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Adventures in Wellbeing & other stories

December 1, 2018

I've been teaching some PSHE lessons with Year 11 and decided to focus on wellbeing in a modern world. It opened a can of worms of thoughts and observations. The first of which was how quickly we've made more and more of our lives instantly gratifying. 

Walter Mischel figured out the problems with instant gratification, or more accurately, the benefits of delaying gratification, in the late 1960's and early 1970's. His 'marshmallow experiment' is still famous ( worth looking up if it's unfamiliar).  His findings showed that those able to wait and delay gratification in childhood went on to lead more successful lives. They were better able to deal with change, face and recover from challenges, were confident, self-sufficient and generally well rounded people. But this was in the 60's and 70's. How much more does the challenge of instant gratification present itself in today's society? 

How often do we turn to an online search engine instead of waiting it out when we ca...

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