An Antidote to Dissatisfaction

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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 - 3 days ago
Very, very, very, very good animations!
Kalamardox - Month 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
Hey you guys are in the USa-video rewind 2019 Congratulations!!!!
Siddhesh Goenka
Siddhesh Goenka - 13 hours ago
You should have added epigenetics while introducing gratitude trait
Rohit Rathnam
Rohit Rathnam - 18 hours ago
Truly amazing content, love your channel! Thank you and keep up the good work \m/
전주성 - 20 hours ago
please korean subscription
Khỏe Mỗi Ngày
Khỏe Mỗi Ngày - 21 hour ago
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you ♥️
huswn200 - 22 hours ago
still waiting korean sub
antonio fan
antonio fan - Day ago
Gracias a ustedes por ser tan buenos :3
KyrosSs - Day ago
Muito bom, me arrisco a dizer que foi o melhor video do youtube que vi até hoje.😁👏
코미_ - Day ago
이거 왜 한국어 자막 안 달리냐
Michelle Sinnott
Michelle Sinnott - Day 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 - Day ago
Great work
ً ً
ً ً - Day ago
Religious people practice gratitude every morning and evening. This is a powerful technic.
Nadji Chegaar
Nadji Chegaar - Day ago
Grateful for having sabscribed to this channel
krua - Day ago
"how to counteract these impulses" how about eliminate ads, pop-culture, lame series, hollywood movies from your life?
Marián Hyčko
Marián Hyčko - Day ago
7:12 It's my old GameBoy

Feeling gratitude for good childhood.
Someone Anonymous
Someone Anonymous - Day ago
Thanks... this video helps
Louie Claus
Louie Claus - Day ago
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 - Day ago
Being a human is pretty hard, but I think we’re all doing a pretty good job for the first time :)
jimby - 2 days ago
Kurzgesagt for president 2020
JON U - 2 days ago
an antidote to dissatisfaction

DDemons - 2 days ago
Love this video. Did anyone else notice the bellsprout at 5:31?
Taner Yillik
Taner Yillik - 2 days ago
Hugs ❤️
Ruslan Hesenov
Ruslan Hesenov - 2 days ago
şükr etmek İslamın temel dayanıklarından biridir
samidha hegde
samidha hegde - 2 days ago
Thank you for this amazing video 😊😊Will try gratitude journaling.
yello!giraffe - 2 days ago
this just makes me more hopeless
Dana Gonzales
Dana Gonzales - 2 days ago
Thank you for this video! ❤️
Quazi s
Quazi s - 2 days ago
New to this channel and so glad I found it :)
Charlotte Medina
Charlotte Medina - 3 days ago
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 - 3 days ago
I'g grateful for this video
luvwarhate - 3 days ago
But you are a self help channel I can't think of anything more helpful than knowledge
Jericho Santos
Jericho Santos - 3 days ago
I am very grateful because of this channel.
Miyoung Cho
Miyoung Cho - 3 days ago
Austone - 3 days ago
Thank you 🙏
matter - 3 days ago
I'm grateful but still dissatisfied
Kirill - 3 days ago
awesome video!
ridho mohammad
ridho mohammad - 3 days ago
How to grow a "gratitude" ?
Sara Eftekhari
Sara Eftekhari - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 days ago
아니 제목은 한글인데 자막은 한글이 없네?
Agustín Miguel Fiorio
Agustín Miguel Fiorio - 3 days ago
"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 - 3 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 - 3 days ago
제목은 한국언데 왜 한국자막이 없냐
Rezureckt - 4 days ago
im grateful for being able to write this comment and be a smartass
kazi maimuna
kazi maimuna - 4 days ago
wait is no one going to talk about how mad cute that dog is?
astra - 4 days ago
grugruu - 4 days ago
happiness = reality - expectations
Jú Firjam
Jú Firjam - 4 days ago
now i'm crying
Jasmine Ke
Jasmine Ke - 4 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 - 4 days ago
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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 days ago
You guys are awesome omg. Love u guys!
말미잘 - 4 days ago
제목은 번역되있는데 왜 자막은 없어 ~~~!
156 - 4 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 - 5 days ago
Dude I feel no gratitude, I’m confused
Cruz Herrera Channel
Cruz Herrera Channel - 5 days ago
An antidote too easy DMT, LSD and shrooms.😂😂😂
Bobby - 5 days ago
Shut the fuck up
FelineHYPER - 5 days ago
We're not robots
Doggy Dougga
Doggy Dougga - 5 days ago
thank you,
I'm grateful you guys exist
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