How Full Is Your Bucket? Educator's Edition: Positive Strategies for Work and Life
How Full Is Your Bucket? Educator's Edition: Positive Strategies for Work and Life

 
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How did you feel after your last interaction with another person? Did that person your spouse, best friend, coworker, or even a stranger "fill your bucket" by making you feel more positive? Or did that person "dip from your bucket," leaving you more negative than before? The number one New York Times and number one Business Week bestseller, How Full Is Your Bucket? reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, and grounded in 50 years of research, this book will show you how to greatly increase the positive moments in your work and your life while reducing the negative. Filled with discoveries, powerful strategies, and engaging stories, How Full Is Your Bucket? is sure to inspire lasting changes and has all the makings of a timeless classic.?Included in this edition is the bonus section "Instructional Guide for Educators," an additional 64 pages with ideas for classroom "bucket filling" activities for teachers to use with their students.

Customer Reviews:

  • Encouragement is Like Miracle-Gro for Relationships
    I have long been a proponent of encouragement as a means to build healthy, strong relationships and promote growth. This book offers a concrete plan for making that happen. I have observed people moved to tears by a little appreciation. People are starving for love and appreciation. Don't let the people in your life suffer any longer....more info
  • How Full is Your Bucket? A great tool for anger control
    "How Full is Your Bucket" is a great tool I use with my anger control coaching clients.

    It helps us to realize the importance of our responsibility to focus on the needs of others more than those of our own.

    Many people facing anger problems have trouble accepting responsibility. It's all about blame and excuses. This CD program helps them understand that by accepting our responsibility to fill the buckets of others with positives, it returns to us and makes our lives better.

    William C. Smith, Alpha Process Coach
    www.angercontrolrc.com www.successrc.com...more info
  • Positivity
    This book starts with a brief history of a North Korean POW camp which held 1000 U.S. prisoners. The prisoners had adequate food and shelter. They were not physically tortured. And yet, this camp had the highest POW death rate in U.S. military history.

    The weapon of choice was subtle psychological warfare, which eroded trust among fellow prisoners and broke their sense of hope. In essence, the cause of death was extreme negativity.

    The book includes other examples of the damage caused by negative environments. For example, negative emotions reduce life expectancy by a greater number of years than smoking.

    With that introduction to the perils of negativity, the book makes the case that positive emotions have the opposite effect, including better physical and mental health and better workplace morale. The authors coin the term positivity - the opposite of negativity.

    This is a worthwhile message in a world where negative headlines abound.
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  • A Must Read
    Someone loaned this book to me to read & I knew it was just one of those books I needed to have. It's an easy weekend read. Great book to loan out to others or to give as a gift....more info
  • Didn't Really Inspire Me
    I thought this was a little corny, but OK as far as motivational materials go....more info
  • Loved this book!!
    Written in the first person, this book is a quick read that is both logical and simple. The bucke-dipper concept is easy-to-apply every day and sure to improve your management style as well as your personal life. Relevant research supports the asserted power of positive psychology. My favorite Gallup author hits a homerun!!...more info
  • Excellent
    This was a great book that I handed out to my staff. Everyone found it valuable for life not just work....more info
  • How Full is Your Bucket?
    The book assigns theoretic valuations to philosophic concepts.
    For instance, a full bucket has a net positive outlook + Energy
    from every drop of strength expended. Relentless negativity leads to
    death. The North Koreans broke down peer cohesiveness by insisting
    that captors confess their transgressions publicly.

    The author believes that regular praise= increased productivity,
    tenure, loyalty and satisfaction. People leave when they aren't
    appreciated sufficiently. Bad bosses increase stroke risk.
    Activiely disengaged employees cost employers upward of $50B a
    year or more. A strength of the book is that the authors attempt
    to quantify universal concepts within practical contexts of
    everyday life. To a considerable extent, the authors succeed....more info
  • Prioritize
    Learn how to set priorities in life and keep your plate, or in this case, bucket, from filling up.
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  • Make your day, every day
    I bought a few copies of this DVD for my grandkids. It's easy to get depleated in daily routine interactions. The DVD reminds us that even small gifts of cheerfulness or genuine appreciation make a big difference in quality of life.
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  • Turns the light bulb on in your head
    No time waster and right to the point. Follow the instructions in this excellent book and you'll become everyone's favorite and a successful person. Simple to understand and a great book, I highly recommend it to everyone....more info
  • Meaninful and understanding
    This book brought my faculty and staff together in a way no other communication has. It helped peers recognize they also need to tell one another they were appreciated , not only to hear it from the administration....more info
  • How Full Is Your Bucket?
    Interesting book, but dragged on with the positive "refilling" of the bucket. Found Stephen Covey much more beneficial.

