.

Next, there is the compulsory character of the happiness industry. It is as if we are almost obliged to be happy. Just living a satisfied life is not enough these days, it has to be wild and exciting. Before we know it, we are busy keeping up appearances all day. Loudly proclaiming, like a Hyacinth Bucket, how incredibly happy we are.

 

Beating stress and burnout with BASICS

Hein Zegers: “The BASICS method often translates into the 80/20 rule: 20% of your carefully selected activities produce 80% of your positive results.” (photo by Pieter van Goethem)

How can companies protect workers against stress and burnout? Well-Being researcher Hein Zegers shares his insights on the topic.

“The BASICS therapeutic approach is a routine based on empirical research conducted among people who consciously choose a more brain-friendly environment”, he explains in an interview with Mensura, Belgium’s largest External Occupational Health Service.

BASICS is the acronym for Back (taking a step back), Attention, Select (what is really essential), Invest (in what is essential) and Cut (what is not essential). By cutting down on the number of activities or tasks on your to-do list, you will experience more Sense (meaningfulness). Within a work context, the BASICS method often translates into the 80/20 rule: 20% of your carefully selected activities produce 80% of your positive results.

Full interview in English: Beating stress and burnout with BASICS

Volledig interview in het NederlandsBlijf stress en burn-out de baas met de BASICS-methode

L’interview intégrale en françaisMaîtriser le stress et le burn-out avec la méthode BASICS

Te veel rommel? Te druk? Zooikoorts.

De BASICS-therapie uit Zooikoorts won op de ‘World Conference on Positive Psychology 2017’ in Montréal de ‘Positive Clinical Intervention Prize’.

Prof. Dr. Dirk De Wachter, KU Leuven: ‘Symptomen van onze huidige borderline times zijn zinloosheid en leegte. Leegte die we dan weer opvullen met afleiding in allerhande rumoerig gedoe. Een vicieuze cirkel waarin we blijven ronddraaien. In Zooikoorts trekt Hein Zegers samen met de lezer op zoek naar een mogelijke uitweg.’

Prof. Em. Dr. Jan Auke Walburg, Universiteit Twente: ‘In Zooikoorts spreekt een man van de wetenschap en van de praktijk. Zijn ervaring merk je op alle pagina’s van zijn onderhoudende en inhoudelijk sterke boek.’

Zooikoorts. Van rommel en drukte naar rust en zin met de BASICS-therapie.

‘In Zooikoorts spreekt een man van de wetenschap en van de praktijk. Zijn ervaring merk je op alle pagina’s van zijn onderhoudende en inhoudelijk sterke boek.’
– Prof. Em. Dr. Jan Auke Walburg, Universiteit Twente.

‘Symptomen van onze huidige borderline times zijn zinloosheid en leegte. Leegte die we dan weer opvullen met afleiding in allerhande rumoerig gedoe. Een vicieuze cirkel waarin we blijven ronddraaien. In Zooikoorts trekt Hein Zegers samen met de lezer op zoek naar een mogelijke uitweg.’
– Prof. dr. Dirk De Wachter, KU Leuven.

Zegers, H. (2017). Zooikoorts. Van rommel en drukte naar rust en zin met de BASICS-therapie. Tielt: Lannoo.

Evidence Based Happiness vzw

Evidence Based Happiness vzw is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to spread the Science of Well-Being, in a way that is both understandable and scientifically accurate.

This educational/research organization obtained official non-profit status (“vzw”) on the first official United Nations World Happiness Day (March 20, 2013).

Through its numerous research and science dissemination activities, Evidence Based Happiness vzw has been touching the lives of more than ten million people worldwide, especially in the Dutch-French-English-German language area in Europe.

Evidence Based Happiness vzw embodies a large network of academics as well as practitioners. It is a spin-off of KU Leuven, recently rated by Reuters as the most innovative university in Europe. Its three co-founders are all licensed psychologists who graduated from this university: Liesbeth Vander Elst (Research & Sports Psychologist), Els Verheyen (Clinical Psychologist & Social Worker) and Hein Zegers (Clinical/Positive Psychologist & Science Communicator).

Some organizations that Evidence Based Happiness vzw has been cooperating with.

Maakt geld gelukkig?

Does money make you happy? “Ook getest op mensen”, a popular scientific program on the largest Belgian VRT television channel “één” has tested this with the help of well-being expert Hein Zegers. A dramatized version of an experiment by Jordi Quoidbach (Quoidbach et al., 2010).

Pluk Je Geluk

Regelmatig terugkerende presentaties door Hein Zegers voor groepen, scholen, organisaties en instellingen rond het CM project Pluk Je Geluk, ter bevordering van de geestelijke gezondheid.