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

      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

      1. Chris Toph

        Very, very, very, very good animations!

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      3. Marco Trevisan

        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

        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

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

    2. Ricky LaFleur

      5.2m views our generation is fucked in the head

    3. Doin' Young

      Korean subtitle plz...

    4. Noble Sama

      This is one of the all time best channels on LTsel

    5. Dimitri Patronas

      The gratitude Crystals from Zelda Skyward Sword are real!!

    6. Vide Nobuoka

      Thank you

    7. X Factor

      its all bullshit no experience only theory life is not a book bro. gro the fuck up. follow ur feeling its the language of ur soul if you feel graditude feel it if you feel lack than feel it deeply to its there for a reason too. dont let anybody to tell you to feel how to feel. feel whatever comes to you. if you are not feeling good change something its there for a reason. trust your feeling bro they never lie or take advantage. they know things that are beyond logic. if you think deep enough you can understand that. Which this channel clearly does not.

    8. Michael Filipan

      Awesome video😊

    9. Mazna Kosatka

      Thank you, Kurzgesagt, for this video!

    10. Fearless Girl

      They should make more of these type of video . This video is extremely helpful

    11. I like Youtube

      Get the pussssay

    12. _ annoyed

      What a load of bullshit. 1. Yes, people can be dissatisfied because they fall for unrealistic levels of success and happyness displayed in advertising or social media. They can also be dissatisfied because they got fucked. Have an advanced degree but still make barely more than minimum wage. Started a company and got pushed out of the market by a much bigger competitor stealing the original idea. Start a new live as a political refugee in another country that doesn't accredit your Ph.D so you have to flip burgers.. Those people have a right to be dissatisfied, and they quite frankly should be. Get exploited, get angry, do something about it! Not take it with gratitude... 2. Maybe it's the other way around... people that have a good life, have as much, or more success and money as is fair (or at least average) for how hard they worked tend to sleep better, are more grateful (because they actually _have_ something to be grateful for), and are happier. 3. And yes.. if you are nice to people and help them if they help you you make more friends and bond better.. thanks Captain Obvious. But _only_ be grateful if people treat you right. If you get cheated.. fight! 4. You know how we call "being grateful to people that bully and exploit you"? - Stockholm Syndrome

    13. kostas titis

      This was actually exactly what I needed.



    15. ruzzi

      So many quotes from the script of this video are extremely deep, meaningful and therefore helpful. Thank you for taking the effort and risk of addressing this topic. And about making one or two of these per year so viewers don't perceive you as a self-help channel, I really think we can't get enough of useful and helpful content like this, no matter what other people think of the channel. You're a great success already and using all this potential to share goodness and helpful information people wouldn't otherwise have access to, is - in my opinion - something to feel gratitude for.

    16. AragonLegacy

      Everyone needs to watch this one. Take it on tour to elementary schools and show it in large auditoriums. I believe the topics covered in this video are incredibly important to the cohesive society we all want to live in. I know almost everyone around me has a problem with gratitude specifically. The lack of gratitude is like a lens that makes them cynical, I’ve seen it more than not.

    17. EmEnEm 13

      I love the concept n concern of this video, it's just that, I think I couldn't encourage myself enough... perhaps I'm just too pessimistic? hahaha

    18. Ricsi Csalava

      I feel greatful because that dog is in the video. I would miss it if the dog would be gone, but the dog is here and i feel greatful.

    19. Sue Lay

      Today, I thank you for making this video. I thank you for getting this information to make my life less miserable because of depression. This is the last gratitude I wrote in my notebook. By the way, animation effect is also great too.

    20. San Serene

      I don't think my unhappiness comes from taking things for granted. On the contrary, it's the failure to reciprocate. I'm privileged, and I'm aware and grateful for that. I just keep failing to pay back the debts I owe. Born with a healthy body, failing to keep it fit. Having parents that are loving and alive, failing to live up to their expectations. Blessed with above average intelligence, failing to gather enough will power to do anything amazing with it. I'm aware I'm the way I am now because I choose to be, it's all my fault. But what I'm saying is, gratitude can be the same pressure as the pressure to succeed because of pop culture and all that stuff. Gratitude can be a shackle too.

    21. Sarah Wilson

      What the difference between gratitude or settling for less??

    22. Jiri Novak

      Good video, thanks. i am gonna to show it to couple of my burnt out friends :)

    23. 박상영

      Please Korean

    24. 230maria

      Lovely Content! Absolutely love your channel!💕

    25. Sugarin

      i dont know if the feeling of gratitude really helps your life but this video really help my day. Thanks!

