How Full Is Your Bucket, Paperback book

How Full Is Your Bucket: Positive Strategies For Work And Life[Paperback]

by Donald O Clifton and Tom Rath

3.75 out of 5 (6 ratings)

Gallup Press 
Publication Date:
03 March 2005 
Occupational & Industrial Psychology 


In this inspirational handbook, the discoveries of Donald O. Clifton, the grandfather of positive psychology, show how the briefest interactions affect people's relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. 100,000 first printing.

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  • A great little book that presents the philosophy/psychology of enabling and pursuing positive interactions with others. A good reminder to be kind to others for a healthier, happier life.

    4.50 out of 5


  • Interesting view of psychology – that we should look more at the positive than the negative. Gives good tips on how to improve upon this in both work and personal life.

    4.00 out of 5


  • 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.

    4.00 out of 5


  • I read this for work and I enjoy the reminder about the influence that I have on other people's days based on how I interact with them. The psyc major in me enjoyed taking the StrengthsFinder quiz. It was a very quick read. My only complaint is that I wish it gave me more specific tips on how to actually be more positive in my interactions with other people and how to deal with people who are constantly negative.

    4.00 out of 5


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