Why Beautiful Things Make us Happy - Beauty Explained

It’s hard to define what makes something beautiful, but we seem to know beauty when we see it. Why is that and how does beauty affect our subconscious?
This video was a collaboration with the creative agency Sagmeister & Walsh as a contribution to their upcoming Beauty exhibition at the MAK Vienna from October 23rd onwards. If you want to learn more about the impact of beauty and see tons of gorgeous installations and multi-media objects, go check it out on www.mak.at/en_sagmeister_walsh
The Beauty exhibition will also be shown in the Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt from May 11th till September 15th.
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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    2 jaar geleden

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    • Mahmoud Elmougy

      Mahmoud Elmougy

      2 maanden geleden


    • Mahmoud Elmougy

      Mahmoud Elmougy

      2 maanden geleden

      One poo poo o9o

    • Mahmoud Elmougy

      Mahmoud Elmougy

      2 maanden geleden


    • Mahmoud Elmougy

      Mahmoud Elmougy

      2 maanden geleden


  2. Vihaan Ajaya

    Vihaan Ajaya

    11 uur geleden

    poop is beautiful

  3. Komedi


    14 uur geleden

    I find beauty beautiful

  4. MugEdge8


    23 uur geleden

    Functionality first, beauty second.

  5. Dymphna Peeters

    Dymphna Peeters

    Dag geleden

    This. This is what i want to study.

  6. Kurzgesagt – Fan Club

    Kurzgesagt – Fan Club

    Dag geleden

    I am happy after watching this video cuz its Beautiful :)

  7. TheBigAnime


    Dag geleden


  8. Meet Prajapati

    Meet Prajapati

    Dag geleden

    Beauty is what inspires me to see your Beautiful videos again & again❤️

  9. Elliot B Rouleau

    Elliot B Rouleau

    2 dagen geleden

    "beauty is a core function of our world we can not get rid of it"

    • Elliot B Rouleau

      Elliot B Rouleau

      2 dagen geleden

      I am defeated once again

    • R.J Guerra

      R.J Guerra

      2 dagen geleden

      We can shape it tho

  10. Robert DesVeaux

    Robert DesVeaux

    2 dagen geleden

    Excellent doc!

  11. Fabrizio Carbajal Pimentel

    Fabrizio Carbajal Pimentel

    3 dagen geleden

    So, if a narcisist looks at himself, is he living better than a normal person?

  12. Noé Champot

    Noé Champot

    3 dagen geleden

    "Beauty is a very human experience" but animals also work with beauty in most case

  13. silent poopbeam

    silent poopbeam

    4 dagen geleden

    Techinicaly a cup isnt beautiful your perception of it is beautiful



    4 dagen geleden

    Thank you Kurzgesagt! …for saving us from Joe Rogan

  15. Deemah


    4 dagen geleden

    me, living in the country of commie blocks and wrecked wood houses: 💀

  16. Tarciso Melez Martins

    Tarciso Melez Martins

    5 dagen geleden

    I'm a doctor and actually I learned really good insights from this video, I appreciated it.

  17. Mehmet Ali AKSOY

    Mehmet Ali AKSOY

    5 dagen geleden

    my girlfriend is also beautiful but she always make me sad

  18. Naruto Smith

    Naruto Smith

    5 dagen geleden

    I expected to find existencial crisis comments here, but, strangely, there are not.

  19. PenInABox 300

    PenInABox 300

    5 dagen geleden

    See mom, watching kurzgesagt does make me healthyer

  20. 路遥


    5 dagen geleden

    are p hubs the museums?

  21. Anime Artist

    Anime Artist

    5 dagen geleden

    What different types of people find beautiful: Normal: anything Nerds: pencil, paper, numbers, school, books Cool: Expensive Things Loney: Dark, tears Happy: Sun Creepy: Night Bored: Nothing Curious: Answers Gamers: Games, game controler Rich: Gold Potterheads (Harry Potter fan): Harry Potter Explorers: Jungles, sea, new weird places to go, danger Pet lovers: Pets Mysterious: Questions about him/her from other who never get answers NLcamerasrs: NLcameras, videos, subscribers, phone, computer Unknow personality:🤷🏻‍♀️

  22. Thạnh Phạm

    Thạnh Phạm

    6 dagen geleden

    E = MC^2 and virus sperm Virus sperm are extremely sophisticated, virus sperm nuclear decay 1 neutron create 91, 8 voltage create energy for sperm to swim, the function of viral sperms is to generate electricity for cells human. E = MC^2 does not gene rate energy for the cells

  23. Thạnh Phạm

    Thạnh Phạm

    6 dagen geleden

    Exclusive science, why block my Facebook ???

