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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 (2,206 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.
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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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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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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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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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  • 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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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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  • 09-12-2019

Easy listening, everyone can get something from this book

I enjoyed the down to earth and heartfelt story telling. Hugh is humble and allows the reader (listener) to really get into the story and feel his experiences. I happen to live in the parts of Melbourne mentioned so it felt local and relatable too.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 05-03-2020

Such important work!

I'm so grateful for this book and this work! loved it! I'll recommend to many!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-01-2020

My heart is exploding!!

I want everyone I know and love to read this book. BLOODY OUTSTANDING. My heart is exploding with happiness. A life-changing book! Once you read it, you can’t unsee it. So grateful 🙏

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  • Marilyn C.
  • 20-01-2020

Everyone Needs to Hear This Book

Dis!

What a great book. Full of great stories, inspiration and awe inspiring words.

Thank you for making our world a better place!

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  • 12-12-2019

Fantastic

I read and listen to a lot of books but this is the only one I’ve ever rated, can’t recommend it enough.

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  • 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.