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.
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: