An Experiment in Gratitude | The Science of Happiness

  • Published on Jul 11, 2013
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  • Timote Tuiono Tulua
    Timote Tuiono Tulua 7 days ago +1

    for avid.

  • David Gillis
    David Gillis 14 days ago

    So I can't click on the study. What is the link to that?

  • Ivette Cabrera
    Ivette Cabrera 15 days ago +1

    Wow! This clip is awesome! It's short and sweet!
    I'm going to use it for my Sunday school class and lets see how it goes!

  • Tyson Wirth
    Tyson Wirth 15 days ago

    I know this is not being grateful... But how do 700 peeps dislike this video? Lol. Maybe they're just going through an especially tough time. So prayers for you. Thanks, SoulPancake!

  • Ethan Wang
    Ethan Wang 17 days ago +1

    I clicked on the book but it just paused the video:c

  • Derek McCloud Band
    Derek McCloud Band 17 days ago

    What is the link to the study about Gratitude? Thank you!

  • Koala Fied
    Koala Fied 20 days ago

    Did anyone else cry? Or am I just emotionally unstable? ;P

  • Oliver Santos
    Oliver Santos 21 day ago

    yayyyyyyyy :)

  • Bastian Schnieders
    Bastian Schnieders 24 days ago

    How do i get access to this study?

  • Leo Herrera
    Leo Herrera 27 days ago

    So cute

  • Mindfulness Key
    Mindfulness Key 27 days ago

    Omg I need that man to make audible children's books. His voice is everything

  • maryam alhosani
    maryam alhosani 29 days ago

    hello the link for the study is not working could you please send it.. thanks

  • Thina
    Thina Month ago

    'Trust me...I'm in a lab coat' LOL!

  • Adair Washington
    Adair Washington Month ago

    I watched this video for my BLUE 101 class at KCKCC and I found it to be very exhilarating! It's nice when we can stop and share a moment with the person that has given joy and support to our lives. Thank you for this video! I do believe that this video can go viral. I am going to share it and challenge the people I know to take your test and continue to share this video. Wish me luck or happiness! :)

  • Kevin Cordeiro
    Kevin Cordeiro Month ago

    gratitude rocks! We have so much to be thankful for - health, family, friends, just being alive to experience today. Use your time to learn a new skill, make new friends, volunteer, or reconnect with your family. Life is too short to worry all the time.

  • Suzanne Rhoades
    Suzanne Rhoades Month ago

    Tears... and somehow this really works!

  • Melissa Butler
    Melissa Butler Month ago

    This video inspired me to do a series called the Gratitude Project here on TVclip! Thank you!

  • Daniel WANG
    Daniel WANG 2 months ago +1


  • RM apCynan
    RM apCynan 2 months ago

    I didn't like this. I found the 'they made me call you' comments worrying, this isn't what I would call an 'ethical' experiment. I would have liked to see someone say no, I am not going to call anyone. Also, as an anti-theist, I felt sorry for the guy that felt it necessary to thank Jesus for his existence, and extremely annoyed that once again that they feel the need to push religion on us at every opportunity. I also notice they employed the usual approach of selecting for maximum diversity. So overall, nice idea, terrible execution.

  • The Happiness Jar Lifestyle

    I loved watching this experiment!!! Gratitude makes life better.

  • Hilda Valdespino
    Hilda Valdespino 2 months ago

    During the 40 days of lent, I chose one person to send a text to each day. In the text I expressed what they meant to me and how they had positively influenced my life. I loved doing it and those who received the texts seemed to like it to.

