We are all used to the people we love taking care of us or making us feel special and vice versa - but what about strangers. People we don't know have no obligation to love us or go out of their way to make our day better, which is why when they do it makes it all the more special. Someone on Twitter prompted people on the internet to think about these moments with a question about acts of kindness they had experienced from complete strangers and it led to a wonderfully wholesome thread.

The list below will is proof that you don't need to rescue people from a disaster or raise orphan children to be an everyday hero to someone you encounter. Simple things like standing up for someone getting bullied or giving someone coins to make a phone call might sound small but to these people, it made all the difference. Scroll down below to read the most heartwarming responses from this Twitter thread and don't forget to upvote your favs! (Facebook cover image: Daquella manera)

Nicole Cliffe is a TV and magazine writer whose wholesome Twitter question recently went viral

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Cliffe asked the question "What is the kindest thing a stranger has done or said to you?" and began the thread with her own experience. The writer told of the time her baby got airsick and puked all over her pants and seat cushion: "they had to BRING THE PLANE BACK to replace the seat and seatbelt and everyone hated me," she wrote. Holding back tears, Cliffe said a kind flight attendant came to her rescue by taking her baby and lending her some yoga pants. She ended her tale by adding, "I firmly believe that she will go to heaven no matter what she may do in the rest of her life."

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Marc 6 months ago

A great story about how humans can be. I hope the guy did get through that, his very own crisis and realized that being gay doesn't change who he is and that life is what you make off and not what others tell you what it has to be.

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We all know that being on the receiving end of generosity feels good, but did you know that studies show that we feel happier when we perform acts of kindness to not just out friends and families but for our communities as well. A study called Kindness Counts, done by University of British Columbia and the University of California, Riverside, observed 9-11-year olds for a month and had them record three acts of kindness per week. The report showed that performing these acts led to an increase in feelings of satisfaction.

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Marc 6 months ago

Sometimes you don't need any words. The heart speaks for itself.

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Ruby Brook 6 months ago

Wow. I swear that man must be some kind of superhero in disguise...

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Nice guys finish last is the saying but according to various studies they actually finish first. In a New York Times op-ed, contributor David Brooks looked at several studies about how evolution of the human involved our temperate. Unlike our primate relatives humans have evolved from a selfish nature into a cooperative one that allows for more harmonious communities.

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Rhea Hambum 6 months ago

Hell Yeah!!

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C 6 months ago

I don't think I could have taken that ticket.

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It's all in your head. "In one essay, Keltner cites the work of the Emory Universityneuroscientists James Rilling and Gregory Berns. They found that the act of helping another person triggers activity in the caudate nucleus and anterior cingulate cortex regions of the brain, the parts involved in pleasure and reward. That is, serving others may produce the same sort of pleasure as gratifying a personal desire," writes David Brooks.

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Marc 6 months ago

As a nine year old that must have been horrible. As a kid I was always worried that someone would sit next to me on the bus. Glad the elderly woman helped you through it. There're some really creepy weirdos out there.

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Ruby Brook 6 months ago

That's so sweet. I love the way they just gave up their coats to help someone they didn't even know in the middle of winter! <3

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According to Dr. Ritchie Davidson , University of Wisconsin kindness is a teachable trait, "It’s kind of like weight training, we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.”

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Marc 6 months ago

That is heart-breaking, but yet it shows, that even in the darkest hours there're helping people around you. That tea, as simple as it is, must have meant the world to you in that very moment. Again - Small gestures!

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Gëë Bëë 6 months ago

"Are you ok?" is a life saving question. If you see someone who is clearly desperate, just asking them that question could be enough to interrupt their dark thoughts for just long enough for them to see the light.

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Why do wholesome twitter threads about acts of kindness make us feel all warm inside? Well witnessing an act of kindness makes the body produce oxytocin also known as the 'love hormone.' Oxytocin can increase self-esteem and optimism as well as lower your blood pressure and overall heart-rate.

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GoodWolf 6 months ago

It was awesome :D

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therealpixie 6 months ago

You can also roll up a bill and slip it to them, or into their pocket if you feel like they won't take it. Also, you can spot people in the aisles (especially in Walmart) with kids in the cart. This has been a hobby of mine for many years. Also, I'm on a campaign to get EVERYbody to tip in the drive thru line. Once a young man told me he had saved my tips to buy his son's Christmas. There is nothing you can buy for yourself that will make you as happy. I can promise you that.

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In 2010 Harvard Business School conducted a survey of happiness 136 countries that found people who were all around altruistic: generous with their finances to charitable donations for example were overall happier.

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Marc 6 months ago

This is heart-breaking. It must be absolutely devastating for a woman to have a stillborn. No man will ever be able to understand I guess. Of course, they suffer too, but in a very different way. If something grew up inside you, you simply can't compare it. I am glad for you, that the stranger were there for you in this, your darkest hour!

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Anime nerd 6 months ago

My brother has panic attacks and if u see someone having one don’t stair ask if they’re ok plz

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Author of “Raising Happiness; In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents”, Christine Carter, writes generosity can increase your lifespan,“People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains. Giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying early, and that’s after sifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status and many more. This is a stronger effect than exercising four times a week or going to church.” 

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Ines 6 months ago

"honked again to apologize" cracked me up

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SirWriteALot 6 months ago

"sharply" ... arabic sounds sharp, even if they say nice things :) Just like german :)

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Marc 6 months ago

Sometimes it's the small things. Out of how many people one offered help to you, while the others just worried that they probably might be coming late to some unimportant meeting or whatever. Glad at least one person helped you.

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Marc 6 months ago

When I moved to the UK many moons ago, I had to go to work by bus and I didn't know that they wanted to have the exact amount of money for the ticket (no bills, etc.). Out of a sudden an old gentleman appeared behind me, gave the money to the bus driver, gave me a smile and sat down again without saying anything. I thanked him and told him that I would give it back to him. A week later I met him again and did what I promised to do. In that moment it meant the world to me, as I was new to the town and country, with no friends at all. This small gesture made me feel welcome. I often talked to the man when we met at the bus station. And I will remember that small gesture for the rest of my life!

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Ruby Brook 6 months ago

That's really sweet that you still have it. Heros don't need capes.

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Marc 6 months ago

Warm soup on a cold day. What more could you ask for? Sad to see that no one stopped to help, except one couple. Often this is coming from people that received help in the past too.

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Marc 6 months ago

Real heroes wear no costumes!

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Ruby Brook 6 months ago

She gave you a car?! I strongly respect this stranger...

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Marc 6 months ago

I hope the cancer is gone too! Good luck with your family!

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released kraken 6 months ago

That's awesome! Kind of wish i could see the jacket now too

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My O My 6 months ago (edited)

It makes me a bit mad that the hospital staff didn't call your mom and let you talk to her too

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Ruby Brook 6 months ago

I love that they let the dog out! So heartwarming to know that there are still good people in the world

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Jade Lorreni 6 months ago

That’s so sweet

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Agnes Jekyll 6 months ago

That's wonderful.

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Kjorn 6 months ago

it's better than whistle

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KarmaQueen 6 months ago

Shows even at 17 we are still young and need our mothers.

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GoodWolf 6 months ago

Ugh I remember comments like that. No, no twins. Yes, only one baby. Yes, I'm sure. And yes, my belly is huge, thank you for noticing.

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