In our previous segment, we have seen what gratification is. Here we shall understand instant
gratification, its impact on us, and why it is necessary to control it.
The need to immediately fulfill an urge or desire, to experience satisfaction without any delay,
is considered as instant gratification. This reflects in impulsive choices and behavior.
Impulse control refers to the ability to resist immediate impulses or urges in favor of
longer-term goals or objectives. It involves delaying gratification and considering the
consequences of our actions before making a decision. Impulse control is an important skill that
can help us achieve our goals, maintain healthy relationships, and avoid engaging in harmful or
risky behaviors. Poor impulse control can lead to a range of negative consequences, such as
addiction, financial problems, relationship issues, and legal troubles. For example, individuals
who struggle with impulse control may be more likely to engage in substance abuse, compulsive
gambling, or other impulsive behaviors that can have serious consequences for their health and
Let us now take the example of impulsive buying, a common phenomenon and the ways to deal with
Getting away from Instant Gratification: Impulsive Spending
- Make a list: Before going shopping, make a list of the items you need to buy. This will help
you stay focused and avoid buying unnecessary items.
- Set a budget: Decide how much money you can afford to spend before you go shopping. Stick to
your budget and avoid overspending.
- Wait before purchasing: If you see something you like, wait a few days before buying it.
This will give you time to think about whether you need it.
- Avoid temptation: Avoid places that tempt you to buy things you don't need, such as malls or
online shopping websites.
- Use cash: Paying with cash can help you stay within your budget and avoid overspending.
- Seek support: Talk to a friend or family about your impulsive buying habit. They can offer
support and help you stay accountable.
Remember, breaking any habit takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself and keep trying.
Over time, you will be able to overcome your impulsive buying habits and make more conscious
Fortunately, several strategies can help to improve impulse control. These include:
- Mindfulness: Practicing mindfulness can help to increase awareness of our thoughts,
emotions, and behaviors and can help us to develop greater self-control.
- Delayed gratification: Delaying gratification by waiting for a reward or avoiding an impulse
can help reinforce positive behaviors and reduce the likelihood of engaging in impulsive
- Self-reflection: Taking time to reflect on our actions and the consequences of our behavior
can help us to make better decisions in the future.
- Seeking support: Seeking support from friends, family, or a mental health professional can
be helpful for individuals who struggle with impulse control.
By developing better impulse control, individuals can improve their overall well-being and lead
more fulfilling lives.
Not Giving in to Instant Gratification and Its Benefits
Not indulging in instant gratification can have a positive impact on personal relationships.
It can help us to value our relationships more and build stronger bonds with our loved ones.
By not giving in to impulsive behaviour, we can learn to appreciate the effort and time we
put into our relationships. For example, if we resist the temptation to cancel meeting
relatives as we would rather laze at home, it can instill in us a sense of discipline
andforge and maintain social bonds. Trivial as it seems, these choices have larger
consequences as they impact our attitude to ourselves and the external world.Similarly, if
we take the time to listen to our loved ones and understand their perspective instead of
reacting impulsively, it can help to build trust and foster better communication. Overall,
by being more mindful and intentional in our actions, we can strengthen our relationships
and build deeper connections with our loved ones.
Resisting the urge for instant gratification can positively impact our careers. It can help
us to develop good work habits, make better decisions, and achieve long-term success. By
resisting the urge to procrastinate or take shortcuts, we can learn to prioritize our work
and focus on achieving our goals. For example, if we choose to work on an important project
instead of checking social media, it can help us to stay on track and complete our work on
time. Similarly, if we take the time to learn new skills and invest in our professional
development instead of seeking immediate rewards, we can improve our performance and
increase our chances of success in the long run. Overall, by being more disciplined and
focused in our careers, we can achieve our goals, grow our skills, and build successful and
fulfilling careers over time.
By being more considerate and responsible in our interactions, we can show our loved ones
that we care and value our relationship with them. For example, if we choose to spend
quality time with our family instead of scrolling on our mobile, or attending to other
distractions, it can help to strengthen our bond and build deeper connections. Similarly, if
we resist the urge to snap back or react impulsively during an argument, we can improve our
communication and resolve conflicts more effectively. By being more patient, empathetic, and
understanding, we can create a more positive and supportive environment for our loved ones.
Overall, by prioritizing our relationships and being more mindful in our interactions, we
can foster deeper connections with our friends and family and build stronger, more
fulfilling relationships over time.