An Antidote to Dissatisfaction

  • Published on Dec 8, 2019
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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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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    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

    • Kalamardox
      Kalamardox 23 days ago


    • Marco Trevisan
      Marco Trevisan Month ago

      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.

    • Post Fecal Mortem
      Post Fecal Mortem Month ago

      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!

    • Akansh Arya
      Akansh Arya Month ago +1

      Hey you guys are in the RU-clip rewind 2019

    • Abdullah Kamal
      Abdullah Kamal Month ago


  • mizuko wa
    mizuko wa 22 minutes ago

    exactly 10 minutes only for say gratitud?

  • Yusni Afterwave
    Yusni Afterwave 2 hours ago

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

  • Ikhlas AB
    Ikhlas AB 4 hours ago

    Pretty good video, thank you very much 🌷🌷

  • MetalSlayerKatarina
    MetalSlayerKatarina 4 hours ago

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

  • Alessia Castonguay
    Alessia Castonguay 5 hours ago

    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.

  • Julie Key
    Julie Key 8 hours ago

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

  • Fictional Devil
    Fictional Devil 10 hours ago

    Nice one buddy

  • MultiTrace22
    MultiTrace22 12 hours ago

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

  • Normal Player
    Normal Player 16 hours ago

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

  • Liz Marques
    Liz Marques 21 hour ago

    Please, make a video about depression

  • cursednetherportal
    cursednetherportal 21 hour ago

    Reminds me of the loneliness video

  • Ninjacat9000
    Ninjacat9000 22 hours ago

    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..

  • Mario C.
    Mario C. Day ago

    I’m thankful for this video

  • Ad-Dhuha Poetri
    Ad-Dhuha Poetri Day ago

    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

  • Morgan Smith
    Morgan Smith Day ago +1

    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.

  • PSY-FI64
    PSY-FI64 Day ago

    Hello Bellsprout 5:35

  • doen sky
    doen sky Day ago

    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...

  • Christopher Winkler

    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.

  • Vsevolod Timchenko

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

  • James Nightingale
    James Nightingale Day ago +1


  • Reece A
    Reece A Day ago

    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.

  • tania 1989
    tania 1989 Day ago

    Great video..😊
    Extraordinary animation..😃

  • Witchcult Awakes
    Witchcult Awakes 2 days ago

    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

  • Athar Shaikh
    Athar Shaikh 2 days ago

    I am gratefull for this video, Thank u brother

  • YouTube Man
    YouTube Man 2 days ago

    Thank you for this Kurzgesagt

  • Carlos
    Carlos 2 days ago

    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.

  • uwu I The Creator of The Pro-Vax Pride Flag I

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

  • J VB
    J VB 2 days ago

    03:30 : Brilliant metaphorical imagery.

  • SolosoyHD GC
    SolosoyHD GC 2 days ago

    vengo de parte de ian pank

  • Mrsuprise TV
    Mrsuprise TV 2 days ago

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

  • DeadMarine1980
    DeadMarine1980 2 days ago +6

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

  • Vlad Oksin
    Vlad Oksin 2 days ago +1

    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.

  • Noeraldin Kabam
    Noeraldin Kabam 2 days ago

    I wish you all a content life.

  • Daniel
    Daniel 2 days ago

    Netero once said that what made him stronger was gratitude

  • vague03
    vague03 2 days ago

    this channel knows about civic consciousness

  • Ronald Chen
    Ronald Chen 2 days ago +1

    OMG im so thankful for this

  • 현뽀뽀
    현뽀뽀 2 days ago +1

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

  • 윤영서
    윤영서 2 days ago

    Plz make korean sub... i waste many weeks


    awesome video !!!!

  • Mohammad Bakir
    Mohammad Bakir 3 days ago +1

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

    HACKKER 3 days ago

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

  • TheRobotbill
    TheRobotbill 3 days ago

    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

  • frenchin
    frenchin 3 days ago

    Very good video!

  • cuong hoang
    cuong hoang 3 days ago +1

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

    HACKKER 3 days ago

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

  • Green Leaf
    Green Leaf 3 days ago

    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.

  • Isurus
    Isurus 4 days ago

    Thank you

  • brofenix
    brofenix 4 days ago +1

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

  • Yahvul _
    Yahvul _ 4 days ago

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

  • Levi Seul
    Levi Seul 4 days ago

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

  • Pentazer
    Pentazer 4 days ago

    NIHILISM. It is the answer to all your problems.

  • Chad Mertz
    Chad Mertz 4 days ago

    In past year how offtin have you survey

  • Chad Mertz
    Chad Mertz 4 days ago

    Going to carcus

  • Chad Mertz
    Chad Mertz 4 days ago


  • Neko Boy-13
    Neko Boy-13 4 days ago

    I have sever MDD ( major depression disorder ) and this might work..

  • Jaime A. Rivero L.
    Jaime A. Rivero L. 4 days ago

    Going through a rough patch right now, going to try this and report back in a couple of months. Excited! Thanks kurgezagt!

  • Dương Nguyễn
    Dương Nguyễn 4 days ago

    Thank you .

  • 156
    156 4 days ago

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  • 라드로치아브락소세제

    please somebody make Korean subtitles! I like kurzgesagt!