Immediate gratification is defined as the desire to experience fulfillment without delay. In today’s world, it’s more attainable than ever. Some common instances of how some people allow themselves immediate gratification are with food, shopping and entertainment. It’s human nature to want something good and not want to wait for it. But, there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing. Being conscious of how much immediate gratification we allow ourselves and then slowing down on it has some perks. If we take the time to ask ourselves what we really need and want and if we’re willing to wait for it, we can become more mindful and productive.
Overconsumption of food, as well as the type of food Americans tend to reach for is a common topic in the US. Almost all of us are guilty of it. After a long day at work or taking care of our kids, it’s often easier to stop at the fast food drive thru for dinner. But, just as well known as these facts are, it’s as well known that fast food type foods aren’t good for us. Instead of the immediate gratification of the easy meal, we can make the mindful decision to choose our health. All it will take is a little planning ahead to have a healthy and satisfied meal already prepared at home. By consciously choosing to not give in to the immediate gratification some foods provide, we will be healthier.
Shopping is another way people achieve immediate gratification. It feels good to buy something that we want, or that is a good deal. With the boom of online shopping it’s as easy as a click away. Do we really need all of these “things”? Simply being mindful of spending habits can help save money. Financial stability is more important than the “next new thing”.
Entertainment is immediate too. Almost everyone has a smartphone. The internet is at our fingertips at all times. It’s not uncommon for people to be on their phones constantly checking social media sites or playing on gaming apps. If we are able to put the phones and computers down and actively engage, we will build stronger, more meaningful, productive relationships.
By being mindful of our urges for immediate gratification, we can curb them. We can take a front seat in decisions that affect our lives. Immediate gratification is so easy, especially in this day and age. But, easy is not always best in the long run.