What is LifeCraft?

LifeCraft is an online training programme designed to increase awareness of your basic psychological needs (i.e. autonomy, connectedness and competence) and to turn this awareness into action.

How does it work?

The programme consists of 7 modules in which you get information, tips and an action challenge (± 10 minutes). Per module a witness shares his experience with you. It is up to you how much time you spend on your action plans. It is recommended to complete LifeCraft within 2 weeks, but you are free to decide otherwise.

What does it do?

LifeCraft is designed to give you more control over your time and mental energy. This in turn will improve your well-being. The first research results are promising: people who actively participate in the programme (doing the challenges) experience an increase in vitality and life satisfaction.

Getting started with LifeCraft

As a student*
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*This version of LifeCraft has been developed for students.
This means that the world of students is more central in the programme. However, the challenges and the theory of the programme remain the same. So we think that non-students too can get started with it, regardless of their age.

Scientific Publications



Laporte, Nele; van den Bogaard, Daphne; Brenning, Katrijn; Soenens, Bart; Vansteenkiste, Maarten

Testing an Online Program to Foster Need Crafting During the COVID-19 Pandemic Journal Article

In: Current Psychology, 2022.

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Laporte, Nele; Soenens, Bart; Flamant, Nele; Vansteenkiste, Maarten; Mabbe, Elien; Brenning, Katrijn

The role of daily need crafting in daily fluctuations in adolescents' need-based and affective experiences Journal Article

In: Motivation and Emotion, 2021.

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Laporte, Nele; Soenens, Bart; Brenning, Katrijn; Vansteenkiste, Maarten

Adolescents as active managers of their own psychological needs: The role of psychological need crafting in adolescents' mental health Journal Article

In: Journal of Adolescence, vol. 88, pp. 67-83, 2021.

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vision and mission

"Our mission is to make people take more action, to go for what they need and what they find important. Daphne van den Bogaard, PhD student

Daphne worked for 10 years as a clinical psychologist in a (forensic) psychiatric hospital for young people. She has a master's degree in both clinical psychology and occupational and organisational psychology. During her studies, she already became fascinated by motivation, empowerment, basic psychological needs and the question of how people can shape their lives in a satisfying, authentic way. She moved into academia to gain more insight into these processes, but with the strong intention of translating this knowledge into practical tools. Together with her colleagues, she developed LifeCraft in the first year of her PhD. Her ambitions are to continue refining LifeCraft as an online tool, but also to develop workshops and train-the-trainer programmes to reach schools, mental health services and perhaps even businesses.

our team

Nele Laporte

doctoral student, university of ghent

Daphne van den Bogaard

doctoral researcher, university of ghent

Bart Soenens

professor, university of ghent

Investigating the relationship between parental parenting style and adolescent well-being

Katrine Brenning

professor, university of ghent

Research on work-family (im)balance and parenthood

Maarten Vansteenkiste

Professor of Developmental and Motivational Psychology (UGent) and member of the GEMS