Stanford researchers came up with the Marshmallow Experiment, which is made to test the ability of young children to understand and practice delayed gratification. The idea is that you give the child a marshmallow (or any treat, really), tell them that if they can wait for 10 minutes without eating it they may have a second, and see whether they can wait it out.
The results suggest that children who “pass” the test tend to be more successful later in life, having learned the difficult lesson that delaying gratification can lead to a better outcome in the long run.
Well, UC Berkley physics professor Richard Muller decided to give it a try with his 3-year-old granddaughter, Layla, and shared the outcome with everyone on the internet – and thank goodness, because little Layla has just won everyone over.
You can read the rest of his story for yourself below, but let me just prep you with this – Layla not only passed the test, but has earned her grandfather’s undying love and devotion in the sweetest, cutest, meltiest way possible.
Seriously, if you’re not dead of cute right now I don’t even know what to tell you.