Are you a bucket filler or bucket drainer?

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There are two types of people bucket fillers and bucket dippers, consider please whether you are a filler or a dipper ….

Imagine that every one of us carries an invisible bucket. It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us. When our bucket is full, it is light and we feel great. When it is empty, it is heavy and we feel awful as it weighs us down.

During the day we have the ability to fill buckets – our own and others’ – by saying or doing things to increase positive emotions.  By making someone else feel happy, we also fill our own bucket.

However, there is flipside to this – sometimes we dip into other people’s buckets when we say or do unkind things to others. This empties their bucket and makes them feel bad.  We do not have to be dippers, making others feel bad, it is a conscious decision.   

We have a choice every moment of every day: Will I /  can I fill someone’s bucket, or will I be a dipper?

In assembly we thought about how we can be bucket fillers, or how we can be dippers. We considered the effect that our actions will have on others. 

So, ask yourself.   “Am I a filler, or a dipper?”   It’s an important choice and is one that profoundly influences our relationships, productivity, health, and happiness – whether we are 4, 40 or 104 years old 

How did you feel after your last interaction with another person? Did that person -your spouse, best friend, colleague, 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 book, “How Full Is Your Bucket?”, reveals how even the briefest interactions affect 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 shows how you can greatly increase the positive moments in your work and your life — while reducing the negative. “How Full Is Your Bucket?”  is filled with discoveries, powerful strategies, and engaging stories to inspire lasting life changes.

Bucket Filling for Adults:   “How Full is You Bucket?”, written by Tom Rath. Follow the link below to read an independent review.

Book Review: How Full is Your Bucket?

Published by headshipjourney

A teacher of thirty years, and mother of twenty seven years, I think I've learned a great deal - about children, about teaching and learning and about myself. We never stop learning and we should never be afraid to ponder new ideas, to roll thoughts around in our minds, to voice our opinions and have healthy debate. We should never have the arrogance to believe that we know it all but we should remain open minded ready to receive inspiration from those around us. And for me that inspiration comes from my own children, the children in my schools, parents and my wonderful team. I firmly believe that I am a privileged soul to be in the role that I am and I embrace every day and the challenge and joy that it will bring.

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