• This documentary is a gem! We recommend that everyone go see this feel-good film!

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  • Simply gorgeous. Every frame of the movie looks pretty, well-designed, and well-composed.

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  • ...Kindness Is Contagious is an engaging, feel-good documentary that compiles research, statistics, anecdotes, and theories about the effect of good deeds.

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Kindness Is Contagious is a feel-good documentary by David Gaz, narrated by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the best selling author of the novel (and film) Pay It Forward. It’s a film all about being nice and the benefits of being nice. Kindness Is Contagious profiles cutting-edge scientists and best-selling authors from Berkeley to Harvard and everywhere in between as well as real life people from all walks of life whose lives illustrate their incredible discovery:


Learn how a little generosity can help us live a happier, healthier, wealthier, longer and more fulfilling life.

Areas of Academic Interest include:
Sociology, Psychology, Social Sciences, Education, Philosophy, Leadership, Ethics, Social Work, Communications, Business, Anthropology, Biology

About Kindness Is Contagious

A Film By David Gaz

It all began with an article about James Fowler and Nicholas Christakis and their research concerning the viral nature of kindness. Fowler and Christakis demonstrated that if you are kind to one person, they will be kind to four other people, and that each of those four people will be kind to four more people, and so on and so on… eventually circling back around to you again. Showing in fact that Karma may actually exist in the scientific sense.

CEOs, baseball players, roller girls, concert pianists, artists, street performers, soup kitchen volunteers, police officers, models and many more tell you their heartfelt stories of kindness and generosity.

With that in mind, we asked people one deceptively difficult question:

What is the nicest thing anyone ever did for you?

Their answers range from the mundane to the profound. We are hoping that these kind acts will inspire audience members to do kind acts for 4 other people and that perhaps a whole lot of tiny acts of kindness, that are easy to do, will have more of an impact than a few big ones.

Director Bio


David Gaz is an international Creative director, Filmmaker and Photographer. He recently directed the critically acclaimed documentary, Kindness Is Contagious, a film all about being nice and the benefits of being nice, narrated by Catherine Ryan Hyde, bestselling author of the book (and movie) Pay It Forward.

He has received numerous awards in advertising, photography and film and has over 20 years of experience with major brands such as Levi’s, Sony, IBM, Kellogg’s and Disney as well as world class museums and cultural centers such as Le Louvre, Le Musee d’Art Moderne, Le Centre Pompidou.

David’s work has been featured in Fast Company, Communication Arts (Including Cover), Graphis, Photo District News, The San Francisco Examiner Sunday Magazine, The Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine and the French publications BAT and L’Etape Graphique as well as The Huffington Post, My Modern Met, The Film Reel, Tokyo Eye, and countless other blogs.