Hugh van Cuylenburg founded his now well-renowned The Resilience Project after volunteer teaching in an impoverished town in India. He discovered that gratitude, empathy and mindfulness are the three (science-backed) keys to resilience, and that those who weave these into their days can cope better with life and whatever comes at them, whether that’s losing a big game or even losing a loved one.
These keys to resilience are taught to NRL players, and Touch Football Australia employees were presented them at our recent staff conference. Here are the tenets, in an abbreviated nutshell…
- Gratitude: Feeling thankful and #blessed for what you have. If you’re struggling to feel gratitude regularly, it can help to keep a gratitude journal: write down three things each day that you feel grateful for. It gets you in the habit, throughout the day, of thinking about what’s good in your life.
- Empathy: Feeling compassion for others/being able to put yourself in other people’s shoes. To develop your sense of empathy, work on your listening skills, ask people more questions, and try putting aside your own viewpoint and trying to see things from the other side sometimes.
- Mindfulness: Focusing on the present. When you’re focusing on the present, you’re not stressing about what happened in the past or what’s going to happen in the future. You can enhance your mindfulness by mindfulness meditation, which you can practice via apps such as Smiling Mind.
To download The Resilience Project app or to find out more, go to theresilienceproject.com.au.