An Antidote to Dissatisfaction

Pubblicato il 8 dic 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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  • 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

    • Very, very, very, very good animations!

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    • 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.

    • 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!

    • Hey you guys are in the IT-tvs rewind 2019 Congratulations!!!!

  • You should have added epigenetics while introducing gratitude trait

  • Truly amazing content, love your channel! Thank you and keep up the good work \m/

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  • Gracias a ustedes por ser tan buenos :3

  • Muito bom, me arrisco a dizer que foi o melhor video do youtube que vi até hoje.😁👏

  • 이거 왜 한국어 자막 안 달리냐

  • 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.

  • Great work

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

  • Grateful for having sabscribed to this channel

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

  • 7:12 It's my old GameBoy Feeling gratitude for good childhood.

  • Thanks... this video helps

  • 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. :-)

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

  • Kurzgesagt for president 2020

  • an antidote to dissatisfaction ........drugs

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

  • Hugs ❤️

  • şükr etmek İslamın temel dayanıklarından biridir

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

  • this just makes me more hopeless

  • Thank you for this video! ❤️

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

  • 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?

  • I'g grateful for this video

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

  • I am very grateful because of this channel.


  • Thank you 🙏

  • I'm grateful but still dissatisfied

  • awesome video!

  • How to grow a "gratitude" ?

  • 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.

  • 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: Showering 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

  • 아니 제목은 한글인데 자막은 한글이 없네?

  • "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

  • 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.

  • 제목은 한국언데 왜 한국자막이 없냐

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

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

  • ❤️❤️

  • happiness = reality - expectations

  • now i'm crying

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

  • 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!

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

  • 한글 자막좀 추가해주세요 ㅜㅜ

  • 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.

  • You guys are awesome omg. Love u guys!

  • 제목은 번역되있는데 왜 자막은 없어 ~~~!

  • 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..

  • Dude I feel no gratitude, I’m confused

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

  • Shut the fuck up

  • We're not robots

  • thank you, I'm grateful you guys exist