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[–] cdglow 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

Man oh man, deferred gratification is the bedrock of your best life.

  • Eating a giant bowl of ice cream feels good in the moment, but will ruin you long-term.
  • Spending money you don't have on junk you don't need makes you a bit happy temporarily, but screws you long term.
  • Staying home to study rather than going out to a party once in a while has more long-term benefits.
  • Working out and pushing yourself sucks in the moment, but has immense long-term benefits.
  • Having casual sex with randoms feels good for a moment, but has the capability to ruin your life.
  • Drinking or drugs can be fun in the moment, but can end your life.
  • Etc, etc, etc.

Civilization is built on deferring gratification.