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  • Rath & Clifton's bucket is full of it ...
    but what? Use your imagination. I guess these disk shaped things one finds in the pasture would stack very nicely in a bucket...

    I'm just glad that I did not have to pay for the book (required reading by my employer).

    A few years ago, I read an international study which concluded that American students tested lower in academic subjects than students from most other developed countries. Imagine this: they made up for it by sporting the highest self-esteem of them all. I think I'll call it the Clifton Syndrome... ...more info
  • Read it, Try it & you'll Believe it.
    Simple concept, easy read, expensive book and worth 10 times the cost. This isn't just someone's personal philosophy but a concept backed by irrefutable scientific studies. The most profound statement in the book is the proven fact that almost every interaction with others rarely has a nuetral effect. It almost always leaves the other person feeling more positve or negative. That awareness has me looking for opportunities to apply this at home, at work or with the clerk I buy groceries from. My life is twice as enjoyable as before because I am continually touching lives and spreading the joy. ...more info
  • A Full Bucket Beats An Empty Bucket!
    This book is a quick read and has one main message: Your life will be better if you have a positive outlook and try to find ways to help others. The authors have spent a lifetime of living the examples that they site, and have reaped the positive results. In this book they share stories about themselves and others....and encourage the reader to avoid negativity.

    While this message is simple, it is so easy in today's society to be a "taker" and empty your bucket with negative thoughts and actions. Additionally, you will encounter others who will "dip" into your bucket and sap you of the joy you desire. To avoid this, everyone needs to find ways to focus on the positive strategies for work and life that Roth and Clifton have outlined in this book....more info
  • Positive, Inspirational and Uplifting
    This is a great book to give to anyone who needs a "boost".

    All too often we focus on the things that are wrong with others - this book challenges us to focus on the things that are right.

    Pick a page from this book at random each day and read it. I bet you can stop at just one.
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  • Real Positives for a Negative World...
    I have probably referenced this book more in my training seminars and speaking engagements than any other book I have ever read. I just love it! (I gave everyone in my family a copy for Christmas) The author states that 99 out of 100 people report that they would like to be surrounded by more positive people. "And the church said; AMEN!" This short, interesting, and succinct read teaches the reader how to become one of those "more positive people." A must read about positive psychology for anyone who has to be around negative people in our negative world. I think that pretty much includes all of us, doesn't it?

    SUCCESS: It Just Ain't That Hard Y'all! Three Things to STOP Doing and Three Things to START and KEEP Doing to Reach Your Greatest Potential...more info
  • Don't bother
    Read the reviews and you'll have the content of the book. The premise is excellent, but more appropriate for a puff piece in Glamour or USA Today. As I read it, I wondered who would actually publish such a vapid book. Oh, yes, Gallup Press! And the authors are Gallup. What a surprise! And what a waste of twenty bucks. ...more info
  • Important Points in a Short Book
    How Full Is Your Bucket? is a enjoyable short book that could have been a long magazine article or blog post that winsomely describes a simple psychological concept: giving and receiving genuine compliments, caring, and help = GOOD; giving and receiving cutting, criticizing, and other negative vibes = BAD. There it is. I just saved you fourteen bucks.

    Ok, there are a lot of warm anecdotes and some interesting research tossed in there that makes you think, and a few simple strategies to keep in mind:

    Prevent Bucket Dipping: both you and others
    Shine a Light on What Is Right
    Make Best Friends
    Give Unexpectedly
    Reverse the Golden Rule: Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.

    His point that every day we have about 20,000 individual moments, snapshots in our conscious lives, and that every moment counts for good or ill, really hit home for me, and that these little individual moments really do add up both for us and the people around us.

