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


    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

      3 hónapja

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

    • Le GuyInGreen

      Le GuyInGreen

      6 hónapja

      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

      6 hónapja

      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

      7 hónapja

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

    • rickimi


      8 hónapja

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

  2. Muhibur Rahman

    Muhibur Rahman


    Is that another psychological traps saying like antidote for beautiful as you are saying antidote for dissatisfaction?? you are advertising happiness by promoting your youtube video just like motivational speakers....It is another way of saying work harder like a bull as so you can be bill gates or warner buffet someday

  3. Igor Tomaz

    Igor Tomaz

    3 órája

    I guess that at this point, nearly 2 years in pandemic crisis, we all could use a little bit of self help coming from Kurzgesagt.

  4. Karthik Bharathi

    Karthik Bharathi

    16 órája

    The graphics in the video are impeccable 👌👏

  5. Randy Kern

    Randy Kern

    16 órája

    I don’t agree you that you should t be satisfied if you reach anything less than a dream job. That is huge. You should always reach for the stars, otherwise what’s the fucking point

  6. Suvikhya Siingh

    Suvikhya Siingh

    20 órája

    Thank you for such kind words and for this beautiful video ❤️lots of love

  7. Tristan Pena

    Tristan Pena

    22 órája

    I feel bad when I get honor role and I hate it, it's just sucks

  8. SaimonSERGE



    I am grateful to you Kurz for making nice videos for us.

  9. Bernae



    This video brought to you by the establishment. Stop being ungrateful, you proles!

  10. Freddo Smith - The Wheelchair Guy

    Freddo Smith - The Wheelchair Guy


    I'm grateful for this video ❤️

  11. Aniruddha rao

    Aniruddha rao


    "Being able to taste" Foreshadowing much?

  12. Edward Green

    Edward Green


    Excellent video, thank you!

  13. なりみや784



    그래서 한국인들이 감사를 잘 모르는구나 이기적이라서

  14. Jacq Qulen

    Jacq Qulen


    Why misery is addictive? I don't like it but I feel like I need it

  15. Sarvesh Terkar

    Sarvesh Terkar

    2 napja

    That's the reason gratitude is given more importance in Hindu religion

  16. Flower Flower

    Flower Flower

    3 napja

    1. I'm grateful for food and roof over my head. 2. I'm grateful for my father who loves and provides for me. 3. I'm grateful for the life my mother and my grandmother shared with me. 4. I'm grateful to be attaining my degree soon. 5. I'm grateful to be in a peaceful country. 6. I'm grateful for my health.

  17. acorn 5

    acorn 5

    3 napja

    i feel attacked by the intro

  18. Arrobas


    3 napja

    1. I am grateful to still have my grandparents are still around. 2. I am grateful I have a very good standard of living thanks to my parents. 3. I am grateful I have some friends. 4. I am grateful and I am in relatively good health all things considered (the pandemic). 5. I am grateful I have a creative mind I guess.

  19. Sleepwalker


    3 napja

    i'm grateful to be able to watch this video

  20. anish gautam

    anish gautam

    3 napja

    I used to watch this channel for knowledge and curiosity since there wasn't any better channel for it. Now when things are going hard mentally, videos like these show up to help you stay happy and solve your issues. How great can this channel be!

  21. Faustin


    3 napja

    How can you feel grateful for the warmth of sunshine? I thought you can only feel grateful towards someone. So, who's to thank for the sunshine?...unless you believe in that invisible man who sits in the sky and sees everything. Lol

  22. Denny Lewis

    Denny Lewis

    3 napja

    I ordered this to help me see the positives in life and it was stolen off my front porch

  23. Csaba Zubor

    Csaba Zubor

    4 napja

    You should to be satisfied and grateful with all of those good things around you.