  • 名誉 ために日本人天の祖先天

    I am grateful for the green grass and the blue sky. I am grateful to be free and have no major obligations right now. I am grateful for the kindness and wisdom of those around me, and their efforts to sustain and promote goodness in the world.
    When my way of life yields its unique jewel, either in meditation, in amidst the flow of every day life, its jewel being the lotus flower of satori, there is no expression suitable for the thanks that my soul has.
    What has made me flexible and relaxed all these years is that simple insight, or satori, of true emptiness. What has allowed me to sustain my beginner's mind and beginner's heart is the mathematical truth that there is simply none.
    Starting from that point, I am able to extricate myself from a mind that flows like a river, from illusion to illusion, I am able to effect reality and truly live because it does not bind me as an absolute. Like watching a graph or matrix, I am aware of the eternal cosmic emptiness in it all, rather than only of the binary input information.
    Paradoxically, there are ways to strengthen our root to this liberating and infinite emptiness (which is akin to energy) one being the act of writing and attempting to reflect it in poignant words such as sutras.
    Each time I awaken to the truth, then express it, I am fastening it to a world that will otherwise be unconscious of itself. Therefore I am thankful for language because it serves as a doorway to freedom. The more clear reflection of reality, the less pain because the true possibility remains apparent. The energy is free, not blocked by the mind's games.
    Emptiness reflects fullness.
    I am grateful for the power of thought vibration. As I go to school, the thoughts uplift me, I realize there is a deeper truth than I initially expected within it all. I feel, in the intellectual thoughts a satori based not in mere survival but actual transcendence.

    Nodo - throat in nihongo
    I see a fair world, a balanced world (almost surrealistically so, as if it were an intended depiction of balance in everything - LOGOS EROS) of mathematical virtue. A world whose ultimate essence is 0, and yet play.
    It is not that which you see, it is that which you say; the flexibility of true zero is such.
    With the realization that this is a grid, and that our existence within it is merely a code not necessarily ultimate truth, we come to the wonder of gift of language. Its perhaps not the terms themselves but the context of the terms, what we are using them to describe.
    The experience of a school, and a fairly basic one at that is what seems truly alive, while almost everything else is only halfway conscious. Could it be that the terms are describing a school?
    A school that can only be activated by communication and not by pure learning itself for the sake of outward awards.
    Suddenly there's no limit to what is possible, with the clarification that there is no real physical component to this.
    When it becomes about communicating with the world around you and even manifesting the greatest potential out of what can rightly be called even mathematically illusion, it becomes directly relevant to ones life.
    The most basic skill, not compartmentalizing everything
    Black and white
    Young old
    Male female
    Spring summer winter fall
    If the math is showing you that really it is nothing, you begin to recieve zen.
    You are not 'gaijin', you are not gauging. You are purely experiencing.
    At first it seems like merely using a discordant label, you have called it purple when really it is teal, later however, when the initial impulse to immediately label and clamp everything down dissipates you begin to see new colors you never experienced before.
    Then you have Japanese or hebrew (haskalah); languages that are designed as doorways back to the unconditioned mind, the place within is that is always new undesecrated and 'holy', set aside from the mundane world that is entirely grid based.
    It's one thing to know it mentally and another to root it as a reflection of the truth of consciousness in written communication in the world.
    In this practice, we are in effect being our most effective in our lives and rooting everything directly to the best and most sublime even when that seems paradoxical (the best is few and the common many, right? But if we are able to transcend our own graphs and limits each day, or however often we like, without destroying the system itself, simply allowing it doorways in and out for each priceless soul within it to breathe in effect we realize that even those best things actually are available to us all, though physically we cant understand how.)

  • Christine Farr
    Christine Farr 3 months ago

    There appear to be an unanswered question in this science experiment - an explanation of the measure used to determine level of happiness? How was this done?

  • veranya2074
    veranya2074 3 months ago

    Yes it is. Even if u are grateful for can breathing easily you could be happy.

  • The Simple Sober Life
    The Simple Sober Life 4 months ago

    Makes me stop and think about who not what I am grateful for in my life. I find it easy to find gratitude in life when I am in a good mood but have a difficult time finding it when I am feeling frustrated or angry.

  • Pati Carr
    Pati Carr 4 months ago

    Wow - tears are flowing. i dont know why but they are - I love to see people experience happiness i guess. Love this

  • Deekshith Juvvadi
    Deekshith Juvvadi 5 months ago

    Julian.. you're awesome buddy :) This video is just too beautiful!
    Whenever I'm having a hard time starting my daily gratitude practice.. I watch this video.. and I have tears of joy every single time after watching it.. and it makes it easier to go ahead with my gratitude practice.. :)

    You guys are doing great! :) Keep rocking! :)

  • 名誉 ために日本人天の祖先天

    I am grateful that I am a kid

  • Jacob Heath
    Jacob Heath 5 months ago

    'Hey Sweetheart' ... wow so this was not staged at all...

  • Sumerian
    Sumerian 6 months ago +1

    Can I like it thrice?

  • Sumerian
    Sumerian 6 months ago +1

    History's subject makes me the happiest person ever alive!

