The world can be a difficult place, especially at the moment. Luckily, there have always been people who are here to make the world a better place.
Learn about a police officer who goes above and beyond the call of duty, a high school kid who did something lovely for his mom, and a construction worker who showed some kids the way of the road. Keep reading if you’d like to have your faith in humanity restored.
Jonas Salk Is The Real MVP
Jonas Salk, an American virologist and medical researcher, developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. But instead of becoming rich from his life-changing invention, Salk chose not to patent the vaccine, making it more affordable for the millions of people who needed it.
Because of this decision, he missed out on over seven billion U.S. dollars. If only more scientists and makers of pharmaceuticals were like Jonas Salk and cared more about human life than profits.
Frogs Are People, Too!
Wildlife biologist Rich Mason invented this simple but life-saving device to save little animals that were getting stuck and dying in his in-ground pool. It even has a cute name: he called it the “FrogLog.”
Everybody who has a pool should definitely get one of these. Think of the frogs, people! The frogs and all the other cute little critters that can get into a pool and become trapped! They deserve some love too.
This Wendy’s Employee Is A Really Good Guy
This Wendy’s employee used an outdoor table umbrella to walk an elderly customer to his car. Apparently, all Wendy’s employees are trained to walk customers to their cars if they need help.
What a beautiful company policy and way to treat all our fellow human beings, especially if someone is having a rough time of things for whatever reason. It almost makes me feel better about eating all of those double cheeseburgers.
Gal Gadot Is Wonder Woman In Real Life Too
Many actors who take on superhero roles go out of their way to visit with children while in costume, and the lovely Gal Gadot is no different. She stopped by the Inova Children’s Hospital in Annandale, Virginia in her Wonder Woman outfit.
Gal knows that children love seeing their favorite superheroes in the flesh. We love that she took time out of her busy schedule to brighten these kids’ day.
The Best Kind Of Neighbor
After bad storms come through the area where he lives, this retired old man goes around his neighborhood and cleans all of the random debris out of yards and catch basins.
When somebody asked him why, he said, “because I am retired and have the time to help.” Everybody should be like this guy. Watch him. Learn from him. See where there’s a need and step in to fill it.
Use What You Have
Four hours into a flight from Spain to NYC, a child suffered an asthma attack and his medicine was in a checked bag, not reachable from the cabin. Fortunately, fate was on his side that day. It turns out that a surgeon was on board and he was able to “MacGuyver” a nebulizer.
This is Dr. Khurshid Guru and he’s the Director of Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Thank you from all of us, Dr. Guru!
Good Guy Dad-In-Law
This guy shared a Facebook post from his girlfriend’s father. The guy saw that the father had commented on a “Things That Kids Today Don’t Understand” post, and he feared the worst.
But when he looked at the post, he was pleasantly surprised. It turns out that his girlfriend’s dad is an awesome guy who frequently defends millennials from trolls on the internet. Thanks for the vote of confidence, good sir.
This Cop Goes Above And Beyond
This is Officer Tommy Norman of North Little Rock, AR. He comes to the same neighborhood after every shift with snacks and soda. He hangs out with the kids who live there, for at least an hour most days.
Sometimes he brings a football and plays games. Once, in the summer, he brought them a slip ‘n slide and water pistols to play with. We need more stories like this about positive interactions in the community. Thank you, officer.
Unsolicited Photo Retouch
A person posted this faded old picture of their parents, an important personal memory, on Reddit. Shortly after, a complete stranger sent them a retouched and color corrected version of the photo with the caption,
“Nobody here should have such a treasured photo of their parents that has its color faded. Here is your photo fixed up a bit. (I am a photo retoucher).” Thanks, kind stranger! What a kind gesture.
Let’s All Help Each Other Out
Obviously, helping others isn’t a new fad but we don’t have as many pictures of good deeds from history. In 1939, the men working in wheat factories realized that women customers were using wheat sacks to make clothes for their children.
