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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  • 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

    Kurzgesagt – In a NutshellKurzgesagt – In a Nutshell8 aylar önce
    • Hello kurzgesagt your channel is really awesome 👌 even in grade 9 my science teacher has shown one of youre videos to the class We hope to see you for many more years

      shreyas pamarajushreyas pamaraju2 gün önce
    • The content of your each video is astonishing. I really appreciate your hard work to create such great videos. Particularly, this video helps me have deeper understanding about my feeling then control it better. Keep going team!

      Mai NguyenMai Nguyen3 gün önce
    • Hey Philipp! I love your work :D I know it's not the type of topic you'd normally cover, but as far as I'm concerned I think it's a worthy subject and that you all did a great job. I've known this about Gratitude for a while, I took a course in positive psychology a few years ago, and this is a good time to practice it, especially since these are dire times (deep into 2020 while watching this). I just wanted to leave a positive note <3 take care.

      mythirdchannelmythirdchannelAylar önce
    • Thanks for the video. 👍

      Priyanka RaghuthamanPriyanka RaghuthamanAylar önce
    • Thanks! Also, you don't have to be a self help channel, but that doesn't mean you have to limit yourself to 1 or 2 personal videos a year. If you want to, that's fine, but if not, do what you want with this channel. It's yours, after all.

      Aaron MartinAaron MartinAylar önce
  • I am gratefull for Kurzgesagt but I cannot be gratefull for some people for whom I do so much work, I am helping them to work through these dificult times but instead I see NO gratitude from them. Instead they see my efforts like I owe them everything I do for them. Perhaps for some people gratitude is not in their DNA

    Achilleas BoulogiorgosAchilleas Boulogiorgos2 saatler önce
  • "Your life is better than you thought". That!

    SerachfanSerachfan8 saatler önce
  • One really simple way to feel gratitude is to just look outside. We tend to dismiss the scenery around us because we see it everyday but if you take a moment to absorb it it's actually very calming. I especially like looking at the sky, I even heard somewhere that the key to happiness is looking at the sky seven times a day.

    disgrace to homo sapiensdisgrace to homo sapiens18 saatler önce
  • In the pile of trash that is today's internet, one diamond shines brightly- Kurzgesagt. Amount of work that you put in your videos is insane. Absolutely amazing,if i could, i would give you thousands of subs and milions of likes. The best channel on TRvision, chapeau bas.

    Mariusz NowakMariusz Nowak23 saatler önce
  • Kurzgesat reminding me about my mental health be like (:

    Highlight HoopsHighlight HoopsGün önce
  • One of the best TRvision channels there is!!!

    Titian TitiamTitian TitiamGün önce
  • I'd kiss you guys if i could

    RandyPigRandyPigGün önce
  • “Gratitude is for dogs”

    The Lone WandererThe Lone WandererGün önce
  • Gorgeous video

    Dev HunterDev Hunter2 gün önce
  • I loved this video, made me tear. My life is great and i didn't need these informations because i already think myself as a really greatful person. But still i was so moved by the way this video is presented that i cried. I imagined how many people could benefit from this and this made me feel happy. I love your work, this is without doubt the best channel on youtube, we love you! Thank you.

    Michele e i RettiliMichele e i Rettili2 gün önce
  • The first thing I'm gonna write in my diary is that to have internet access because that's how I came to the video

    Shreya LeleShreya Lele2 gün önce
  • that was an amazing video and i really felt it even after having watched hundreds of hours of self help videos. subscribed. also i would buy your gratitude journal when i have the money

    arafat rasoolarafat rasool2 gün önce
  • internet

    Amy AmyAmy Amy2 gün önce
  • strangely enough, I didnt really understand fully gratitude until I met this old korean lady on the bus. She hardly spoke any english but she gave me a peppermint candy before I got on the bus, then 40 mins later, she gave me another peppermint candy as I got off the bus. Now every time I feel down or not worth it, I think about how I was worth her time to interact with me, language barrier and all, twice, to give me little peppermint candies. This was about a year ago, and she probably doesn't remember it cause it was such a small thing she did, but I'l always remember that day. Every time I think about it, it makes me so happy.

