People Are Sharing Their Most Heartwarming Encounters and It's Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

People Are Sharing Their Most Heartwarming Encounters and It's Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

The world is a strange, strange place. Things feel especially out of wack these days — so much so that it can be hard to stop to appreciate beauty in small details or the kindness of strangers.

After all, we arrived on this planet alone and we’re bound to leave it the same way. But sometimes it’s important to take a second away from our personal struggles and self-absorption to remember that we don’t live here alone — our actions affect people around us, and we are also bound to discover some joy at the hands of strangers if we can open our eyes to the world.

A recent reddit thread covered exactly these encounters. Someone asked the community to tell stories of the most memorable moments they shared with a stranger they never saw again. 

Reach for a Kleenex — these posts show the huge difference a small gesture can make.

1. Who doesn’t love a bear hug?

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I’ve shared this on reddit before. The day I found out my grandmother had a stroke and would never walk or talk again, I was away at college. I finally broke down in a bathroom. A girl came in and asked if I needed a hug. I was crying so hard that I really didn’t get a look at her face. I cried on her shoulder for about 10 minutes and then had to pull myself together and leave for class. I never explained myself and she never asked. I never recognized or spoke to her again. I wonder if she sometimes saw me on campus and wondered what was up and if I was okay.

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2. Or to be comforted when you’ve been trapped after a devastating earthquake?

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When I was 14, I was trapped in the rubble of an earthquake. I spent six hours crawling towards a man whose face I never had the opportunity to see… He was a citizen who didn’t leave his name with anyone and never came forward, after the fact. It has always bothered me that I will likely never find out who he was or tell him how much comfort his voice gave me during those horrible hours. When I saw pictures of the space I ended up in, much later, I couldn’t (and can’t) understand how he was able to stand where he stood for six hours without injuring himself or suffering some sort of emotional trauma himself. He’s my hero.

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3. Driving long distances can be boring, unless someone like this has your back.

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I had about a two-hour drive from Columbus to the Cleveland area. I tend to drive on the faster side, and therefore pass a lot of people. I noticed about 20 minutes into the drive that the car behind me was still the same one that got onto the highway right behind me. We ended up driving the entire two hours right next to each other or in front of/behind each other. We created space in lanes to help the other pass the slower cars and made sure the other wouldn’t fall behind. As I was getting off the highway, he honked his horn, gave me a big smile, and waved. It has been my favorite driving experience so far.

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4. Good things come to those who give back.

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When I was studying abroad in Lithuania I volunteered at a soup kitchen and every now and again there would be an older lady helping out who dropped off supplies. We would smile at each other and say hello even through the language barrier.

Well one night I went to Easter mass in the town I was volunteering in and it was warmer during the day so I didn’t think about bringing a heavier jacket once it got dark, not to mention the church was this old massive building. So I’m sitting through mass and I’m getting colder and start shivering pretty noticeably, when all of a sudden I feel someone drape a scarf over my shoulders. I turn around and it’s the lady who would drop off supplies at the soup kitchen! Once mass was over, I tried to return the scarf but she refused to take it back. I did my best to extend my gratitude through the language barrier but I’m sure she knew.

It was the most beautiful and kindest thing that has ever happened to me. The was the last time I saw her and I will never forget her kindness towards me. It still tears me up thinking about it.

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5. A shaky start brought these strangers together on a train.

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I was on an eastbound train from Colorado two days before Christmas. There was some kind of incident in another car around 11:00 that night — a dude got wasted and started threatening other passengers — and we had to make a stop so that the local police could come and collect him.

After the delay, the conductor came over the speakers and announced that if anyone was feeling upset or shaken by the incident, one of the passengers had offered to play his guitar in the snack car and anyone who was awake was welcome to come down and join in for a singalong. I’m always down for weird train activities, so I decided to grab my harmonica from my bag and head down.

