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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,962 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald O. Clifton, Tom Rath Narrator: Tom Rath Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780743551137
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How did you feel after your last interaction with another person?

Did that person -- your spouse, best friend, co-worker, or even a stranger -- "fill your bucket" by making you 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 audiobook 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 chances and has all the makings of a timeless classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This positive give-and-take leads to solid marriages, higher worker satisfaction and productivity, and a happier world.

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “For all the veneer of easygoing pleasantry, this is serious business.” 

    USA Today

  • “Kindness really is contagious.”

    Ladies’ Home Journal

  • “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.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 BusinessWeek Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jude | 2/13/2014

    " Probably one of the best "positive" books I've read in a long time. I bought it mainly for work but the concepts will easily be applied to my whole life with family and friends. If you want to make a change in yourself and your surroundings, read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 2/4/2014

    " Short and sweet with some great ideas... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 1/31/2014

    " This is a great book! Everyone needs to read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bomalabs | 1/28/2014

    " Simple enough to be applied and understood. Most important of all though, I was blessed enough to purchase this at national bookstore's book sale, and got a STRENGTHS FINDER exam code for Free! All for just 50 pesos - instead of buying the Strength Finder Book which was definitely more expensive. And I guess the freebies really done it in for me. What more can I ask for? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CathyHZ | 1/20/2014

    " Excellent book! When I first heard about the book I had doubts as I wondered if it would just be another "pollyanna- think good thoughts" kind of book but I was pleasantly surprised. The author uses compelling research to support his position. My response to the book was that anyone would be foolish not to seriously consider implementing the ideas presented.The added strengths finder offered is quite a bonus as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Hunholz | 1/16/2014

    " I had to read this for professional development at school, and it was the most helpful professional development I've ever experienced. It has so many practical tips for keeping a positive attitude and encouraging others. I plan to use these in my classroom and with my colleagues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thedebster | 1/10/2014

    " This book is motivational and provides practical ways to help become more positive and help others be more positive. This isn't just for managers - it's for anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/24/2013

    " All of us have an invisible "bucket" that is either filled or emptied throughout our life. We can make the choice to dip into others' buckets or help fill them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 12/8/2013

    " Very quick read. Importance of being positive and filling people with positivity and some specific strategies for how to do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey alabanza | 12/5/2013

    " easy to read the book really helps us to be more productive and hopeful in our daily lives either on success issue. it all matters on possitive side of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Lightfoot | 12/4/2013

    " I listened to this audio book. It was very short (2 days of work commutes) but I found it to be very uplifting. I have been trying to "fill the buckets" of my students since reading it and am happy to see there is also a children's version! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi | 11/28/2013

    " Super book. Every parent, teacher, boss, everyone should read this book. Its an easy read and makes a lot of sense. I even gave copies away to some of my clients last year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 11/23/2013

    " Be nice, treat people right. That is the basic message of this book. If you are a rude, mean spirited, selfish person you will drain the energy and livelihood of those around you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 10/22/2013

    " I really liked the book. There is also a young childrens version. We used this book at a faculty meeting with the childrens version. We are filling everyones bucket at work. Great for postive attitudes to use in a work or school situation. Even in the home with young kids. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 10/13/2013

    " Be optimistic and recognize your strengths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayla | 9/19/2013

    " Pay it forward. I did and I do. Excellent reminder. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joy Longcop | 3/14/2013

    " the 'strategies' in the book are too simple. The ideas may be true but definitely not enough for all of work and life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 11/21/2012

    " Short and sweet--Main message is about how positive vs. negative interactions impact all facets of our lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 7/24/2012

    " Ive just been reading this in free time...... its very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb Banta Reece | 4/17/2012

    " Simple strategy that can make a big difference in the giver and givee's life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 2/18/2012

    " I just read this for work and it was quite short and succinct. The power of positive thinking and influencing others by your attitude, both good and bad. It is enjoyable and may boost you up to attempt positivity. I am not that good at it. =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 2/12/2012

    " I had to read this book for my CEHS class my freshman year of college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca Pretorius | 2/8/2012

    " Short and effective at getting the positive message across. I enjoyed it and think the principles in the book are a great way to approach daily encounters with others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/17/2012

    " Great for graduating college students/new young professionals about to go into the workforce. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Sanders | 1/13/2012

    " Love the philosophy and feel it is sorely needed in the healthcare work environment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Klista | 1/12/2012

    " very easy book to read. Good, practical ideas to make others feel cared for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 11/18/2011

    " It was alright. I felt very obvious. Being nice to people results in positive things. Not groundbreaking but not horrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana Fallentine | 10/25/2011

    " I love this book! It is very inspirational! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 9/23/2011

    " I read this for one of my grad school classes for management strategies, and it was surprisingly good. It was a fast read with interesting stories and concepts. Great for any walk of life, but I will use these tips in my job and in a future job in healthcare management. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 5/28/2011

    " SUPER easy read. It's a wonderful book that talks about how to 'fill' your bucket as well as filling others'. The book explains that to do good for yourself, you must do good for others. It also discusses the psychology behind your actions. I would recommend this book to everybody! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/22/2011

    " I plan to use this with my staff. It is excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 5/12/2011

    " Well written with a great message! Very quick read (I read it in an hour), but I'll be thinking about it for several days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jude | 5/5/2011

    " Probably one of the best "positive" books I've read in a long time. I bought it mainly for work but the concepts will easily be applied to my whole life with family and friends. If you want to make a change in yourself and your surroundings, read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 4/25/2011

    " I read this for one of my grad school classes for management strategies, and it was surprisingly good. It was a fast read with interesting stories and concepts. Great for any walk of life, but I will use these tips in my job and in a future job in healthcare management.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 4/25/2011

    " Yes, I'm reading this book with ladies at Dress for Success Memphis. It's a great leadership class with wonderful leader and guest speakers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracie | 3/28/2011

    " I read this because my kids were reading the childs version at school and kept saying,"Thanks Mom you filled my bucket." I had no idea what they were talking about. It is a good pay it forward, super fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 3/20/2011

    " Very motivational and applies to all areas of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 3/14/2011

    " A shot in the arm book full of all the research about the importance of positivity in the workplace. Duh... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 2/1/2011

    " I liked this. Neat way of looking at how everyday interactions effect people. I knew that how I deal with people effects them, but never thought about how when other peoples interactions effect me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 1/21/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/10/2011

    " Received this book from work so I read it and think it sends a good message around the importance of being positive both personally in relationships with those around you. Short book too! The message equally applies in and out of the workplace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/3/2010

    " Fast, easy read-- I love the idea of positive psychology having a place on the shelf of academic study now! "

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