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

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Jaar geleden

    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

    • Free Freak

      Free Freak

      Maand geleden

      Lol so are you implying that I should be grateful for the time spent watching this video?

    • Le GuyInGreen

      Le GuyInGreen

      5 maanden geleden

      Love this series on how social conditions effect people and I love the wholesome endings, really humbling narratives and brilliantly structured videos. Thank you so much

    • Sekaye Knutson

      Sekaye Knutson

      5 maanden geleden

      I am one of those people who hate it. I’m incredibly grateful for everything I have, so much so that it’s crippling. I don’t deserve it. I’ve let everything and everyone down. I don’t deserve this wonderful house or my wonderful friends. I need to be better, or none of it matters. Gratitude is not an antidote so much as a indication.

    • Lucas Arnack

      Lucas Arnack

      6 maanden geleden

      Phillip, please keep posting these contents and all the contents you can create. Kurzgesagt is the best channel on NLid :)

    • rickimi


      6 maanden geleden

      I imagine your 'ohai' voice like Suzuha's from Steins gate.

  2. Mert


    3 uur geleden

    Kurzgesagt: You don't need to buy anything from anyone to practice gratitude. Also Kurzgesagt seconds after: Buy our gratitude journal to practice gratitude.

  3. iMands


    8 uur geleden

    1. I'm grateful for my parents 2. I'm grateful that they work so hard for me 3. I'm grateful I enjoy school. 4. I'm grateful I can eat well every day 5. I'm grateful I have chance to achieve my dream 6. I'm grateful facilities are open in my country 7. I'm grateful for the opportunity to live abroad 8. I'm grateful I have a computer 9. I'm grateful I have a piano 10. I'm grateful for your channel for the last two videos I watched (This one and "Loneliness")

  4. Joshua Gomez

    Joshua Gomez

    10 uur geleden

    “There’s no pill for happiness” that means u havent heard of ecstasy my friend

  5. Aubree Swart

    Aubree Swart

    10 uur geleden

    Very helpful. Feel free to do two per year :)

  6. Aubree Swart

    Aubree Swart

    10 uur geleden

    I like that you made a journal

  7. vlad gociu

    vlad gociu

    11 uur geleden

    Kurzgesagt dose more to help then enteyer contruies

  8. Tye Yung

    Tye Yung

    12 uur geleden

    If you wanna try, we made a thing. Love it 🤣

  9. Flooby Badoop

    Flooby Badoop

    13 uur geleden

    Whenever I think about being grateful, I just think 'life is barely tolerable right now. If it were any worse, it would be absolutely unbearable. So, I either feel kind of crummy all the time, or be in true suffering.' If you asked me if I would like to continue living while in the latter state, I would say yes, but if you asked the same question in the former state, the answer would be no. This just feels like our brain tricking us with chemicals, and the true answer is to learn how to change our brain chemistry.

  10. Patricia Assis

    Patricia Assis

    15 uur geleden

    💕🤗 esse vídeo foi muito útil

  11. Elif Demirci

    Elif Demirci

    22 uur geleden

    this video is amazing

  12. Cupcaek


    Dag geleden

    All this video did was remind me that I am the mess I think I am.

  13. bluze


    Dag geleden

    you should make a video about dissociation or dpdr disorder

  14. Lerros ID

    Lerros ID

    Dag geleden

    this is very helpful. I'll try this

  15. Manacharge Mystica

    Manacharge Mystica

    Dag geleden

    I didn't know kurzgesagt been trying to make a better world since 2019. Thanks for your high quality scientific channel!

  16. Raghav


    Dag geleden

    God bless the creators of this channel❤️❤️❤️

  17. Breno Paz

    Breno Paz

    Dag geleden

    i cried while watching this



    2 dagen geleden

    5:35 The plant on the right is actually a Pokémon. How did they get away with copyright infringement?

  19. Seema 1

    Seema 1

    2 dagen geleden

    Antidote to Depression, Dissatisfaction and the ensuing rivalries and thus the Scarring or wounding of others- Grab Less, Live a REAL Life, Don't be a Post-it on social media for anything and everything or pry on others'. Live and Let Live.