There were about fifteen of us in the car, ranging in age from 16 to mid-70s and from all over the country. We sang every song we could think of that even kind of referenced a train — we were somewhere in rural Nebraska at that point and nobody had cell service to look up lyrics, so at times I was pretty sure that we were making up more of the words than we actually remembered. The conductor came through after a while and offered to play a few songs, so the guy with the guitar handed it off and pulled out a mandolin, and my harmonica got passed around the group while one guy drummed along on his backpack.

After a while, the conductor got up and left, then came back with a copy of The Polar Express. He read it out loud to our absolutely captivated group of mostly adult travelers while the snow flew all around us in the night, and I swear that for a few minutes our trip felt every bit as magical as the visit to Santa Claus in the story.

Sometime well after the snack car was supposed to have been vacated for the night, we capped things off with the most ridiculously earnest rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” that has ever been performed and went our separate ways. I never saw anyone from our little makeshift band again, but I’ll always remember that weird, wonderful late-night celebration of Journey and the magic of winter travel that came about because some guy was a jacka– on a train.

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6. There are times when only a stranger can bring you out of your funk.

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On a night out, I was feeling pretty rough so I was sat down on some steps eating a box of hot chips.

This group of girls walked past, one of them in a yellow with black polka dot dress and a flower halo broke off and sat next to me. She had a thick Irish accent.

“What’s yer name?”

“Jolly. You?”

“Anette. Ask me where I live.”

“….all right, where do you live?”

She grabbed one of my chips, put it in her mouth and said “in the f–king moment,” kissed my forehead and ran off to join her group again.

Still think about her.

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7. You never know what a stranger is coping with, but it can’t hurt to offer a hand.

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The day my dad died I was holding it together pretty well. Late that night I went to Target to have a moment to just zone out, and buy a few groceries.

As I got to the [checkout counter] with my arm full of stuff I dropped a container of sour cream and it exploded everywhere. I completely lost control of myself and started to cry. The ugly cry. I was instantly surrounded by a group of women who just took charge of the whole situation. They helped me get everything paid for, cleaned up, and one lady even got a new sour cream.

No words were spoken, but their compassion and take charge attitude has stayed with me since.

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8. This tender passenger helped everyone onboard.

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I was on a flight once and my seat was right next to a woman with a screaming baby. I love babies so I offered to hold her for the woman, who was clearly frazzled and had her arms full trying to get settled. She handed the baby over and I calmed her down and held her for most of the flight. At one point the mother went to the bathroom and the flight attendant came over and offered me another seat so I wouldn’t be bothered by the baby. I declined and played with the baby the whole flight. I loved it. It was a win-win-win. The mom got a few minutes to herself, I got to play with a baby, and the rest of the passengers didn’t have to listen to a screaming baby anymore.

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9. If you look around, you might just find a kindred spirit.

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 I was playing on my Nintendo DS in the subway when I caught a random connection. I looked up to see if I could spot the other person with a DS, and wound up locking eyes with this incredibly intense little boy who was seated a few benches away from me.

“DO YOU HAVE POKEMON,” he asked, and as it turned out, I did in fact have Pokemon. With that, our fate was sealed. There’s this thing in the Pokemon games where, if you meet the gaze of another trainer on your journey, then you must battle. I had just experienced this in real life.

He destroyed me. All level 100s. Felt like I was an extra in the damn anime doing battle with the protagonist.

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10. Or someone to share in your toilet woes.

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This was about two years ago, when I was in university. I was having some gas pains, so I went to use the bathroom. I was the only one in there, but someone came in shortly after, so I decided to wait until she was done. She apparently was in the same situation as me, so we were both just sitting in silence waiting for the other to leave, occasionally letting out tiny toots.

Finally, she says, “Can we both just fart?” I laugh and say “Yes please!” And for about a minute after, both of us are simultaneously laughing and farting. Laughing because we’re farting, and farting because we’re laughing.

We finished at about the same time and said “hello” as we washed our hands. I never saw her again. I still giggle every time I think of it.

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11. If you’re paying attention, you might just meet an oracle.

