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24. How Mental Health is Affected by Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness with Hugh van Cuylenburg


Can you create more happiness by increasing your resilience?

Hugh van Cuylenburg is a veteran in the education field, author, and founder of The Resilience Project, an organization that provides practical, evidence-based mental health strategies to build life satisfaction. 

In this episode, he walks you through his 3 pillars of happiness—gratitude, empathy, and mindfulness.

He explains why each one is so important and how you can easily integrate them into your life.

The tips you get in this episode will help you build stronger habits and feel better in no time at all.

With his wise wisdom and down-to-earth attitude, Hugh’s happiness is practically contagious! 


  • The importance of vulnerability.
  • Tips for connecting with other people.
  • The reason people are so disconnected right now.
  • Oxytocin and how to make more of it.
  • The connection between food and mental health.
  • Why you should pay attention to inflammatory foods.
  • Lessons from parenting.




“A lot of the work that I do is helping people feel better so they can be their authentic self and really standing their integrity.” (6:26, Jackie)

“When you’re vulnerable with the right people at the right time, it really connects you to them. And that’s what the world needs right now is connection.” (8:16, Hugh)

“Our diet has a big impact on our mental health.” (18:16, Hugh)

“If you can work out what makes you happy, like what brings you joy and do more of that, that’s functional medicine.” (22:44, Jackie)

“Not a lot of people are talking about what could possibly be going on to drive the behavior from a root cause perspective.” (45:56, Jackie)

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