    Besides the price, the only thing I would add to what the book says is to not leave God out of the equation. We shouldn't be kind to other people just to increase our warm fuzzies count, but ultimately to glorify God and please Him. And though God has designed us to receive joy from others "filling our bucket," ultimately Christ must be the inexhaustible fountain in our souls.

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  • Does your bucket have a hole in it?
    HOW FULL IS YOUR BUCKET by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton explores the benefits of positive reinforcement in business, scholastic, marital and other settings. This is an easy read with sound information presented in ways that are applicable immediately. The work focuses on the premise that we each have our own bucket. Positive reinforcement, given or received, fills the bucket. Negative interaction, given or received, dips out of our bucket.

    Good examples are given such as John Gottman's marital study of 700 engaged couples. Gottman concluded after just a 15 minute video of each couple's interaction, which couples marriages would end in divorce. His predictions, 10 years later, were over 90% accurate, clearly illustrating the necessity to fill buckets with praise, rather than drain them with nagging and negative interactions. Perhaps a good indication of our current 50% divorce rate.

    I actually purchased the book on CD and it came with some additional web-based free content, which I have not yet looked at. I can only assume the book carries the same additional access. My one knock on this CD set is, even though it is unabridged, it is only about 3 hours total. More information in the form of case studies and implementation would have added greater value.