  20. Bradley Taniguchi

    Bradley Taniguchi

    2 dagen geleden

    Enlightenment is the state of finding gratitude in existence itself. You exist, enjoy it. That's literally it.

  21. Adriano Roncoroni

    Adriano Roncoroni

    3 dagen geleden

    Im grateful this channel exists

  22. zlyungbluetooth


    3 dagen geleden

    Man, the background music hit way too hard

  23. CheeseAdd1ct


    3 dagen geleden


  24. Victor Erickson

    Victor Erickson

    3 dagen geleden

    this is hitting different over a year into covid lockdowns... thanks Kurzgesagt

  25. ForestHermit88


    3 dagen geleden

    Gratitude is really an incredible thing. And it's really true that going through a traumatic or difficult time can make you more grateful in the long run. Personally, living through the global COVID-19 pandemic has made me a thousand times more grateful for so many things in my life, I couldn't begin to list them. Despite the uncertain state of the world, I can honestly say that I am the happiest I have ever been in my life, even though I have depressed and anxious days. In a very weird way, I'm even grateful for this horrible period in human history! lol

  26. Daniel


    3 dagen geleden

    Gratitude: thank you sir, for making me inferior. I will start embracing my life role as a background character that work to make life better for my gifted people

  27. Manly Tears

    Manly Tears

    4 dagen geleden

    You say it's almost insulting to self-reflect, yet the world isn't together in peace, and we have amazing technologies that the previous generation only dreamt of because of this chronic misery we inflict on ourselves. Dissatisfaction was the key to humanity's development of everything, because we wanted more, so we changed things then be satisfied with the present. All I'm saying is this: gratitude changes our vision of the present, so we could try new things, adjust our personality and helps us to find happiness in the current situation. Yet, ironically, dissatisfaction was and still is a strong motivator that drives civilization and your life forward. Seek gratitude, but don't treat dissatisfaction as an enemy or curse. THE reason why you might seek gratitude is because you are dissatisfied with your current life's happiness. Treat your depression/anger/hate/dissatisfaction as part of your happiness. The fuel that is inherent in the car that's driving your life.

  28. steve


    4 dagen geleden

    the people who disliked this video just dont want to be happy period

    • Ecromancer


      4 dagen geleden


  29. Marco Aboytes

    Marco Aboytes

    4 dagen geleden

    I'm grateful I've discovered this channel

    • Ecromancer


      4 dagen geleden

      @Marco Aboytes Yeah

    • Marco Aboytes

      Marco Aboytes

      4 dagen geleden

      @Ecromancer hehe :)

    • Ecromancer


      4 dagen geleden

      Who is not???????????????

  30. Ecromancer


    4 dagen geleden

    Everyone here is so nice



    5 dagen geleden

    Dissatisfaction is just one of the emotions that make you , your brain and your consciousness Losing it will only make you lose yourself and fall into the void of nothingness

  32. Yael Levi

    Yael Levi

    5 dagen geleden

    I can't do this because I don't have that many things I'm grateful for. Writing anything down would be like lying. Even though I'm not showing it to anyone. Saying I'm grateful for things I'm not grateful for won't work.

  33. Lyrics' mv

    Lyrics' mv

    5 dagen geleden

    Why i'm not greatful -because i don't have money



    5 dagen geleden


  35. Myla Jairus

    Myla Jairus

    5 dagen geleden

    That’s what she said

  36. C D

    C D

    5 dagen geleden

    I'm not dissatisfied because I don't have something, I'm dissatisfied because the world is fucking awful. Humanity is cruel and I don't want any part of it.

  37. Andi Kraxberger

    Andi Kraxberger

    5 dagen geleden

    The first minute of this video hits different.

  38. Daniel Cassidy

    Daniel Cassidy

    5 dagen geleden

    CBT isn't therapy, it's systematic gaslighting.