    26. Sugarin

      this is the nicest video i ever watch on youtube

    27. phúc bao cái

      Cám ơn Hiếu Nguyễn Ngọc và Coolzero . Và những người tạo ra video này . Video này đã thay đổi khá đáng kể cuộc đời của mình vì vậy mình rất biết ơn những ai mang thông điệp đến mình .

    28. Mr Cliff

      9:26 "We've also made it as pretty as we could" cracks me up for some reason.

    29. partypao

      We are grateful for this video! Thank you Kurzgesagt Team! ☺

    30. Mountain King116

      I actually like the more personal videos.

    31. Dylan Boxler

      Smoke weed/ delete LTsel

    32. Mario U

      I needed this. My life is awesome and I’m thankful, god bless you all🙌🏽

    33. icy storm

      I feel better just by watching this!

    34. Sergio Lugo

      I have these random attacks of panic at night. My mind floods me with anxiety. Nothing seems to work, but one thing. I tend to say thanks, to the ether. I keep saying "thanks for everything I am, everything I have" and that soothes me a great deal. I dind't make the connection until now.

    35. TheBanjoShow

      Live in shame and guilt and you shall embody the most resentful version of yourself and you will learn to be loathsome, to hate. This is the creation of evil. When normal men attempted to resolve the problem of suffering this way, they embodied evil. But gratitude for the little that one has, exalts him and he shall try to be just, he will pull the oppressed from the abyss and lift him out of poverty, for he understands the equality of all man on earth. This is the righteous man, the virtuous one. Live minimally, with only what you need. Get rid of the distractions in your life, stop wasting your time on the rat race. We’re like hamsters on a wheel, headed no where in pointless activities which feed into meaningless self-absorption. Live to serve another and you will find your happiness you’re so keen on obtaining.

    36. Ian Costello

      I'm grateful for YOU Kurzgesagt!

    37. Camila Bustos

      I am thankful for this video¡!

    38. Youssef Houaoui

      the man is a gatherer and the woman is a hunter really why these liberal mines all over why ? it just put all your content to question you are nothing but another mainstream this isn't the first time you put liberal poison

    39. Visualproffesor

      oh man really needed this, after hearing Kobe died

    40. Thomas McIntosh

      It’s almost like it says gratitude is essential... in the Bible... But idk I’m just spitballing *cough* atheists *cough cough*

    41. Alejandro Rodolfo Mendez

      I'm not crying, you are crying. This video touch my heart somehow.

    42. reiden4

      This is very similar with stoicism

    43. Burakk Gürçay

      why 10.00 ?

    44. r3tr0m0nk3y MIMI

      im grateful for this channel

    45. Semicolon Simo

      i want to learn how to create animated videos like this ! can somebody direct me where to look

    46. Matěj Macák

      When you were talking about the lack of satisfaction (missing out on hanging out with friends etc), it was scary how much I related to it. I'll try the gratitude journal. Thanks a lot for this video, it was an eye opener.

    47. live life

      Im grateful for your content.

    48. hoody nn

      Can you do a video about encountering a type 2 civilization and what they are capable of

    49. SmallBohemianFerret

      I’m grateful for this video heheheh

    50. Павел Гражданкин

      The best self-help channel ever. Gives you existential crisis, then releaves it 😊

    51. WindUpCandle

      Sometimes sadness is weird to me. Like, most of the time you're the main cause behind your sadness and you actively shut yourself down and don't even try to dig yourself out of it, content to simply wallow in self pity and loathing. Learn to recognize irrational thought that only serve to worsen your life and realize how stupid they are 🤷‍♂️

    52. iwe timer

      Islam is the solution.

    53. Khatharr Malkavian

      Eeeeesh... Not incorrect, but... There's a lot of context. A lot.

    54. Helados Arlequin

      Loved the video, I'll put it on practice. Also I saw a caterpie and a bellsprout :V i'm more in love yet

    55. Alexsandra Rosas

      i am grateful for this video

    56. NEO N

      im so grateful that i met u. a very great channal!

    57. Nadhila Amalina

      I am so grateful that I finally found this video that I’ve been needed for the past 10 years. This really help me getting through so much struggle of my life. Thank you ❤️

    58. bear of bears

      Did anybody realize that he featured humans instead of birds

    59. B Rabbit

      I almost cried

    60. Mr.Andyconda

      This should be required to watch by the republicans