How Full Is Your Bucket? (Expanded Anniversary Edition)

How Full Is Your Bucket? (Expanded Anniversary Edition)


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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 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. Coauthor 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 and five strategies for increasing positive emotions, and it 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 it has all the makings of a timeless classic.

The expanded anniversary edition includes updated research and content and a workbook for individual and team development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595620033
Publisher: Gallup Press
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Edition description: Expanded
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 41,467
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Tom Rath is one of the most influential authors of the last decade. He studies the role of human behavior in health, business and economics. Rath writes and speaks on a range of topics, from well-being to organizational leadership. He has written several international bestsellers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? In 2007, The Economist listed his book StrengthsFinder 2.0 as the top-selling business book worldwide. In total, Rath’s books have sold more than 5 million copies, been translated in 16 languages and made over 250 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Rath is a senior scientist and advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent 13 years leading the organization’s work on employee engagement, strengths and well-being. He has also served as vice chairman of the VHL cancer research organization.

Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. (1924-2003) was past chairman of Gallup and coauthor of the national bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths and other books. He was named the Father of Strengths-Based Psychology by the American Psychological Association.

What People are Saying About This

Deepak Chopra

"This slender volume offers an abundance of insights and inspiration. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to dramatically improve their work life and strengthen their relationships. "
author of the best-selling books The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire

Michael W. Morrison

"Tom Rath and Don Clifton have nailed it. Their positive strategies are deceptively simple but immensely powerful in illuminating the pathway to an extraordinary life."
Ph.D., Dean University of Toyota

Willard Scott

An insightful 'can't put it down' . . . literary gem. . . . Indeed, a winner! (NBC's Today Show)

Martin E.P. Seligman

"The Grandfather of Positive Psychology, Don Clifton, and his grandson, Tom Rath, offer illuminating wisdom for fulfilling work and meaningful life."
Ph.D., former President of the American Psychological Association and author of the best-selling books Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism

Mike Johanns

"If there were a Nobel Prize for building a quality individual, this book deserves it."
Governor State of Nebraska

Martin Walsh

"Wow! This little book is a treasure. It is chock full of wisdom, inspiration, and practical advice and rooted in solid research. It will change the way you look at your life, your work, and the world."
Executive Director Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation

Curt W. Coffman

"A very powerful lesson in the understanding of human potential and motivation. If every employee within an organization could read this book and apply its simple message, the enterprise would be transformed overnight."
coauthor of the New York Times bestseller First Break All the Rules and Follow This Path

Lea E. Williams

"Powerful, captivating, and easy to read. This book's heartwarming message has a spiritual quality, yet it is grounded in decades of research."
Ed.D. Executive Director National African-American Women's Leadership Institute, Inc.

The San Francisco Chronicle

"Useful anecdotes that managers in particular should pay attention to."

The Miami Herald

"A slim, simple, upbeat volume that manages to be inspirational without preaching (or inducing nausea)."

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How Full Is Your Bucket? (Expanded Educator's Edition) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
johnsorh More than 1 year ago
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%!
AK_Domelady More than 1 year ago
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.
jameswv More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
stringsn88keys on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little more substantive than some of the other pop motivation/biz books, but it also refined the "recognition for recognition's sake" culture applying common sense to it.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
jasminemarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
brianinbuffalo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The power of positive thinking and positive reinforcement take center stage in this slim volume that reads more like an expanded magazine article. There are no "lightbulb moments" in this manual for improving relationships and work environments. Still, the authors' "bucket-filling" gospel is supplemented with some helpful learning tools and backed up with convincing anecdotes.
wiseasgandalf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
amymelniczenko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice little simple book about being positive and being a positive force in the lives of those around us. Very quick read.
GoodOldUSA More than 1 year ago
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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