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 people found it hard to be happy, or suffered from mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. 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 threw himself into studying and sharing this revelation with the world through The Resilience Project, with his playful and unorthodox presentations which both entertain and inform. 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 tools we need to live a happier and more fulfilling life.
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I found myself looking forward to my commute so I could continue listening to this book. Hugh’s way of telling stories is highly engaging and real, and you can’t help but see the world in a more positive light after hearing him speak. Highly recommended!
Not enough substance
Sorry but this book was disappointing. I understand the importance of storytelling but the balance between the stories and tangible concepts in this book was off. I hung in there but then the detail you went in to for your brothers first date with your wife was too much. I would have loved more content and info on GEM as I assume must be part of your talks. This book felt self indulgent.