Want to be successful in life? Well, it's all about marshmallows. There were these trendy psychologists at Stanford in the 1970s who were looking at this lofty notion of delayed gratification (e.g. mmm, I really want to eat that delicious piece of chocolate cake, but I'll wait till after I go to the gym/do dishes/study/clean/work, etc). Well, psychologists love food, and they also enjoy being just a little cruel, so they sat 4-year olds in a room and told them that they can either eat one marshmallow now, or wait for the researcher to return to the room and eat two. Most kids either ate it immediately or stared at it for 30 seconds, then devoured it. Some even lasted for several minutes. However, only one third of the kids lasted a full fifteen minutes before the experimenters returned. So what?
Those kids who lasted the fifteen minutes were less likely to be obese, have behavioural problems, be addicted to drugs, or be with-child during high school. They scored about 200 points higher on the SATs than the those kids that just devoured the marshmallows straight away. In their 30s, they were less likely to have health issues, they were more likely to have a healthy BMI, less likely to be jailed, and more likely to be rich. The impatient little ones, they were addicted, poor and single parents. So the question is, would you wait?
I'd like to think that I would. But I can't help but to think that I wouldn't at the same time. I can't help but to eat some ginormous amount of potato chips, I always intend to jog daily, but I never do. I should be studying right now, but no. So I may have gobbled that marshmallow down.
Yesterday, I spent the day happy. I got some decent results at uni, I got a nice phat pay-check. I also emailed our realtor and they extended our vacate date by 2 weeks (it's now on a much nicer 14/01). I spent half the day cleaning, went to the gym with my favourite roomie (let's call him J-Dawg), and had lamb cutlets for dinner. I also bought a mini desk fan, a new vacuum cleaner, got a haircut and an excel physics textbook. I think it was a productive day, considering I got up at 11.
My skin is looking rather nice right now. The seb derm has all but disappeared, and I haven't developed any new pimples. The old ones are oh-so-slowly withdrawing their troops. So I've decided I will photo update tomorrow or Saturday.
Ok, I'm going to write a goal list so I actually do something relevant to study today:
- Read and do the exercises for the first chapter of physics
- Read through Bonds and do exercises for chemistry
- Read Catch-22 and Pygmalion (my excuse is that you're supposed to be well read so that you can write killer essays and be awesome at comprehension and verbal reasoning)
- Do a third of a practice MCAT verbal reasoning exam (they're like 85 minutes long!!)
I also want to play some piano, and mop the house. Lol, that's a lot of goals, I'll do half of them.
Have a good day ya'll.