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24 people reveal the nicest thing they've done for someone without them knowing

These anecdotes were reminders of the inherent good in our species and proof that it doesn't take much to be a good, kind, and empathetic human being.

24 people reveal the nicest thing they've done for someone without them knowing
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Editor's note: This article was originally published on August 28, 2020. It has since been updated.

While we see many celebrities and public figures performing so-called philanthropic activities for the less fortunate, more often than not, these tend to be nothing more than a publicity stunt. What they seem to forget is that the kindest gestures arise from the desire to simply do something nice for someone without expectations of being commended or rewarded for it in return. Take this Reddit thread for example. When Reddit user u/indeed_indeed_indeed asked fellow users about the nicest thing they've done for someone without the other party ever knowing that they were behind it, a slew of heartwarming responses came forth.

These responses were reminders of the inherent good in our species and proof that it doesn't take much to be a good, kind, and empathetic human being. Here are 24 of our favorite responses:

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Image Source: Reddit/Back2Bach

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Image Source: Reddit/Rullis_

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Image Source: Reddit/hauteburrrito
Image Source: Reddit/hauteburrrito

 

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Image Source: Reddit/Olaavi

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Image Source: Reddit/Headoutdaplane

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Image Source: Reddit/ZaleAnderson
Image Source: Reddit/ZaleAnderson

 

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Image Source: Reddit/ScarViper
Image Source: Reddit/ScarViper

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Image Source: Reddit/razorbladedesserts
Image Source: Reddit/razorbladedesserts

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Image Source: Reddit/UndeadMaidenBMS
Image Source: Reddit/UndeadMaidenBMS

 

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Image Source: Reddit/katgoyangi

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Image Source: Reddit/Citadel_97E
Image Source: Reddit/Citadel_97E
Image Source: Reddit/Citadel_97E
Image Source: Reddit/Citadel_97E
Image Source: Reddit/Citadel_97E

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Image Source: Reddit/Haltopen
Image Source: Reddit/Haltopen

 

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Image Source: Reddit/wherearetheashtrays

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Image Source: Reddit/grysong

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Image Source: Reddit/IreliaIsBroken123

 

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Image Source: Reddit/Maydaymaydaymay

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Image Source: Reddit/Chris_mcszk
Image Source: Reddit/Chris_mcszk

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Image Source: Reddit/meltingfrog
Image Source: Reddit/meltingfrog

 

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Image Source: Reddit/svbass13

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Image Source: Reddit/JahneK
Image Source: Reddit/JahneK

21.

Image Source: Reddit/mrsmallory13
Image Source: Reddit/mrsmallory13

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Image Source: Reddit/notsurewhy_1989

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Image Source: Reddit/HealthyPop1
Image Source: Reddit/HealthyPop1

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Image Source: Reddit/momvetty