  39. Mohamed Sayed

    Mohamed Sayed

    6 dagen geleden


  40. abi


    6 dagen geleden

    Is this don't satisfy you. Try Jesus.

  41. Developer Jake

    Developer Jake

    6 dagen geleden

    Me: *it’s free real-estate*

  42. Stephen Emerson

    Stephen Emerson

    7 dagen geleden

    Marijuana makes everything satisfying

  43. Thạnh Phạm

    Thạnh Phạm

    7 dagen geleden

    Stupid science The science of brain was high the word is that the Earth spins inertia, Children also know that inertia doesn't cause A wheel to spin forever . Science can Not explain why volcanic energy is 10.000 times stronger than the atomic bomb ? Positron + and electron -- rotate very rapidly after 4, 6 billion years of creating the Earth ' s core, so the core of the Earth rotates very quickly like A super large electric turbine that produces super large electrical energy, it is this enormous electrical energy that drives the Earth rotates, it is this huge electrical energy volcano is 10.000 times stronger than the atomic bomb If volcano erup ts on the seabed, it will create A terrible tsunami. Every second the Earth ' s core pushes into space 146 000 tons of electricity, the emitted Earth ' s magnetic field flies in circle, returning to its original position after 10 seconds , thus pushing the moon to orbit the Earth in order

  44. Boris Chang

    Boris Chang

    7 dagen geleden

    It’s called Zoloft. Hello!

  45. Yeah Boi

    Yeah Boi

    8 dagen geleden

    Most of the issues humanity has is somehow related to love. Everybeing on the planet: "I wAnT ThIS"

  46. Yeah Boi

    Yeah Boi

    8 dagen geleden

    "Keep you expectations low, boy. And you'll never be disappointed." -A Very Wise Bearded Immortal Who Killed His Father And All His Siblings For No Good Reason.

  47. Rama Dmr

    Rama Dmr

    8 dagen geleden

    I am grateful for this NLid channel

  48. Zach Lane

    Zach Lane

    8 dagen geleden

    No idea how I never found this channel before but wow! I needed this vid too as I have Been away from family due to covid.. Can’t wait to start my journal!

  49. MiloHughLeraar


    8 dagen geleden

    I am grateful to be in a relationship with a partner who cares about me, and to have two kids who are honestly such nice people. I am grateful for my physiotherapist who never makes me feel judged about my injuries. I am grateful for couches and beds, and that I have some in my house now. I am grateful for coffee in the mornings. I am grateful for fruit. I am grateful to have a boss at work who is actually really supportive and understanding. I am grateful for matching socks.

  50. ThinkingMind


    8 dagen geleden

    Introduction is relatable

  51. fudge


    9 dagen geleden

    I love you

    • fudge


      9 dagen geleden

      You guys are wonderful people

  52. farid elfadani

    farid elfadani

    9 dagen geleden

    Thank you

  53. pahan95


    10 dagen geleden

    I'm grateful for a wholesome family I'm grateful for my neice Im grateful for my job I'm grateful to be driving a nice car I'm grateful for being known as a nice person

  54. tushar nagare

    tushar nagare

    10 dagen geleden

    This is the best channel on NLid so far

  55. Henlo, I'm Bremd

    Henlo, I'm Bremd

    10 dagen geleden

    The youtube really knows me.... These days have been hard, and im loosing interest of the world...

  56. Obsolete


    10 dagen geleden

    Im grateful for my girlfriend Im grateful for my friends Im grateful for the chances i receive in life Im grateful for school and the subjects im interested in Im grateful for this channel, always helping me in my darkest times

  57. Aymane Souieh

    Aymane Souieh

    10 dagen geleden

    Mick jagger approves

  58. Alexis Conrad

    Alexis Conrad

    11 dagen geleden

    anyone else notice the bell sprout ?

