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

    • Chris Toph
      Chris Toph 2 days ago

      Very, very, very, very good animations!

    • Kalamardox
      Kalamardox 29 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

  • Michelle Sinnott
    Michelle Sinnott 59 seconds ago

    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.

  • ulaş durusoy
    ulaş durusoy 23 minutes ago

    Great work

  • ً ً
    ً ً 2 hours ago +1

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

  • Nadji Chegaar
    Nadji Chegaar 4 hours ago

    Grateful for having sabscribed to this channel

  • krua
    krua 5 hours ago +2

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

  • Marián Hyčko
    Marián Hyčko 5 hours ago

    7:12 It's my old GameBoy

    Feeling gratitude for good childhood.

  • Someone Anonymous
    Someone Anonymous 8 hours ago

    Thanks... this video helps

  • Louie Claus
    Louie Claus 9 hours ago +1

    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. :-)

  • Arina
    Arina 10 hours ago

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

  • jimby
    jimby 11 hours ago

    Kurzgesagt for president 2020

  • JON U
    JON U 16 hours ago

    an antidote to dissatisfaction


  • DDemons
    DDemons 19 hours ago

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

  • Taner Yillik
    Taner Yillik 21 hour ago +1

    Hugs ❤️

  • Ruslan Hesenov
    Ruslan Hesenov 23 hours ago

    şükr etmek İslamın temel dayanıklarından biridir

  • samidha hegde
    samidha hegde Day ago

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

  • yello!giraffe
    yello!giraffe Day ago +1

    this just makes me more hopeless

  • Dana Gonzales
    Dana Gonzales Day ago +1

    Thank you for this video! ❤️

  • Quazi s
    Quazi s Day ago

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

  • Charlotte Medina

    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?

  • Ben Ben
    Ben Ben Day ago

    I'g grateful for this video

  • luvwarhate
    luvwarhate Day ago

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

  • Jericho Santos
    Jericho Santos Day ago

    I am very grateful because of this channel.

  • Miyoung Cho
    Miyoung Cho Day ago +1


  • Austone
    Austone Day ago

    Thank you 🙏

  • matter
    matter Day ago

    I'm grateful but still dissatisfied

  • Kirill
    Kirill Day ago

    awesome video!

  • ridho mohammad
    ridho mohammad 2 days ago

    How to grow a "gratitude" ?

  • Sara Eftekhari
    Sara Eftekhari 2 days ago

    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.

  • Sara Eftekhari
    Sara Eftekhari 2 days ago

    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:
    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

  • water skull
    water skull 2 days ago

    아니 제목은 한글인데 자막은 한글이 없네?

  • Agustín Miguel Fiorio

    "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

  • Mariana Conceição
    Mariana Conceição 2 days ago

    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.

  • 김사이다
    김사이다 2 days ago

    제목은 한국언데 왜 한국자막이 없냐

  • Rezureckt
    Rezureckt 2 days ago +1

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

  • kazi maimuna
    kazi maimuna 2 days ago

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

  • astra
    astra 2 days ago


  • grugruu
    grugruu 2 days ago

    happiness = reality - expectations

  • Jú Firjam
    Jú Firjam 2 days ago

    now i'm crying

  • Jasmine Ke
    Jasmine Ke 2 days ago

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

  • Rubens Rubinho
    Rubens Rubinho 2 days ago +1

    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!

  • dansam95
    dansam95 3 days ago

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

  • 훈이팝송 적어주는 남자

    한글 자막좀 추가해주세요 ㅜㅜ

  • Jeroen de Bruijn
    Jeroen de Bruijn 3 days ago

    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.

  • Lucas Gomes
    Lucas Gomes 3 days ago

    You guys are awesome omg. Love u guys!

  • 말미잘
    말미잘 3 days ago

    제목은 번역되있는데 왜 자막은 없어 ~~~!

  • 156
    156 3 days ago

    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..

  • Douwantsometacos
    Douwantsometacos 3 days ago

    Dude I feel no gratitude, I’m confused

  • Cruz Herrera Channel

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

  • Bobby
    Bobby 3 days ago

    Shut the fuck up

  • FelineHYPER
    FelineHYPER 3 days ago

    We're not robots

  • Doggy Dougga
    Doggy Dougga 3 days ago

    thank you,
    I'm grateful you guys exist

  • Nicolas Beaufils
    Nicolas Beaufils 3 days ago

    Amazing work, thank you !

  • Aaron Römer
    Aaron Römer 3 days ago

    These gratitude and lonlieness videos felt exceptionally well made though, so i am gratefull for all the work you put into these.
    date 12018, 12019 nice :D
    A video suggestion: Wim Hof Breathing and the bodies ability to heal, cause lately there were a few nobel prizes in medicine won concerning research done around the wim hof method. This intersects with topics such as depression, happiness, auto immune sicknesses and inflammation.

  • Heksje Lilly
    Heksje Lilly 3 days ago

    This channel is awesome!

  • yerba02
    yerba02 3 days ago

    Love your videos Philipp, I and got to say a big THANK YOU because they work like yeast for my curiosity

  • Rana Harris
    Rana Harris 3 days ago

    a big part of islam is gratitude. being thankful for what you have. this needs to be noted.

  • Manusia Pacet
    Manusia Pacet 4 days ago

    Iam so gratitude too found ur channel and subscribe it thanks

  • Edgar Gallardo
    Edgar Gallardo 4 days ago


  • drkcortex
    drkcortex 4 days ago

    what a good fucking major scale, which virtully makes you feel grateful