Picture this. Someone puts you in an empty room save for a table and a chair. They put a delicious smelling dish before you. Something you’ve been craving for a while. Something you are not allowed too often. Something so delicious it makes your mouth water just thinking about it.
Then you’re being told you can have it. But, and here is the catch (you knew this was coming, didn’t you?), if you eat it immediately – this will be it. IF however you can sit in front of it for 20 minutes, not only will you get to eat it but you will be rewarded with a second helping. Dilemma? Oh yes. Tempting? Why yes, thank you for asking Captain Obvious.
This is what the famous Marshmallow Experiment is all about. Delayed gratification. And delayed gratification can suck my unwashed, sweaty toes. I've been tortured like that - oh the sweet temptation. But this isn’t about me or grown ups. This is about kids sitting in front of a Marshmallow in an empty room.
Watch the children’s range of facial expressions and coping strategies (looking away, sniffing the marshmallow, stroking it gently) as they desperately try to resist the sugary temptation. It is too cute for words.