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Have you filled your bucket today? A guide to daily happiness for kids. by Carol Mc Cloud

Have you filled your bucket today? teaches that everybody carries an invisible bucket to hold all their good thoughts and good feelings about themselves. Having a full bucket makes you feel good about yourself, while having an empty bucket leaves you with uncomfortable feelings. Every interaction in a day either fills or empties your bucket and everything you say or do to other people fills or empties their buckets as well.


The concept of bucket filling is an effective metaphor for encouraging kind and considerate behaviour as well as teaching the benefits of positive relationships to children and adults alike.


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


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.


The authors suggest five strategies to help keep your bucket full along with the buckets of those with whom you interact:

• Prevent Bucket Dipping.

• Shine a Light on What is Right.

• Make Best Friends.

• Give Unexpectedly.

• Reverse the Golden Rule (Do unto others as they would have you do to them)


You fill a bucket and are a bucket filler when you show love to someone, when you smile, make someone feel special or do something kind. Bucket fillers are those who help without being asked or give hugs and compliments.


Are you a bucket filler or a bucket dipper?





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