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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,580 ratings  ·  422 reviews
Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket --- already familiar to thousands of people --- How Full is Your Bucket? shows how even the smallest interactions we have with others every day profoundly affect our relationships, productivity, health, and longevity.Co-author Donald O. Clifton studied the effects of positive and negative emotions for half a centu ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by Gallup Press
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Sarah Beth
I read this book for a Strategic Leadership group I'm a part of at work, which I only reference because I know that I probably would not have ever chosen this book to read on my own. However, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it and how applicable it is not only to your professional life, but to all relationships and interactions with anyone you may encounter.

The premise of this book is that in all interactions, we are either filling up someone's bucket or dipping from it. In other words, y
My friend said she thought this book was a cheesy way to get people to remember what they learned from their mamas. But I didn't get that vibe at all when I was reading it. If anything it kind of read like a parable. Things are remembered when they are related to something else that is a familiar concept. The whole bucket and dipper thing was just a tool in making the point and to help it linger longer in case it didn't completely stick.

There are many practical applications of the main message o
Rath and Clifton pull their title and theme of the book from a metaphor for personal interaction--a bucket and a dipper. In each interaction you have with another person you either fill that person up or take away from them.
Let me start by saying that I have worked for several people over the years that would have greatly benefited in their business from reading and applying this book's principles. people, especially employees, need specific recognition and/or praise. Rather than constantly fo
Is a review that isn't completely upbeat dipping from the author's bucket? I like the basic premise of this book. On an individual level, I agree with the authors. There are some serious energy-suckers/bucket dippers in the world. I plan to do my best to minimize my bucket dipping. I also really enjoyed thinking about the ways one likes to be acknowledged and appreciated. I have to tell my boss in a few weeks how I like to be acknowledged and this book gave me perspective on what I like. Also th ...more
This book is a short, easy read. While the "bucket" concept is a little bit cheesy, I get the overall point...and it's a good one. We should try to project positivity toward others, thus increasing our own positivity. Too often, in our workplaces and our lives, we hear only the negative and none of the positive. Research has proven this is bad for morale and bad for your health. A good read for those of us struggling with too much negativity.
Ryan Dejonghe
This is probably one of the best personal success books I have read—ever. One simple strategy, contained in an easy to understand analogy, and everything else starts to fall together.

I had heard my kids talking about bucket filling after some lessons at school. I didn’t really know what they meant until after I read Tom Rath’s other book EAT MOVE SLEEP (which is also an amazing book), which exposed me to the author and this, his previous work.

Unlike EAT MOVE SLEEP, there isn’t a lot to HOW FULL
Dan Ragsdale
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Going through life with a short, handy, happy philosophy – particularly one as affirming as the concept in this book – is very nice. However, a fine line separates simple from simplistic. Although some readers will enjoy the breezy easiness of this approach, others might find it to be just a first step toward becoming more upbeat. Donald O. Clifton, a pioneer in positive psychology, and his co-author and grandson, Tom Rath, developed the “bucket” and “dipper” theories of happy emotions, based on ...more
I completely agree with the central tenets of the book--the world is a better place when you put positive energy into it instead of negative. However, the author took it a bit far (really, your positive attitude is responsible for beating cancer? So people who die from cancer just didn't have a good attitude?) and leans on platitudes.

Though different authors, both sets of writers are affiliated with Gallup which made reading this after reading First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greate
Fernanda La Salye
Todos nós possuímos um balde invisível que se enche ou esvazia o tempo inteiro, dependendo do que os outros nos dizem ou fazem. Quando o nosso balde está cheio, nos sentimos ótimos. Quando está vazio, ficamos péssimos. Acontece que todo mundo possui também uma concha invisível. Sempre que a usamos para encher os baldes dos outros, dizendo ou fazendo algo que reforce as suas emoções positivas, acabamos enchendo também o nosso próprio balde. Por outro lado, toda vez que utilizamos essa concha para ...more
Loy Machedo
One hundred and twenty eight pages.

Almost every alternate page of a quote with a picture of a bucket.

It is then your spidey senses begin to tingle.

May be this is one of those books that comes out with few words, a lot of wasted space and points of wisdom which are either too philosophical or outright idiotic.

The question is on which side does it gravitate towards more?

The good or evil?

How FULL is Your Bucket? written by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton is a pathetic potpourri of parochial Panglossian
Craig Toerpe
When working on my master's degree, this was one of the many self-help books I purchased and read. It is a very quick read and can be read apart from Now, Discover Your Strengths. However, I found that reading this book after reading Now, Discover Your Strengths, provided the additional framework needed to qualify "what" I was doing, and in turn, allow me to say, "NO." A very hard work to say, especially with my occupation in churchwork.
The nice thing with the book is it also includes a code fo
I can't believe this was a best seller. Yeah I agree with the premise to some extent but with the depth they went into it, it could have been 2 pages (spoiler alert!):

1. Be nice to people
2. Don't be mean to people.
This is just what I needed to start the school year. I am looking forward to introducing it to my 8th grade students. The book is focuses on asking the question, "How full is your bucket?" In order to fill your bucket you need to spread a positive attitude to co-workers, family, friends, and strangers. It is amazing how a positive attitude can influence someone. So ask yourself in every interaction you have, are you filling their bucket or dipping from it. If you are filling it, you are also fil ...more
Brian Jacobs
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Brian Jacobs

The title of my story is "How full is your bucket?" by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton. It is an informative book, that has no plot or storyline. It has 114 pages of informative stories and tips & tricks that show you how to be an effective bucket filler. I choose this book because my dad suggested it and I'm always looking to improve myself.

