An Antidote to Dissatisfaction

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Everybody is familiar with the feeling that things are not as they should be. That you are not successful enough, your relationships not satisfying enough. That you don’t have the things you crave.
In this video we want to talk about one of the strongest predictors of how happy people are, how easily they make friends and how good they are at dealing with hardship. An antidote against dissatisfaction so to speak: Gratitude.
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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshellთვის წინ

    Ohai! For a change a few personal words. My name is Philipp and I started this channel almost seven years ago - you don’t know my voice but you have heard my words because I write most of our scripts. Oh boy. This was a hard video to make. Gratitude felt vaguely risky to do as a topic. It has this aura of cheap Instagram hashtag self help stuff. Some of you will hate this video deeply, and the thought of that made me pretty anxious writing it. Gratitude was not supposed to be a video topic originally. Just like the Nihilism and Loneliness videos, the script was based on personal struggles and part of the process of dealing with them. And so it felt right to make gratitude a video too. But Kurzgesagt is not a self help channel, so we'll keep this sort of content at roughly one or two per year. We hope they are helpful to some of you. If you care for my take on how to practice Gratitude, we made a Kurzgesagt Gratitude journal to combine the science with practical tips. Edit: PRE-ORDER is available again. Please note: You don’t need to buy this or anything else to practice gratitude - you only need a pen, a piece of paper and 5 minutes. Thank you for watching our videos and reading this comment. Being able to do Kurzgesagt means a lot. To me and the whole team. - Philipp

  2. Chris Toph

    Chris Toph4 დღის წინ

    Very, very, very, very good animations!

  3. Kalamardox

    Kalamardoxთვის წინ


  4. Marco Trevisan

    Marco Trevisanთვის წინ

    I have a very scientific approach to life and self-improvement, and it's over two year I keep a gratitude diary. So... spot on, Kurzgesagt and Philipp! But I understand your reticence about not looking like a self-help channel. I think that, as long as you cite your scientific resources (published papers, etc), at least in the description, you are on the safe side.

  5. Post Fecal Mortem

    Post Fecal Mortemთვის წინ

    Thank you for all of these videos, I've always liked your science videos but damn! I needed this video just right now and even after watching the topic I was afraid but I think it will be pretty helpful. Thank you very much!

  6. Akansh Arya

    Akansh Aryaთვის წინ

    Hey you guys are in the GEgos rewind 2019 Congratulations!!!!

  7. Siddhesh Goenka

    Siddhesh Goenkaდღის წინ

    You should have added epigenetics while introducing gratitude trait

  8. Rohit Rathnam

    Rohit Rathnamდღის წინ

    Truly amazing content, love your channel! Thank you and keep up the good work \m/

  9. 전주성

    전주성დღის წინ

    please korean subscription

  10. Khỏe Mỗi Ngày

    Khỏe Mỗi Ngàyდღის წინ

    Thank you Thank you Thank you ♥️

  11. huswn200

    huswn200დღის წინ

    still waiting korean sub

  12. antonio fan

    antonio fanდღის წინ

    Gracias a ustedes por ser tan buenos :3

  13. KyrosSs

    KyrosSs2 დღის წინ

    Muito bom, me arrisco a dizer que foi o melhor video do youtube que vi até hoje.😁👏

  14. 코미_

    코미_2 დღის წინ

    이거 왜 한국어 자막 안 달리냐

  15. Michelle Sinnott

    Michelle Sinnott2 დღის წინ

    Reciprisosity: A term invented by a creature to reduce our huge and wonderful experiences of life, to a series of bland, conditioned responses of a worm.

  16. ulaş durusoy

    ulaş durusoy2 დღის წინ

    Great work

  17. ً ً

    ً ً2 დღის წინ

    Religious people practice gratitude every morning and evening. This is a powerful technic.

  18. Nadji Chegaar

    Nadji Chegaar2 დღის წინ

    Grateful for having sabscribed to this channel

  19. krua

    krua2 დღის წინ

    "how to counteract these impulses" how about eliminate ads, pop-culture, lame series, hollywood movies from your life?

  20. Marián Hyčko

    Marián Hyčko2 დღის წინ

    7:12 It's my old GameBoy Feeling gratitude for good childhood.