  • Himal_ayas
    Himal_ayas 6 months ago

    This made me happy :))

  • Rosanna Polo
    Rosanna Polo 6 months ago

    One day I Tried to do this exercise on a workshop about happiness at work and nobody wanted to do it. Nobody wanted to make the call. It was very disappointed to me as relator. Could you recommend me a way to ask people do this without they feel uncomfortable?

  • Brew Edits
    Brew Edits 6 months ago

    Who else’s teacher played this in class smh 😂

  • Inspired Life
    Inspired Life 6 months ago

    Gratitude is a key recipe for happiness. Find something simple everyday to be thankful for.

  • Ethan Josh Logronio
    Ethan Josh Logronio 6 months ago +1

    i sucked someone's toe and they were really happy. from 2% to 100%

  • AustinDoggie
    AustinDoggie 7 months ago

    I'll trust anyone in a lab coat

  • Mica Ellis
    Mica Ellis 7 months ago

    I truly enjoyed watching this video, and plan to share with my department. I think this would be a great exercise for us all! Thank you for sharing!

  • Johnny English, PhD
    Johnny English, PhD 7 months ago

    So how did you record and analyse the biochemical activity of the brain's reward system?

  • studybug2010
    studybug2010 8 months ago

    2:05....she says hey sweetheart right after the she know it was him?

  • fish wale
    fish wale 8 months ago

    Thank you soul pancake you have be my beng each you for about 2 miners now and love you

  • Hillary Bakulu
    Hillary Bakulu 8 months ago


  • nicole
    nicole 9 months ago

    wow i love this channel

  • Gabriel Porras
    Gabriel Porras 9 months ago

    Which is the study? The CLICK HERE to read the study doesn't work.

  • MeeshaKeena K
    MeeshaKeena K 9 months ago

    It's great for adults. I wanted to share it in my classroom but they don't bleep out the word "ass" at 5:19 which is a shame =( It could be useful in grade level classrooms. If you remake this please let me know..... sorry it can't be on my list.

  • Lori Walker
    Lori Walker 9 months ago

    IS there any chance there is a version of this video without the 2 curse words? I would like to show this to my students, but I need it to not have the curse words.

  • cheristar
    cheristar 9 months ago

    I'm so thankful for my family.

  • em11111
    em11111 9 months ago +1

    I tried to click on the study and there is no link. Please provide the link!

  • Marquis de Hoto
    Marquis de Hoto 10 months ago

    I hope they know how lucky they are to have that person still around!

  • Kristin Blomert
    Kristin Blomert 10 months ago

    I love this video....however because of the two cusses near the end....I can't show it to my students which makes me really sad....if they covered her mouth for both and not just the sound of one I would.... things to consider SoulPancake ! Great video.

  • Chaos Seeker
    Chaos Seeker 10 months ago

    Who else thinks that scientist looks like a human version of Wheatley from Portal 2?

  • Ramon Davi
    Ramon Davi 10 months ago

    It would be amazing to listen what the man would say to the accounting teacher.

  • Loria Raiola
    Loria Raiola 11 months ago

    I loved that video #heartwarming

  • MemesOrSomething
    MemesOrSomething 11 months ago

    thank you Julian, very cool

  • Sarah S
    Sarah S 11 months ago

    I thought of a boy I was in class with. Then he said they should call this person... Well I would not be able to do it bc he's already dead..😔

  • Kirsten Allen
    Kirsten Allen 11 months ago

    Watching this made me happy

  • Dakota Moon
    Dakota Moon 11 months ago

    This is the best part about Gratitude

  • Atiquah Quah
    Atiquah Quah Year ago

    Just because someone says I'm a doctor, or trust me or scientists have proven- it doesn't make it prove a point until there's evidence for it.

  • Jack Shennan
    Jack Shennan Year ago +2

    Also, gratitude to oneself. Find a mirror, smile at yourself until you think you're stupid, then thank that you for smiling at yourself. This process hacked for the solo flier.

  • Tauney Elysia
    Tauney Elysia Year ago

    I've been doing a gratitude challenge for 2 months. Write 3 things you are grateful for. Even if your upset. Everyday. Even small things. It has made me more aware of this short life and seriously more grateful than I have ever been. It takes less than 5 minutes and gives you more perspective. And made me around 70-80% better mood, wiser, it is awesome. And thank you ♡