  24. Caroline Johansen

    Caroline Johansen

    7 dagen geleden

    Now i finally know why i love Astolfo so much

  25. Ben Ruzicka

    Ben Ruzicka

    7 dagen geleden

    3:45. what's he say?

  26. Smy


    7 dagen geleden

    This video is beautiful

  27. Isaac Keigwin

    Isaac Keigwin

    7 dagen geleden

    Just wanna say I find this video beautiful and my brain has been flooded with delight signals

  28. ememe


    7 dagen geleden


  29. The Wonderful World of Smartphones

    The Wonderful World of Smartphones

    7 dagen geleden

    The beginning scene of the video reminds me of a book I read as a kid.

  30. Sasatern


    7 dagen geleden

    Do blind people replace this through their other senses?

  31. Lunatic Ranger

    Lunatic Ranger

    8 dagen geleden

    My crush is most beautiful thing.

  32. Sa3na


    9 dagen geleden

    Video about beautiful done with beautiful animation and beautiful voice

  33. Titan


    9 dagen geleden

    Thank you so much! there is this beautiful woman called Eggy who is just so amazing and I just struggled so much to wrap my head around why I felt this way about her, well this video only partially explained why I felt this way as she has an amazing personality.

  34. Алина Степанова

    Алина Степанова

    10 dagen geleden

    Эстетическое наслаждение есть наслаждение низшего порядка. И потому высшее эстетическое наслаждение оставляет неудовлетворённость. Даже, чем выше эстетическое наслаждение, тем большую оно оставляет неудовлетворённость. Всё хочется чего-то ещё и ещё. И без конца. Полное удовлетворение даёт только нравственное благо. Тут полное удовлетворение - дальше ничего не хочется и не нужно.

  35. Siddhartha Kesarkar

    Siddhartha Kesarkar

    11 dagen geleden

    Even your videos are visually beautiful ❤️❤️

  36. Pankaj Singh

    Pankaj Singh

    12 dagen geleden

    Points noted. Thanks.

  37. MrsRandomMadeMeDoIt


    12 dagen geleden

    No wonder why my girlfriend makes me so happy!

  38. Dara Sheridan

    Dara Sheridan

    12 dagen geleden

    6:26 that guy looks like ghostbur

  39. Magnus Kramnik

    Magnus Kramnik

    12 dagen geleden

    That's why we shouldn't change how beauty pageant works.

  40. SundishMelonFarm


    12 dagen geleden

    Kurzgesagt: Looking at beautiful things makes us happy! Girls looking at me: *depression 100*

  41. Beena Khalid

    Beena Khalid

    13 dagen geleden

    A thing of beauty is a joy forever ❤️

  42. Itz Valid

    Itz Valid

    13 dagen geleden


  43. Tashi Kun

    Tashi Kun

    13 dagen geleden

    Im an ugly dude

  44. David Schaftenaar

    David Schaftenaar

    13 dagen geleden

    4:17 To all aspiring/practicing architects and artists whose work is meant for display in public places: This does *not* mean people want to live in, work in or be otherwise involuntarily confronted with "provocative" and/or "bold" (post)modern experiments in or statements on aesthetics or architecture. Your work will have a tangible effect on the lives of hundreds, thousands or perhaps tens of thousands of people who will see it on a daily basis. Please make your work a force for good by taking your impact on their fate into deep consideration. One Tour Montparnasse and one Boston City Hall are enough.

  45. Dwight Schrute

    Dwight Schrute

    14 dagen geleden

    The first thing people judge you by is your appearance. Just a reality.

  46. Powah Wave

    Powah Wave

    14 dagen geleden

    But some people hate beautiful things

  47. Saurabh Sharma

    Saurabh Sharma

    15 dagen geleden

    Akshay Kumar : dekho papa mai kise laya hun (comes in with his wife) Ranjeet : Beauty ! Beauty ! Beauty Akshay Kumar : (shouts) PAPA !! ye aapki bahu hai Ranjeet : (stepping backwards) Beti ! Beti ! Beti ! . . P.S. - Just a joke

  48. Scion of Dorn

    Scion of Dorn

    15 dagen geleden

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and beholder's have disintegration rays, so I wouldn't argue with one.