  59. Kashish Rawat

    Kashish Rawat

    11 dagen geleden

    1. I feel grateful for being beautiful. 2. I feel grateful for having a tiny interest in my studies. 3. I feel grateful for earning a little. 4. I feel grateful for knowing a secret place near my house where nice cool winds blow 5. I feel grateful for knowing BTS even these 5 were so difficult to find sigh

  60. igreine annie macfergus

    igreine annie macfergus

    11 dagen geleden

    that's due to capitalism failure

  61. The Gourmet Golfer

    The Gourmet Golfer

    11 dagen geleden

    Getting school of life vibes here

  62. Roman Herndz

    Roman Herndz

    11 dagen geleden

    Grateful for this video !

  63. Flavio Piccioli Cappelli

    Flavio Piccioli Cappelli

    11 dagen geleden

    i love the perfect synthesis of social pressure at the beginning, thank you

  64. M Z

    M Z

    12 dagen geleden

    im grateful for still being alive, for my family and friends, for a house and food, for the modern day comforts, im grateful that i can keep trying everyday

  65. Melanie Cruz

    Melanie Cruz

    12 dagen geleden

    I am grateful for my family I am grateful for my boyfriend I am grateful for houseplants I am grateful for fresh air I am grateful for having a roof over my head.

  66. Ilyana


    12 dagen geleden

    Writing things that you feel grateful for actually works. A friend of mine told me about that and at first I didn't do it because I thought that it was quite silly, but after some weeks doing it, I've been able to realise how many good things happen everyday. Even when I stopped writing it for some weeks, I kept in mind the same positive and grateful vibes I used to have while writing this kind of "diary of the good things", and actually, I have already written quite a lot. I'd recommend to not to erase anything from it and not reading it in some time. When some months have already past, you can start reading it and it'll be a great memory for you and also, when you have written several pages you'll also notice how many good things there are out there

  67. Muhammet Şamil ***

    Muhammet Şamil ***

    12 dagen geleden

    LİFE is worthless no matter what...

  68. Jason Tran

    Jason Tran

    12 dagen geleden

    next up from Gratitude, how to nuke a city LOL this is why I love Kurzgesagt

  69. Aakash Dutta

    Aakash Dutta

    13 dagen geleden

    Once a year?! Once a month at least please _/\_

  70. Cofused Pancake

    Cofused Pancake

    13 dagen geleden

    Please, can you guys make a video about apathy? I feel really good watching this kind of videos and I've been in a hard situation with apathy so I think it would help others too :D

  71. Nerz


    13 dagen geleden

    Wait, materialism is a NEGATIVE trait?

  72. MRA The Imperfec10

    MRA The Imperfec10

    13 dagen geleden

    "When you think you're a loser, always think that somewhere out there there's someone wanted to be in your shoes" -Random Quotes I've always remember

  73. Gabriela Marques

    Gabriela Marques

    13 dagen geleden


  74. Nick V

    Nick V

    13 dagen geleden

    My god you have done a lot of work. High-quality and useful content - as always! 😉

  75. Ecromancer


    13 dagen geleden

    Sad thing I like this less because of my health teacher SADDDD I still like but

  76. yammy chan

    yammy chan

    14 dagen geleden

    more videos like this please 😭

  77. Akbar Kufri

    Akbar Kufri

    14 dagen geleden

    this video came to me at the right time i can't be more grateful by seeing this. thanks man, like thank you very much

  78. Yerli Edit

    Yerli Edit

    14 dagen geleden

    Imagine you have borned in Afganistan and couldnt prevent yourself to laugh your situation. Even thet tragedy it self drives people to mock with. When you cant find dopamine supply you eventually start to creat from nothing

  79. سِمة


    14 dagen geleden

    thank you❤️

  80. hedgehog3180


    14 dagen geleden

    I feel like an important caveat is that if you've been subjected to gas lighting this can often backfire.

  81. Daniel Vigo

    Daniel Vigo

    14 dagen geleden

    You´re really making a difference. Thank you.

