Have you heard of The Marshmallow Experiment? In case you haven’t, it’s a test of delayed gratification performed on young children. Here’s how it works: you give them a marshmallow (or whatever treat they like best) and tell them that if they can wait for 10 minutes without eating it, they may have a second, and see if they can wait it out.
Researchers have found that children who are able to pass tend to be more successful in life, and have learned that delaying their gratification can lead to a better outcome in the long run.
UC Berkley physics professor Richard Muller decided to try it with his 3-year-old granddaughter, Layla, and shared the outcome on Quora, in response to a question about the loveliest thing a child has ever said to you.
You can read the story for yourself below, but tl;dr – Layla not only passed with flying colors, but earned her grandfather’s undying love and devotion in the process (as though she didn’t have that already).
Everyone else can go home now, because this guy and his granddaughter are the cutest things on the planet.