December 2010

30.11 Training "Fit in je Hoofd" for Senior citizens
01.12-04.12 Frankfurt (Lufthansa Training Spanish)
09.12 Give a guest lecture about Positive Psychology (KHLeuven)
12.12-14.12 Newark (New Jersey, next to New York)
17.10 Training "Mental well-being for Senior citizens"
22.12-27.12 Vancouver (Canada)
31.12 "Happy" new year

"Spread Happiness" birthday party

On Friday, November 19th, you're welcome to join a small birthday party in Leuven. If you want to eat together, you're welcome in the student restaurant Alma 1 (Tiensestraat 115) from 19:00 onwards. At 20:30, we'll move to the nearby "Inloophuis" in Blijde Inkomststraat 113 for a drink and a chat (I'll provide the drinks).

Research shows that "giving", "doing acts of kindness" and "volunteering" makes you happier. So if you insist on giving me a present, I kindly ask you to donate a little time or money to somebody who really needs it more than I do. If you donate some time, it would be great if you use one of your personal strengths in the process. If you donate a little money, please donate it to a cause that's close to your heart. If you really can't find anything personal, you may consider the non-profit organization that is willing to let me use their office space for my party.

My research shows that simplicity may be key to human happiness.
So if you make a small time or money donation, please keep it simple! The only thing I ask is that you post your act of kindness on (the Dutch version of this blog page - feel free to use your own language). Looking forward to see you, empty-handed (that also makes for an easier hug :-) but with a happy story to tell!

International Positive Psychology Symposium in Bruges

On November 17th, an International Positive Psychology Symposium will take place in Bruges, Belgium. This Symposium is part of the International Congress of Applied Psychology. Presentations will be from Prof. Maarten Vansteenkiste, Prof. Lesley Verhofstadt and Hein Zegers.

November 2010

01.11 Frankfurt
03.11-06.11 Venice-Stockholm-Rome
12.11-14.11 Orlando
16.11 Give 3hr workshop on positive psychology interventions (Bruges)
17.11 Give Positive Psychology speech on the International Congress of Applied Psychology
18.11 Mini guest lecture on positive psychology (Leuven)
19.11 "Happiness research" based birthday party (see above)

The World Book of Happiness

The World Book of Happiness: 100 Happiness experts, from Ahmed Abdel-Khalek to Hein Zegers, from 50 countries from Argentina over Bhutan all the way to the U.S., share their knowledge and wisdom in this book, that is being published in 4 languages. Here is its English table of contents.

"What makes you happy?"

"What makes you happy?" The results of my world-wide happiness research is now available here on the internet (in Dutch).

October 2010

11.10-13.10 Astana-Almaty (Kazakhstan) (Belgian Economic Mission)
15.10-20.10 Nagoya (Japan)

Knack Magazine on happiness

A special issue of the Belgian "Knack Magazine" about happiness. Knack Extra, 22.09.2010. Especially nice for me is that Prof. Mia Leijssen mentions my research in an interview on p. 37 (see text quoted above).

September 2010

Finish thesis about world-wide happiness research +
01.09-06.09 Frankfurt-Milano-Paris-Kopenhagen-Wien
14.05-15.05 Vlaams Geestelijk Gezondheidscongres
23.09 Congress "Positive Psychology in Progress" (Nederland)
24.09 Symposium interdisciplinaire sur la psychologie positive
24.09-27.09 Caracas, Venezuela
29.09 Happiness congress in Rotterdam, Netherlands
30.09 Happiness congress in Leuven, Belgium

August 2010

Write thesis on world-wide happiness research+
13.08-19.08 Frankfurt-Milano-Milano-Helsinki-Frankfurt-Frankfurt
20.08 Official opening of the project Mobile Help with eating disorders
21.08-25.08 Seattle
27.08 Steering Committee Positive Psychology Netherlands
28.08 Give guest lecture about positive psychology

July 2010

Finish writing thesis on happiness research +
30.06-03.07 Los Angeles
07.07-08.07 Emergency training B747 & safety training (Frankfurt)
22.07-23.07 return flights Venice & Copenhagen
24.07 Team meeting (Frankfurt)
25.07-27.07 Denver

European Conference on Positive Psychology 2010

European Conference on Positive Psychology 2010 in Copenhagen
Presentation on the world-wide research on "What makes you happy?" by Hein Zegers.

