How Full is Your Bucket?

In the non-fiction novel “How Full is Your Bucker” by Tom Rath, the author explains a simple theory regarding the emotions and feelings of an individual. He uses the object bucket to represent a person’s emotion; ranging from happiness to sadness. Additionally, he adds on the concept of “dipping” a bucket, which means taking away the contents of it – by causing a person to have a bad emotion towards an individual – which includes dipping the bucket themselves. These factors come together and create a society as a whole – with people “filling” and “dipping” their buckets every day. In the first section of the book, the author gives the reader an explanation of the concept: 

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

This quote has come up to me, as I found the concepts the author used to represent our social lives to be an effective way of creating awareness of one’s words or actions toward another individual. This book has also made me rethink my social skills – and encouraged me to do good deeds rather than things that can negatively influence another person’s social life. 

– November 2, 2022

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