A Book About Buckets

by Karen
(Sydney,NSW,Australia)

What I read in How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton made a tremendous impact on me.

According to Publishers Weekly the book explores:

"how using positive psychology in everyday interactions can dramatically change our lives. Clifton 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."

Prior to reading the book, I had often wondered about how much of a difference I made in other people's lives.

I thought:

I say something nice to someone. Give someone an encouraging word. Pay attention to someone's story. Lend an ear to a child. Yes, sure it feels nice to do these things. But I really don't know what difference it makes.

After reading this book, I'm a believer that our actions do make a difference. The authors refer to true stories and actual findings which show how our outlook on life, our self-image, our view of the world, can be seriously affected by what others say to us, how others treat us.

Now I am much more aware of the responsibility I carry when I choose to say a certain something to someone, or treat them in a certain way. I may never see the outcome of my actions, but they can have far-reaching effects.

So I do have a great responsibility in how I act toward others, it's true. But I feel so alive knowing there is power in how I treat people. This makes the living of my life very meaningful and fulfilling.

Comments for A Book About Buckets

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jul 02, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
A BUCKET THAT NEEDS TO BE FILLED
by: Anonymous

What I read in How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton it answered some of my queries in life.
reading this stanza,

"how using positive psychology in everyday interactions can dramatically change our lives. Clifton 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."
i can well relate to the last sentence of this paragraph... i will try to remember being not negative to others.. so as not to diminish a positive outlook in them... rather help them gain/regain this.

Dec 14, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Positive Words to live by.
by: Anonymous

I'm so happy you wrote about this book. Now I have a new one I can add to my library. I love reading positive messages.

I do believe that positive words go a long way. Keep that positive attitude toward others will also help attract more positive to yourself as well.

Thank you! :)

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share Motivational Words "Pay It Forward".