The Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness, by Hugh Van Cuylenberg
I thoroughly enjoyed the resilience project finding happiness through gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. It resonated very strongly with much of the reading and experience I have accumulated from various courses over the last 10 years. He has a wonderful way of telling stories that is inspiring energising and gives you practical tips and techniques. At one stage, I almost hoped he was going to come on the podcast as a guest. Sadly he is so popular that he’s stopped appearing on Podcasts.
I love Hugh’s humility, humility, and humour, and the way he brings a raw story from his own personal life, to warn us of the dangers of failing to accept and understand people’s differences and the mental health struggles they may have. There is a shocking amount of abuse and neglect in families. This highlights some of the consequences and the costs. My wife Leigh has seen the costs and aims to help through her Charity – The Inspiring Leadership Foundation.
His review is as follows:
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.