Former United States President John F. Kennedy once said, “Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.” Since the election the majority of U.S citizens feel that race relations have gotten worse. These poor race relations coincide with a record high in political divides, reaffirming the popular phrase that the U.S is now a nation divided.
It can all seem overwhelming at times, so stop and take a minute. Take a break from the bad news on your social media feeds, the political pundits, and hateful rhetoric. Bored Panda wants you to remember all the good things that still happen day to day and that we can all do a small part in bringing more tolerance. We have gathered a list of stories that show random acts of kindness people have shown to their fellow citizens, and we hope it will restore some faith you have in humanity. Scroll down below and don't forget to vote for your favorites!
#1 A Couple Of Months Ago, An Elderly Lady Asked Me To Walk Her Home Because She Was Scared She Was Going To Slip On The Ice. We've Become Friends And Now I Walk Her Home Almost Everyday
#2 This Is Anthony Borges, 15. He Used His Body To Hold A Classroom Door Shut, Protecting 20 Other Students Inside As The Gunman Fired Through The Door, Hitting Him Five Times. May He Have A Speedy Recovery
#3 Officer Talks Man Out Of Committing Suicide. Eight Years Later, The Now-Father-Of-Two Gives The Officer An Award At The American Foundation Of Suicide
#4 There Is A Local Group That Cuts Lawns For The Elderly, Disabled, And Single Parent Mothers For Free. Here They Are With My Grandma
#5 She Took Me In 15 Years Ago And No One Makes Me As Happy. We Had The Best Xmas. I Love My Grandma So Much
I grew up in a kids home (orphanage) after losing my parents. She was my key worker there as well as my carer. When I was too old to live there and had to move out. She was retiring at the time after 40 years as a carer and said that she couldn't stand to lose me, which kinda works out great because I love her and I couldn't stand to lose her either.
#6 Kids Do What They Feel. These Two Strangers Just Hugged In A Fast Food Restaurant
#7 A Stranger Helping Out Another Stranger Struggling With His Tie
#8 A Nurse Bends Down And Gets Ready To Hug Her Former Patient, Who Was Paralyzed From The Waist Down
#9 7-Year-Old Boy Donates $20 From Piggy Bank To Help Vandalized Mosque. Wanted Apple iPad. So He Got One
You had saved $20 in your piggybank for an Apple iPad. But then a local Islamic mosque was vandalized, so you donated your $20 to this local Texas mosque. Because of your amazing generosity & kind heart, please enjoy this Apple iPad with our sincere thanks :)
The American Muslim Community :)
#10 This Is My Uber Driver Beni, He Took Me To The Hospital And Keeping Me Company Since Most Of My Family Lives Out Of The State
#11 Man In Red Needed Help With Son's Math Homework And Got It From A Stranger On The Subway
So today on my way from work the guy in the red sat down opened up his folder and started reading. A few stops later the guy next to him sat down and asked him what he's studying: "You look a little confused maybe I can help?". He says his son failed a math test: "They're learning fractions so I'm just teaching myself this over again so I can help him I'm 42 & don't know any of this so I'm re teaching myself." The guy in the black informed him he use to be a math teacher so he asked the guy to quiz him and everything he got wrong or was confused about he broke it down and corrected him. By the end of my train ride the guy in the red had a better understanding. He can bring home a new method and teach his child. I really love seeing things like this especially in New York.
#12 Waiter Helping To Feed Disabled Lady So Her Husband Can Finish His Meal. Good Job Good Man
#13 Pararescueman Sgt. Mike Maroney Reunited With A Girl He Saved 10 Years Ago During Hurricane Katrina
#15 12-Year Old Boy, Hugging A Police Officer At A Ferguson Protest In Portland
#16 These Boys See This Homeless Man Everyday On Their Way To School So They Decided To Help Him Out
#17 Christmas Elves Surprise The Homeless With Food And Gifts
#19 Awesome Professor
A girl in my geography class had to bring her newborn to class today. The baby started crying in the middle of our quiz. When she took him out to hold him, my professor insisted that he wouldn't mind feeding the baby and rocking his car seat until she was done. This is my so so awesome, sweet professor, on his knees.