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NYC bar: I was on a first date and there was an old guy at the bar — looked like an old fisherman from a novel — and he was convinced my date and I were already married. He went on and on about it. We said we weren’t married and he told us we were meant to be together and would be married a long time. He talked with us for a good 15 minutes about this.

My date and I did get married about a year later and have been together almost 25 years now.

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12. Or someone who literally saves your life.

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I’ll share the Cliffnotes version since it sounds so unreal. Years ago, I walked to a bridge with the intention of killing myself by jumping off. Met a guy there who wouldn’t stop hovering around me, eventually he approaches me and tells me that “I have bad spirits around me,” and that I should keep my head up and not give in to them. He then asks if he can smudge me.

I didn’t know what that [meant] but agreed anyway. He pulls out sage, a lighter and a shell from his backpack, and proceeds to bless me right there. As soon as he finishes, a bunch of birds (seagulls, crows and pigeons) all come flying over and fly in circles above us. He said that they were telling me my life was about to turn around and then he said goodbye and left.

My life did change that day, big time. And when my mind occasionally creeps back to dark places, I think of him and it pulls me back.

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13. Look around you. Someone out there will be kind enough to return even your most prized possession.

I was about 10 years old and I had a pair of HEELYS and they were the coolest f–king thing on the earth. I would roll all over on those things and thought I was hot sh-t.

We were in China, spending a few weeks in Beijing. I was rolling around in Tiananmen Square, hit a crack and lost one of the wheels. I looked around for about an hour, but to no avail. I was probably visibly bummed, as my Heelys, the things that made me hot sh-t, were now ineffective and basically ruined. The next morning, I was walking through the square on the way to meet my friends, and an older gentleman ran up to me and stopped me — he had found my wheel. He said that he had seen me rolling around and saw me looking for the wheel after I fell. He saw that I gave up, and stuck around for another hour to keep looking after I left. He came there the next morning with no expectation that I’d pass through, but wanted to be there just in case. I’m not sure who was happier, me that I got my wheel back or him because he didn’t think he’d see me in literally the world’s busiest square. I said thank you and…that was about it. We both had places to be and that was that.

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Never underestimate the generosity of strangers! And be sure to pay it forward from time to time, too.

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Someone Is Pranking Classmates With A Giant Pencil And It's Hilarious

Senior pranks are one of the staples of American colleges. While the biggest ones, like pretending to crash a car into the side of a building, are typically saved for the end of the year, individual students take it upon themselves to pull off smaller tricks throughout their time at school. 

Take Twitter user @OscareWilde as an example. Several years ago, they were gifted one of those massive pencils that are absolutely useless for anything other than a gag gift. Unsurprisingly, it gathered dust in a closest for years while they tried to find a use for it. 

One day, the perfect idea came to mind. As @OscareWilde recently explained in a hilarious Twitter thread, they decided to use the pencil to pry on some of the most vulnerable people at any college—students who had forgotten their pens and dared to ask to borrow one. The thread begins…

The Twitter user explained the idea behind their prank… 

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Surprisingly, only a few people have fallen victim to this brilliant ruse. 

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@OscareWilde explains how the situation has gone down the three times they’ve been able to find a victim. 

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Their response is always pure gold. 

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But even after all of this fanfare, the three people have no choice but to accept. 

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While @OscareWilde‘s prank is hilarious, school pranks only ever get better the more people are involved. These students decided to meme their principal after he told them they couldn’t do a prank. 

While students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin decided to pull off a prank that was so convincing, even the police department fell for it. 

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It’s not a school prank without wrapping something in cling wrap. 

Spare a thought for whoever has to clean these up. 

We’re impressed too. 

Keep on pranking, people!

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Someone Is Pranking Classmates With A Giant Pencil And It's Hilarious

Senior pranks are one of the staples of American colleges. While the biggest ones, like pretending to crash a car into the side of a building, are typically saved for the end of the year, individual students take it upon themselves to pull off smaller tricks throughout their time at school. 

