Do you want one marshmallow or two?
That was the question posed to a group of four year olds by Walter Mischel of Stanford University.
The study has become known as the “marshmallow experiment” and it shows that through the power of delayed gratification you can achieve some amazing results.
The study on delayed gratification revealed how important self-discipline actually is.
The Delayed Gratification Study
In the 1960′s Walter and his team wanted to understand the power of delayed gratification. So they found a group of hungry four year olds who loved marshmallows. They were given a marshmallow and promised another one if they could wait about 20 minutes before they ate the first one.
The children who could wait would be demonstrating the ability to delay gratification and control their impulses.
About one-third of the children were able to use self-discipline and will power to delay their gratification.
Fast forward about 14 years and Walter and his Marshmallow catch up with the children and discover something pretty startling. Continue Reading…