  49. Aly pixar

    Aly pixar

    16 dagen geleden

    Great video

  50. GioIcey


    16 dagen geleden

    Talkin bout beauty, i couldn't help not falling in the this video's soundtrack.

  51. KingoftheNoobs


    17 dagen geleden

    An example is your art style

  52. I'm theAlienHinding in area51&my friends left me

    I'm theAlienHinding in area51&my friends left me

    17 dagen geleden

    The people who can't see ..........:(

  53. Lucas Solare

    Lucas Solare

    17 dagen geleden

    Why beauty makes us happy this is why I get sad when I look in the mirror

    • I'm theAlienHinding in area51&my friends left me

      I'm theAlienHinding in area51&my friends left me

      17 dagen geleden

      Nope, it's just your thinking. Everyone is beautiful.

  54. joe


    18 dagen geleden

    cavemen: hehe this looks cool archeologists: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHY DID YOU MAKE IT THIS WAY WHAT

  55. Curly Genius

    Curly Genius

    18 dagen geleden

    I wish more people were focused on the beauty of this world. Why should we suffer everyday.

  56. Curly Genius

    Curly Genius

    18 dagen geleden

    I am addicted to your voice. The beauty in your voice is immeasurable. How come you have such soothing voice

  57. pito con sifilis

    pito con sifilis

    18 dagen geleden

    I Lovecraft i

  58. Tyler Wenks

    Tyler Wenks

    19 dagen geleden

    Monkey brain go oooh aah ooh aaah oOoOoOoh AAH AHHHH AAAAA AAAAA A

  59. Hulthy


    19 dagen geleden

    Well, I'll be for ever alone then 😐

  60. Erik


    19 dagen geleden

    It is an admitted hand puppet. I liked it too, at first.... but let's STOP REWARDING THIS BEHAVIOR

  61. Marcus Defiesta

    Marcus Defiesta

    20 dagen geleden

    Ur videos are somehow relaxing to me

  62. Matthew Correia

    Matthew Correia

    20 dagen geleden

    i guess it's not a coincidence, but i found this to be the most beautifully rendered Kurzgesagt so far! really wonderful details in the art and animation.

  63. Verbugter Herr der Dunkelheit

    Verbugter Herr der Dunkelheit

    20 dagen geleden

    As an art student, the more I could describe why something looked beautiful (form, color, light, composition, etc.) said paintings looked more beautiful as well.

  64. mister Knister

    mister Knister

    21 dag geleden

    Beauty not only exist in visual impressions (symmetry, order, health) but also in the art of arranging tones (music) or in the art of using spoken and written language. just saying

  65. Dan B

    Dan B

    21 dag geleden

    So beauty is practical... Me: *intensely doubting all past decor choices*

  66. Guinea Pig Everyday

    Guinea Pig Everyday

    22 dagen geleden

    Talk about beauty and happiness, thats what this video is, and it makes me happy. The animation is always so exquisite with that great narration too, it just makes you happy watching it.

  67. Everlasting Rain

    Everlasting Rain

    22 dagen geleden

    in a nutshell, live in Kyoto and you'll be fine

  68. xgamerse pro

    xgamerse pro

    22 dagen geleden

    No one talks about him replaces the birds with actual humans

  69. Brandy Cody

    Brandy Cody

    22 dagen geleden

    "What makes things beautiful" In another Kurzgesagt video?

  70. Boss Dragon And nooby

    Boss Dragon And nooby

    23 dagen geleden

    I hav a piggy announcement Oink

  71. Ricardo Ferreira

    Ricardo Ferreira

    23 dagen geleden


  72. Alexander Alexeev

    Alexander Alexeev

    24 dagen geleden

    Would love a second part of this talking about auditory beauty

  73. Joshua Choi

    Joshua Choi

    26 dagen geleden

    This animation style is beautiful :)

  74. Juliana Moraes

    Juliana Moraes

    27 dagen geleden


  75. poluefemus


    27 dagen geleden

    But ugly things make me happier than beautiful things

    • I'm theAlienHinding in area51&my friends left me

      I'm theAlienHinding in area51&my friends left me

      17 dagen geleden

      Then they're not ugly. Beauty is subjective.

  76. Le Cynical Fox

    Le Cynical Fox

    27 dagen geleden


  77. Random Gamer

    Random Gamer

    27 dagen geleden

    Explains why I collect round and well shaped random pebbles everytime I visit riverside.

