How does The Resilience Doughnut work?

A practical tool available to everyone

The Resilience Doughnut model is shaped like a doughnut, with an inner circle and an outer circle.

The centre of the doughnut, the inner circle, represents an individual, their identity and key beliefs that develop as they build the tools and resources they need to face the world. These reflect the internal characteristics or competences which enable a person to survive and thrive in the face of adversity.

The outer circle represents the seven different areas of an individual’s life that may give them internal messages of hope. Each section represents an external factor in the person’s life. When reviewing the research, it was found that these seven factors repeatedly showed up in the lives of resilient people. These seven factors each have the potential to enhance the positive beliefs within the person and thus to help the individual to develop resilience.

The key to the doughnut is to find the three most helpful factors or resources and build on them. Interestingly, resilient individuals only need three of these seven factors working well in their life. Their ability to focus on their three factors that are strong is a key aspect of their resilient mindset.

When an individual’s three strongest factors are combined, we say that a ‘Doughnut Moment’ has occurred.

A full explanation of the Resilience Doughnut can be found in  Lyn Worsley’s books, “The Resilience Doughnut: The Secret of Strong Kids” and “The Resilience Doughnut: The Secret of Strong Adults”.

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