Just Say Hi

Everyone feels like an outsider at some point. Being the new girl at school is no exception. But all it takes is a simple salutation to make others feel welcome. Featuring Hilary Duff’s song “Shine,” this spot encourages viewers to reach out and just say “hi.” It’s a little word that makes a big difference…Pass it on.


(Musical Interlude)

Girl 1: Who doesn’t fall asleep in that class? Like honestly!

(Girls Laugh)

Girl 1: They just expect that.
Girl 2: Honestly!
Girl 3: I know. Seriously!

(Girls Laugh)

Girl 1: He asked me right before school started.
Girl 2: Oh.
Girl 3: No way!
Girl 2: Hi!
New Student: Hi.

Shine, come on and let it shine.
Light me up, make me feel alive.

New Student: Hi!

You’ve got what it takes…

Boy 1: She actually said hi to me.
Boy 2: Oh yeah!

…shine on me today.

Reaching Out. Pass It On!

Pass It On®


Your Comments
Leslie from Fort Worth, TX NOVEMBER 11, 2022
Love it. Awesome examples of human beings.

William G from Waddell Az JANUARY 8, 2021
It just makes your heart happy with love . Every time i see passiton on tv I pray everyone could get along.

Chris c OCTOBER 9, 2020
Very nice wish all people can display this kind of humanity greatness

calvin from virtual school SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
maybe nervous , but saying hi just opens up for oppurtunities, happy , relaxed

calvin from virtual school  SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
just be yourself , relax and smile , spread sunshine

Landon Kite from Saranac Lake, NY JULY 5, 2020
Good Stuff! We are all one!

Anonymous SEPTEMBER 8, 2019
I know from experience that smiling, or just saying hi, can do great things. Even save lives. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous JANUARY 14, 2019
loved the vid

Anthony Eugene from Rockland County, NY SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
I'm not entirely sure why, but I've always felt somewhat nostalgic for this clip even the first time seeing it. Like a television show I watched as a kid, since it has such a 90s-era teens show 'feel' to it with the setting and background music. I was dealing with terrible social anxiety in that period of time, so communication was kept at a bare minimum. I could relate to what the lonely lady seemed like she could be going through, an awkward phase. I remember seeing this for the first time and indulging at just how gratifying it was to see how things can be better. Let it shine!

A.J. from Port St. Lucie, FL JUNE 11, 2018
I always believe that a simple act of kindness can go a long way. When I was a teacher I always stressed this to my classes. You never know what kind of day someone is having, what they are dealing with at home or what internal battles they are fighting and something like this can turn someone's day around! We should see more of this in the world and less of the "it's too cool" or "It's not my problem" attitudes.

Kent from Alabama JANUARY 9, 2017
Annie's song is special and the video makes it carry the message. Please play forever...it's needed. Thanks John Denver.

Harvey from Buda MAY 15, 2016
Something I try to do everyday from the heart.

isaac APRIL 20, 2016

Raoul from Virginia JANUARY 23, 2016
There's so much junk on TV and then this commercial comes on and I'm just smiling all day. Love, just Love this one!

Loretta from Fairbanks, AK DECEMBER 31, 2015
I do love this commercial. I am wondering if the two girls are sisters in real life. They look so much alike, except one has curly hair and the other straight. Every time I see this, I think they have to be sisters. Same beautiful smile, teeth, etc.

Edwin from Illinois NOVEMBER 14, 2015
I saw this commercial on Qubo and I love it very much. This is a stupid question, but did you redo this commercial twice? I noticed there are 2 different versions of it.

Melanie from Somewhere in California  SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
Saw this on qubo and I like this message. More people sound also know about this. Also I like the song.

i saw this one on T.V

Sr. Athens from Lahore JULY 11, 2014
It's difficult to adjust. It's good there's someone sensitive enough.

Nancy Arrigo from Wenonah N.J DECEMBER 22, 2013
I like Hilary Duff singing Shine in this P.S.A

hannah garcia from sparta,MI NOVEMBER 22, 2013
I love how a simple greeting can change a life. that's how I met my best friend:)

katie from milwaukee OCTOBER 29, 2013
i love it

wayne from seattle AUGUST 15, 2013
I like this one

Moises from Guatemala JULY 29, 2013
just greet someone new, it makes the difference

Mbeth from Philippines NOVEMBER 13, 2012
It's good that we can access such kind of videos nowadays. It helps a lot. It is very useful.

