How Full Is Your Bucket? (Expanded Educator's Edition)

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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 century, and he and his colleagues interviewed millions of people around the world. Their discoveries contributed to the emergence of an entirely new ...

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Overview

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 century, and he and his colleagues interviewed millions of people around the world. Their discoveries contributed to the emergence of an entirely new field: Positive Psychology. These same discoveries are at the heart of How Full is Your Bucket?

Clifton, who also coauthored the bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths, penned How Full is Your Bucket? with grandson Tom Rath. Written in an engaging, conversational style, their book includes colorful stories, 5 strategies for increasing positive emotions, and features an online test that measures readers' Positive Impact.

How Full is Your Bucket? is a quick, breezy read. It will immediately help readers boost the amount of positive emotions in their lives, and in the lives of everyone around them. The book is sure to inspire lasting changes in all who read it, and has all the makings of a timeless classic.

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Editorial Reviews

Ladies' Home Journal
Kindness really is contagious.
USA Today
For all the veneer of easygoing pleasantry, this is serious business.
The Oprah Magazine O, The Oprah Magazine
(Tom Rath and Don Clifton) drew on Gallup research and millions of interviews to argue that this positive give-and-take leads to solid marriages, higher worker satisfaction and productivity, and a happier world.
Entrepreneur magazine
50 years of research . . . reveal how positive reinforcement can powerfully boost productivity, satisfaction, and stability in all kinds of organizations. Though brief, it's highly specific.
Selling Power magazine
A bucketful of miracles . . . Clifton and Rath offer a prescription for reversing the trend toward negativity currently endemic to the American workplace . . . The lessons contained in How Full Is Your Bucket? provide tangible, actionable steps to help turn your workplace into a bustling bastion of positivity and productivity.
People Management magazine
A well-researched, strong, and compelling case for improving self-esteem, better relationships, and health . . . this book is a short, sharp, 'how-to' guide.
Leadership Wired
Clifton and Rath paint a compelling picture of the good things that happen when people are encouraged, recognized, and praised regularly, as well as the emotional, mental, and sometimes even physical devastation that can occur in the absence of such positive encounters . . . Leaders who want to eliminate or avoid this kind of destruction should make How Full Is Your Bucket? required reading for themselves and their people.
Publishers Weekly
In this brief but significant book, the authors, a grandfather-grandson team, explore how using positive psychology in everyday interactions can dramatically change our lives. Clifton (coauthor of Now, Discover Your Strengths) and Rath suggest that we all have a bucket within us that needs to be filled with positive experiences, such as recognition or praise. When we're negative toward others, we use a dipper to remove from their buckets and diminish their positive outlook. When we treat others in a positive manner, we fill not only their buckets but ours as well. The authors illustrate how this principle works in the areas of business and management, marriage and other personal relationships and in parenting through studies covering a 40-year span, many in association with the Gallup Poll. While acknowledging that most lives have their share of misfortune, the authors also make clear that how misfortune affects individuals depends largely on their level of positive energy and confidence. The authors also underscore that our human interactions provide most of the joys or disappointments we receive from life. The book comes with a unique access code to www.bucketbook.com, which offers a positive impact assessment and drop-shaped note cards that can be used to give praise and recognition to others. 100,000 first printing. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Soundview Executive Book Summaries
Positive Strategies For Work and Life
Donald Clifton, cited by the American Psychological Association as the grandfather of Positive Psychology, once discovered that our lives are shaped by our interactions with others. A long conversation with a friend or a short interaction with a stranger both make a difference, sometimes positive, sometimes negative. Although these interactions might seem to be ineffectual, Clifton believed that they accumulate and profoundly affect our lives. Before his death from cancer in September 2003, he and his grandson, Tom Rath, wrote How Full Is Your Bucket? to help people focus on the positive in their lives.

Clifton had a theory he created in the 1960s that was based on a simple metaphor of a "dipper" and a "bucket." According to this theory, each of us has an invisible bucket. The authors write, "It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it's empty, we feel awful."

