The story and partners of 3QBEER
At the 2017 SF World conference in Frankfurt I joined a small group, the then “International taskforce” gathered and the idea of a solution-focused world day was launched. The date would be the 3rd of May in memory of the acceptance for publication of Steve De Shazer’s article: “The death of Resistance” on May 3’d 1983.
The following year a Belgian group with VVDO, Korzybski and Ilfaro joined efforts for the celebration of this SFworld day.
With my non-profit organization, Thepco vzw I launched a small social media campaign promoting the “Three questions on three May” idea and it boomed with thousands of shares, likes and hits, and many translations in different languages.
An idea for the next edition was beer coasters with the three questions.
Although why stop at beer coasters when you have a couple of passionate and talented brewers living in your town.
I got in touch with Jan and Pieter from Brouwerij B and the result, after of course, a diligent process of tasting and judging is 3q beer.
THE THREE QUESTIONS
I was reading Epicure at the time.
Most of Epicure’s writings are lost to us. But enough survives to give us a general idea of his
thinking. For him, philosophy was useless if it did not help us to be happy.
And the conditions for happiness were two:
– We can be happy if we do things that we can be satisfied with (that is, if we practice
habits that are congruent with our personal morals, our existential choices;
– And we can be happy if we can be content with what we have.
It seemed to me that this was precisely what these patients lacked: they had lost their
So I formulated the
Three Questions for a Happy Life:
1. What did I do that I am happy with? (That I am satisfied with?)
2. What did someone else do that I am happy with, or that I am grateful for? And: did in
react in a positive way (i.e. in such a way that this person might do something like that again)?
3. What do I see around me, what do I hear, feel, smell, taste that I am happy with or
These three questions proved to be a hit. We had them printed on little cards and clients
snapped them up, posted them on their refrigerator, reflected two or threeminutes on them and felt good.
From “Solution Focused Cognitive and Systemic Therapy” (Routledge 2017)
Dr. Luc Isebaert