    I believe this book would be helpful in many different situations, but would particularly recommend it for business leaders, married couples and parents. ...more info
  • Great book for recognition programs
    This is a great book to help any manager understand the importance of recognition both to their peers and to the people they manage. The philosophy of adding to or taking away from one's bucket and hence their esteem adds a whole new importance to thinking about how you act in situations. With so many people leaving jobs because of how they are treated, the book brings an honest reality to exactly how this happens, and gives great insight into why we need to be sure our actions are constantly giving value to other people. I gave it out to a group of leaders as part of a recognition training, and two of them said not only did they rethink their actions in their departments, they also began to rethink their actions at home, and it made a difference in personal relationships. Plus, there's an online way to give drops, which makes it even easier to let someone know you saw or noticed they did something great, and they have a tangible piece of recognition to have and display. A terrific book all the way around....more info
  • Solid Positive Tips
    This is an entertaining and easy read that takes a very upbeat approach and tone, and encourages the reader to "fill their bucket" with positive action. Sometimes a bit simplistic, but overall a good book. Reader would also benefit from honing their "Warrior Tools" in Warriors, Workers, Whiners, & Weasels: Understanding and Using The Four Personality Types To Your Advantage, which also offers postive advice on personal improvement....more info
  • Worthwhile!
    I found this book to be short, sweet and to the point. It takes what we all should know and forces the reader to self-assess and identify where they can make small changes that can have big, positive implications on relationships both personally and professionally. I recommend it. Again, very worthwhile. - Trinice Speight Moses - Mt. Holly, NJ 08060...more info
  • Life Enhancer
    This book is a must read and reread for all. Concept, ideas and practices good for everyone...more info
  • Good - but strong workplace orientation
    The concept behind this book is good - focusing on the positives in your interactions with others. I was disappointed by the heavy focus on office interactions (which is fine, just didn't happen to suit why I bought the book). Also disappointed by the lack of depth. Not including the intro and epilogue, book is less than 100 pages with very large type and margins. That includes over a dozen pages with a graphic of a bucket with a single quote inside. Good news/bad news - you can read and get all of the content in under an hour. Certainly not worth the full retail price, questionable even at Amazon's discounted price. I gave it 3 stars because the concept is good and I got some worthwhile tips, but this felt more like a pamphlet that a motivational company would use as a giveaway rather than a book. HOWEVER, If my work team were having interpersonal issues, I might very well give this 5 stars for providing a good discussion foundation in a group setting....more info
  • How Full is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.
    This is an interesting little book and easy to read. If you get anything from this book, it will be to share positive thoughts and comments with your co-workers, family and friends. The author emphasizes how a positive comment can encourage and motivate a person to be the best they can be, while a negative one can bring them down. I was left wishing I had practiced "bucket filling" earlier in my life, but going forward will take what I have learned and hopefully be a positive influence on the people in my life....more info
  • AWESOME!
    This is a terrifc introduction to teaching students (and co-workers) to become self-aware individuals. The theory provides us with a concrete method for evaluating our behavior and relating to others. These concepts have been well recieved in my 5th-8th grade classrooms. I read them the picture book version of the "story" as we began discussing working successfully in groups. The benefits are already apparent after only 4 weeks of school. The students have carried this over into all other aspects of the curriculum and hopefully at home and in their communities as well. A must read for all educators and administrators! ...more info
  • Very inspiring
    I enjoyed it very much. It would be good for everyone to read....more info
  • Brand new - just like she said!
    I ordered 25 books that were supposed to be in good condition. They were even better. They were just like new. They were missing one of the supplementary items as was clearly stated up front. I am completely satisfied....more info
  • How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life
    Easy, quick read. Positive emphasis. ...more info
  • How Full Is Your Bucket?
    This is an easy read and the authors' philosophy is similar to my own on how to co-exist and work with others. The principles outlined in the book have been put to the test in my workplace and have been quite successful....more info
  • Who filled my bucket?
    A quick read, this book provides a fairly straight-forward approach to improving our environments and interactions in work and in life. Using the metaphor of "the dipper and the bucket," the authors present their research-backed (and commonsense) theory that people do best in environments that fill---rather than drain---them. People who loved "Who Moved My Cheese?" and "The Secret" will likely eat up this book as well. Although the theory may at times be a bit too simplified and watered-down (sorry to rain on the positive parade), it provides a good reminder of what makes us tick---and what ticks us off.
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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....more info
  • Great book
    If everyone expressed more positive attitudes instead of negative ones, this world would be a better place. This book hits it on the target, that just a little encouragement goes a long way and that we should try on a daily basis to encourage one another and not discourage one another.
    Gave a copy to my children and hope that they will learn how to get through life on a positive note....more info
  • Nothing wrong with accentuating the positive
    This book reminds everyone to be nice to each other, that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar and that it is not nice to hurt other people's feelings. It is actually more of a brochure stretched out to book length with every other page devoted to rather cheesy graphics. While I am generally a very positive person reading this book made me feel like the author was making money off of lessons most of us learned in Sunday School as children and in second grade from our teachers. The idea that one can make friends and influence people by being nice and "filling their buckets" is certainly probably true, but no where in the tiny book does it discuss honesty. Suppose the person is a miserable excuse for a human being? What should one put in his bucket then? People who tend to be negative and mean will not read it, the rest of us already practice what it preaches....more info
  • ok
    I have read and listened to many books on this and I was hoping for new insight. This is information that I have heard before, and although good, I have atttempted to put these strategies into practice from other references. I guess a referesher isn't so bad but that's not what I purchased the book for. So overall good presentation and concept but redundant for me. ...more info
  • Good Service
    I ordered this book on Friday August 25th at 4:53 p.m.
    I received the book on Monday August 28th at noon.
    The book is in New condition
    Thank you for the prompt service...more info
  • Worthwhile!
    I found this book to be short, sweet and to the point. It takes what we all should know and forces the reader to self-assess and identify where they can make small changes that can have big, positive implications on relationships both personally and professionally. I recommend it. Again, very worthwhile. - Trinice Speight Moses - Mt. Holly, NJ 08060...more info
  • Thanks for filling my bucket today!!
    Life is a simple game isn't it? From the beginning of time it has been a battle of good vs. evil. We get to choose the side we play on by being a positive person or a negitive person. This book will lift your spirits and "fill your bucket"! If you want to get fired up today read this book, and if you want to get a friend fired up and "fill their bucket" suggest they buy it too, or better yet buy a copy and give it to them. Thanks for an inspiring read. David Otis Author of "Walk Fast, Talk Loud and Smile". ...more info
  • Tremendous asset
    This book is a must-have for anyone in leadership! If you have a desire to boost morale and increase productivity, then read this book, it will motivate you and when executing the principles, everyone around you. ...more info
  • Positivity
    This book starts with a brief history of a North Korean POW camp which held 1000 U.S. prisoners. The prisoners had adequate food and shelter. They were not physically tortured. And yet, this camp had the highest POW death rate in U.S. military history.

    The weapon of choice was subtle psychological warfare, which eroded trust among fellow prisoners and broke their sense of hope. In essence, the cause of death was extreme negativity.

    The book includes other examples of the damage caused by negative environments. For example, negative emotions reduce life expectancy by a greater number of years than smoking.

