What (Really) Satisfies Our Cravings?

Many adults attempt to quench their thirst with stuff:

  • the next cool car
  • the in-vogue boots
  • the latest and greatest gadget

Many adults quickly discover these things don’t really satisfy their cravings. So they go after:

  • the next toy
  • the next trip
  • the next tease

—only to discover once again they’re left parched.

What we crave most is connection, respect, acceptance, and love.

We want to be seen and understood. Depending on the well you’re drinking from… how likely are you to satiate your thirst?




AmyK Hutchens
AmyK Hutchens
A former executive of a billion-dollar global consumer products company and awarded the Vistage UK, International Speaker of the Year, AmyK is a dynamic, energetic catalyst for driving businesses forward faster. With 100+ presentations per year, AmyK travels the globe sharing with executives, influencers and go-getters HOW to confidently & competently navigate their toughest conversations without saying something they regret, giving their power away or damaging their relationships. With humor, insight and experience she engages and inspires audiences to master the The Power of Profitable Conversations. Learn more about AmyK at Follow AmyK on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @AmyKHutchens.

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  1. Amyk, thank you for sharing this thought-provoking article with us. I have tried to satiate with various wells over the years. However, your point about connection, respect, acceptance, and love is valid – all of these hold a place in my life. Like Maureen, sometimes, my thirst is satiated out of curiosity and boredom. I also think that what we are thirsty for depends on where we are at in our life. Instant gratification may give us that rush initially, but it fades away. True satisfaction, when we find it or develop it, is felt wholeheartedly and is something we carry with us through the many chapters of our lives.

    • Concur! And yes, different seasons of life offer different views on what we need and want and how we wish to connect and serve. Hugs, AmyK

  2. I appreciate your reminder to be clear about what we truly value so we can focus our life energy in that direction, AmyK.
    As someone who has yearned for deep, healthy, kind, meaningful connection with people for a lifetime, I have to admit that the other “things” haven’t not really captured my attention as much as an understanding of what loving, forgiving, and accepting myself and others is all about. I notice I live in a culture that craves the distractions and I certainly distracted myself, too. How important to sit quietly, to reflect, to listen to one’s heart to sort out what will have us fulfilled from the inside out. I have discovered that cultivating an enduring connection to that part of me that watches the movie of me and life, sets me free.

    Thank you for these words of reminder.

  3. Amyk, Thank you to yourself and Dennis for seeking out my comments regarding your article. I am a very humble person who is not given to expensive cars, mansions, jewelry, luxury resorts or anything even close. My main pleasures are folk music, cold Brooklyn sinkwater, the video billboards in Manhattan or other things along those lines. I want to be thought of as a good and caring person. In business, I want to be known as somebody who can (and has) put “deals” together. Those that have known me for awhile pretty much are aware of what makes me tick. My actions or lack thereof speak for me. I try to separate business from personal. Each has its own dynamics. Certainly, I want a good professional reputation along with the spoils that go with it. Away from that world I just like to keep life simple with putting in a concerted effort not to be noticed.

    • Thank you, M6 point if my comment is that luxury or the pursuit thereof does not do anything for me. When we die those things do not cone with you. While keeping up with and liberally using technology I find the most gratification in simpler things.

  4. I work with many shelters getting Dogs and Cats adopted. This is a big part of my life. I love to write and lastly the thing I love most is walking down a Dirt Road looking up at an Autumn moon with my wife, grandchildren and the our dogs in tow

  5. I have never been one to chase the next “thing.” My motivation is to give back in my community, from founding a youth mentoring program to working on policies that support children and families, to volunteering at on my state’s Commission on Children & Families, the local food bank or other worthy cause. I’ve been fortunate that I have “enough” to fully express myself in this way. he bottom line, is I am happy with my life and the results of the work I have done and the work I am now doing.

  6. As I ponder your work, Amyk, I so can see my own tendencies to look at satiating in both wells my own thirst out of curiosity and boredom at times. It has depended on where I have been in my own happiness and contentment throughout my life. All-in-all the most satisfying well to drink from goes much deeper then the next rush of dopamine achieved in buying, planing, or teasing as you so aptly stated. Thank you sincerely for allowing me to reflect for myself on where I stand, today.