A brief summary of my book is that it goes into the depths of what it means to be a bucket filler, and how to pass on
Megan Ross
The latest book I read, Tom Rath's How full Is Your Bucket?, is something I'm going to value and refer back to for the rest of my life. His purpose for writing this book is to encourage positive emotions and ways to have them more often, because positive emotions are healthy. I think the theme of the book is self-improvement and nutrition because the book discusses how having more positive emotions can help you at work, improve your health, and help with other aspects of your life. The book is ...more
Ken Montville
I gave this book three stars at the end of the Kindle version but, on further reflection, I give it two stars. it's a very short book full of very uplifting direction to be more positive in your own life by giving lots of praise to others. It may seem like "new" thinking but I've read more interesting books along this line such as The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry and The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change along with a slew of other Appreciative Inquiry books ...more
Marcy Stearns
This is a good simple book to explain the meaning of Do Unto Others. If you can read it without buying it, all the better! The educator's version has good lesson plans in the back -- but seems like they want you to buy all their support materials. With a little creativity, you can create your own materials and save yourself some money.
It is a good reminder with practical suggestions for helping you take charge of your own positivity and how to be be a positive influence with others.
Jun 05, 2013 alison added it
It certainly is an interesting read for those are looking for life metaphors. I am not sure about it yet, but my principal at school is having the staff read it this fall to bring more positivity to our work environment. I love my school so I am all for anything that makes people want to work there!


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Ruth Ann
This book is an easy, one hundred page read with a powerful message. The main point of the book is to make the reader aware that each interaction that we have with other people, is an opportunity to increase the positive moments in life. With this realization, the reader will discover simple strategies to improve their relationships, productivity, health, and personal fulfillment. In a nutshell, it is a book about the power of kindness. Filling the buckets of others, offering encouragement and a ...more
I'd recommend this for everyone. It's a short, inspiring read about making your interactions with people--from the person you pass on the street to your co-workers--positve ones: "filling" the bucket of those you encounter as well as your own. (And realize that it's okay to avoid those people who chronically "drain" your bucket.)
I gave this book 2 stars for general concept. I agree completely with the single page that explained the bucket and how it was to be filled.

The rest of the book, however, was nauseating. It should have literally come with a bucket.
Annalee Hall
This is a great little book that builds upon Stephen Covey's concepts of our "emotional bank accounts" with one another. Every interaction is either a deposit or a withdrawal. This book explains that lasting, positive relationships require an average of 5 deposits for every withdrawal.

The book also builds on the concepts of Tom Rath's other books in that lasting success with others requires focusing more on their strengths than on their weaknesses. Recognizing that each strength can be perceived
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Leader Summaries
Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro ¿Está lleno su cubo?, de Tom Rath y Donald O. Clifton.
Las personas interesadas en las siguientes temáticas lo encontrarán práctico y útil: habilidades directivas, crecimiento personal y psicología positiva, mejorar el clima laboral.
En el siguiente enlace tienes el resumen del libro ¿Está lleno su cubo?, El asombroso poder del elogio para cambiar personas y organizaciones: ¿Está lleno su cubo?
It's needed to put this into proper perspective, otherwise much of the advice will seem common sense and well-known. As the Gradfather of positive psychology, Don Clifton started the movement. Books you may have read the focuses on looking for the good rather than the bad, from a psychological standpoint, is largely due to Dr. Clifton's work. With that said, this book is a very brief, packed book full of insight and application that I'd recommend to maybe future teenagers in my family that need ...more
First, I think this book teaches one why positivity is integral for happiness, health, success, good relationships, and most importantly, good marriages! I love psychology so I liked the interesting data presented in this book. It's stuff we all know and that makes sense, but this book presents the science. I'm so happy to be reminded of the truths in this book that I bought the CD and plan to listen to it in my car. It will spark lots of fun conversations with my husband, and children. I look f ...more
Kelsey Yates
Written by grandpa and grandson duo, the life experiences of the authors give such weight to the book that it is hard to ignore their advice. They explain why North Korean prison camps, while have engaging in almost no physical abuse, had the highest death rate of prisoners in history. They cite studies proving that negativity kills productivity and shortens lives. My favorite chapter is when the grandson explains his upbringing and how it affected his battle with a rare disease.
109 pages. Worth
Many people in the world are negative and many are positive. Would you realize that sometimes by the things people say or do? How Full is Your Bucket? is an amazing book that highlights research and studies of positive interactions that have improved the lives of people around them. It is important to focus on not only being positive at work, at home or with family but it is important to encourage and model positive behavior. Most people don't realize that positive people are healthier, mentally ...more
Kristen Stieffel
Oct 23, 2011 Kristen Stieffel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Managers and other leaders
Shelves: business
Every manager should read this book.

Like parents who focus on the F's on a report card rather than the A's, many managers focus on critiquing weaknesses rather than developing strengths. But as "How Full is Your Bucket?" points out, our emotional buckets are filled by positive encounters and drained by negative ones.

Among the authors' key points:

* The Number One reason people leave their jobs is they don't feel appreciated.
* Praise must be meaningful and specific.
* Recognition is most apprecia
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