    Fabulously MotherlyFabulously Motherly2 gün önce
  • nah, I think i'll just take drugs and die

    DoomedDoomed2 gün önce
  • love

    Chocolate darkChocolate dark3 gün önce
  • Gracias!

    Maha DonMaha Don3 gün önce
  • This actually really helped.... Thank you

    k alejandrok alejandro3 gün önce
  • Relatable.

    Smooth CheSmooth Che3 gün önce
  • ' Dissatisfaction is the Symptom of an ambitious Mind " 👌

    Nithin NeyyanNithin Neyyan3 gün önce
  • Jesus is the Answer, Only an infinite God can fill an infinite hole in our lives!

    JCarlos JJCarlos J3 gün önce
  • Thanks for the video!

    Neal SterlingNeal Sterling4 gün önce
  • After finished this video. Thank you for Great this video!

    Alex AtlasAlex Atlas4 gün önce
  • I am greatfull that this channel exists...

  • I wouldn’t be as dissatisfied if I didn’t wake up every Monday morning feeling like I’d had my foot/ankle run over. Because if I didn’t have this crippling pain I’d be working full time and have 4-5 days off a week to do as I please. Or I could get a job during the week doing whatever was required of me and make a living. It’s always pain standing in my way. Without it I believe I’d be free. Without it, I could have been a manager for my work by now. 3 very long days a week, but ultimately worth it for the time and money to make a living and have some semblance of a life.

    Hoshimaru57Hoshimaru574 gün önce
  • Hoping to go out with friends with the mask one day

    Mehrdad FarahmandMehrdad Farahmand4 gün önce
  • Busy teacher 18

    Renger _10Renger _104 gün önce
  • thank you for this video

    Amazing KonnorAmazing Konnor4 gün önce
  • "Life feels amazing after getting over a crisis." This is damn true

    MuktaMukta4 gün önce
  • I am grateful for buffets 😧

    chile9615chile96154 gün önce
  • Honestly, one of the best videos Kurzgesagt has made. Amazing little discussed topic, great explanations and script, and the best human design I've seen on this channel so far.

    Ian MurdochIan Murdoch4 gün önce
  • I think the word gratitude is often used in poor ways though. Like if someone needs a new jacket or pair of shoes because their old ones are worn out or don't fit right and some mean person is like "Just be grateful you have shoes" or something stupid like that. Or a kid complaining that they really don't like the taste of their dinner (different people have different tastes, shocking I know) and their parents say "Be happy you have food, some kids are starving" I don't think anyone hearing negative statements like these would feel happy, just rejected, unloved, and maybe a misplaced sense of guilt. Sometimes you do need some new item because your old one just doesn't work anymore (whether that's a bike, shoes, a car, ect.) or you can't stand the taste of something or are even allergic to it. Thankfully no one ever said things like that to me as a kid, but I have heard other parents/people say similar things. Any way I have a really negative association with that word(s) for some reason. Instead I think I'd make a list of things that made you happy today. I had the day off, so that was nice. Breakfast was alright I suppose, nothing special, but tasty enough. I went for a nice walk and it wasn't too humid out today, and it didn't rain. Dinner was good I organized my room recently and it looks better now, the incense I got smells good too. Yeah, my life isn't super exciting, but it's peaceful.

    MatchaMatcha4 gün önce
  • Thanks

    aMekkiaMekki5 gün önce
  • Alhamdulillah

    Senoozy XDSenoozy XD5 gün önce
  • This is recounts me.

    kaan Ulkerkaan Ulker5 gün önce
  • No entendí ni verg4 no se ingles

    Andrea UreñaAndrea Ureña6 gün önce
  • Why did i end up here after mr.beast's riddle?

    Aria SinghAria Singh7 gün önce
  • At 3:31, who is playing a very slow ping pong game in the background??

