It’s not always easy to be kind, but there are some people who do it and do it well (and some even do it every day – imagine that!). More importantly, they don’t always wait to make some grand gesture – plenty of people realize that little acts make a big difference.
Kindness even benefits the good samaritan as well. Doing something nice for others releases serotonin in the brain which helps regulate mood, social behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, and memory. Everybody wins!
We’re inspired by these 75 people and their acts of kindness big and small. And we sure hope they got a big boost of happiness after they helped others.
When Kevin Berthia decided to end his life after suffering from depression for many years, one thing saved him in that moment – the voice of Officer Briggs.
Berthia spent 92 minutes clinging to the Golden Gate Bridge and 89 of them talking to Briggs before he agreed to be helped to safety.
You can read his emotional first-hand account here.
This teacher in Ghana has no computers in his classroom. But he knows his students will need to have some computer skills if they want to be successful.
So he takes the time and effort to draw out Microsoft Word and teach it to them on his blackboard!
A Redditor posted the photo, saying:
“Was eating my Chinese food when this little Asian woman working behind the counter stopped taking orders to help an elderly man navigate the rainy walk to his seat. She was incredibly patient with him during his slooooow order and even brought his food outside for him. Faith in humanity restored.”
Most of us would.
But Gilligan wouldn’t.
This is Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua. He delivers water to the wild animals in the dry parts of Kenya so they can survive during droughts.
The pea farmer spends a few hours every day making sure the local animals have enough water.
His story touched so many people that they set up a GoFundMe campaign for him that raised over $400,000!
This Redditor looked up from his reading at a coffee shop to find a man researching vets on his laptop so he could get some help for the injured sparrow he had just found.
Someone is teaching these kids right!
He’s so embarrassed by the people polluting the area that he goes around and cleans up their litter himself.
The man who took the photo offered up his own act of kindness as well – when the post went viral, he secured shelter and a job for the good samaritan.
We don’t often think of what our final moments will be like, but this woman is making sure fewer people spend them alone.
He was shot 5 times and continues to need treatment and physical therapy to this day.
Here’s one protestor who truly understands how important it is to get the word out about the Hong Kong protests and his simple “thank you” of holding an umbrella over the head of a reporter is important to see.
Kind AND creative.
If you’re not used to this task, it’s certainly hard to get it right the first time.
Way to set someone up for a great interview!
Normally, you shouldn’t get into a car with strangers, but we have the feeling Beverly didn’t get this far in life without having good instincts.
Her mother volunteered to take special photos of the dogs in costume to make it easier for them to get adopted.
We love that!
This is just one small example in which a baby kangaroo came up to a boy for help and he gave it some water and a refreshing shower.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, who shared the photo on their Facebook page, said:
“This photo was taken by baby Logan’s mom as she fought back happy tears. Logan has been in our hospital for six weeks. Every night, his mom goes home to be with his big sister. Every morning, she drives back to Scottish Rite feeling “anxious that he’s been missing his mommy.” On this particular morning, she walked into the PICU to find Logan—a preemie born at just 25 weeks—in the arms of David, who smiled and introduced himself as the ICU Grandpa. This photo captures just one precious moment with a legend of a hospital volunteer who’s been holding patients, and their parents’ hands, for 12 years.”
We’re not crying, YOU’RE crying.
Ok, we’re all crying.
May we all show the same basic level of human decency someday.
She crochets them all by hand and takes them to the local shelter for distribution.
This is the very definition of stepping up.
We bet those cookies were even more delicious for having been made with love.
What a cool mom.
It’s seemingly small actions like this that can make a big difference, both for the animals and in people’s minds and attitudes towards them.
What an amazing deed and a fitting reward for someone who helped care for nature.
Teachers don’t get enough respect for the amount of money they spend out of pocket to help students learn.
What a great gesture.
But one of his professors showed him the compassion his family claimed to live by.
Some people’s actions show us how many opportunities we miss to do good deeds.
A Redditor posted with this photo:
“After bad storms, this retired old man goes around our neighborhood and cleans the debris out of yards and catch basins. When I asked him why he said “because I am retired and have the time to help”.
This woman snapped a photo of herself with the complete stranger who stopped by to see her in the hospital and braid her hair after she asked a question about beauty in a Facebook group.
He held him throughout the meal so mom and dad could enjoy their night out.
She wrote him a thoughtful note with encouragement and an offer to help any time.
She also stuck in a ShopRite card so he could buy food or whatever else he needed.
In this case, a new app is allowing people with some spare time to help the blind in just about any situation anywhere in the world.
Good work, officer!
Instead of making them pick through trash for food, he sets some out for them.
But since he’s a bit vertically challenged, the neighbors built these steps so he can climb up a bit higher, allowing them to reach over the fence and bring him over for playtime as needed.
She made it to the hospital in time to deliver her baby.
It shows a woman getting out of her car to give a homeless man a bunch of jackets, pants, and a pair of boots.
Instead of just hopping out of the cab, he paid his way in and let him enjoy.
This good samaritan set up a bench that people can take a seat on that shows they don’t mind if someone comes by to join them and chat.
That takes some serious commitment and bravery.
Here’s one firefighter handing the cat he just saved back to its grateful owner.