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 NutshellMánuði síðan

    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. Kalamardox

    Kalamardox23 dögum síðan


  3. Marco Trevisan

    Marco TrevisanMánuði síðan

    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.

  4. Post Fecal Mortem

    Post Fecal MortemMánuði síðan

    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!

  5. Akansh Arya

    Akansh AryaMánuði síðan

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

  6. Abdullah Kamal

    Abdullah KamalMánuði síðan


  7. Aaron Todd

    Aaron Todd38 mínútum síðan

    Thanks for another awesome video. You all rock.

  8. DefinitelyNOT

    DefinitelyNOT2 klukkustundum síðan

    Bruh. This thing never works in real life. Gratitude can't get you a nice car, fix your problems, or give you a degree. Yare yare daze.

  9. C0mva

    C0mva6 klukkustundum síðan

    Thank you for this amazing video☺️. I love so much your animation and your researches.

  10. Neal Liu

    Neal Liu6 klukkustundum síðan

    kurzgesagt: GRATITUDE also kurzgesagt: how to destroy the universe

  11. Mr.AJWorks

    Mr.AJWorks9 klukkustundum síðan


  12. Eternity

    Eternity9 klukkustundum síðan

    Wow!!!! Can't express the magnitude of the experience I lived !!!!!!

  13. mizuko wa

    mizuko wa10 klukkustundum síðan

    exactly 10 minutes only for say gratitud? ...

  14. Yusni Afterwave

    Yusni Afterwave12 klukkustundum síðan

    I almost killed myself 2 years ago because of your videos Thanks :)

  15. Ikhlas AB

    Ikhlas AB15 klukkustundum síðan

    Pretty good video, thank you very much 🌷🌷

  16. MetalSlayerKatarina

    MetalSlayerKatarina15 klukkustundum síðan

    Thank you, that just reminded me that I'm not even grateful enough for what I have.

  17. Alessia Castonguay

    Alessia Castonguay16 klukkustundum síðan

    I don't mean this in a rude way at all, but why should I be grateful for things that everyone else around me already has? It sounds a little condescending to me, as if someone is telling me to be grateful for my life because I could be so much worse off. I understand I could be worse off, but it really doesn't help with my mental state and situation right now.

  18. Julie Key

    Julie Key18 klukkustundum síðan

    Wow how awesome is that illustrated and animated. And thank you for the advice! I try to be everyday grateful

  19. Fictional Devil

    Fictional Devil20 klukkustundum síðan

    Nice one buddy

  20. MultiTrace22

    MultiTrace2223 klukkustundum síðan

    Hey, I ordered the gratitude journal in December. Will it arrive anytime soon or did I just got scammed?

  21. Normal Player

    Normal PlayerDegi Síðan síðan

    as i am watching this video, my mood is what is mentioned in that video

  22. Liz Marques

    Liz MarquesDegi Síðan síðan

    Please, make a video about depression

  23. cursednetherportal

    cursednetherportalDegi Síðan síðan

    Reminds me of the loneliness video

  24. Ninjacat9000

    Ninjacat9000Degi Síðan síðan

    The only reason for dissatisfaction is the fact that there is a You in a another universe with the dream life that you wished to live..Example: all your fictional characters exists.....doing the adventure of a life time you wanted..the enjoyment you derserved where the time You lived in does not hinder your ability to enjoy and explore..heck there might be a you right now whose aging process has stopped and is exploring the infinite universe..

  25. Mario C.

    Mario C.Degi Síðan síðan

    I’m thankful for this video

  26. Ad-Dhuha Poetri

    Ad-Dhuha PoetriDegi Síðan síðan

    If you dont know what to be grateful for today cos your day is bad but you found this video, that's it fellas. This video can be in your little gratitude journal 😉 thank you Kurzgesagt

  27. Morgan Smith

    Morgan SmithDegi Síðan síðan

    All this did was make me more self-loathing, it made me feel miserable for hating my job, for hating what I do, for feeling lost and not knowing my purpose, and for not knowing what I want or who I really am. This caused me to be more depressed. What is the point of going to a job I hate, to work for people who wouldn't care if I died, to make money for people I dont like, so that I can get by. What a meaningless existence. I thought this might help, ive been so lost, and unsure of where to go or what to do with my life, feeling so pointless. I have fought for so long to get by until one of the many plans I have put into action pays off so I can finally be free to explore who I am and what I want to do, but the more and more I try, the more and more I feel smothered, set adrift in the seas of misery. Life is pain, it is misery, and most of all it is a disappointment. I hope someday to feel what you all feel.

  28. DefinitelyNOT

    DefinitelyNOT2 klukkustundum síðan

    Life is absurd, I agree with you.

  29. PSY-FI64

    PSY-FI64Degi Síðan síðan

    Hello Bellsprout 5:35

  30. doen sky

    doen skyDegi Síðan síðan

    Oh come on, there are tons of studies about multiple subjects - but so what? It doesn't mean that positive psychology and gratitude makes our lives much better. It's really sad to see you so confident about those results. As a pop-sci channel you should at least share with us some of the criticism of gratitude and positive psychology...

  31. Christopher Winkler

    Christopher Winkler2 dögum síðan

    That helps me a lot. Thank you very much❤ for this interesting video. Normaly my gratitude isnt that high and i will need more time to became my old and good myself. But in the Future the live would became much happier.

  32. Vsevolod Timchenko

    Vsevolod Timchenko2 dögum síðan

    "Gratitude counteracts negative emotions and traits... like... materialism." Oh wow. Okay. This is some dumb shit if I have ever heard any.

