Remember the happiness equation (blog post) from Swami Chinmayananda?
Happiness = Desires Fulfilled / Desires Entertained
Here is another very similar one I came across in a podcast yesterday, attributed by the speaker to some Buddhist monks.
Satisfaction = Haves / Wants
This is somewhat an even shorter and easier representation of the same thing.
Reduce the denominator, increase satisfaction.
Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have any ‘wants’ though. They key is to cut the umbilical cord between ‘getting the wants’ and ‘being happy’.