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Delayed Gratification

Why 'Trust' Should Be a Four-Letter Word

Bob Swarup | Posted 06.06.2014 | Science
Bob Swarup

The famous Stanford marshmallow experiment was less about subsuming our self-destructive urges and more about trust. What was perceived as an irrational outcome -- eating the marshmallow before the 15 minutes were up -- had its roots very much in rational decision making, albeit influenced by our environment.

For The Healthy, Wealthy and Wise, The Future Is Long

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Psychological scientists are very interested in the dynamics of future planning, in part because people are so bad at it. There is circumstantial evidence that people who are financially irresponsible also take poor care of themselves. Is it possible that a single underlying trait is shaping behaviors that promote both health and wealth?

Delayed Gratification

Billi Gordon, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Billi Gordon, Ph.D.

Consistently choosing immediate reward over delayed gratification is a common problem for compulsive overeaters. Scientists call this intertemporal choice (IC), meaning choices that differ in the timing of their consequences.

Why You Should Rock Climb in Ruby Red Slippers

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 05.29.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldfarb

Kids don't possess the delayed gratification flaw. They want. They take. They use. And you know what? They're generally much happier than adults for it.

The Addict's Perilous Bargain

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.28.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Most of us are capable of bargaining for a distant payoff -- a college diploma, for example -- but addicts are bad at this calculation. So if addicts are so bad at temporal discounting, is it possible that this cognitive bias might be a marker of treatment success -- even a target of intervention?

Do You Know Your Future Self? Your Health Depends On It

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Research shows that if you are disconnected from an idea of yourself in the future, you are more likely to be a victim of temporal discounting when it comes to health behavior.

3 Ways To Stop The Nagging

LearnVest | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

Like water dripping from a leaky faucet, a kid's constant nagging can be annoying and almost impossible to ignore, but giving in can have real financial consequences.

Have American Parents Got It All Backwards?

Christine Gross-Loh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Christine Gross-Loh

Though parents around the world have the same goals, American parents like me (despite our very best intentions) have gotten it all backwards.

For Obesity, the Future Is Now

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.12.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

We do have the cognitive ability to project days or weeks or even years into the future, but we don't do it when we're making food choices in the here and now. What if we could trick ourselves into keeping our heads in the future?

The Happiness Deferral Chain: Music Versus Test Preparation

Susan D. Blum | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
Susan D. Blum

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my college-student daughter started singing. My father, a pediatrician, asked what he thought was a rhetorical question. "Why do kids know the words to every song but they can't memorize something for a test that will get them a higher grade?"

What the Marshmallow Experiment Teaches Us About Corporate Sustainability

Brent Schulkin | Posted 12.09.2012 | Impact
Brent Schulkin

In the test of corporate sustainability, companies often act in the same way as the children. They understand that sustainability is important, just as children understand that two marshmallows are better than one. But how long can they wait before giving in to temptation?

How Often Do You Have to Repeat the Same Mistake?

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 08.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

Whether we know it or not, when we fail to lean into the moment and embrace the lesson that is being offered we are sending a signal to the universe that essentially says, "Hey... I want more of the same."

Myopic Misery: The Financial Cost of Sadness

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.10.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Apparently, sadness has the effect of bringing to mind "take the money and run" rationalizations, rapidly and elaborately, which can lead to lousy judgments and real financial losses.

There Is Great Power to Be Found in Doing the Thing You Don't Want to Do

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 06.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

What "duty" might you perform today that would make you, as Mark Twain says, agreeable with yourself?

The Value of Delayed Gratification

Beth Kobliner | Posted 05.21.2012 | Money
Beth Kobliner

So, how can you raise one of these marshmallow-waiting, money-saving, super-savvy kids? There are lots of tips on waiting and saving in Money as You Grow, a project I am working on as a member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

The Physiology Of Willpower: Where Does Discipline Come From?

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Willpower is the key to much that's good in life. So it's no wonder that psychological scientists have been studying willpower for decades, trying to figure out who is disciplined under what circumstances -- and why.

Soul-Talk: Satisfaction Now? Satisfaction Later? Which Is It?

Russell Bishop | Posted 12.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

True gratification is neither immediate nor is it delayed. True gratification is an odd combination of both, an ongoing experience of fulfillment that combines what is in front of you with your larger aspirations in life.

Taking The Fight Out Of Fitness And Food

Donna Fish | Posted 10.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Fish

How you self talk in the face of your inner mean girl or guy will have a direct result on your ability to get back to your efforts. If you are brutal to yourself, it is likely that you will totally shut down, and want to avoid this whole thing entirely.

Are Age and Experience Overrated When it Comes to Leadership?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Justin Snider

I very much believe that learning to delay gratification is an important life skill. Parents, and teachers, need to be in the business of teaching young people that we don't always get what we want right away.

The Election Day Diet

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

The truth is that meaningful results -- for your body, and the body politic alike -- require a clear goal, a plan to get there, and resolve to stay the course.

Dog Tired: What Our Hounds Can Teach Us About Self-Control

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

New research is now suggesting a much more primitive explanation for our powers of self-discipline--one that brings us down a notch or two in the animal kingdom.

Marshmallow Test VIDEO: A Reenactment Of Walter Mischel's Child Psychology Test

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

In the late 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel performed a series of tests on preschoolers referred to as The Marshmallow Tests. Mischel would give a...

Getting Rich and the Marshmallow

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

We have a financial system that has played to people's weaknesses. We have allowed people who are prone to instant gratification to have as much credit as they could get their hands on.