Take Twitter user @OscareWilde as an example. Several years ago, they were gifted one of those massive pencils that are absolutely useless for anything other than a gag gift. Unsurprisingly, it gathered dust in a closest for years while they tried to find a use for it. 

One day, the perfect idea came to mind. As @OscareWilde recently explained in a hilarious Twitter thread, they decided to use the pencil to pry on some of the most vulnerable people at any college—students who had forgotten their pens and dared to ask to borrow one. The thread begins…

The Twitter user explained the idea behind their prank… 

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Surprisingly, only a few people have fallen victim to this brilliant ruse. 

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@OscareWilde explains how the situation has gone down the three times they’ve been able to find a victim. 

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Their response is always pure gold. 

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But even after all of this fanfare, the three people have no choice but to accept. 

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While @OscareWilde‘s prank is hilarious, school pranks only ever get better the more people are involved. These students decided to meme their principal after he told them they couldn’t do a prank. 

While students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin decided to pull off a prank that was so convincing, even the police department fell for it. 

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It’s not a school prank without wrapping something in cling wrap. 

Spare a thought for whoever has to clean these up. 

We’re impressed too. 

Keep on pranking, people!

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Someone Is Pranking Classmates With A Giant Pencil And It's Hilarious

Senior pranks are one of the staples of American colleges. While the biggest ones, like pretending to crash a car into the side of a building, are typically saved for the end of the year, individual students take it upon themselves to pull off smaller tricks throughout their time at school. 

Take Twitter user @OscareWilde as an example. Several years ago, they were gifted one of those massive pencils that are absolutely useless for anything other than a gag gift. Unsurprisingly, it gathered dust in a closest for years while they tried to find a use for it. 

One day, the perfect idea came to mind. As @OscareWilde recently explained in a hilarious Twitter thread, they decided to use the pencil to pry on some of the most vulnerable people at any college—students who had forgotten their pens and dared to ask to borrow one. The thread begins…

The Twitter user explained the idea behind their prank… 

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Surprisingly, only a few people have fallen victim to this brilliant ruse. 

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@OscareWilde explains how the situation has gone down the three times they’ve been able to find a victim. 

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Their response is always pure gold. 

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But even after all of this fanfare, the three people have no choice but to accept. 

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While @OscareWilde‘s prank is hilarious, school pranks only ever get better the more people are involved. These students decided to meme their principal after he told them they couldn’t do a prank. 

While students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin decided to pull off a prank that was so convincing, even the police department fell for it. 

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It’s not a school prank without wrapping something in cling wrap. 

Spare a thought for whoever has to clean these up. 

We’re impressed too. 

Keep on pranking, people!

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Someone Is Pranking Classmates With A Giant Pencil And It's Hilarious

Senior pranks are one of the staples of American colleges. While the biggest ones, like pretending to crash a car into the side of a building, are typically saved for the end of the year, individual students take it upon themselves to pull off smaller tricks throughout their time at school. 

Take Twitter user @OscareWilde as an example. Several years ago, they were gifted one of those massive pencils that are absolutely useless for anything other than a gag gift. Unsurprisingly, it gathered dust in a closest for years while they tried to find a use for it. 

One day, the perfect idea came to mind. As @OscareWilde recently explained in a hilarious Twitter thread, they decided to use the pencil to pry on some of the most vulnerable people at any college—students who had forgotten their pens and dared to ask to borrow one. The thread begins…

The Twitter user explained the idea behind their prank… 

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Surprisingly, only a few people have fallen victim to this brilliant ruse. 

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@OscareWilde explains how the situation has gone down the three times they’ve been able to find a victim. 

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Their response is always pure gold. 

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But even after all of this fanfare, the three people have no choice but to accept. 

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While @OscareWilde‘s prank is hilarious, school pranks only ever get better the more people are involved. These students decided to meme their principal after he told them they couldn’t do a prank. 

While students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin decided to pull off a prank that was so convincing, even the police department fell for it. 

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It’s not a school prank without wrapping something in cling wrap. 

Spare a thought for whoever has to clean these up. 