Positive and Negative Emotions
Clifton's theory says that each of us has an invisible dipper that we can either use to fill other people's buckets with positive emotions by saying or doing things that increase their positive emotions, or dipping from others' buckets by saying or doing things that decrease their positive emotions. The theory also explains that when we fill others' buckets, we also fill our own, and likewise, when we dip from others' buckets, we diminish ourselves. A full bucket gives us a positive outlook and an empty bucket poisons our outlook. We make the choice every moment of every day whether we fill one another's buckets, or dip from them. These choices profoundly affect our relationships, productivity, health and happiness, the authors write.

Moved by horrifying tales of the psychological torture of American prisoners of the Korean War - where there was a 38 percent POW death rate -Clifton and his colleagues in the 1960s wondered: If people can be destroyed by unrelenting negative reinforcement, can they be uplifted and inspired to a greater degree by similar levels of positivity?

While most of us will never endure the kind of psychological torture that the American POWs suffered during the Korean War, the authors write, we all experience positive and negative interactions every day that influence how we feel and behave. Even undramatic interactions affect us, they add, and "positive experiences or 'bucket filling' can be even more powerful."

Recognition and Praise
While working for The Gallup Organization, the authors surveyed more than 4 million employees worldwide on this topic, including more than 10,000 business units and more than 30 industries. Their studies led them to discover that individuals who receive regular recognition and praise:

  • increase their individual productivity
  • are more likely to stay with their organization
  • receive higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers
  • have better safety records and fewer accidents on the job


Great recognition and praise can transform a workplace, the authors write. Their studies show that organizational leaders who share positive emotions have work groups with a more positive mood, enhanced job satisfaction, greater engagement, and improved group performance.

Not Enough Appreciation
According to the authors, the majority of us don't give or receive enough praise. As a result, we are much less productive and engaged in our jobs. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number-one reason people leave their jobs is because they "do not feel appreciated."

The authors write that another study of 4,583 call center representatives from a major telecommunications company revealed that three service representatives scared off every single customer they spoke with in a given day - for good. The authors point out that the company would have been better off paying those three people to stay home.

How Full Is Your Bucket explains how daily bucket filling can be used to enhance life at work and at home while providing research that demonstrates its value.

Why We Like This Book
How Full Is Your Bucket offers readers the numbers and statistics that prove what many have suspected but could never quantify: Motivation begins with praise and recognition. Helping to move people closer to their co-workers, family and friends, the authors offer the scientific and anecdotal evidence to show how simple appreciation can be turned into a business plan that makes people more productive, satisfies customers, and helps others live healthier, happier and longer lives. Copyright © 2004 Soundview Executive Book Summaries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595620019
  • Publisher: Gallup Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: Expanded Educator's Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 132,281
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Rath is co-author of the #1 New York Times and #1 BusinessWeek bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? - a book that draws on decades of research to explore the differences between leading an enthusiastic life and a miserable one. His book is receiving acclaim worldwide, and appears regularly on the major bestseller lists.

At Gallup, Tom is the Global Practice Leader for the organization's hottest innovation, the Clifton StrengthsFinder, which has helped more than 1 million people around the world discover their top five strengths.

Tom earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Donald O.Clifton, Ph.D. (1924-2003), was cited by the American Psychological Association as the Father of Strengths Psychology and the Grandfather of Positive Psychology. He was a chairman of Gallup, Inc., and he invented the Clifton StrengthsFinder, an assessment that has helped more than 1 million people around the world discover their talents. He coauthored several books, including the bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    EXTREMELY Useful and Applicable

    This book for ANYONE who wants to know more about themselves and how they can maximize their full potential. With the book, you receive a code that allows you to take the Gallup Strengths Finder test, which gives you a list of your top 5 areas of strength from a group of 35. These strengths are then better explained in the book with some ideas for how to utilize them in your daily life (as a student, a professional, a mom/dad, or simply as a person). It can also help you better understand the way others think and operate, which can create a better environment for everyone.
    I recommend this book 100%!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Useful Ideas

    A very good book. The authors give support for the idea of building up other people, and practical ways to do this. It is well written and easily understandable. The Bucket drops included are a nice bonus. I have used these at work with good results.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2009

    Worth your time.