  21. Someone Anonymous

    Someone Anonymous2 დღის წინ

    Thanks... this video helps

  22. Louie Claus

    Louie Claus2 დღის წინ

    I know that most of the unreligious people will gonna bash me but Catholicism really help me to become satisfied at simple and humble things. Yeah, the world offers us a lot of things and giving us a lot of material wealth that will gonna turn to dust tomorrow. No material thing really satisfies me. There's something supernatural around us that we constantly search but we always failed to find it. Praying and meditation really helps to combat dissatisfaction as we offer ourselves to Jesus. :-)

  23. Arina

    Arina2 დღის წინ

    Being a human is pretty hard, but I think we’re all doing a pretty good job for the first time :)

  24. jimby

    jimby2 დღის წინ

    Kurzgesagt for president 2020

  25. JON U

    JON U3 დღის წინ

    an antidote to dissatisfaction ........drugs

  26. DDemons

    DDemons3 დღის წინ

    Love this video. Did anyone else notice the bellsprout at 5:31?

  27. Taner Yillik

    Taner Yillik3 დღის წინ

    Hugs ❤️

  28. Ruslan Hesenov

    Ruslan Hesenov3 დღის წინ

    şükr etmek İslamın temel dayanıklarından biridir

  29. samidha hegde

    samidha hegde3 დღის წინ

    Thank you for this amazing video 😊😊Will try gratitude journaling.

  30. yello!giraffe

    yello!giraffe3 დღის წინ

    this just makes me more hopeless

  31. Dana Gonzales

    Dana Gonzales3 დღის წინ

    Thank you for this video! ❤️

  32. Quazi s

    Quazi s3 დღის წინ

    New to this channel and so glad I found it :)

  33. Charlotte Medina

    Charlotte Medina3 დღის წინ

    Okay but how do we destroy the egotistical worrying about falling into being a conformist? This is something I struggle with. The "wanting more and better" part. Because yeah, we should be grateful we have something (or even someone), but can't fully appreciate it (or love them) because we know it can always be better. Same for our jobs / economical status. Progress or even "growth" is also defined as growing financially or upscaling our position in society. How about those people who are ambitious? I try to tell myself that what's meant to be it will be, but how much of someone's will vs faith (destiny) is the manifestation of life?

  34. Ben Ben

    Ben Ben3 დღის წინ

    I'g grateful for this video

  35. luvwarhate

    luvwarhate3 დღის წინ

    But you are a self help channel I can't think of anything more helpful than knowledge

  36. Jericho Santos

    Jericho Santos3 დღის წინ

    I am very grateful because of this channel.

  37. Miyoung Cho

    Miyoung Cho4 დღის წინ


  38. Austone

    Austone4 დღის წინ

    Thank you 🙏

  39. matter

    matter4 დღის წინ

    I'm grateful but still dissatisfied

  40. Kirill

    Kirill4 დღის წინ

    awesome video!

  41. ridho mohammad

    ridho mohammad4 დღის წინ

    How to grow a "gratitude" ?

  42. Sara Eftekhari

    Sara Eftekhari4 დღის წინ

    I would really recommend Daylio as a very easy, convenient and fast way of r cording good things that happen and moments of good mood. It's an app.

  43. Sara Eftekhari

    Sara Eftekhari4 დღის წინ

    7:36 yo this sounds arbitrary, but it actually works. Journaling ONLY the good things that happen to me has helped me feel more content. These good things happening being: Showering Cleaning my room Eating a wholesome meal Practicing the violin Spending time with family Working in all my free periods at school All little things that mean a lot to me I suppose next is focusing on things others did for me: Dad drove me to school today Mum made me a sandwich for breakfast in a situation where because i had gotten up late I'd have been even mor late to school otherwise My sister introduced me to a really good tick tock video I showed erhu music to my sister which she enjoyed All this teaches you to put importance on on things you do for yourself, what others do for you and what you do for otherd

  44. water skull

    water skull4 დღის წინ

    아니 제목은 한글인데 자막은 한글이 없네?