We’re impressed too. 

Keep on pranking, people!

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Chrissy Teigen Just Found Out It's Now 'Illegal' For Donald Trump To Block Twitter Users

Chrissy Teigen Just Found Out It's Now 'Illegal' For Donald Trump To Block Twitter Users

A huge reason why the constitution exists along with our rights in that constitution is to prevent the government from having too much power over the people.

Our ability to criticize the government and political figures however and whenever we want, and making sure they hear those criticisms and complaints is what makes America what it is.

An ever-growing popular form of communication is social media, a platform that Donald Trump used to his great advantage, basically trolling people online to get into the White House.

The thing about the internet is that you’re basically connected to the rest of the world, so if you have active profiles in your name, that means people can find you on those mediums and say pretty much anything you want to them. If you don’t like what they have to say though, you can block them and create a safe space for yourself.

But because he’s the President and all, and a public figure in a civil service position, the Supreme Court has ruled that he can’t block people from tweeting at him online without violating the First Amendment. 

Federal District Court Judge Naomi Reice ruled that because Trump’s @realdonaldtrump account has been given access to Dan Scavino, White House social media director, and they “exert governmental control over certain aspects” of the account, that Trump cannot block anyone from following the account.

“The viewpoint-based exclusion of the individual plaintiffs from that designated public forum is proscribed by the First Amendment and cannot be justified by the president’s personal First Amendment interests,” Buchwald wrote

Although Judge Buchwald hasn’t expressly ordered Donald Trump from unblocking the accounts he has already banned from following him and viewing his tweets, Jameel Jaffer, the Knight First Amendment Institute’s executive director says that it goes without saying that Trump should do the “right thing” and unblock everyone from his account.

“The position the Trump administration is taking is that the president is entitled to block people, and that the court lacks the ability to order him to do otherwise. The right thing for the president and his social media director to do would be to log into the president’s account and unblock everyone who has been blocked on the basis of viewpoint,” Jaffer said.

A spokeswoman for the Justice department has said that they “disagree” with the court’s decision and are contemplating their next move.

She has a long and storied Twitter career of calling Trump out on the social media platform.

Which, after 9 years, finally came to a head when Teigen sent out this tweet.

Apparently all of her other insults, clapbacks, and shutdowns didn’t hurt Trump as much as this tweet. Because it’s the one that finally caused him to block her.

Teigen found the entire situation hilarious, because Trump used a staunchly anti-Liberal platform to help get him elected, and, as we all know, liberals are often ridiculed for wanting “safe spaces”.

Teigen, like everyone else, saw the news that Trump’s blocking of people on Twitter was directly ruled as a violation of the First Amendment, so she offered up this Tweet in response.

Looks like she’s going to go back to her trolling ways, and there really isn’t anything the President can do about it, unless he wants to violate the very constitution he made an oath to uphold to the American people.

And people are very excited.

Even if Teigen reshot and re-uploaded the video for unbeknownst reasons (aka John being the in background and not wanting to be embroiled in any messy politic stuff).

Looks like the Teigen-Trump Twitter drama is back on, people. (source: nytimes)

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This Guy Live-Tweeted His Little Brother's First Date And It's Too Pure

25-year-old Kinglsey Morgan has gone viral for his tweets about his 16-year-old brother Keneil’s date with his crush. It may be the most wholesome story of teen romance you’ve ever read, and it will also make you hungry. 

Morgan was interviewed by Blavity about this incredibly sweet story of brotherly love, telling them, “We have a very close relationship. He considers me his role model and we do everything together. I study with him, we swap stories, he teaches me the latest dance moves in Jamaica, we cook together, go to the movies together — like I said, everything. I’m literally his credible source for confirming or denying anything he sees on the internet; even something as simple as a prank, he seeks my affirmation that it was indeed a prank.” 

He also asked his brother to do the lion’s share of the work for his date with his crush. Morgan agreed to cook dinner for the family, and even made the girl’s favorite dish.

