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Author Carol McCloud in Buckets, Dippers, and Lids: Secrets to Your Happiness explains how each individual has three secrets to their happiness. She stresses that it is involved with a Bucket, Dipper and Lid. A bucket is used to contain one’s happiness. People give into our personal bucket, we fill our own as well as fill other people’s. We shouldn’t allow people to drain happiness from our bucket, rather we should fill them up. Dippers are used to dip into people’s buckets, removing a portion of their happiness, replacing it with some type of negativity. When this occurs, it hurts both the person who does the dipping as well as the one into whose bucket it’s being dipped. Just because a person has a dipper and can dip into someone’s bucket doesn’t mean they should use it to cause issues in another person’s life.
Everyone has a lid, even if they haven’t been using it to its fullest potential. One should use their lid to keep people from dipping into their happiness and stealing it, allowing your own bucket to go down in its own level of happiness. The lid causes one to think about what was just done to them before they respond in an unkind manner. Everyone should fill their bucket with happiness, not use their dipper to take away their or anyone else's happiness, and use their lid to keep in their happiness and prevent others from affecting them in a negative manner. Author McCloud does a wonderful job of helping us understand how to keep our buckets full.