In a busy world that values material possessions, I often feel lost. Having nice things only makes me feel good for a moment. Infact, I often feel guilty for my privilege when there is so many going without in this world.
With mental health on the rise, especially among our youth, I worry about the happiness of my kids, and how they will navigate this world to find true happiness. I have always believed that resilience is the key as being resilient allows us to ride the waves of highs and lows in life while still remaining relatively happy.
I can say with my hand on my heart that all my reading and discovery into this topic has lead me to the same conclusion as Hugh (founder of The Resilience Project). Drum roll please...... enter GEM!!
- Empathy (compassion)
My friend, by embracing GEM you can find true and lasting happiness!! The best part is, its easy, the whole family can apply the GEM principles, even kids.
About Hugh: 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.
To find out more or purchase the book visit The Resillence Project.
Keep on vibing high,