  82. VMDante


    14 dagen geleden

    Thank you 👍

  83. Shubhankar Dekhane

    Shubhankar Dekhane

    14 dagen geleden

    PLEASE make more such PERSONAL emotions-related videos!!!!!!:pls

  84. Ivar


    14 dagen geleden

    I work too much. I crave very little. And I wish I could just 1/3 of what im working now

  85. Ichigo Hoshimiya

    Ichigo Hoshimiya

    15 dagen geleden

    1. I'm grateful my parents are alive 2. I'm grateful I have a place to live 3. I'm grateful I get to eat everyday 4. I'm grateful to get an education 5. I'm grateful I have access to internet 6. I'm grateful my covid is not that serious to get me to icu 7. I'm grateful I found this channel

  86. Anna Podsiadlo

    Anna Podsiadlo

    15 dagen geleden

    amazing! Please make more than one per year ! Absolutely amazing!

  87. Tanner Blue

    Tanner Blue

    15 dagen geleden

    1.I am grateful for my loving parents,and my siblings,even if I wanna stab them a lot! 2.I am grateful I go to a good middle school! 3.I am grateful my parents raised me with more discipline than most! 4.I am grateful that I have a few,very good,friends! 5.I am grateful that I look above average,and have no illnesses at all!

  88. Arlen Brazill

    Arlen Brazill

    15 dagen geleden

    Although being satisfied with failure isn't ideal.

  89. Lily cat

    Lily cat

    15 dagen geleden

    Hi Kurzgesagt! I love your content and I’ve learned so much from your videos, but I think you forgot two major thinks in this one. 1. Gratitude can be manipulated. We often trick ourselves into feeling grateful for abusive people in our lives, by thinking that we could have it worse, or that the good aspects of their person outright the abuse and we are lucky to have them. This actually degrades out self worth, which is essential to happiness, and can keep us stuck in a bad situation. N addition to gratitude, it’s important to know your worth and the rights and happiness you deserve. 2. (This is just a small thing) in the very beginning, you talked about how bonds are formed when we feel grateful and like we owe someone for their kindness, but what triggers that initial act of kindness to start the cycle? Our brains release dopamine when we provide and unnecessary act of service to someone. This is an internal wiring we evolved to start the cycle ( a trait of many social creatures. I think it would be helpful to mention that at the beginning. Thank you so much for your content!

  90. Bengisu Sarıkaya

    Bengisu Sarıkaya

    15 dagen geleden

    im grateful bc youtube recommended this video to me :)

  91. FreNn


    15 dagen geleden

    Bruh the music at the start hittin different rn

  92. Scion of Dorn

    Scion of Dorn

    16 dagen geleden

    And then there is those of us with chronic pain and illness whom are just doomed to suffer. Try living like us and see how upbeat you are.

  93. WolfskiHD


    16 dagen geleden

    Your channel has literally saved a lot of people’s lives. Thank you.

  94. DJ Chango

    DJ Chango

    16 dagen geleden

    Actually, more videos like this would be great

  95. Julia Santos Zlotek

    Julia Santos Zlotek

    16 dagen geleden

    You guys are amazing!

  96. Summary


    16 dagen geleden

    I will be always here to write what I grateful for!! (5/1) 1. I am grateful for going to school. 2. I am grateful for having my parents and friends. 3. I am grateful for eating delicious food. 4. I am grateful for having extra goods. 5. I am grateful for watching high quality videos in free ( NLid!!) (5/2) here I am ! 1. I am grateful for having my father and mother. 2. I am grateful for having my room. 3. I am grateful that I have friend. 4. I am grateful for watching NLid videos. 5. I am grateful for being alive on this green planet.

  97. Maxime


    16 dagen geleden


  98. JuanPa2601


    16 dagen geleden

    This is exactly what I needed at this moment. I'm very grateful with this channel :)

  99. Timo


    16 dagen geleden

    "They have better relationships, and easier time making friends, they sleep better, tend to suffer less from depression, addiction and burnout and are better at dealing with traumatic events. felt 7/7 of those Edit: this video was actually therapeutical

  100. connor booboo

    connor booboo

    16 dagen geleden

    Kurzgesagt HAND(s) REVEAL!?!?