We all carry an invisible bucket. This bucket contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great; when it’s empty, we feel empty. A bucketfiller is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people’s buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time. On the other hand, a bucketdipper says or does things to cause other people to feel bad. This simple but profound philosophy applies to every aspect of life.
Please note that we did not create the Dipper and Bucket metaphor, although we believe The Bucket Man was the first person to apply this powerful philosophy to individual school and classroom presentations in 1993. In the 1960’s, Dr. Donald O. Clifton (1924-2003), who would later go on to co-author the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? and be named the Father of Strengths Psychology, first created the “Dipper and Bucket” metaphor that has now been passed along for decades.