  78. Ivan GRANID

    Ivan GRANID

    28 dagen geleden

    golden Ratio is Fake

  79. Ivan GRANID

    Ivan GRANID

    28 dagen geleden

    Beauty dont realy exist, it's just a meme

  80. Absalom zou

    Absalom zou

    29 dagen geleden

    huh maybe that's why looking at hot girls makes me happy.

  81. Vallinayakam Somasundaram

    Vallinayakam Somasundaram

    29 dagen geleden

    that's why when I play with Legos I always look for odd numbered blocks because of symmetry

  82. Eli Seo

    Eli Seo

    Maand geleden

    So The Sims was on to something then...

  83. Nathnl Clldo

    Nathnl Clldo

    Maand geleden

    I just want to thank this channel because when my day is bad, it makes me happy and the feeling like i escaped the reality.

  84. Nicho Arsyad

    Nicho Arsyad

    Maand geleden

    Waw keren 👍

  85. reincarN8ed


    Maand geleden

    This video falls within the purview of my conundrums of philosophy.

  86. dakki.dreamer


    Maand geleden

    ahaha no wonder im so depressed and anxious, the flesh vessel in which i exist doesnt match The Aesthetic™

  87. Green Learning

    Green Learning

    Maand geleden

    Beautiful like kurzgesagt videos 👍

  88. Gallagher Alicia

    Gallagher Alicia

    Maand geleden

    The stingy shake correspondingly add because bite phytogeographically offend qua a dead salary. scary, amazing puma

  89. Petmop


    Maand geleden

    i like fancy stuff because it satisfies me

  90. Brodie Knight

    Brodie Knight

    Maand geleden

    I think all these studies only serve to turn something real, which is inherently obvious and relatable, into ambiguous and unconvincing statistics. I don't believe we should put so much importance on data, especially when talking about beauty, happiness, love, and those things which serve as effectively the only reasons we don't all just kill ourselves. Somehow our society has managed to convince itself that feelings are unimportant, which absolutely bewilders me. What is more important than feelings? What reason is there to live aside from feelings? None, I say. Work, obligations, responsibilities, goals. These are all just problems that could be instantly solved by dying. The experience of feelings is the only thing that makes life worth it, and it should be enough for us.

  91. Lost Potato

    Lost Potato

    Maand geleden

    Did...... did I just watch a kruzgesagt video and NOT get an existential crisis

  92. Nick


    Maand geleden

    Thankyou for the video ❤️❤️❤️

  93. Sordatos


    Maand geleden

    Meanwhile my city is ugly as a old and ill mule..

  94. jellyfish


    Maand geleden

    after hard days, I feel alive when I go for jogging along the lakeside near my house. that time is just so precious for me! the cold air u breathe in and the feeling as u run till out of breath.. sometimes I can see cute animals in the lake. then, I say 'hi' to them and just giggle. some ppl might say I'm silly but l also love running in the rain. there is no one except me, which means I don't have to care people that bother me in a daily life. all I can feel are just the movements of my feet, the smell of rain, serenity in the nature and my wet clothes. if u read it all, u can probably understand what I said at first. it really makes me feel alive, so if u usually use a treadmill, try running in the outer world. it's ok not in the nature, but also the street u usually walk down may be fine, too! running through ppl in the big city and watching their various life styles for a short momment will give u a great sight. 💗

  95. Sinan Bozkurt

    Sinan Bozkurt

    Maand geleden


  96. Kelly Malcolm

    Kelly Malcolm

    Maand geleden

    The two bell phylogenitically recognise because wrist prospectively observe save a murky robert. harsh, adaptable farmer

  97. Storytime Zombeh

    Storytime Zombeh

    Maand geleden

    When my father showed me gold and told me its value I felt nothing but when I see a beautiful cloud passing during sunset I chased after it just to take a glimpse. Yes, beauty makes us happy.

  98. Survival of the Fittest -only truth

    Survival of the Fittest -only truth

    Maand geleden

    If the same we will say in public life, people will term us RACIST, SEXIST and what not !! (I consider we should down people by our words ) Symmetrical & proportional attributes really make you feel good.

  99. Luciano Toguetani

    Luciano Toguetani

    Maand geleden

    I would love to share this channel with a friend of mine. But unfortnatly he doesnt understand english 🙁

  100. Lavl2001


    Maand geleden

    a symmetrical face is more likely to be fertile, a beautiful elk more is likely to be healthy and therefore good for us to eat, while a rotten plant won’t be; patients in good-looking hospitals show quicker improvements than patients in ugly hospitals