Your friend: "What are you doing walking around without any clothes?" You: "I don't need any clothes, I wear my human needs instead!" What are the human needs and how can we use them to maximize our lives? According to self help guru Tony Robbins, these are the 6 main human needs and they explain why we do what we do. 1. Certainty: assurance you can avoid pain and gain pleasure 2. Uncertainty/Variety: the need for the unknown, change, new stimuli 3. Significance: feeling unique, important, special or needed 4. Connection/Love: a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something 5. Growth: an expansion of capacity, capability or understanding 6. Contribution: a sense of service and focus on helping, giving to and supporting others I came up with an acronym and a metaphor to help me understand the human needs better. I hope it helps you too. The acronym that helps me remember them is CCLUGS. Now notice that CCLUGS rhymes with Uggs. Just like Uggs boots are meant to be worn, maybe CCLUGS are meant to be worn also? When thinking about their needs, most people think of a void that needs filled. But what if we started thinking about our human needs as something we use to clothe our life and add to it instead? We are in charge of getting our needs met just like we are in charge of dressing ourselves everyday. So we just learned the human needs and we want to apply this knowledge today. We are getting ready in the morning and review our day and make sure it is lined up with our human needs. Let's say that your top priority is love/ connection and growth. On your to do list, add some activities that you will experience growth and love in. "Today I feel like reading a book and having lunch with a friend." Dress your days in experiences that will get your human needs met at the same time. Next time you think you put all your clothes on and are looking hella good... make sure you put on what really counts..... Your CCLUGS! Citation: Robbins, Anthony J. "The 6 Human Needs: Why We Do What We Do." Tony Robbins. Tony Robbins, 7 Aug. 2013. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.