People Are Sharing Heartwarming Acts of Kindness They’ve Received from Complete Strangers

What’s the kindest thing that a stranger has done or said you? It’s a simple question that writer Nicole Cliffe recently asked on Twitter and that quickly turned into a viral tweet. The thousands of responses she received were heartwarming tales that highlight the good in humanity. Although the strangers in these stories could’ve easily looked the other way, they chose to step up and help a person during their time of need—asking nothing in return.

Many of the stories that were shared prove that even the smallest gestures can make a big impact on the people they helped. A tweet by Ben Berkowitz illustrates this fact. In it, he recounts a time when he was grocery shopping alone after surgery when his arm was bandaged and in a sling. His limited mobility inspired a mom and her young daughter standing in front of him in line. Unprompted by Berkowitz, the little girl unloaded all of his items for him. “16 years,” he says, “I remember like yesterday.”

Scroll down to read some of the selected stories from Cliffe’s thread. May they inspire you to act the next time you see someone who needs some help.

Writer Nicole Cliffe asked people on Twitter to share random acts of kindness that a stranger has done or said to them. Cliffe started the thread by sharing one of her own stories.

The following responses will inspire you to act the next time you see someone in need.

Some are multi-tweet stories, while others are short and sweet.

This one is especially selfless and heartwarming:

h/t: [Bored Panda]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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