Believe it or not, when I was a student in college at UT-Knoxville, many of my favorite classes were in the field of psychology. As I sat after work the other day with my fellow colleagues and discussed how exciting but sometimes overwhelming the future of dentistry is in regards to all the quickly evolving advancements, I couldn’t help but think back to one of my favorite psychology experiments. In what’s been called the marshmallow test, a group of researchers from Stanford University in the 1960’s put young children in a room with a marshmallow. These children as the entered the room were all told that if they would just wait 15 minutes without eating the marshmallow, they would get two marshmallows. As the researchers tracked these children into later stages of life, what they found was quite astonishing. Those children who were able to wait for the second marshmallow performed significantly better in life on a wide array of benchmarks most would consider to be associated with success.