  24. ꧁Felix dub꧂

    ꧁Felix dub꧂

    4 napja

    I feel emotionless ngl, no matter what happens my reaction is always pretended

  25. Anonymous_user038


    4 napja

    I love how Kurzgesagt doesn't push their merch onto you at the beginning of the video, and just slightly advertise their merch in a most humble and kind way at the end of the video after covering all the subjects within the video

  26. Saad Amrani Marrakchi

    Saad Amrani Marrakchi

    4 napja

    Thank you, I don't think I really need to say much more, but I don't how many people this could help, certainly a lot.



    4 napja

    omg. this video has enough graphic art for an average indie game. very very good job.

  28. sidharth jeyabal

    sidharth jeyabal

    5 napja

    As awesome as every....the best...

  29. Rodri Salas

    Rodri Salas

    5 napja

    *la gratitud se demuestra ayudando a traducir* gracias!

  30. Matthew McGuire

    Matthew McGuire

    5 napja

    “You might feel liked a loser” Is that like, a personal attack or something? /s ;) Also, me: on my first dose of pain medication for back pain issues of the day- “There’s no magic pill for happiness” About that 😳



    5 napja

    Türkler için özet; şükredin

  32. Fernanda Tomé Ordóñez

    Fernanda Tomé Ordóñez

    5 napja


  33. Li Hung

    Li Hung

    6 napja


  34. Djole Mihojlic

    Djole Mihojlic

    6 napja

    This is mind blowing

  35. David Cortes

    David Cortes

    6 napja

    Hope you do more of these! I've really liked them!

  36. Kyet exe

    Kyet exe

    6 napja

    I’m not really sure if this is helpful to anyone but my curiosity fulfills me, I know things in the world are mysterious and its a never ending jigsaw puzzle, for me I know that I’m I’ll never be satisfied because its just my curiosity

  37. Abhay Singh

    Abhay Singh

    7 napja

    Simple way of saying that we should look at what we have rather than to look at what we dont have

  38. Tammy Tammy

    Tammy Tammy

    7 napja

    The obeisant bomber ophthalmoscopically bang because snake coincidentally appear unto a malicious catsup. warm, quizzical story

  39. Rick Steegers

    Rick Steegers

    7 napja

    I'm Grateful that cannabis is so comforting and healing.

  40. Tanuj Rarh

    Tanuj Rarh

    7 napja

    top notch animation and explaing great job bro

  41. ΔG ΔH–T.ΔS

    ΔG ΔH–T.ΔS

    7 napja

    thank you!

  42. S. C.

    S. C.

    7 napja

    How to balance gratitude and ambition?

  43. Tu Quowoke

    Tu Quowoke

    8 napja

    If anyone from Kurzgesagt reads this, I'd like you to know this video had a profound impact on my life. I realized that much of my unhappiness has come from self-created dissatisfaction and pessimism. I've actively worked on what this video discussed and found myself to be genuinely happier. So, thank you all for making it!

  44. brandon loranger

    brandon loranger

    8 napja

    i am grateful for being able to spend all day in my house playing and watching xqcL - for having great tasting food and snacks -sleeping on an air matress bed -having nice weather and bright warm suns - having cats be a thing - there being other people besides just me living on earth and space -gta rp arc - vaping nicotine is mostly nice thing but sucks ass when it wont let me vape properly - for technology although sometimes it feels nice to take breaks but i love computers so much - ability to jerk off everyday is pretty satisfying =)

  45. Dan James Dixon

    Dan James Dixon

    8 napja

    Honestly that piano motif at the start touches my soul.

  46. Kuraini Music

    Kuraini Music

    9 napja


  47. Mr. Matthew

    Mr. Matthew

    9 napja

    I am grateful for the Kurzgesagt channel!!! 😄

  48. Mitchell Thai

    Mitchell Thai

    9 napja

    What if you combined a gratitude journal within the Calendar of your life? So not only can you use the calendar as a reminder of where you are in life, you can see reminders of your previous gratifying moments, almost like a "where you've been in life" reminder or "moments of happiness" reminder. I think this will help people remember the happier side of their lives and feel better about their current position in life.

