How Full Is Your Bucket, a book by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton, explains how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. The bucket is used as a metaphor. We are at our best when our buckets are full or overflowing. We are at our worst when our buckets are empty. Think about the last interaction you had with a friend, colleague, classmate, or family member. Did they make you feel more positive or negative?
Recently, I’ve felt the need to assess my life – and the people in it. Am I surround by people who add to my bucket or take away from it? In order to increase positive emotions, we have to prevent bucket dipping. Reflecting on interactions with others helps us determine if each interaction was more positive or negative. If someone is constantly dipping from your bucket, maybe it’s time to limit your interaction with them.
On the flip side to this, are you a bucket filler? You’ll be surprised at how full your own bucket becomes when you simply help others fill theirs.