Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
By Carol McCloud
Illustrated by David Messing

Everyone in the world has an invisible bucket. It gets filled by giving and receiving acts of kindness, and emptied by acts and words that are unkind.

This is an incredibly helpful metaphor – not just for a small child, but perhaps for everyone!

While the book, its illustrations, and its examples are not subtle, it spells out some important nuances. The best way to fill your own bucket is to fill someone else’s. And, dipping into someone else’s bucket will not help you fill your own empty bucket.

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