  49. Caroline Pedrassani

    Caroline Pedrassani

    9 napja

    Gratiluz ✨

  50. Tess H

    Tess H

    9 napja

    This is phenomenal thank you

  51. Jai Carter

    Jai Carter

    9 napja

    I’ve been watching 1 video with breakfast for months now and I’m grateful for every single one! ❤️

  52. Dillon Faulk

    Dillon Faulk

    10 napja

    So gratitude is the 🔑

  53. Mindset to Mastery

    Mindset to Mastery

    10 napja

    "Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness." -Zhuangzi

  54. Anu Viswanath Anoop

    Anu Viswanath Anoop

    10 napja

    6k dislikes ?! Maybe they are just being envious that the couldn't make a good video like this !

  55. Reality's Digital Playground

    Reality's Digital Playground

    10 napja

    You do have a cool video artwork, may I know what is it or how you do it?

  56. PANインドラ


    11 napja


  57. Danya Melehin

    Danya Melehin

    11 napja

    I grateful for this video

  58. Milan 1994

    Milan 1994

    11 napja

    Greeks knew this 2000 years ago this is nothing new. CBT is heavily influenced by Stoicism.

  59. Marko Xvce

    Marko Xvce

    11 napja

    i'm grateful for the level of quality in this video!

  60. Don Dominic

    Don Dominic

    11 napja

    I am grateful for this video. Thank you Kurzgesagt.

  61. Einar Th

    Einar Th

    11 napja

    I am grateful for my dad who calls me every week. I am grateful for the coffee and toast every morning. I am grateful i can study for free. I am grateful for the friends i have. I am grateful for being here.

  62. 김태훈


    11 napja

    What an insane video!!!!

  63. A weeb who likes anime

    A weeb who likes anime

    11 napja

    this is amazing, thanks for making this

  64. Sibel


    11 napja

    Quality HUbuild channel.

  65. Cicly


    12 napja

    After watching this I realized that I've been so close so thanks!!!..... Random youtuber

  66. Tony G

    Tony G

    12 napja

    I'm very grateful for this video, you couldn't even start to realize how much I needed this realization, how much this helped me. I love you

  67. undertree mechanic

    undertree mechanic

    12 napja

    This is so great. It felt like somehow HUbuild algorithm brought me here, I subscribed many moons ago on my other account and I do watch this channel frequently but somehow I missed this one and it re-recommended to me again. I started my channel solely to quench my dissatisfaction, hope I will succeed. Great video!

  68. ثواب من فضل الله Trend Come

    ثواب من فضل الله Trend Come

    12 napja

    لا إله إلا الله. محمد رسول الله La elah ela Allah. Mohamed rasol Allah

  69. Rahul Gemnani

    Rahul Gemnani

    12 napja

    Iam grateful that i have got admission in medical college Iam grateful that i am waking up early everyday Iam grateful that iam meditating everyday Iam grateful that my both parents are alive Iam grateful that my grandmother is alive Iam grateful that i have internet connection Iam grateful that i have come across this HUbuild channel and this HUbuild video Iam grateful that i can sleep amd eat on my own time Am grateful that i don't have any major accident in my life Iam grateful that i have fit body Iam grateful for each and everything that fate decided for me

  70. 108_Chairul Aziz

    108_Chairul Aziz

    13 napja

    I will give a lot if thums if i can

  71. GNS


    13 napja

    I don't know about you, but the scripting and choreographing of the animation is really satisfying.

  72. Hamu


    13 napja


  73. Vilshed


    13 napja

    I love the.. we made a thing at the end lol. Just found this channel a few videos back and I seriously love it.

  74. csland


    13 napja

    “There are no magic pills for happiness”. Except, there are.

  75. Snopeeh


    13 napja

    its interesting on how this is a build on habit that religious people have. Maybe that could be one of the reasons some religious people can be very happy and self content in life. It is curious to think this might even be the result of intuitive experiments made by people who created such beliefs/religions. No wonder many recommend having a spiritual life balance...

