With all the horrible events that occur every day all around the world, it can sometimes be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, it’s worth remembering that there are plenty of people out there who sometimes do only have their fellow citizens’ best interests at heart. Just take a look through these random acts of kindness for proof. They’ll totally brighten your day – and restore your faith in humanity too.
20. This guy tying someone’s tie
Tying a tie isn’t a skill we’re all blessed with, but it’s crucial in plenty of situations throughout life. We bet this guy was eternally grateful to a stranger for helping him out, then, when he saw him struggling to do it on his own. And sometimes it’s really the smallest acts of kindness that can have the biggest impact.
19. This man driving a kid to school
We don’t know who we’re more impressed by here – the kid for his determination to get to school or this total stranger for driving him there. Really, though, it’s just a magical moment shared between the pair, who both appear to realize the importance of a good education. If only there were more people like these two in the world.
18. This generous busker
This guy isn’t desperate for change just to get by. He’s simply busking so that he can raise cash for people who are homeless and genuinely in need. And, in fact, he gives every cent of his earnings away. It doesn’t get much more selfless than that.
17. This car-mounted umbrella
Leaving your sunroof open during a thunderstorm is one of those things you’d be kicking yourself for months down the line. However, luckily for the owner of this car, a stranger stepped in with a solution. And considering it presumably meant that they had to sacrifice their own umbrella, this really is an amazing gesture.
16. This guy helping out the elderly
It isn’t just crossing the road that older generations sometimes need help with; escalators can often prove tricky too. And when this elderly gentleman was spotted hesitating at the top of an escalator, a young guy jumped in to help out by offering him an arm. Clearly, his parents raised him well.
15. This man giving up his generator
One woman had been looking far and wide for a generator for her dad’s oxygen supply. However, when she finally tracked some down at a store over 30 miles away, she arrived too late. But all wasn’t completely lost: when this man found out what she needed the generator for, he insisted she take his. It’s amazing how powerful a simple act of generosity can be.
14. These women partying with a stranger
Not everyone would allow an older person to crash their evening on the town. These women actually invited this elderly lady to join them, though, after she began reminiscing to them about her younger days and her own nights out. And the gesture no doubt totally brightened the senior’s day.
13. This sushi guy
Has a stranger ever thought so highly of you that they’ve made you out of sushi? Probably not, but we bet you’d be absolutely over the moon if they did. That’s exactly how this guy looks to be feeling, having been presented with a tiny, sushi version of himself while on a visit to Japan. It doesn’t get much more wholesome than this.
12. This surprise cash
This note was discovered in a bookstore in Liverpool, England, enclosed inside the pages of a book. And you can bet that whoever found it really did have a huge smile on their face. There’s something extra-special about an act of kindness that the perpetrator won’t even see the results of.
11. This pair of post-office goers
How wholesome are this handsome pair? While sitting in his car, waiting for the post office to open after lunch, the man spotted the older woman also waiting and offered her a spin in his car to kill the time. And if you thought this story couldn’t get any more adorable, the guy even FaceTimed his wife beforehand to get her consent. The answer, then, is totally wholesome.
10. This Redbox gift
This must be what it feels like to win the lottery – albeit on a much smaller scale. Imagine getting this disc from Redbox with this note and cash inside. Suddenly, your movie night goes from good to great – all because of a simple act of kindness from an anonymous stranger who’ll never even know who received their gift.
9. This helpful stranger
When a mom’s two-year-old and two-month-old were having simultaneous meltdowns in the middle of the supermarket, she was about ready to leave without buying anything. Until Tiffany stepped in, that is. Yes, this total stranger helped to calm down the kids while their mom shopped for the essentials. That’s definitely one way to restore our faith in humanity.
8. These messages of support
There’s nothing like the feeling of being appreciated for your talents. Just ask this person, who received these heartwarming notes of support after playing their ukulele on their patio. We have a feeling that they’ll have a newfound bond with their neighbors after this.
7. This kind cop
After clocking off for the day, most cops would probably just go home and rest. Not this guy. Instead, he heads to the same neighborhood in North Little Rock, Arkansas, every day, where he hangs out with the kids. In fact, Tommy Norman is known all over the U.S. for his community-driven policing. He’s even helped needy students to buy shoes and supplies.
6. These lawn-mowing guys
Not many people would mow someone’s lawn for free. But that’s exactly what these guys did as part of Rodney Smith Jr.’s Raising Men Lawn Care Service, which inspires people to help out their communities by mowing the lawns of people who are unable to do it themselves. This elderly lady, for instance, couldn’t afford to pay her neighbor to mow her lawn as she needed the money for medication – so the men stepped in.
5. This person with a new phone number
When this grieving grandkid texted their late grandmother’s phone number, they probably weren’t expecting to get a response. But what came back is genuinely heartwarming – particularly the invite to continue sending texts whenever they need to. After all, the recipient could have just as easily ignored the text or even asked them not to send any more messages. Instead, they restored our faith in humanity.
4. This quick-thinking moving firm employee
Back in 2014 a group of strangers got stuck in an elevator and had to wait to be rescued. And that wasn’t a huge inconvenience to begin with – until one of the older women revealed that she couldn’t stand up for lengthy periods. Fortunately, College Hunks removal firm employee Cesar Larios wasted no time in turning himself into a makeshift “chair.”
3. These generous kids
Winter is a particularly harsh time of year for the homeless, but one woman in Canada came up with a solution. With the help of her daughter and her daughter’s friends, Tara Smith-Atkins collected coats from locals. Then they fixed the garments to street poles in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the homeless to pick up. And while the whole scheme may have taken a lot of effort, there’s no doubt that it was worth it.
2. This anonymous bill-payer
Keeping babies calm and quiet in public is rarely easy, and you can imagine how much trickier that feat is with twins. So, when an anonymous stranger paid this couple’s IHOP tab, it’s hardly surprising to hear that the pair subsequently burst in tears. The touching message of support scrawled on the bill was just the icing on the cake.
1. This man helping an old lady
Not every picture has an elaborate backstory; some just depict spur-of-the-moment acts of kindness. Take this photo of a man assisting an elderly woman with her heavy bags on the London Underground, for instance. And it doesn’t always take a grand gesture to restore someone’s faith in humanity – even a little help can mean an awful lot.