In the 1960s, Stanford University conducted the so-called Marshmallow Experiment, a study conducted by Professor Walter Mischel in which a child was offered the choice of being able to eat a single marshmallow now, or if they waited 15 minutes, two. As you can imagine, some children resisted whilst others went for instant indulgence, eating the marshmallow right away.
This experiment shed unexpected light on people’s nature, their motivations, including their financial decision-making.
Good impulse control turned out to be a predictor of success and fulfillment of long-term goals. In other words, we can choose to have something now, or we can choose to have something bigger and better at a later time in life - by saving.