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Instant Gratification

Why Modern Consumers Crave Both Freedom and Structure

Troy Campbell | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
Troy Campbell

Consider even the mundane phenomenon of self-serve frozen yogurt. The reason frozen yogurt has become so popular may not be entirely due to its taste, but to the opportunity for constrained creativity.

Push for Progress

Natalie Bounassar | Posted 10.12.2014 | Technology
Natalie Bounassar

Anything worth having is worth waiting for, worth working for. We need to be better at discerning the wants and needs that can be satisfied at the push of a button and the ones that need patience and care.

Tinder and Human Nature: How and Why Tinder Works

Ross A. Rosenberg | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross A. Rosenberg

"Chemistry" is not just the inexplicable adrenaline-charged sensation when two would-be lovers meet. It is the igniter, the catalyst for all forms o...

Stop! Don't Buy That! Be Happy!

Nancy Deville | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Deville

Conspicuous consumption is kind of a fun concept. We've all done it. Clothing. Cars. Jewelry. Homes. Does buying more things make you happier? Actuall...

Where Purpose Is in Pitfalls and Potential Is in Possibility

Cara Dixon | Posted 01.27.2014 | Home
Cara Dixon

The perspective that life is a marathon, not a sprint, endangers the belief that the result will provide immediate gratification. To a culture that runs on making results readily available, this notion may present challenges.

The 'Disease of More'

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

Being thankful naturally leads to thoughts of how to best use such blessings in your life. It leads to goal setting and a desire to share the feeling with someone else. I

4 Things That Are Totally Worth The Wait

Posted 05.16.2013 | Healthy Living

By Sam Ferrigno for HooplaHa.com. Happiness comes to those who wait. These four things are worth delaying that sought-after crave for instant grati...

'Instant Gratification' -- My, How You've Grown!

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Frances Moore Lappe

One way of conceiving environmental awareness is that it's all about fighting our desire for instant gratification. But there is another way to think about instant gratification that an ecological worldview opens to us.

Enough. Stop Interrupting Me!

Connie Dieken | Posted 12.16.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

We're living in an impatient, impulsive, instant gratification world. Interrupting, interjecting and talking over others has become the new norm. Seems everybody wants to get a word in edgewise.

The Remarkable Discovery I Made In An Old Trunk Of Letters

Karen Dukess | Posted 10.08.2012 | Fifty
Karen Dukess

I have an old trunk full of letters written to me when I was at camp and at college and living abroad. I have letters written on onion-skin paper and on pages ripped from college notebooks. I have love letters from old boyfriends and letters from friends I never thought I'd lose touch with.

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?

Connection: The Heart of Our Humanity

Gregory Stebbins | Posted 03.13.2012 | Impact
Gregory Stebbins

Once a day, when you're getting ready to text or email someone, call them and talk instead. Better yet, if it's someone at work or someone close to where you are, go over and deliver your message in person.

Discretionary Income Causing a Values Clash?

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 12.27.2011 | Latino Voices
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

How do we balance the desire to use our discretionary income to shower our kids with gifts we never had with our desire to continue to teach these important cultural values of conservation and creative reuse?"

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.

Don't Give Up: Why Effort Is The Key To Satisfaction

Joe Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joe Robinson

Effort is your friend. It's the unsung engine of the 40 percent of your potential happiness that you can actually do something about, that's not inherited or the result of circumstantial influences.

Should We Be Paying Kids To Do Well?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Children -- and adults -- need to know that parents, teachers and others in their lives support and believe that they can succeed and take pleasure in their accomplishments.

Instant Gratification or Superfluous Distractions?

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Many writers have been given an opportunity to be read, discovered and validated, an opportunity that they wouldn't have otherwise gotten had it not b...

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.

Magic Johnson and the Tax Refund Rip-off

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Because of Johnson, the tax refund business might stick around, luring in more millions of Americans.

"I'm not an Adultolescent!"

Christine Hassler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Hassler

I read your posts about adultolescents. As a hard-working member of Gen Y, I feel like I have to overcome a lot of stereotypes like the carefree, irr...

Instant Games Now Fuel Lottery Business

New York Times | Nelson Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

With the popularity of traditional lotteries waning across the country, many states are turning to instant games priced at $20, $30 and as high as $50...