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Happiness is Depressing

Understanding and changing the inner landscape of depression

Hidden truths about depression and man’s search for happiness

There is evidence that our search for happiness can trigger depressive feelings. Why? Striving for something as elusive and unattainable as ‘happiness’ causes chronic (unconscious) disappointment. In Happiness is Depressing you will learn what happiness actually means and how dissatisfaction can set the stage for the dark mindset we call depression. We don’t know as much as we think about how one develops a depressive mindset, nor how to achieve a lasting sense of happiness. Happiness is Depressing is a coaching handbook to give you a meta-perspective on these topics and to coach you from the darkness to zest for life.

Anyone that is interested in more happiness in life should read this groundbreaking book especially when you feel down.

Happiness is Depressing answers 2 main questions:

  • How do you move from feeling depressed to zest for life?
  • How can the coaching approach create effective models for profound change with depression?

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Float. Happiness is Depressing. Wassili Zafiris. Dennis Kievit.

This is a really good and empowering book. I believe that you will discover ways to be a happier person when you read this book, think things through, employ the tips, techniques and processes that Wassili offers you. This is a (self-help) book that can actually deliver.

Tim HallbomInternational NLP Trainer and Developer, Co-Founder NLP and Coaching Institute of California
Forewords by Tim Hallbom, NLP developer, author and Dr Hein de Jong, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst and author.

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Read the full foreword of Dr Hein de Jong here.

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A thought-provoking quest for Zest for Life”

Who should you read this book, and why?

  • Do you feel down?

Are you experiencing pessimistic and depressive thoughts or feelings? Do you feel down, lonely or overwhelmed? Is feeling happy difficult for you? This book offers you guidance, support and coaches you to zest for life.

  • Are you a coach or therapist?

Happiness is Depressing is also a manual for coaches and therapists. It is written from the perspective of the client as well as the coach, providing you with essential knowledge about the mindset of depression and how it comes into existence. This book offers the means to help shape zest for life for depressed and other clients. You can use the new and advanced techniques directly in your daily practices.

  • Are you a relative of a depressed loved one?

You will want to read this book because it will help you understand what’s going on as well as give ideas for how to support your loved one.

Happiness is Depressing can be read as a coaching journey with a sombre client. Ultimately this is the story of how the experience of a coach leads to the investigation and transformation of depression.

A practical book filled with exercises and provocative ideas. Also listen to: Beyond Depression – The Zest for Life Podcast series for more information.

Personal coaching

Would you prefer 1 on 1 online coaching? Please read the depression coach page and apply for an intake.

Lucas Derks PhD, social psychologist, author and developer of Mental Space Psychology: “Happiness is Depressing starts light-heartedly and takes you step by step to the causes of depression, and, directly after that, frees you from the depressive darkness. A book full of provocative ideas and exercises that will awaken your inner light. A remarkable show of autonomous thinking.

- Lucas Derks
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‘Happily depressed’

Lucas Derks, interviews Wassili about what causes depression and made a 25 minute documentary about his work.

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Meaningful Profit


What do you do when you’re not happy and uncomfortable with where your (work) life is heading? How to lead a company? What do you do when you want more than ‘just’ money? How do you make yourself valuable, what is your contribution, your legacy? Do you work to earn money, or to do something for the world? “Meaningful Profit” shows how opposites go hand in hand.

“Because you can’t fit man in a machine”

The meaning economy in action

In 2005 Ben Steenstra (owner of one of the biggest advertising companies in the Netherlands) began, with the help of coach Wassili Zafiris, a quest in search of himself and changed from being ‘advertisement scum’ into a meaningful entrepreneur.

Outspoken and compelling Ben describes the process of his transformation, the resistance he encounters, the blunders he makes, the successes he achieves, the provocative coaching sessions and confrontations with himself and his staff. Wassili introduces Ben to the psychology of Meaningful Performance and inspires Ben to implement this knowledge in his company. They work closely together to create the worlds first Meaningful Profit company bases on, what today is called, Agile en Lean principles. The combined practical and psychological approach make of  “Meaningful Profit” a particularly good readable book on entrepreneurship and personal development in a time of crisis. Note: at this moment “Meaningful Profit” is only available in Dutch and is in the proces of translation.

The book provides inspiration in many areas, including:

  • Motivation and meaning, what are your highest intentions?
  • Personal leadership, how people can take centre stage again
  • The meaning economy, entrepreneurship in the new economy
  • Generative capital, the power of the collective
  • Agile and lean workflow
  • The psychology of Meaningful Performance: how do you create a meaning mindset?
  • Would you like to develop your company as well? Go to the Bussiness Development page to learn more.

Ultimately Ben and Wassili’s search leads to a new kind of enterprise: a meaningful profit enterprise, the middle ground between profit and non-profit where Human Nature takes centre stage in the workplace.

Authors: Wassili Zafiris and Ben Steenstra

Audience: Anyone who wants to work and live meaningfully.

Available: 2011 – ISBN 10: 9052618380 – ISBN 13: 9789052618388 (Uitgever: SDU)

Note: at this moment “Meaningful Profit” is available only in Dutch.


The ingredients for the ultimate chef, 10 top chefs and their secrets

“Learn how to think like a top chef”

Chefs interviewed: Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsay, Herman den Blijker, Ferran Adria, Nadia Santini, Anthony Bourdain, Curtis Stone, Sergio Herman and Alain Passard.

Over 10.000 copies sold!

“As a chef, you have to have something flamboyant, exciting and always look for the next big thing,” said Gordon Ramsey to Aranka van de Pol. For Alain Passard (France’s top chef) it is important for a chef cook to be a teacher and, according to Sergio Herman (The Dutch Michelin chef) the chef ‘inside you. ”

But what are the real ingredients that create the recipe for the ultimate cook? On the search for this recipe Aranka van de Pol visited, along with photographer Frank de Ruiter and top mental coach Wassili Zafiris, ten of the most successful chefs in the world.

“A surprising book about cooking, the extreme world of the top chef and the psychology behind the chef.”

Aranka van der Pol travelled around the world to interview, cook and play with the world most renowned chefs. Wassili Zafiris accompanied her and unraveled their thinking to uncover what’s going on in the mind of a top chef. Hence creating the world’s first recipe of the mindset of a top chef!

Authors: Aranka van der Pol i.c.w. Wassili Zafiris

Available: 2008 – ISBN 10: 9085104823 – ISBN 13: 9789085104827 (Uitgever: Dutch Filmworks)

Note: at this moment “Appetite” (Eetlust) is only available in Dutch.

The world’s first recipe of the mindset of a top chef!