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How Full Is Your Bucket?

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,529 Ratings  ·  479 Reviews
Based on a simple metaphor, the book features powerful stories, actionable strategies and breakthrough discoveries from a 50-year study. Includes a toolkit with a new Gallup positivity test and a personality assessment made popular by Gallup’s previous bestseller (over 1 million completes).

Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket — already familiar to th
Hardcover, Expanded, Anniversary Edition, 128 pages
Published August 10th 2004 by Gallup Press (first published July 6th 2004)
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Sarah Beth
Mar 07, 2013 Sarah Beth rated it really liked it
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
Nov 16, 2011 Melinda rated it it was ok
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
Sep 30, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
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
Jan 31, 2014 Nick rated it liked it
Shelves: leadership, own
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
Apr 01, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
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
Mar 11, 2014 Ryan Dejonghe rated it it was amazing
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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Jan 27, 2009 E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: business-books
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
Dec 05, 2011 Loy Machedo rated it it was ok
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
Dec 17, 2012 Craig Toerpe rated it it was amazing
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
Jeff Schofield
Mar 03, 2016 Jeff Schofield rated it really liked it
I thought this book had a good premise and and some solid suggestions for being more positive in your life and looking for ways to not only think positively, but to interact with people in a more positive manner. It was a little simplistic, but the point was an easy one to grasp. Overall, I enjoyed this book and will implement some of the suggestions about filling other buckets at home and in the office.
Jul 25, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
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
Barry Davis
Apr 30, 2016 Barry Davis rated it liked it
short but insightful book on “positive strategies for work and life.” clifton is the “grandfather of positive psychology” and the developer of the strengthsfinder(tm) through the gallup organization (there is a free password to complete the instrument online included with the book). rath is his grandson and also works for gallup. the bucket analogy is a powerful yet simple metaphor that says we are all provided with a bucket for positive or negative experiences and a ladle with which we are able ...more
Ramon Robledo
Mar 28, 2016 Ramon Robledo rated it it was amazing
This book explains a lot about the person itself and how to achieve happiness. Also, it gives amazing tips on what you can do to help others to make them happy including yourself.

This is a book worth to get and read. Human aspects of life can be reached to a higher level following the tips it gives you. Given the tips from the book are very intellectual and could be applied to daily life. As of myself, this changed me of the person who I am today and can change yours as well. The book is very
Feb 19, 2016 Realini rated it really liked it
How full is Your Bucket? By Tom Rath, Donald Clifton
Very good book, with some extraordinary studies

There is a most amazing study, with which this meaningful book begins, and which offers powerful arguments for the strategies suggested later.
More than one thousand prisoners of war have been studied and the results show that:
- Negativity kills.
In the Korean War, more prisoners of war died than in any other conflict, in spite of the fact that violence was not used frequently.
The death rate was 38%,
Sep 06, 2015 Venky rated it liked it
Shelves: bibliocase
Choosing the simple metaphor of a bucket and a dipper, the grandfather and grandson duo of the late Don Clifton and Tom Rath have produced an indispensable gem for enhancing the personal quality of a human life. In this very concise but profound book, Clifton and Rath combine empirical evidence with common sense to make the reader understand the effect, importance and impact of human interactions.

Even a passing and inadvertent interaction that transpires between two human beings possesses the mi
Aug 30, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, and was hugely intrigued with the concepts taught by the book. When I first saw it in the library I thought it might have something to do with "Bucket List." Glad it wasn't but I love that concept too.

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 pe
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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
Apr 11, 2014 Megan Ross rated it it was amazing
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!


How Full Is Your Buicket Positive Strategies for Work and Life
Ruth Ann
Aug 05, 2014 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it
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
Sep 19, 2010 Krissy rated it really liked it
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.)
Nov 04, 2015 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Read for work. Look, I obviously believe in all this but I somewhat resent having to read a book full of things I already do. Of course you support people and say positive things instead of complaining and only making negative comments all the time. Of course people do better with individualized praise. Of course when you mostly give negative feedback, it hurts your business and workers. Come on.

But, of course, we've all been around enough jerks to make this sort of thing necessary. Even if it'
Trey Claige
This is a nice, short book that helps to shine light on how important every daily interaction is. It serves as a great reminder that we, as humans, have the control to give each moment in live one of two outcomes: a positive one or a negative one. Rath and Clifton highlight careful, conclusive research which shows how much better life is when we make the effort to make dealings (and even general passings-by) with others into positive ones. Rath also shares his personal battle with cancer and tel ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Maren rated it it was amazing
We implemented the positive reinforcement strategies from this book at our elementary school this year. I noticed one student in particular this positive bucket filling really helped. The helpfulness in my class of this student increased. The students loved receiving drops from the faculty when we saw them doing things to fill other peoples buckets. These strategies can make a big difference in your life, your families lives and those you interact with. At one point while reading this book, I fo ...more
Sep 02, 2015 Adil rated it it was ok
Shelves: human-resources
I recently got interested in the field of human resources for some specific purposes. I'm a behavioral scientist and this book had nothing to offer to me. Even the stories weren't that moving. Luckily, it was a short and easy read.

Let me save you some time: Give people individualized positive feedback when you can and don't criticize them unnecessarily. Everyone will feel better and you'll be a great couple/family/team/organization. Yay!

If you want to spend time elaborating this point, go ahead
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