Some reactions:
"the most impressive presentation at ECPP this year" (M.O., Japan)
"it was really good! Thanks Hein!" (E.G., Belgium)
"a great presentation" (A.C., Scotland)
"geweldige presentatie, zowel inhoudelijk als qua performance" (L.B., The Netherlands)
"it was really good! All of it!!!" (A.B., Greece)
"I am certain that what you are doing now is a very important thing for the world." (H.T., Iceland)

Dutch Positive Psychology Conference

On September 23rd, 2010, we will organize a Dutch Positive Psychology conference. Goal is to bring people together that work around Positive Psychology in the Dutch-speaking world. More info here .

June 2010

07.06 Exam Organisation, jurisdiction and policy in Mental Health Care
12.06 Exam Medical Pathology
16.06 Steering Committee Positive Psychology (Rotterdam, Nederland)
18.06 Study day "De Schatkist van de Therapeut"
22.06-26.06 Presentation on the European Conference on Positive Psychology (Copenhagen, Denmark)
30.06-03.07 Los Angeles

May 2010

30.04-02.05 Tel Aviv (Israel)
03.05 give guest lecture about Positive Psychology
04.05-06.05 Tokyo (Japan)
07.05 Meeting Steering Committee Positieve Psychologie (Oegstgeest, Netherlands)
13.05-16.05 Self-Determination Theory Conference (Gent, Belgium)
25.05-31.05 Conversion Training Airbus 320 (Frankfurt)

Guest Lecture on Positive Psychology

Another guest lecture on Positive Psychology by Hein Zegers, on April 19th, for the Bachelor Students in Social Work at the K.H.Leuven.

April 2010

Write thesis on Positive Psychology interventions
02.04 Steering Committee Positive Psychology (Netherlands, Trimbos Institute in Utrecht)
03.04 "Day of Happiness" event, Leuven
10.04-13.04 "ANBN"-project for prevention of eating disorders, Kortrijk-Oostduinkerke-Brugge.
15.04-17.04 Tehran, Iran
19.04 Guest lecture on Positive Psychology at K.H.Leuven
22.04-24.04 Tokyo, Japan
29.04 Frankfurt (Lufthansa Medical checkup)
30.04-02.05 Tel Aviv (Israel)

Day of Happiness 2010

April 3rd, 2010, Promotiezaal K.U.Leuven, Leuven
Prof. Dr. Peter Adriaenssens, Prof. Dr. Em. Piet Nijs, Dr. Gerbert Bakx, Mia Jansen, Marleen Borzée, Rudy Vandamme, Wouter Torfs, Rie Compeers, Sigiswald Kuijken, ... (in Dutch)

Article series on Positive Psychology

"Psychologos" is the quarterly publication of the Belgian Federation of Psychologists (Fédération Belge des Psychologues/Belgische Federatie van Psychologen). Its most recent issue (1/2010) offers several articles about positive psychology, including a new article series by Hein Zegers about positive psychology. Abstract in French (for Dutch please visit the Dutch version of this blog) :

Au cours du siècle passé, la psychologie était surtout orientée sur la pathologie. La psychologie positive, elle, est axée sur tous les facteurs d'épanouissement des personnes, des organisations et des communautés. Ainsi, elle se penche sur des thèmes tels que le bonheur, les points forts, les émotions et le développement positif. Parmi les fondateurs de cette approche, nous pouvons citer entre autres Martin "Positive Psychology" Seligman, ED "Subjective Well-Being" Diener et Mihaly "Flow" Csikszentmihalyi. Ce courant, qui s'est dessiné vers la fin du siècle dernier, s'est développé en une dizaine d'années en un domaine de recherche étendu, avec des conférences dans le monde entier, des programmes universitaires, des revues scientifiques, des ouvrages de référence et d'innombrables livres.

Outre l'historique de la psychologie positive, nous évoquons dans ce premier article certaines critiques souvent entendues à son sujet, telles que son orientation à l'origine très américaine, le risque de l' "obligation" unilatérale du bonheur et la nécessité d'un contrôle de qualité et du respect pour la recherche approfondie. Enfin, nous abordons un nombre de domaines de recherche psychologique prometteurs qui commencent à se réunir sous le chapeau de la psychologie positive.

March 2010

02.03-06.03 Jeddah (Saudi-Arabia) with shuttle to Khartoum (Sudan).
09.03-13.03 Tokyo (Japan)
14.03 Play music on ceremony (België)
17.03-18.03 Frankfurt (Emergency Crew Resource Management Training)
22.03 Give group presentation on Motivational Interviewing

International Wellbeing Study in Dutch

New: As of today, the large-scale International Wellbeing Study is also available in Dutch (next to 11 other languages including English). This project is the largest world-scale longitudinal wellbeing study ever.

February 2010

31.01-01.02 Frankfurt (Germany)
03.02-04.02 Tel Aviv (Israel)
19.02 Rotterdam (Netherlands) for steering committee Work Conference on Positive Psychology.