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The Resilience Project

Finding Happiness Through Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness
Narrated by: Hugh van Cuylenburg
Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
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Summary

Hugh van Cuylenburg was a primary school teacher volunteering in northern India when he had a life-changing realisation: despite the underprivileged community the children were from, they were remarkably positive.

By contrast, back in Australia Hugh knew that all too many children struggled with depression, social anxieties and mental illness. His own little sister had been ravaged by anorexia nervosa.

How was it that young people he knew at home, who had food, shelter, friends and a loving family, struggled with their mental health, while these kids seemed so contented and resilient? He set about finding the answer and in time came to recognise the key traits and behaviours these children possessed were gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.

In the ensuing years Hugh worked tirelessly to study and share this revelation with the world. He launched The Resilience Project, which has become part of the curriculum in many schools and he tours Australia talking to parents, educators, corporations, CEOs and sporting elite. 

Now, with the same blend of humour, poignancy and clear-eyed insight that The Resilience Project has become renowned for, Hugh explains how we can all get the necessary tools to live a happier, more contented and fulfilling life.

©2019 Hugh van Cuylenburg (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

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Brilliant

Such a helpful and positive story. Funny storyline with the overall message delivered in a great way!

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Amazing book

This book tells some simple home truths that we can all benefit from, I highly recommend to anyone

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  • 05-08-20

A binge listen

Really loved this book. Always a bonus when read by the author. Thank you Hugh for sharing your story ❤️

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Incredible

Life changing! What a book! I was completely captivated! Thank you for sharing your incredible work!

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A mood changer

I was feeling very low and this audio book definitely brightened my mood and changed my cognitive processes. Thank you!

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Brilliant listen and was easy to connect

Found it very easy to connect with and vision the story's, good story teller and although I could relate to most of it my wife will benefit from it aswell.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-20

The Greatest Book of All Time..

In terms of influence this book will achieve the status of Atlas Shrugged. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Kalyan Voruganti
  • 04-08-20

Wow what a book

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. It was recommended by a neighbour. I was slightly worried it would be full of hippy stuff. I could not have been more wrong. It involves simple acts to improve your happiness and wellbeing and more importantly to help give your children tools to prevent/manage anxiety and depression. As a parent of two this is something that important in how I raise them. It is a simple read through a series of stories which makes it easily relatable. My only criticism would be where to go next. I know there are workbooks etc and that he is trying to avoid selling but some more info at the end would have been useful. Highly recommended. There are people who this book will actually change their lives.

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  • Anja
  • 23-07-20

A wonderful inspiring book and a must read!!

I fel in love with this book. This should be in every school in the hole world!

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  • Judith Young
  • 21-07-20

Authentic & from the Heart

Hugh is an incredible storyteller & inspires as he informs. As a resilience based mindfulness trainer & coach, I got a lot from this book, and I also feel that I can recommend it to the people with whom I work and also friends & family who are interested. It's that approachable & enjoyable. Thanks for the work you're doing, Hugh!

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  • Kelly Hill
  • 19-07-20

A life changing understanding that everyone needs

The timing of this message couldn’t have come at a better than this very moment. I discovered I had been battling mental and emotional trauma and just about stepped of the bus, I knew I had to make a change and figure out the next steps to wellness and have some level of being a normal happy person. This book helped bring into focus the simple understanding that kindness, empathy and deep caring for others is paramount in our own wellbeing. Being grateful for what we have is one of most important, yet overlooked and positive attributes one can have to lead a life well lived. Cheers. One the best books I have ever, ever listened to. Well done!

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  • Ceridwen
  • 07-07-20

A must read for everyone!

Hugh weaves his message through genuine storytelling. I have been practicing a lot of the GEM principles for many years and often share my practices with others. Reading the Resilience Project, is a great reminder to continue and to formalize these practices.

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  • Teresa
  • 26-06-20

Love this!

Entertaining and inspiring and a roadmap for connection. A keeper I will definitely come back to 💛

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  • Hezalee
  • 20-06-20

Fantastic

I wish for everyone to read and enjoy this book and its principles. Thank you Hugh for a brilliant book.

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  • Jessica Heyman
  • 27-05-20

Be a G.E.M

Absolutely loved this read! Cuylenburg narrates with such passion you can feel his energy for his project. I could feel it in every word. I listened to this book after feeling “stuck” in an unhappiness rut. I love the idea of taking each day as a G.E.M. COME TO CALIFORNIA!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-05-20

Incredible - necessary ready!

Highly recommend this book to anyone exploring the depths of resilience and humankind. Hugh does an excellent job as weaving interpersonal stories, with a resilience mindset, and key takeaways each chapter. Very moved by this book