Both CBS News and WebMD are reporting new research that delaying gratification is linked with intelligence:

Delaying gratification can be hard — just ask any dieter faced with an ice cream sundae — but studies show it is a sign of intelligence. Researchers from Yale University looked at why there is a connection between delayed gratification and intelligence, concluding it has to do with a particular part of the brain, the anterior prefrontal cortex.

This part of the brain helps people to manage complex problems and deal with simultaneous goals, leading to better self-control. The study has been published in Psychological Science.

Isn’t delayed gratification in the final consummation of the church what we also preach?