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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
5 out of 5 stars (2,963 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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  • Jo
  • 06-12-2019

I don't like self-help books

But this isn't like that. The author doesn't purport to be a guru, just a regular bloke with a message.

I can tell you this book will change you. That's all I can say. You need to download it. Now.

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Hugh keep up the great work.

I suffer terrible anxiety from a workplace injury 5 years ago that has shattered what my life once was.
it's so difficult to do the most simple daily tasks at times, I find I'm leaving the dinner table to hide and have a cry without my 5yo or wife noticing.
This book I finnished in 2 sittings, just did not want to stop and bought me to tears more than once.
I really feel this is a movement that will change everything.
There is hope.
DIS.

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Not for me.

No doubt he is a great guy who’s done great work with his talks and is super passionate but the book doesn’t deliver what it promises. The book is really just a whole bunch of life stories, lots of boring sport stories, lots of name dropping and some humble style patting himself on the back. Very generalised in the content and I still don’t actually know the nuts and bolts of ‘GEM’. Probably could have been delivered in 30 mins.

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Wow

Such an incredible story....I laughed, nodded, and cried. Most of all, I’m inspired all over again to help make a difference to the students I teach.

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Simply life changing

This book has had a seismic positive impact on mine and my family’s life. I have just ordered 20 copies of the paperback as gifts. Listen to it again and again.

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  • DDD
  • 24-03-2020

Good but not what I expected

If you are looking for a history of the resilience program based in Australia or more stories from of its founder, this book is for you.
However if you are someone looking for help with developing resilience or a teacher wanting to find more strategies to implement it, maybe consider another book.

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must read

This is a powerful, heart warming guide for how to live life better. It is something I will read again.

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Best book for personal development

engaging from the start, inspirational throughout and entertaining right to the ebd. couldnt recommend more. was disappointed when it was over!

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Best book I’ve listened to this year

This book began well as the author was the narrator. Who doesn’t want to be happier? Hugh van Cuylenburg used a mix of personal experience and evidence based research findings to devise his GEM happiness programme. Gratitude, Empathy (kindness to others) and Mindfulness are the keys to this approach. It is being successfully used to improve the mental health of school children, elite athletes and now more broadly. This was an entertaining and informative listen.

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A 5 hour promotion of the project

This is a five hour promotion of The Resilience Project and how good and important they are. It has quite a bit of name dropping to support this! It didn't feel authentic and as a sufferer of anxiety and depression I was looking forward to learning real skills and tips to take away.. apparently I will have to also pay to attend a resilience project presentation to receive that detail. Appreciate the good work the project is doing but I think I misunderstood the point of the book.. I couldn't say it helped me if that was in fact the purpose.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-2020

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
  • 23-07-2020

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
  • 21-07-2020

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
  • 19-07-2020

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
  • 07-07-2020

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
  • 26-06-2020

Love this!

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

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  • Hezalee
  • 20-06-2020

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
  • 27-05-2020

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
  • 13-05-2020

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

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  • V
  • 05-08-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-2020

Incredible

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

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  • Jessica
  • 02-07-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-2019

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.