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How do you feel when your bucket is full?

When your bucket is full, you feel more confident, secure, calm, patient, and friendly. Your thoughts are positive and you expect good results. When your bucket is overflowing, you experience a happiness that can spread to those around you. This is the 'ripple effect' of a full bucket.

How do you feel when your bucket is empty?

When your bucket is empty, it contains few positive thoughts or feelings. When your bucket is empty you can easily become sad, negative, insecure, nervous, angry, depressed, stressed, worried, afraid, or physically ill. An empty bucket can affect your behavior and cause you to express your emotions in a way that empties the buckets of those around you.

What affects the level of happiness in your bucket?

Negative life events or the careless, or even cruel words and behavior of others. Your own self-talk and thoughts can dramatically reduce or raise the level of happiness in your bucket. When your thoughts are positive and healthy, your bucket levels will reflect it.

What is Bucket Filling?

Actions or words that show that you care about someone, saying or doing something kind, giving someone a heartfelt smile, using names with respect, helping without being asked, giving sincere compliments, showing respect to others. There are hundreds of wonderful ways to fill buckets. Your own bucket will be filled when, at the close of each day, you reflect on the ways in which you have filled buckets of others.

What is Bucket Dipping?

These actions may be intentional or unintentional, the result, in regards to someone’s bucket is the same. Making fun of some-one, saying or doing unkind things, refusing to help, failing to show respect, blaming others, deliberately hurting someone, or harassing another. These are just a few of the ways in which it's possible to dip into another's bucket.

What does 'Use Your Lid' Mean?

Because your bucket represents your emotional and mental health, it is extremely important that you learn to protect the good thoughts and feelings you've collected. The 'lid' represents a mental shield against anything that would dip into your bucket. When you consciously train yourself to stop and think through a situation as soon as you feel the hurt, pain, or anger from a painful, embarrassing, or otherwise unpleasant situation you will be able to prevent your bucket from being dipped. As you practice using your lid, you will build the necessary resilience to work through life's challenges.

This week with your children:

  • Use the information from the newsletters to explain the concept of ‘How Full is Your Bucket.
  • Use the language of dipping and filling and catch each other out filling buckets.
  • Give them the special task of finding a way to fill a specific persons bucket. It may be someone at home, at school, or in the wider community.

“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.” Bradley Millar

Lee Jellis Student Wellbeing Coordinator