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How Full Is Your Bucket? Expanded Anniversary Edition


Learn how to increase the positive moments in your life and reduce the negative. How Full Is Your Bucket? is filled with relationship insights, powerful strategies and engaging stories that will inspire lasting changes in how you interact with others.

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How did you feel after your last interaction with another person?

Did that person -- whether it was 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 #1 New York Times and #1 BusinessWeek 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 life -- and reduce the negative.

The Theory of the Dipper and the Bucket

Each of us has an invisible bucket. It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it's empty, we feel awful.

Each of us also has an invisible dipper. When we use that dipper to fill other people's buckets -- by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions -- we also fill our own bucket. But when we use that dipper to dip from others' buckets -- by saying or doing things that decrease their positive emotions -- we diminish ourselves.

A full bucket gives us a positive outlook and renewed energy. Every drop in that bucket makes us stronger and more optimistic.

But an empty bucket poisons our outlook, saps our energy and undermines our will. That's why every time someone dips from our bucket, it hurts us.

So we face a choice every moment of every day: We can fill each other's buckets, or we can dip from them. It's an important choice that profoundly influences our relationships, productivity, health and happiness.

Compelling, Extensive Research

How Full Is Your Bucket? is based on more than 50 years of comprehensive psychological and workplace research.

Coauthor Don Clifton -- Father of Strengths Psychology and Inventor of CliftonStrengths -- and his colleagues at Gallup surveyed 4 million workers and found that individuals who receive regular recognition and praise:

  • increase their individual productivity
  • increase engagement among their colleagues
  • have better safety records and fewer accidents on the job
  • are more likely to stay with their organization longer
  • receive higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers

Drawing on Clifton's lifelong research, Gallup's massive database and discoveries from the world's leading social scientists, How Full Is Your Bucket? distills decades of discoveries into a book that you can read in about an hour.

The expanded anniversary edition includes a guide to applying How Full Is Your Bucket? in teams and organizations.

What's Included

Every new copy of How Full Is Your Bucket? includes an access code to take the Top 5 CliftonStrengths assessment.

After you complete the assessment, you'll discover your five most powerful CliftonStrengths and get personalized reports and tools to learn more about your strengths, including:

Strengths Insight Guide

Get in-depth analysis of your top five CliftonStrengths themes. Unique to your specific CliftonStrengths profile, this report describes who you are in astonishing detail and explains what makes you stand out.

Your Signature Theme Report

This report lists full descriptions of your top five CliftonStrengths themes (your Signature Themes) so you can quickly reference your most dominant talents.

When you purchase this book, you also receive access to the online Drop Creator. Use this tool to send positive personalized messages to others.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are “drops”?

Drops are a simple and effective way to act on the Theory of the Dipper and the Bucket. They are personal messages of positive recognition that are individualized, sincere and specific. And they are a great way to share kind words, give unexpectedly and fill someone's bucket.

Businesses, schools and places of worship have used drops for more than three decades, and millions of people have sent and received them. Some people keep the drops they receive for many years as a reminder of their accomplishments.

Does this book include any assessments?

Yes. This book includes a unique access code to take the CliftonStrengths assessment.

How will I receive my access code?

When you purchase a physical book that includes an access code(s), you can find your access code(s) in a sealed packet in the back of the book. The packet includes your unique access code(s) and instructions for how to redeem your code(s) and take the online assessment(s). You will not receive any access codes digitally when you purchase a hardcopy version of a book because all codes are delivered to you in the sealed packet.

What do I do if I need a CliftonStrengths access code immediately and cannot wait for my book to arrive?

You can purchase the Top 5 CliftonStrengths assessment or CliftonStrengths 34 assessment. Access codes for both of these products are delivered digitally.


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August 2004

Dimensions (W x L x thickness):
5.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
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0.65 lb.
How Full Is Your Bucket? Expanded Anniversary Edition