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The Three Secrets of Resilient People - Dr Lucy Hone


The Three Secrets of Resilient People by Dr. Lucy Hone

Dr Lucy Hone is a resilience expert who thought she found her calling supporting people to recover following the Christchurch earthquake. She had no idea that her personal journey was about to take her to a far darker place. In this powerful and courageous talk, she shares the three strategies that got her through an unimaginable tragedy⁠—and offers a profound insight on human suffering. Dr Lucy Hone is a director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, a research associate at AUT University, a published academic researcher, best-selling author and contributor to Psychology Today, the Sunday Star Times and Next magazine. She trained at the University of Pennsylvania and got her PhD in public health at AUT University in Auckland. She has helped a range of organisations—from primary schools to leading law firms—to design and implement wellbeing initiatives creating sustained and meaningful change. Five years ago, the sudden death of Lucy’s 12-year-old daughter Abi forced Lucy to turn her academic training and professional practice to foster resilience in very personal circumstances. The blog she wrote in the aftermath of Abi’s death attracted international attention and resulted in the best-selling non-fiction title, What Abi Taught Us, Strategies for Resilient Grieving (Allen & Unwin, 2016), now available as Resilient Grieving in the US, UK and NZ. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Dr. Lucy Hone builds resilience among individuals, communities and organizations.

Why you should listen

While there are many resilience researchers in the world, the death of her 12-year old daughter in a tragic road accident, makes Dr. Lucy Hone's story quite unique. She writes books, academic articles and blogs to spread her insights far and wide.

Co-director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and adjunct fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, Hone's research is published internationally and her PhD was acknowledged for its outstanding contribution to wellbeing science at the World Congress of Positive Psychology in 2019.

Her grief work now encompasses the best-selling book, Resilient Grieving, alongside other engaging online content. Much of her work is focused on education via her role as a Global Rep for the International Positive Education Network, convenor of the Wellbeing in Education NZ conference and co-author of Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing. Hone's work has been featured in several documentaries by the BBC, Swedish Television, The Bolt Report Australia and TVNZ.

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