Gratification  

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Gratification is the pleasurable emotional reaction of happiness in response to a fulfillment of a desire or goal.

Gratification, like all emotions, is a motivator of behavior and thus plays a role in the entire range of human social systems.

Instant and Delayed Gratification

An alternate disparaging term instant gratification is used to label the satisfactions gained by more impulsive behaviors. The skill of giving preference to long term goals over more immediate ones is known as deferred gratification or patience, and it is usually considered a virtue.

Critiques of the behaviors of others may highlight the lack of this skill. For example we might say that those who lack the skill are immature. But then, an excess of these skill can create problems as well; i.e. an individual become unable to take pleasure in life, seize opportunities, or remain flexible.

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