    With that introduction to the perils of negativity, the book makes the case that positive emotions have the opposite effect, including better physical and mental health and better workplace morale. The authors coin the term positivity - the opposite of negativity.

    This is a worthwhile message in a world where negative headlines abound.
    ...more info
  • How full is your bucket?
    It is just another book trying to solve all human problems with an individual phrase....more info
  • Solid and Entertaining

    Here is still another book which offers solid material, is well-written, and often quite entertaining. I would have rated it higher were there not so many other books which offer the same benefits while providing more insights and then develop them in greater depth when suggesting (a) how to determine what is really important in one's personal life as well as in one's career, (b) how to set appropriate priorities among them, and and (c) establish and sustain a proper balance between and among those priorities. Tom Rath makes effective use of the "bucket" metaphor, explaining how to avoid "filling up" each of several areas of activity with non-essentials or simply relocating them constantly from one "bucket" to the next. Years of rigorous research by the Gallup organization has generated an abundance of evidence to suggest the importance of focusing on the development of one's strengths and apply them where they can have the greatest impact. (Marcus Buckingham has authored or co-authored several books based on portions of that research which is also the basis of the core thesis in Rath's latest book, Strengths Finder 2.0.) The metaphor also serves Rath's purposes when he urges his reader to fill up the personal relationships "bucket" only with kindnesses and generosities. Who can quarrel with The Golden Rule except as it applies to masochists? However, there really isn't much more to be said about its value.

    For some readers, this book will have resonance with their own circumstances and prove helpful to them as they struggle to devote more time and energy to what is important (as Stephen Covey correctly advises) and less to what is merely urgent and often a symptom rather than a cause of a given need or problem. My own preference is for a discussion of relationships which requires me to become more engaged with the material than this book does. One man's opinion.
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  • Buckets of Bliss!
    This bestseller describes how, statistically speaking, positive reinforcement improves marriages, families and workplaces. Using the simple, concrete metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, the authors show us how to increase positive interactions in our lives and tell us why this is so important. In a little over a hundred pages, you will learn how to improve the world around you by filling other people's buckets.

    As an educator, I found this book to be a valuable reminder of the power of my words. For example, research described in this book suggests that we should have five positive interactions for each negative interaction we have with a person. As you proceed through your day of teaching and training children, do your interactions fit this ratio? How Full Is Your Bucket explains why your students will become more productive learners when you make a point to fill their buckets.

    I think this title would also be useful for students preparing for marriage or the workplace, or students who help in a family business. The educator's edition can easily be applied to a variety of ages and schooling styles. The student handouts are particularly educational because they require the application of the book's teachings, rather than mere summaries or restatements.

    I believe that this book would be an excellent addition to any educator's library, useful as both a reference and as curriculum, and would also be a beneficial wedding or graduation gift.
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  • Great short read on those who believe in postivity
    "How full is your Bucket" is a great short read for those who believe that the recognition of strengths and positive reinforcement is lacking within our society and more importantly a strategic imperative in all types of organizations. We are so focused on "shareholder value" that we forget about recognizing employees within our own organizations. This book is worth the few moments it takes to read and to be able to reflect and share some positive emotions among your friends, family, and colleagues. . ....more info
  • Wonderful!!
    Wonderful thoughts in this book. How did they ever think of this?! Everyone should read this book. Not only is it is uplifting but it makes one think about the others in the world and your effect on them. During and after you read this book you will feel good. Let a week go by, then pick the book up again and read it again....more info
  • How Full Is Your Bucket?
    The book is a wonderful quick read giving the reader something to ponder and then put into practice. It should help you become a better, more kind and thoughful person. ...more info
  • Great Book
    This book is a simple concept that is a nice refresher that anyone can use both in business and in your personal life. It's a nice reminder that the more positive side of life produces better results....more info
  • Great short read on those who believe in postivity
    "How full is your Bucket" is a great short read for those who believe that the recognition of strengths and positive reinforcement is lacking within our society and more importantly a strategic imperative in all types of organizations. We are so focused on "shareholder value" that we forget about recognizing employees within our own organizations. This book is worth the few moments it takes to read and to be able to reflect and share some positive emotions among your friends, family, and colleagues. . ....more info

 

 
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