    Andy RenAndy Ren7 gün önce
  • thanks for the video. i will start my journal

    FálkorFálkor7 gün önce
  • I love your content, but waiting until the last minute to mention that this video is one long advertisement felt really deceptive. I lost some of my trust in this channel because of this video

    HarmonicPsycheHarmonicPsyche7 gün önce
  • I thought the antidote to dissatisfaction was satisfaction

    MelloBoiyoiyMelloBoiyoiy7 gün önce
  • Gratitude journal, entry one: - I'm grateful for Kurzgesagt

    Gabriel GarcésGabriel Garcés7 gün önce
  • This is so true. I was always depressed and didn't have it easy. I worked my way from behind homeless as a teenager all the way to being at corporate at a phone company, yet I was the most suicidal id ever been. I was such a pessimist. Then I went to jail, and later prison in 2019. Staring at a wall for 12 hours a day and imagining what the future will hold for me, when i fix my life and turn it around brought me more joy than ever before. I starting looking at life through the lense of a glass half full. Even so much as being able to hop in my car and go get McDonald's brings me overwhelming joy. Appreciate life and have gratitude. Its the best medicine you can get.

    Alec FrazierAlec Frazier8 gün önce
  • Amazing loved it

    Abhyuday SinghAbhyuday Singh8 gün önce
  • I'm sat here, depression blaring. I literally got emotional at the idea I'm going to be happy again.

    Christopher BestChristopher Best8 gün önce
  • How to cure depression: Look at the Kurzgesagt birds for a while

    Sawyer NorthropSawyer Northrop8 gün önce
  • When your'e german but won't search for the German version

    PhinePhine9 gün önce
  • I’m so obsessed with this channel.

    2 Real2 Real9 gün önce
  • Holy snap the first part of this video is full on

    gilbololigistgilbololigist9 gün önce
  • Love humanity

    Sagacious Apotheosis BLMSagacious Apotheosis BLM9 gün önce
  • If I'd have to write 3 thing that I'm gratefull for every week I won't last longer then maybe a few months

    BjörnBjörn9 gün önce
  • This video video pisses me the fuck off, what is satisfaction? why do we need It? see this video is good objectively but it's so fucked subjectively, this world doesn't make much sense and u expect us to write shit down and be happy?lmao wtf Edit:I could easily kill myself if I was depressed and get reincarnated into a baby and get love,shelter,food and attention in good ways that could give me peace and joy but since this life we live is a game apperenly we gotta do what we like and this is easy however the is not religion in this stuff but I'm doing good so far however this world is exhausting I swear however only hope I have now is that u guys will release that part 2 video of consioussnes in order to give me deep insight on the racing minds of us.

    I like FunI like Fun10 gün önce
  • This video got me crying. 😭Thank you Kurzgesagt for getting me out of this depression.

    Antique TVAntique TV10 gün önce

    Mrkens PickleMrkens Pickle10 gün önce
  • 탈1모

    손승현손승현10 gün önce
  • Thank you for This vídeos

    Manuela GasconManuela Gascon10 gün önce
  • Best TRvision Channel

    Agnaldo GomesAgnaldo Gomes10 gün önce
  • Abla español

    Yaleska BailonYaleska Bailon11 gün önce
  • Really love this interesting piece! Thanks!

    SC WongSC Wong11 gün önce
  • Know what's sad? I almost immediately zoned out and suddenly at 3:33 realized I wasn't even paying attention. I was just staring through my phone, off into space... That's how broken I am right a very dark place.

    J DJ D11 gün önce
    • Been thr but get well soon

      I like FunI like Fun10 gün önce
  • "wandering man 04"

    creeper norscreeper nors12 gün önce
  • Trump just oozes gratitude right????.

    DJ11 TBDJ11 TB12 gün önce
  • This was just Sooo goood ,

    Sou haSou ha13 gün önce
  • I dont know if I can trust a gratitude journal that's made by the same people who frequently give me existential crises.

    True VioletTrue Violet13 gün önce
  • to be honest instead of the journal thing I just have a lil chat with my friends about what we are grateful for that day, it has made me more grateful and I've grown closer to my friends.

    Benn 2429Benn 242913 gün önce
  • This video has been instrumental for me in the recent months. I started a gratitude journal right after I watched the video - and it helped me be happy again. It helped me to enjoy the little things and properly appriciate the great things in life.

    runtyrobotruntyrobot13 gün önce
  • Painstakingly elaborating on the obvious, in a nutshell

    SoughSough14 gün önce
  • I recently have been in depression and this video pulled me out of it. My gratitude shall be yours. Danke schön, Kurzgesagt! I am a fan of yours starting today!

    진형김진형김14 gün önce
  • These are the videos that we don't want But we need

    Mishari ALharshanMishari ALharshan14 gün önce
An Antidote to Dissatisfaction