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What is the loveliest thing a
child has ever said to you?
Richard Muller, Prof Physics,
R) Berkeley, author "Now, The Physics of
Updated Aug 2
Would you like one, Grandpa?"
OK- it was not my child but my
granddaughter, but I still think it counts.
I had read about the marshmallow test. You
give a child a marshmallow, and then say that
if she (Layla, in this case) could keep from
eating it for 10 minutes, you' ll give her a
second. So I tried that test with my
granddaughter (not with marshmallows, but
with chocolate, which she likes much more).
According to extensive experiments, children
who "pass" the "marshmallow test" are far
more successful in later life. They have
learned a fundamental truth in life, that
delayed gratification can lead to a far better
She sat and watched the chocolate. The 10-
minute hourglass finally emptied, and she
had succeeded. She asked for her second
piece of chocolate. I gave it to her, and she
now had two in her hand. That' s when she
looked up at me and asked, "Would you like
Needless to say, from that moment on I
would readily give my life for her.
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