A high-schooler has captured the reactions of people as they are unexpectedly told they’re beautiful as part of a social experiment.

Olivia Brockhoff, 16, created the video as part of her communications media class – and the results included smiles, laughs and even tears.

With such beautifully raw reactions, Olivia said she learned just how far a small complement can go in brightening someone’s day.

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Throughout the video, the teen can be seen setting up what the individuals – predominantly her teenage peers and a few teachers – think are run-of-the-mill piece-to-camera shots.

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Suddenly, though, Olivia would tell the person that they are beautiful, creating a collection of reactions that she hopes will spread positivity and kindness.

Olivia filmed the project at Holy Rosary High School in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada, over two days in November, and when she posted it on social media, the video garnered a huge wave of support.

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Olivia has been focused on spreading positivity in her community for a number of years, her mother, Patricia, said.

In 6th Grade, Olivia started ‘Project PJ by Olivia’ – a program that collects pajamas for a children’s hospital in Edmonton.


Speaking of her social experiment, Olivia said: “I am so thrilled with the finished product.

“I am really proud of how it turned out, and it has taught me that you never know how much your words can effect someone.

“We all know how our words can hurt, but they can heal too.

“The response has been heartwarming and kind of crazy, actually.

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“We are all beautiful.


“This has taught me that we all need to be aware of the power of our words.

“They are huge and enormous and are more powerful than we know.

“If we all used our words for good we can make the world a better place.

“I hope I have made the world a little bit better and brought a smile to people’s faces with my video.”

Story courtesy of T&T Creative Media.