  45. Agustín Miguel Fiorio

    Agustín Miguel Fiorio4 დღის წინ

    "a lot of self products that implies that is your fault for not working hard on yourself enough" oh my god.... so true. I recently found myself saying that i was a failure for apliying to just 3 jobs and getting cero response from them. I even said that i wasted my time and defraud my parents for making them paid for my education... my god this is fucking stupid. Jesus christ, self steem is a stupid lie that never ends and doesn´t do anything for our sanity. It's always there to remind your mind, everytime you fail what happened was you weren´t "brave" or "hard working" or the worst one "confident" enough. What the fuck does that even mean, if i see a bunch a bullys of course my 12 ys me would not mess with them but me at 26 i will fucking tell them to stop and get the fuck out before i call the police on them, but if you place me right now in a highly competitive work of course i'm gonna fail. Then i guess i should "work on my confidence"... until my 35 -45 ys me finally has the willpower to survive in that shitty environment. When will i ever be free? I think i'm gonna ask myself this question a lot frequent Fuck self improvement! It helps but fuck you

  46. Mariana Conceição

    Mariana Conceição4 დღის წინ

    I just want to congrat you, creators of this channel, for all the amazing content alongside with these amazing animations. They are educational, motivational and with an incredible beauty. Thank you. I'm grateful for all of you.

  47. 김사이다

    김사이다4 დღის წინ

    제목은 한국언데 왜 한국자막이 없냐

  48. Rezureckt

    Rezureckt4 დღის წინ

    im grateful for being able to write this comment and be a smartass

  49. kazi maimuna

    kazi maimuna4 დღის წინ

    wait is no one going to talk about how mad cute that dog is?

  50. astra

    astra5 დღის წინ


  51. grugruu

    grugruu5 დღის წინ

    happiness = reality - expectations

  52. Jú Firjam

    Jú Firjam5 დღის წინ

    now i'm crying

  53. Jasmine Ke

    Jasmine Ke5 დღის წინ

    To what degree is it true that those who are more privileged/financially well off are happier/more satisfied?

  54. Rubens Rubinho

    Rubens Rubinho5 დღის წინ

    Uau!!! Se ao menos uma pequena porcentagem da população pudesse praticar a GRATIDÃO e sair da seu mundinho de egoísmo quão incrível seria. Vídeo ótimo!!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍👍 Sou grato a esse canal!

  55. dansam95

    dansam955 დღის წინ

    I ordered my journal on December 25. I have received it yet. 😕

  56. 훈이팝송 적어주는 남자

    훈이팝송 적어주는 남자5 დღის წინ

    한글 자막좀 추가해주세요 ㅜㅜ

  57. Jeroen de Bruijn

    Jeroen de Bruijn5 დღის წინ

    Several years ago I went to a anti depression course, where they reached out with different methods to beat depression. One of the things they taught was indeed to write down, or at least take time to think of positive things that happened during the day. Given its simplicity, and knowing I am a bright guy, I was very unconvinced this would work. Rather every fiber in my body scoffed at this. I reluctantly told the psych I would do the exercise, if only to show him it does not work. The most irritating thing of doing this exercise, especially the first few times, it that it did work for me. I really disliked something so simple actually worked so wel for the complex mindset I had. Other things, like meditation and relaxation exercises dit not do much for me. In fact, the only other thing truly worked for me, is finding a new hobby I could love to do. So now nearly each weekend, i go out in nature or to a zoo, to photograph wildlife or nature. Its outside, I get some mild exercise, Get dome sunlight to convert to Vitamine D. And if i feel a case of the blues coming up? yes, i start recollecting positive things happening to me again. Because it freaking works.

  58. Lucas Gomes

    Lucas Gomes5 დღის წინ

    You guys are awesome omg. Love u guys!

  59. 말미잘

    말미잘5 დღის წინ

    제목은 번역되있는데 왜 자막은 없어 ~~~!

  60. 156

    1565 დღის წინ

    생존일지.. 43일차.. 아직도 한국어 자막이 추가될 기미가 보이질 않는다.. 처음 나오자마자 앗, 완전 흥미로운 주제자낭?! 하고 나중에 볼 동영상에 추가해두었지만.. 도대체 언제.. 아니 자막이 나오긴 할까.. 내가 영어지문 다 적어놓고 해석하는게 더 빠를듯 하다..

  61. Douwantsometacos

    Douwantsometacos5 დღის წინ

    Dude I feel no gratitude, I’m confused

  62. Cruz Herrera Channel

    Cruz Herrera Channel6 დღის წინ

    An antidote too easy DMT, LSD and shrooms.😂😂😂

  63. Bobby

    Bobby6 დღის წინ

    Shut the fuck up

  64. FelineHYPER

    FelineHYPER6 დღის წინ

    We're not robots

  65. Doggy Dougga

    Doggy Dougga6 დღის წინ

    thank you, I'm grateful you guys exist