In these times of accelerated pace and immediate gratification, patience is an unpopular and seemingly tedious quality. And yet, many studies have demonstrated that those who are able to postpone gratification have greater chance of success in their ventures and in relations with others.

Children who can delay immediate gratification (for example, an ice cream cone) in favour of something more substantial later (a bigger ice cream cone tomorrow) show greater intelligence, less risk of delinquency, and better competence in social relationships. They also have a more developed locus of control – that is, a belief that they are in control over their own life, instead of feeling at the mercy of events, powerless, and without a say, the best recipe for depression.

Piero Ferrucci
from The Power Of Kindness