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People recall 21 instances of unexpected kindness throughout history

There have been countless instances of when humanity wasn't as bad as it sometimes seems.

People recall 21 instances of unexpected kindness throughout history
Cover Image Source: Twitter/US Holocaust Museum

Reddit user ThatLegendjpb opened up a treasure trove of hope and inspiring wholesomeness when they asked the r/history community to describe their favorite unexpected acts of kindness throughout history. Thousands responded with various instances of when humanity wasn't as bad as it sometimes seems, giving hope that we will overcome even the current state of crisis in the world. And while almost all of them describe gestures or events that left their mark on history, according to Dr. Darren R. Reid—a historian who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Dundee and is now a lecturer at Coventry University—it's not always the scope of an action that can make it honorable.

"Personally, the greatest acts of kindness for me come from the smallest of gestures," he told Bored Panda. "Holding the door open for a stranger, smiling at someone when you make eye contact with them when you pass them in the street, making conversation with someone you find yourself sitting next to on a park bench, etc. These are far from the most elaborate acts of kindness, but they are things we can all do every second of every day. They cost nothing and, if everyone did them, I think the world would overall be a little better."

Here are 21 of our favorite moments of kindness listed by members of the r/history community:

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Image Source: Reddit/pamarca
Image Source: Reddit/pamarca

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Image Source: Reddit/AbstractBettaFish
Image Source: Reddit/AbstractBettaFish

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Image Source: Reddit/SchipholRijk

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Image Source: Reddit/LawndartAssassin

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Image Source: Reddit/spiteful-vengeance
Image Source: Reddit/spiteful-vengeance

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Image Source: Reddit/Amazon_river 

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Image Source: Reddit/VitQ

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Image Source: Reddit/Son_of_Kong
Image Source: Reddit/Son_of_Kong
Image Source: Reddit/Son_of_Kong

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Image Source: Reddit/Ekreture
Image Source: Reddit/Ekreture

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Image Source: Reddit/Tobybrent
Image Source: Reddit/Tobybrent

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Image Source: Reddit/DeuceTheDog

 



 

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