Sometimes a little bit of kindness can go a long way. Redditors revealed the nicest thing anyone has done for them and how it affected them.
If you’ve ever been the recipient of a “pay it forward” moment, you already know that the simplest gesture could completely change your day. This is especially true if an unexpected act of kindness comes along at a difficult time in your life.
INSIDER rounded up some of the best stories on Reddit that show how kind gestures both big and small have impacted these Redditor’s lives.
“She drove way out of her way to drop me off at my house.”
“I was walking home one day last winter, it was super cold out and some lady I’ve never seen before stopped to pick me up. She was really nice and drove way out of her way to drop me off at my house. She gave me a winter hat and a piece of chicken (she was on her way home from KFC) I said ‘thank you’ and she told me to pay it forward.” – Redditor butterandtoast101
“A friend of mine would stop by my house on Mother’s Day to spend half the day with my mom since I wasn’t there.”
“When I left for the Army, a friend of mine would stop by my house on Mother’s Day to spend half the day with my mom since I wasn’t there. He also took her out for her birthday, as well. I never asked him to do any of those things but it made me realize how lucky I am to have friends like him.” – Redditor LouieLives
“A friend’s parents found me an old junker that ran amazingly and bought it for me.”
“I was in a bad car accident (think car flipping, I was knocked unconscious bad). While I was not injured other than a concussion and I herniated some disks in my back, I was left without transportation to my work. I lived about five miles from the nearest bus stop in a heavily wooded area without shoulders on the road, and the bus ride would be three hours to work, after changing buses several times.
“A friend’s parents found me an old junker that ran amazingly and bought it for me. I didn’t care what the vehicle looked like so long as I could get to work. I asked them how much the car was so I could pay them back, and they refused. They merely made me promise to pay it forward the same way one day. I fully intend to do so.” – Redditor Flashyturpentine
“She spoke for what I think was the first time ever and angrily said, ‘why do you guys always pick on her?'”
“I was picked on a lot in elementary school starting from first grade. I had no friends in my grade, and couldn’t keep friends from other grades for various reasons. One day in sixth grade I was washing my hands in the bathroom when a group of girls from my class walked in. They immediately started picking on me, and for some reason I didn’t feel like yelling at them so I kept my head down.
“One of the girls who had never picked on me but had always hung around those who had, spoke for what I think was the first time ever and angrily said, ‘why do you guys always pick on her?’ Immediately the girls fell silent, and they actually never picked on me again after that. The girl that stood up for me stopped hanging out with those girls and we became friends. We’ve been friends for more than 15 years now, and I’ve never forgotten that moment, and never will.” – Redditor MmeBear
“Mum let us believe what we did so that we wouldn’t resent our father”
“My mother let me blame her for the divorce of her and my father. I always assumed that Mum divorced Dad and she let me beg her to take him back. She would always say that sometimes parents work better separated. But it turns out that Dad left us. He let me blame Mum, too. I’m a parent now to my very own beautiful children, and I’ve only just found out that Mum let us believe what we did so that we wouldn’t resent our father.” – Redditor IamStwan
“My girlfriend stole the manuscript and had six copies printed in high quality hardback.”
“I finished writing and editing a book about four years ago. It sat as a manuscript for a long time. My girlfriend stole the manuscript and had six copies printed in high quality hardback, which she surprised me with for Christmas. I couldn’t speak for about a minute then cried like a baby.” – Redditor its_a_metaphor_morty