When I was younger, I didn’t always get my needs fulfilled which created a confusion within me to get my wants and needs mixed up. It really took some deep introspective thought to understand the difference. We all need food, fresh clean water, shelter, and proper hygiene conditions to survive. We also need compassion, love, joy, and peace to live happily. For me, I also need to be creative, have free expression and understanding. I enjoy the finer things in life so I need good music, books, and culture to have my needs met. I want many other things, however, they are just things. It’s perfectly fine to want beautiful clothing, a nice car, or anything that will give you some joy. But it is so important to know the difference between your wants and your needs. Once you understand this, you can discipline yourself to enjoy the abundance that you already have and appreciate it all. More is not the answer. Less, is more. Have gratitude for all you have and your wants vs needs will shrink.