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How Full Is Your Bucket?: Expanded Anniversary Editionby Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton
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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?
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.
"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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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." Deepak Chopra, author of the best-selling books The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire
"The Grandfather of Positive Psychology, Don Clifton, and his grandson, Tom Rath, offer illuminating wisdom for fulfilling work and meaningful life." Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., former President of the American Psychological Association and author of the best-selling books Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism
"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." Martin Walsh, Executive Director of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation
"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." Michael W. Morrison, Ph.D., Dean of the University of Toyota
"Powerful, captivating, and easy to read. This book's heartwarming message has a spiritual quality, yet it is grounded in decades of research." Lea E. Williams, Ed.D. Executive Director of the National African-American Women's Leadership Institute, Inc.
"I loved reading this book and highly recommend it. I'm buying copies for those I love and care about the most." Paul Higham, former Chief Marketing Officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
"A powerful experience for every reader and an invaluable tool for energizing every enterprise." William L. Robertson, Chairman of Weston Solutions, Inc.
"If there were a Nobel Prize for building a quality individual, this book deserves it." Mike Johanns, Governor of Nebraska
"Should be required reading for every company, every school's curriculum, and every couple's premarital counseling." Gary F. Russell, Ed.D., CEO, Major League Soccer Camps
"This book reaffirms the value of caring and compassionate relationships. Tom Rath and Don Clifton have created simple but powerful strategies for transforming the business of work and finding the beauty of life." N. Joyce Payne, Founder, Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
"This book is a quick and memorable read. It should be part of the core curriculum for any corporation trying to build a positive culture." Val. J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care
"This small volume demonstrates how the practice of 'filling other peoples' buckets' can be life changing." Ed Deiner, Ph.D., Alumni Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, past editor of The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and editor of the Journal of Happiness Studies
"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." Curt W. Coffman, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller First Break All the Rules and Follow This Path
"Profound truths take few words to express and yet have lasting impact. This book encourages, educates, and inspires." Edward "Chip" Anderson, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Leadership at Azusa Pacific University and coauthor of StrengthsQuest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond
"Filled with powerful illustrations and practical applications, How Full Is Your Bucket? is a must for everyone's personal and business library." Peter J. Watson, Corporate Learning Coach, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
"The 'dipper and bucket' has improved my own outlook and been very helpful in my business life." Ben Nelson, United States Senator
"This book summarizes fifty years of scientific breakthroughs in less than an hour." Herman Cain, former Chairman and CEO, Godfather's Pizza, Inc.
Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, How Full Is Your Bucket? shows how even the briefest interactions every day profoundly affect people's relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. Co-author Donald O. Clifton, hailed as the grandfather of positive psychology, spent half a century studying the effects of emotions, interviewing people around the world. His discoveries are at the heart of How Full Is Your Bucket?
Written in an engaging, conversational style, the book includes colorful stories, five strategies for improving personal emotions, and an online test that measures readers' emotional change. How Full Is Your Bucket? is a quick, breezy book that helps readers boost the amount of positive emotions in their lives, and in the lives of those around them.
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.
Written in an engaging, conversational style by the coauthor of the bestselling "Now, Discover Your Strengths," this book includes colorful stories, five strategies for improving personal emotions, and an online test that measures readers' emotional change.
About the Author
Tom Rath is a Global Practice Leader at The Gallup Organization. He has led in the creation of assessments, books, and professional development programs, including the science, technology, and language underpinning the best-selling book, Now, Discover Your Strengths. Tom holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and is pursuing a graduate degree from Johns Hopkins. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. (19242003), 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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