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Different videos show a wide variety of oddly satisfying tasks - like making slime

Different videos show a wide variety of oddly satisfying tasks - like making slime

Elena Redmond

Elena Redmond

Different videos show a wide variety of oddly satisfying tasks - like making slime

Carmen Sullivan

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With final exams, holiday busyness and general stress, students can feel overwhelmed. Believe it or not, an easy way to relieve this stress is to watch viral, oddly satisfying videos.

In a world that is filled with chaos, it is nice to feel a sense of completion. These satisfying videos fulfill this in viewers’ minds.  Scientists refer to this as “just right” feeling. This is the sensation people get when things are right in order. When it is taken to an extreme, it is that feeling that triggers Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). But, for a quick escape, it’s a relaxing getaway.  “It’s just so mesmerizing,” said junior Emily Mees.

Mees often watches satisfying videos on Instagram and YouTube. Mees, along with millions of others in the world, enjoys the perfection of these videos. “Everything in the videos just comes together perfectly,” said Mees.

In these videos, things that seem particularly hard are demonstrated with ease. For example, cake decorating videos are one of the popular satisfying videos that shows a difficult task performed seamlessly.

Another way that these clips satisfy the mind is the uniqueness of them. It isn’t everyday we see someone shave soap or mix paints together, which is why people become fascinated by them. The combination of a flawless and unique task allows our minds to be taken off the stress and feel a sense of comfort all at the same time. Mees said, “It’s easily accessible and there are so many types to enjoy!”

Different videos show a wide variety of oddly satisfying tasks - like marbling paint.

Take a look at some of these oddly satisfying videos:

Decorating Cakes

Kinetic Sand

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