The mills had a great idea and started using flowered fabric for their sacks so the kids would have pretty clothes. The wheat labels would come off in the wash. This is pure kindness.
A Little Appreciation Goes A Long Way
The person who received this anonymous letter has run a car wash for over thirty years. He found this in the mailbox on the day after Christmas. “Friend and I argued over the best car wash in town. Argument ended when we realized we went to the same car wash. Lunch on me. Merry Christmas.”
Honestly, I can’t think of a better compliment than this. I hope he enjoyed his Christmas! It really is the most wonderful time of the year.
Take A Minute To Honor Your Parents
This kid’s mom was pregnant with him eighteen years ago, so she missed out on going to her own prom. Eighteen years later, her son decided to take her to his prom. They got dressed to the nines and lived it up for the night. How sweet!
On a side note, everyone should hope to look that good when they’re the mom of a teenager. She looks amazing in that dress!
Cards Against Humanity Is Actually In Favor Of Humanity
Cards Against Humanity gave these factory workers their first paid vacation. I love how such nice people can make such an offensive game. Another year, they gave all the employees eight small mystery presents that were delivered over the month of December.
I guess they have to be extra nice and charitable to make up for all of the awkward moments and shocking black cards. Whatever the reason, great that they’re treating people kindly.
Strangers Help Strangers Succeed
This elderly stranger helped another stranger who was struggling with his necktie. The older man taught the younger man how to tie it himself. This small act of kindness made for a super moving photo and a fantastic display of human empathy.
When the story and photo went viral, one person summed it up very nicely. “Imagine how many lives we can touch and differences we all could make if we just sacrificed a few minutes of our time for someone in need. It goes beyond putting up a country’s flag and mourning the dead… it starts in our very own communities.”
Strangers Help Strangers, Part 2
This man saw that a little older lady was having some trouble putting some vegetables into a bag, so he stopped and held the bag open for her. It’s a small act of kindness, but I bet that man made her day so much better.
People should stop and help out a stranger in need more often. If you see someone struggling, step forward and offer your assistance. Even if they don’t accept your help, the offer is enough to make someone’s day.
Every Condo Needs A Facebook Group
This is actually such a good idea. This man’s wife wanted to bake, and she had everything she needed except for one egg. It’s not easy for some people to get to the store on their own, so this guy got creative and posted to their community Facebook group.
And sure enough, a kind neighbor stepped up to the plate and offered an egg (for free). We wonder if they got some baked goods in return.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
This is a stray dog sleeping in a window display in Turkey. Some of the store’s employees let him stay inside all night because it was so cold outside and they couldn’t bear to send him back out into the bad weather.
Who could blame them? The precious pup isn’t hurting anyone at all. If anything, he might help bring in customers when they hear that the store has a resident dog!
Getting The Kids Involved
These workmen are just awesome for taking the time from their day to teach some kids. This man has sat down for a few minutes to explain construction and roadwork to a bunch of young boys who are fascinated by the tractor.
I wonder if all construction workers have some extra kid-sized vests and hard hats in their trucks. Also, why do little kids like cement mixers and other big work trucks so much? It’s a universal thing.
Check Yes Or No
This is such a pure exchange. Emma just wants to play some basketball, but she wanted to make sure it was ok with the basketball hoop owner first. “Dear neighbor, My name is Emma and I live across the street… would it be OK if I shot some hoops on your -ball hoop after school some days?”
This is the definition of being a good neighbor. We bet the note’s recipient was thrilled to get this request.
Mexico Helps A Friend In Need
Never forget that Mexico sent troops and aid to help the U.S. after Hurricane Katrina. There are Mexican firefighters in British Columbia right now saving lives and property. The country always sends plenty of help whenever we need it.
Mexicans are awesome friends to have. Also, they have some pretty great beaches over there. So go spend your next vacation in the country and thank them while you’re over there.