Why Beautiful Things Make us Happy – Beauty Explained

  • Published on: 23 October 2018
  • 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 https://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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  • Runtime : 7:37
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  • em
    em   2 days ago

    6:34 is the coolest animation!

  • No Noise
    No Noise   4 days ago

    Is just what we r programmed to do, stimulation theory confirmed.

  • jestes7
    jestes7   1 weeks ago

    I'm calling bullshit on this one. All speculative.

  • BlueXer
    BlueXer   1 weeks ago

    This video is so beautiful.

  • Ouch
    Ouch   1 weeks ago

    Me get depression lookin in the mirror

  • 15 Year Old Nerd
    15 Year Old Nerd   1 weeks ago

    Early humans: makes symmetrical toolsMe: they probably had ocd too

  • Carlos Chicuate
    Carlos Chicuate   1 weeks ago

    it's not the same song! at 2:49 it changes from the original one (the one in the video description) :@BTW after 2:49 it's my favorite part =(

  • Viixy
    Viixy   1 weeks ago

    The most beautiful thing ever is this amazing animation style, think it was the point.

  • Navale Aryaman
    Navale Aryaman   1 weeks ago

    The music around 2:100 is insane for some reasonActually throughout the video

  • No Noise
    No Noise   2 weeks ago

    Beauty is whatever that makes our brains go wow.

  • Kevine Araujo
    Kevine Araujo   2 weeks ago

    i don't know you but i like to see new york buildings

  • Apurv Surya
    Apurv Surya   2 weeks ago

    Beautiful things don't make us happy...The things which makes us happy are considered beautiful by us.

  • Barlukyplay Quercus
    Barlukyplay Quercus   2 weeks ago

    this is the one of the best channels on youtube for me ! Videos are always so well done !

  • Alper Aksoy
    Alper Aksoy   2 weeks ago

    Seni görünceneden mutlu olduğumu öğrenmiş oldum.

  • Hot Devil
    Hot Devil   2 weeks ago

    What the fuck, a kurzgesagt video with no birds

  • R Banerjee
    R Banerjee   2 weeks ago

    Who else doesn’t understand modern art?

  • 임지수
    임지수   2 weeks ago

    But sometimes I feel sad when I see beautiful things. Because they don't belong to me or i don't belong to them..

  • Geliefde Liefde
    Geliefde Liefde   2 weeks ago

    So we need more White People because the White People are the most Beautiful People on the Planet and the Planet will be Happier :D

  • Rhaine
    Rhaine   2 weeks ago

    This must be why mirrors break when I walk past them

  • carinha ai
    carinha ai   2 weeks ago

    My brain does not react that much from beauty

  • Zack Lunas
    Zack Lunas   2 weeks ago

    "Hey look buddy, I'm an engineer. That means I solve problems, not problems like 'What is beauty?' Because that would fall within the purview of your conundrums of philosophy. I solve practical problems, for instance: how am I going to stop some mean mother Hubbard from tearing me a structurally superfluous be-hind? The answer, use a gun, and if that don't work... Use more gun. Take for instance this heavy caliber tripod mounted lil' old number designed by me, built by me, and you best hope... Not pointed at you."