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How Full Is Your Bucket?

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How Full Is Your Bucket?
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
Aug 06, 2016 Dana rated it really liked it
Good, quick read to get ready for the school year. My principal assigned this for the staff to read so we can implement some of the practices and the general idea of the book at school this year. Looking forward to seeing how my students respond to this and how we can work as a class to become bucket fillers.
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.
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
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
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
Dan Ragsdale
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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
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
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.
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.
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.)
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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Feb 19, 2016 Amanda rated it did not like it
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.
Apr 25, 2016 Mir rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrift-store
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.
I loved this little book. Full of gems and not too long - although it wouldn't hurt if it was longer. It's along the lines of The Power of Positive Thinking and other such thinking more positively books but he also mentioned the importance of having and maintaining good friendships. I liked the author's background how he had his Bucket filled often as a kid. To have a childhood like that instead of dealing with empty buckets while growing up that almost everyone experiences. I think because he h ...more
Nov 04, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
Quick and fun read. I recommend this book if you are in an emotional slump. Leaders should definitely read this. I work in education and have worked in schools where teachers are uplifted and those where they are not (there is an education related version of this book I just don't have it yet. Also one for kids). This book truly illustrates how treating those who work for you positively can change an entire organization for the better and the harm negativity does to an organization. Worth the re ...more
Edward Evans
Nov 13, 2016 Edward Evans rated it really liked it
This book is somewhat geared toward building a progressive workforce environment. However, there are a lot of aspects about knowing how to simply treat people that applies to many of the messages. The impacts of negativity or positive aspects in one's life can play affect so many things for a person. This book reminded me of this. It's a quick, easy read and gave many ideas to filling people's buckets. I can dig it. Smiley face.
Starla Nichols
Jan 09, 2017 Starla Nichols rated it it was amazing
easy read. reassuring and influential. Great book for all walks of life, all work and personal environments ands all ages.
Jan 05, 2017 Lkaehall rated it it was amazing
This book talks about the importance of a positive attitude at work and in other relationships. I found it a good reminder that what we say to people really does make a difference in their lives.
Nov 06, 2016 Susie rated it it was amazing
So simple - and life changing.
Jan 07, 2017 Paula rated it really liked it
Very positive reading! We should all practice these methods'
K. Rezaiezadeh
Oct 17, 2016 K. Rezaiezadeh rated it really liked it
Short but specific, with advice as simple as it is practical.
Oct 10, 2016 Christine rated it really liked it
It was interesting to find out the research behind the fact that when you fill other's buckets it improves your health.
Conrad Mason
Oct 07, 2016 Conrad Mason rated it really liked it
simple message but effective
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