About two years ago, I read an article in “Reader’s Digest” about a guy who tried an experiment: he looked directly into the eyes, smiled and said “hello” to every single person he encountered over the course of two weeks (or a month or something). He found the idea in practice to be a more difficult task than it actually sounds on paper. A few people were put off and even suspicious of him, but mainly he saw very positive results. People would usually smile back and after time number of folks on the street actually recognized him. They would say “hi” before he had chance to tip his hat. Most significantly, he found his esteem and general well-being were heightened significantly. I pitched this idea to a documentary film maker as potential fodder for a movie. He thought it could work as some sort of interesting investigative short; but probably not as a full length feature.
Well golly! It seems someone has stolen my idea. Sort of.
Good Virus is a feel-good documentary that’s all about being nice and the benefits of being nice. They profile bleeding-edge scientists and authors from Berkeley to Harvard and everywhere in between as well as real life people whose lives illustrate their shocking discovery: that nice guys do indeed finish first!
I think the idea of using “nice” to help solve some of the world’s bigger problems is an interesting one, if a little bohemian. Seeing the evidence given to us by scientists and people of practice is that lends credence to the idea that being nice is not only contagious, but also has healing effects on a global scale is certainly something I’m personally interested in checking out further. Turns out, I don’t have to wait long. The movie is almost complete!
You can check out more information about the movie over at the movie’s official web page. Also, if this seems like a worthwhile endeavor to you, you can help fund their kickstarter campaign for some post production help as well as promotional material funding and distribution.
If nothing else, you should check out the trailer that I’ve stuck beneath the seats…