What joyful thing would you do if this day was your last?
—Calm App Reflection
Various studies on achievement and success have demonstrated that one’s ability to delay gratification is significantly correlated with long term achievement.
You may have heard about the famous and somewhat controversial Stanford marshmallow experiment where preschool children were given the option of one marshmallow immediately or two tasty treats if they were willing to wait around 15 minutes.
Although debated due to various suggested biases, the individuals who delayed their immediate reward turned out to be higher achievers over the long run.
Where have you possibly taken delayed gratification too far in your own life?
What joyful experiences do you already regret missing?
Where might FOMO (fear of missing out) be a good thing?
Dan Pink’s newest book The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward may offer you some joyful strategies to make the most of your days ahead.