  33. James Nightingale

    James Nightingale2 dögum síðan


  34. Reece A

    Reece A2 dögum síðan

    It all comes down to genetics. If you are small nobody cares about you, if you aren’t good looking you aren’t going to get any girls and nobody will want to associate with you. If you are an introvert people will treat you worse than a rapist. That’s just the way life is. People are disgusting.

  35. tania 1989

    tania 19892 dögum síðan

    Great video..😊 Extraordinary animation..😃

  36. Witchcult Awakes

    Witchcult Awakes2 dögum síðan

    But nobody's nice to me because I'm ugly, so I've fallen into the trap of eternal dissatisfaction. I guess I should become a hermit, so that nature won't judge me as people do

  37. Athar Shaikh

    Athar Shaikh2 dögum síðan

    I am gratefull for this video, Thank u brother

  38. YouTube Man

    YouTube Man2 dögum síðan

    Thank you for this Kurzgesagt

  39. Carlos

    Carlos2 dögum síðan

    Insatisfaccion makes us go further, but nothing will be enough... Never. We humans go goal after goal, if we were easy to satisfy, then we wouldnt want to keep living, we would only be surviving... If we were like that, we were animals, if we were like that... We were happy... That's why sadness is our real and most complicated feeling... Because it shows us the bad things in our life, and we try to make it better, but it will never be enough, not for you, not for science, not for anybody... We can't stop, because tomorrow is another day, we need more goals... This... Is sick.

  40. uwu I The Creator of The Pro-Vax Pride Flag I

    uwu I The Creator of The Pro-Vax Pride Flag I2 dögum síðan

    Kurzgesagt: Doesn’t add Birds into The Video* Me: Surprised Pikachu Face*

  41. J VB

    J VB2 dögum síðan

    03:30 : Brilliant metaphorical imagery.

  42. SolosoyHD GC

    SolosoyHD GC2 dögum síðan

    vengo de parte de ian pank

  43. Mrsuprise TV

    Mrsuprise TV2 dögum síðan

    Könnte es nicht deprimierend werden wenn man irgendwann nichts Gutes mehr findet, was man aufschreiben könne?

  44. DeadMarine1980

    DeadMarine19802 dögum síðan

    "identified selfish people and then shuned" unless you're the President of the United States.

  45. PSY-FI64

    PSY-FI64Degi Síðan síðan

    oh boy POLITICS

  46. Vlad Oksin

    Vlad Oksin3 dögum síðan

    The video reminded me of a book called "Mutual Aid" by Peter Kropotkin. Anyone looking for something to read and feeling interested in what was represented in this video feel free to read this one! "The power of Now" might also be interesting for people, tired of never achieving the goals they set.

  47. Noeraldin Kabam

    Noeraldin Kabam3 dögum síðan

    I wish you all a content life.

  48. Daniel

    Daniel3 dögum síðan

    Netero once said that what made him stronger was gratitude

  49. vague03

    vague033 dögum síðan

    this channel knows about civic consciousness

  50. Ronald Chen

    Ronald Chen3 dögum síðan

    OMG im so thankful for this

  51. 현뽀뽀

    현뽀뽀3 dögum síðan

    한글달아줘!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!kor plz

  52. 윤영서

    윤영서3 dögum síðan

    Plz make korean sub... i waste many weeks



    awesome video !!!!

  54. Mohammad Bakir

    Mohammad Bakir3 dögum síðan

    Like if you’re here after receiving The Gratitude Journal from Kurzgesagt


    HACKKER3 dögum síðan

    My meaning of my life is to increase its duration, and be happy.

  56. TheRobotbill

    TheRobotbill3 dögum síðan

    from my own experience (although I try to practice it more) one time I had an epiphany while deeply reflecting on what gives us humans the most fulfilment/satisfaction in life and I realised that there are only two feelings that could give us maximum satisfaction that that is love and gratitude. These two are the best antidote because you don't need a crazy amount of either to feel/experience it

  57. frenchin

    frenchin3 dögum síðan

    Very good video!

  58. cuong hoang

    cuong hoang3 dögum síðan

    Kurzgesagt: Recommends Gratitude Me: Express my gratitude to ISgos algorithm (for recommending me this video) :)


    HACKKER4 dögum síðan

    But If I think about gratitude I start worrying about death, what if people wouldnt defeat death, defeat ripper.

  60. Green Leaf

    Green Leaf4 dögum síðan

    The fact that there are video's out there like these and also being watched often proves many share the same feelings of loneliness and unhappiness. It's like an epidemic. I believe the main reason for this is the inhumanity of the system and the selfishness of a select few who are in control of the resources.

  61. Isurus

    Isurus4 dögum síðan

    Thank you

  62. brofenix

    brofenix4 dögum síðan

    This sounds like a religion. In a good way. Very helpful advice :)

  63. Yahvul _

    Yahvul _4 dögum síðan

    Y'all are doing great things on this channel, You are all fantastic thank you

  64. Levi Seul

    Levi Seul4 dögum síðan

    I am thankful this videos exist, they are amazing and i hope i can end my depression with their help.

  65. Pentazer

    Pentazer4 dögum síðan

    NIHILISM. It is the answer to all your problems.

  66. Chad Mertz

    Chad Mertz4 dögum síðan

    In past year how offtin have you survey

  67. Chad Mertz

    Chad Mertz4 dögum síðan

    Going to carcus