Mavis from Jamaica OCTOBER 5, 2012
It just goes to show what a simple act of kindness can do. Look how nervous she was coming to the new school for the first time, not knowing what to expect. Yes, just a 'hi' and a smile goes a long way. What did she do in return? 'Paid it forward' with a brilliant smile, and a 'hi'.Love it!!

Mahonna from TX SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
I showed this video to my elementary classes the first week of school. I wanted to teach them how to treat new students. We have all been a new student somewhere, sometime.

Edward Garcia from Azusa, California AUGUST 14, 2012
Who is the shy girl in the commercial? I think she is so pretty.

dede from des moines JULY 29, 2012
These are all amazing, I'm glad people are promoting kindness and ambition! It's a nice change!

Kyle J from Lexington OH MAY 2, 2012

Donald S. Miller from Vancouver, WA. MARCH 13, 2012
I am teaching a Seniors' course at Clark College on "Propaganda." After segments featuring Hitler, Goebbels and various seductive politicians, I knew that I needed to demonstrate that propaganda can also be a positive, uplifting force. Thank you for providing some highly polished and persuasive examples for my final session.

RAMP Period 4 from Troy, Ohio JANUARY 26, 2012
Great inspiration for kindness.

mellisa from ottawa JANUARY 21, 2012
i love that video that is a good video for me i am a new girl a college thats what i did and your a good example for all those kids out there good job thanks mellisa

lisa from toronto DECEMBER 7, 2011
id like to use this video for an assignment i have on bullying, does anyone know how i can download it?

Jared F from Smyrna TN DECEMBER 7, 2011
This is the type of commercial people want to hear when they feel down in the dumps.Personally,I thought this was a terrific commercial

Homeroom 202 from Haddon Heights High School, NJ OCTOBER 5, 2011
This video helps many students become comfortable in school. It helps build character and confidence and courage as a person. :)

zoe vasquez 9 yearold from belton,tx SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
That is so sweet of those girls to say hi

Linda from Kansas AUGUST 19, 2011
As a Mom I try to encourage my kids to always talk to everyone in school... you CAN and DO make a difference when you are kind, plus it sets an example for everyone else around you. A simple "Hi" can change the world... or at least make a huge difference in a really bad day.

Hal K from Kansas AUGUST 19, 2011
I work with young people and have shown this video as how through a simple gesture you can have a positive impact on people. It's also how I conduct myself with people I work with. Thank you for producing this. :)

Elizabeth Pilola from Ontario, CA AUGUST 14, 2011
This commercial was perfect timing when this was copied and pasted to my facebook profile. I think I am going to start a CAUSE in my School District. Special request to all kids attending school. If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied because they don't have many friends or may seem different because they are shy or not as pretty or not dressed in the most "in" clothes, PLEASE step up. Say "hi" or at least smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school. Your kindness might just make a BIG difference in someone's life!! This commercial has been posted on facebook to help make a difference!

Marianne from Utah AUGUST 8, 2011
Lacie, I love you!

Steve H from China JULY 5, 2011
In our life, there are many things seem little, but could change the world.

Adrianna Harvey from Canada JUNE 21, 2011
This is great!

Cody H. from Colorado APRIL 27, 2011
This gladly shows how one word or greeting could make a person smile :) Great Video!

Chris from Vicksburg FEBRUARY 18, 2011
This reminds me of when my daughter was in college.

Doug S. from Olympia, WA FEBRUARY 17, 2011
We include these videos within our wellness Intranet site - at a large WA state agency. We want to share these messages with our employees. Great job!

Kyle from OKC JANUARY 31, 2011
Good PSA. We play it on our TV station quite a bit.

Rachel A. from Denver, CO JANUARY 12, 2011
The song is Shine by Hilary Duff.

Rebecca P. from Spokane, WA JANUARY 12, 2011
I love the illustration of one moment we can all relate to — these little moments are what shape our lives. A small effort can make a HUGE difference in both the giver's heart and the receiver's. P.S. I would love to know what this song is!

Mary M. from Hacienda Heights, CA  NOVEMBER 16, 2010
I love it and will share it w/ my children!

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