Which sounds absolutely delicious:

Even dad got in on the action, and put on some fun music for the pair as Morgan was working in the kitchen.

But Morgan finally caught a pic of the adorable couple:

And it went over well with the guest of honor:

Hi lil’ bro is taking things slow:

But it seems like his date likes that about him:

People are really impressed that Morgan went to so much trouble to help his brother out and support him:

And they’re wondering if Morgan might make them some curried chicken and rice:

Some people are imagining what their siblings would have done in his place, and it’s definitely not as nice:

Everyone is incredibly invested in this budding relationship, and Morgan has promised updates:

Look, even if it doesn’t work out between these two young lovebirds, Keneil is learning how to do romance right. Just cook them their favorite meal. Better yet, make your brother do it.

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People Are Sharing Their 'Ugly Duckling' Transformations And It's Shocking

Growing up is tough, especially because it sometimes feels like the transformation is never going to happen. If you’re going through puberty and it’s terrible, just know there’s another side to it and that is on full display in the subreddit /r/uglyduckling.

The subreddit is for anyone who has undergone a transformation, so not everybody is in that period in college where you finally figure out how to dress. But, many people tend to skew young and the changes they make are pretty simple. Like growing their hair out:

How did she do it? By embracing the little things.

Making little changes in your life can transform you in all sorts of ways, even if it’s the decision to avoid the salon. Every journey begins with one step!

Below are some of the most astounding changes people went through. Some have elaborate stories, some just grew out of their awkward phase, and some just woke up one day and realized they’d changed.

Okay, I’m going to start using moisturizer today. What’s your small change?

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Folks Are Sharing Pictures Of Their Dogs Looking Like Humans And It's Uncanny

It’s a bit of common wisdom that folks look like their pets—either because they choose animals who remind them of someone they love (themselves) or because they transform over the years of feeding, petting, and feces disposal. 

A man named Liam Rice has his own explanation for this phenomenon. Rice is an extremely handsome animal care officer at the MSCPA who owns a husky named Luna. He posted an impromptu photo shoot with her and suggested their uncanny resemblance to one another is because Luna carries the spirit of a human within:

I don’t think so, but lots of people responded with their own puppers living like people and looking like people. Any thread full of cute dogs is fine with me, so let’s agree to disagree and check them out:

A cat also made it in, which I find relatable:

But people think Liam looks familiar. They also think he looks a whole lot like a cartoon character:

So, Archer Sterling looks like a husky, too? Yep, sounds right.

Liam is a babe!

But he appears to be taken, sorry everyone.

Well, we still have dogs to enjoy. Love can wait.

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This Runway Model Brought Her 2-Year-Old On Stage And It's Too Adorable

Usually when you think of the world of high fashion, you picture glamorous photo shoots. Riding around in little convertible Italian roadsters on a picturesque, winding highway near some blue coast.

You think of statuesque legs in all sorts of uncomfortable shoes trampling down a runway. You think of ridiculous outfits. You think of impossibly beautiful, impossibly thin, and impossibly good-looking, young women making designs seem glamorous and desirable.

What you probably don’t think about is toddlers. But Canadian model Coco Rocha, might just change your mind about that. She recently took to the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier with her two-year-old daughter, Ioni, in tow. 

Did I mention they were rocking matching outfits? Because they’re totally rocking matching outfits. I know, it’s ridiculously adorable.

The best part is that Ioni not only posed with her mother, but showed off some of her own moves, as well.

The kid was a natural. Thankfully, someone caught the whole thing on camera.

For being just two years old, this little kid is pretty impressive, following visual cues and keeping up pace with her mom.

People were eating the adorableness up.

While others thought that their hairstyles were roast-worthy, which, they totally were.

Even off the runway, the two nailed their poses.

Fellow industry pros had to give it up to Rocha, too.

It was basically the most glamorous take your daughter to work day ever.

And after looking at these shots, it’s hard to argue, it isn’t?

At the end of the it all, fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier embraced the youngest model to ever showcase his designs.

The whole thing was just too cute.

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