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In The Resilience Project, a teacher shares the life-changing lessons he learned from his underprivileged students — including the three keys to happiness.

Whilst volunteering as a primary school teacher in northern India, author Hugh van Cuylenburg found himself wondering why his students were so overwhelmingly positive. These children lived in poverty, hunger and hardship. Yet, they did not seem to suffer like many children back home in Australia, who, despite being well taken care of, struggled with depression, social anxieties and eating disorders. Gradually, he uncovered the secret to his students’ contentment and resilience. They possessed three remarkable traits: gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.    

In The Resilience Project, van Cuylenburg shares this revelation and the tools he’s identified to live a happier and more fulfilling life. In this audiobook, which he narrates himself, the author explains his findings with a lighthearted and humorous delivery much like his live-talk presentations. 

The Resilience Project and its teachings are integrated in Australian school curriculums, sporting institutions such as the National Rugby League and large corporations. Download and hear van Cuylenburg talk about his personal experiences and shed light on evidence-based research that informed the title and lessons within. 

As you listen to this thought-provoking audiobook and absorb its epiphanies, you will be inspired to take a step towards living each day with gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. The authenticity of van Cuylenburg’s voice in narrating his work adds another dimension to this personal development title, turning it into a deeply personal experience.

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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Fantastic!

Everyone should read/hear this book - Hugh is a great speaker and tells his very human stories brilliantly. Such simple but wonderful messages that really explain what works to improve happiness. Genuinely moving in places.

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Incredible!

an incredible story! life affirming and a simple approach to the best way to live life!!

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Amazing

This is the best book I’ve ever listened to. Hugh’s story is inspiring and his work is so important. I cannot imagine anyone who has the privilege to read/listen to it, not benefitting from it.

Truly amazing!

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a must read for today's World

my son sent me this read at a particularly difficult time in my life. what a great read put life into perspective and is a very simple message to follow if that's what you want want to do. would love to her Huw live 😍

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Authentic and Inspiring

Thank you for being in the arena Hugh. What a fantastic insight you have and contribution you are making.

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Life Changing

Hugh's story made me laugh out loud, and cry like a baby. This humanity squared. It is simple, deep and wise. Hugh's reading brings the story to life. Not delivered like an actor but that was fine with me. This is not a performance. It is a story with an inspirational message delivered with deep sincerity. Can't wait to listen to it all over again.

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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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  • 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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  • 26-08-21

READ dis!

Wonderful truths birthed in a humble heart of openness. Walked away with many gems and am grateful in particular for his sharing on how he adapts grateful and wanting to help others phikosphy onto his business projections. "Be in the moment, grateful and look after now and give it 100%, the future is one now at a time!" I'm paraphrasing, but that's the point. Each of us takes what we need from this exceptional book.

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  • 12-07-21

A good autobiography about the author's journey

This book is more of an autobiography by the author about his journey in building the resilience project. It is less about how to implement the underlying principles of the project itself offers. The author narrated the book well and delivered many heartfelt sentimental stories. Even if you're not a big sports fan, or don't understand the game of cricket, the stories are still relatable.

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  • 18-01-21

Good lesson

Great message that I take to heart, aspire to practice in my life daily, and will share with others. Glad I enjoyed this as an audiobook, as I would likely not have had the patience to read the predominantly sport related anecdotes of the author, and the many testaments of how much the authors speeches have impacted his audience. I recommend this audiobook to others.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 03-02-22

Loved this book

I really loved this book. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot and plan to send a copy to my sisters. It’s one of those books I think I’ll remember forever. Loved the reading of it too. Such a humble awesome guy. Totally recommend it :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-21

An amazing book by Hugh

Great read, if I have to say the best thing to come of Australia since Shane spin bawling

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  • Sogan Wahanui
  • 28-10-21

Wow

What an inspiring and important message this audible holds! I was engaged throughout the whole book with a few tears and laughs in between! Everyone should listen!

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  • uplatette
  • 24-06-21

What a GEM

I was enthralled with Hugh's book from the moment I started listening. While I have practiced gratitude for many years, there was just something about his stories that made me realise there is SO MUCH MORE I can be grateful for every day. The GEM practice (gratitude, empathy and mindfulness) is a very simple one to put into place.
Check out his podcast too !!