    This should be required reading in schools. I picked it up at the airport while looking for something containing strategies for dealing with stress¿along the lines of ¿Don¿t Sweat the Small Stuff¿. It is superior to those books in my opinion. It contains extensive research, plain and practical guidance, and relevant examples on how to be a more positive person in all your daily interactions. I have adopted the Bucket plan into my managerial work life and personal life. In the short time since reading this book I can already tell I'm a happier person...something so simple yet so powerful. Everyone should read this book--it is a very quick read and well worth your time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2009

    The Invisible Bucket

    I read this book about a year ago and it has definitely changed my thought process on how I would approach just about every situation. The concept of the "invisible bucket" helped me become a much more positive individual. I am glad I purchased it, my negativity is seemingly nonexistent because of this book. The concept of the invisible bucket is an amazing tool to build positivity within yourself and others. I recommend it to anyone in need of a more positive perspective on life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    It sounds like a nice idea when you start out. Filling people's

    It sounds like a nice idea when you start out. Filling people's buckets and self-esteem sounds benevolent. Unfortunately, the more you get into Gallup's workplace philosophy and read its other books the more you learn about Gallup's ideals. In Break All of the Rules for instance, you read about discriminating between married employees and unmarried ones as well as weeding people out of the workplace. There are plenty of good business books out there but I would recommend skipping all of the books published by Gallup press.

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

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    Simple and to the point...

    But more than anything else, common sense. This is a very fast read. At best, it reinforces some values, but doesn't teach you anything new.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

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    Positive life strategies

    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 Clifton¿s research. The bucket is a metaphor for your sense of well-being. Every interaction fills your bucket or drains it. You also have a psychological dipper you use to add to or take away from other people¿s sense of joy and security ¿ their buckets. The choice, the authors explain, is yours. The book includes small drop-shaped cards for dropping a few friendly notes. It also provides five strategies that can increase your positive emotions and those of the other people in your life. If your bucket is perennially half-empty, getAbstract recommends dipping into this bestseller to see if it holds water for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    great quick read

    Great book -- simple but profound messsage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    Short and Sweet

    It is a good thing this books is short, because i couldn't put it down. I think that every manager and business owner should read this book, as well as the world. Just think of the possibilities. Shauna Kirk

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2005

    A book for self-help novices

    I was 'very disappointed with this book. The ideas have been presented in countless positive thinking books over the years. Praising people to get more out of them -- isn't that praising to manipulate? Highly recommended instead are The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a book that takes the reader from the decision to be proactive to winning with others. Also, strongly recommended is Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self, which shows the reader how to master emotions, maximize thinking, relationships, and life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    Powerful Little Book, Reseach Based, Anecdotes, Great

    The idea that we have a bucket that we either dip from or fill during our interactions with others is very useful. When we have a full, or overflowing bucket, we are more successful and happy, and healthy. When our bucket is low, we are not so well. When we fill other peoples' buckets, we simultaneously fill our own. Great Stuff! The book is backed by research (that is referenced in the back) and has anecdotes too, all of which were very interesting. There are 5 strategies presented that help us to keep our buckets full, and they were excellent. A super book with great suggestions and would make a great gift. Also, when you buy this book you get one free 'Clifton StrengthsFinder' test that helps you identify your main strengths. That was a nice plus. HIGHLY RECEOMMENDED!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    Positive Thinking To Reach Your Potential

    This book reminds me of the old saying, 'You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.' Basically, be nice to everyone you meet and most will return the sentiment. Positive thoughts can become a habit or negative thoughts can become a habit. Since all lives are interdependent, it makes sense to focus on the positive thoughts and enjoy the interactions with others. This grandfather/grandson team offers an interesting, intergenerational spin on motivational material. The power of positive thinking certainly helped me realize my goal of becoming an author and helping others reach their full potential.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004

    Bettering Work and Life

    Implementing the strategies contained in this book will definitely help to strengthen relationships and make the work place better. This book steers people into the direction of making it a point to utilize their potential, thereby producing outstanding results that can make what before seemed difficult, if not impossible, become possible and improve life and work.

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