Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Pattie Martin

When my 6 year old came home from school the other day asking if we had a bucket, I was a little nervous about what he wanted to do with it. I had visions of some experiment they had done in school that he was going to re-create at home. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the bucket is just a symbol of something they had learned about behavior.

"Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" is a way to get kids to understand that it's important to do something nice for someone everyday, even if it seems insignificant to us.I think this is a great idea...but not just for kids. We are all so busy that I think we forget about those around us. It's amazing what just a kind word will do for someone. I can be having the worst day and if a friend or coworker says just one nice thing, it turns my attitude around.Today is a perfect example. I came back after some time off and was having one of those days where nothing seemed to go right. By 6 a.m., I had decided it was a lost cause, but our producer said something in passing that made me feel pretty good and suddenly I had new hope. I'm sure Kara has no idea how much that helped.I'm definitely guilty of not filling enough buckets...and I plan to change that. My goal now is to try to fill at least one bucket everyday, because just a little kindness can lead to a lot of good feelings.