  76. Sasidharan_G 100

    Sasidharan_G 100

    14 napja

    The dislikes are from those who are not satisfied with this video

  77. Julia Hambuchen

    Julia Hambuchen

    14 napja

    I’m grateful this smoothie is so good. I’m grateful that my parents and family cares about me. I’m grateful that I have a great home and great cats. I’m grateful to see beautiful nature.

  78. Jon Pale

    Jon Pale

    14 napja

    This video is awful and the comments are terrible. Being grateful does not make you happy. It just shows how dependent we are, and how valuable everything is that soon will be gone. No offense, take care.

  79. Paige Marie

    Paige Marie

    14 napja

    I love this channel sooooo much!

  80. Finley


    14 napja

    This video was enlightening , thankyou

  81. UX Bacon

    UX Bacon

    14 napja

    Such great advice 💖

  82. Cody Walton

    Cody Walton

    14 napja

    This is all BS. Find God and Jesus before it’s too late. Find your faith and you’ll see.

  83. Elif Neşe Buhara

    Elif Neşe Buhara

    14 napja

    You re so amazing, thank you for doing this💕

  84. Evert Groot

    Evert Groot

    14 napja

    6000 ungrateful people hit the dislike button

  85. Apaixonada por She Ra

    Apaixonada por She Ra

    14 napja

    Vocês são incríveis ❤️❤️❤️🇧🇷

  86. Ashley Case

    Ashley Case

    14 napja

    Watching this video made me grateful about everything.

  87. GAL GOLD


    14 napja

    my gratefullness will complete if i have more moneeey

  88. Betty White

    Betty White

    14 napja

    I miss the birds

  89. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden

    15 napja

    Please please do more than just one a year. One a month, maybe? Or more? Pretty please?

  90. gus gau

    gus gau

    15 napja

    "people who use hashtags" lmao

  91. bob hamster

    bob hamster

    15 napja

    I got two skin care ads telling me my skin is trash while watching this video

  92. Dave Wong Gauss

    Dave Wong Gauss

    15 napja

    Pues yo estoy profundamente agradecido por este canal y en especial por este vídeo. Los últimos momentos han sido muy difíciles para todos pero es bueno saber que incluso de estás circunstancias salen cosas buenas. Creo que la vida no se trata de ser felices siempre sino de aprender a surfear las bajadas más difíciles y disfrutar de las subidas. Gracias por todos los esfuerzos que hacen por subir estos videos.

  93. brandon GRIN

    brandon GRIN

    15 napja

    Want to be truly happy seround your self by plants and alot of them and go to natur be grateful for the sun and the wind that we breath and see every day ✨

  94. Praveen P

    Praveen P

    15 napja

    That's some Heavy Contrasted video 😵

  95. maheshwar gurav

    maheshwar gurav

    15 napja

    I am grateful to this Channel:)

  96. Sugar Daddy

    Sugar Daddy

    15 napja

    I am grateful I have my own private jet and my mansion.

  97. phượng trần

    phượng trần

    15 napja

    thanks so much your video, I know about grateful before that but I don't know definition and how to operate clearly. Now I practice grateful everyday to help release stressful and achieve a happier life. Love team

  98. omkar ubale

    omkar ubale

    15 napja

    I've been fighting depression for over 5 years. Always felt lost against friends and colleagues in the social race. Even thought of ending my sufferings forever. But your video puts an optimistic perspective on life that I'd been looking for. Your work is truly amazing. Thank you Kurzgesagt!!!

  99. Cristofer de Matos

    Cristofer de Matos

    15 napja

    What if we find out one of the biggets AIs out there, is here in Kurzegesagt, and the developers dudes dont even know it?

    • Cristofer de Matos

      Cristofer de Matos

      15 napja

      would be a great IA :D

  100. Radha Krishna Reddy

    Radha Krishna Reddy

    15 napja

    1. I'm grateful for having kurzgesagt