The holiday season is in full swing, and we feel like it’s the best time of the year to remember how wholesome, kind, supportive, welcoming, and selfless people can truly be, despite their perceived differences. That’s why we’re featuring the ‘Gates Open, Come On In’ subreddit, an online community of nearly 340k people today.

The online group presents itself as the exact opposite of r/gatekeeping and features folks being true legends who accept others no matter who they are, instead of angry gremlins who don’t want to let anyone new into their communities. Scroll down for some of the best anti-gatekeeping posts and hard proof that people really do have each others’ backs when push comes to shove.

Pssst, Pandas, if you’re looking to restore some more faith in humanity, then you’ll definitely want to check out Bored Panda’s previous article about some more great real-life anti-gatekeeping examples. You can read it right here.

British psychotherapist Silva Neves shared with Bored Panda his take on why some people feel the need to act as gatekeepers at all. "The theory is that it comes from our inner sense of survival. At times when we lived in tribes, it was part of survival to fear people outside of the tribe because they might have been a threat to the tribe," he explained to me. "In our modern world, to some extent, we have kept that sense of survival, although unnecessary now, but still subconsciously strong."

However, Silva notes just how much impact even small gestures of kindness can have. "When we learn to be kind to others, we're actually learning to be kind to ourselves. We need both." Scroll down for to read what he had to say about this.

#1

Love This

Love This

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Sarah
Community Member
5 months ago

As a Canadian I can confirm

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"We don't often realize that a very small gesture of kindness, even just a smile to a stranger, can trigger a chain of kindness and love to their social circle, and the ripple effects can be felt to the greater society," psychotherapist Silva shared with Bored Panda the power that even a small act of kindness can have in the world around us. In fact, we're naturally hard-wired to help others.

#2

Everyone (Saw This Posted Somewhere Else On Reddit So Thought It'd Be Worth The Cross-Post)

Everyone (Saw This Posted Somewhere Else On Reddit So Thought It'd Be Worth The Cross-Post)

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Ka Se
Community Member
5 months ago

This should be #1!

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#3

Marry Whomever You Wish

Marry Whomever You Wish

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Tobias Rieper
Community Member
5 months ago

this man is a legend

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"Being kind and helpful is a natural high for us, as it produced feel-good brain chemicals, so it tends to make us happier. Seeing others happy can also produce feel-good chemicals. So it is all round a very good thing for physical and mental health to be kind to ourselves and others," he said.

"If we do that, we tend to live happier lives and, even if we don't always see it, it is important to remind ourselves that any small gesture of kindness contributes to a kinder world. And, right now, the world needs a lot more kindness."

#4

I Just Like Animals

I Just Like Animals

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Buren
Community Member
5 months ago

Who is that good boyyyyyy who is goood buoyyyyy????

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#5

We Can All Get Along!

We Can All Get Along!

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James016
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

I'm a Jew who is married to a Muslim. It really is no big deal to us or generally anyone we know.

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#6

Everyone Starts Somewhere

Everyone Starts Somewhere

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LazyPanda
Community Member
5 months ago

Thank you for being kind

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‘Action for Happiness’ explained to me earlier that altruism and kindness are closely linked to our own happiness.

"Think about how you can reach out and do things for others, help a neighbor or volunteer for a cause, we get happiness high from helping other people. Or start small and simply list three things that you can be grateful for each night before bed,” Sarah Vero from ‘Action for Happiness’ shared with Bored Panda.

According to Sarah, the 10 keys to happier living are: “Giving, relating, exercising, awareness, trying out, direction, resilience, emotions, acceptance, and meaning. We are likely to be happier if our lives have direction, meaning, and purpose and if we are part of something bigger than ourselves.”

#7

Depression Gateopening

Depression Gateopening

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A B C
Community Member
5 months ago

And then come the people stating "you can't be depressed, you don't LOOK depressed, you're faking it"... 🙄

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#8

Read It All

Read It All

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James016
Community Member
5 months ago

Book snobs really are a breed apart.

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#9

Keep Doing What You Like, Support Others Who Do The Sam

Keep Doing What You Like, Support Others Who Do The Sam

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Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
5 months ago

Aww, what a sweet guy that boy was!

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Vanessa King, the Head of Psychology at ‘Action for Happiness,’ noted that we’re a social species and that helping others out is part of who we are. Being kind, lending a helping hand are the “social glue that keeps us together.”

“When we do things for others it activates the reward center in the brain, so when we give a gift it feels the same as receiving a gift," Vanessa stressed.

“Small daily actions one at a time can help us to make altruism a lifetime habit. You could start out small by deciding you are going to smile at everyone you meet or pay three people a compliment today,” she said.

#10

You're Not A Product

You're Not A Product

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
5 months ago

I have to say the internet ruined quite a few hobbies for me. Going out to find tips and tricks and finding communities full of people who are soooooo much better at it then I’ll ever be, discourages me too much. In “ye old days” I just did whatever I liked and never knew how bad I was at it. So now I just avoid those kind of hobbies online. I’m happier not knowing if I’m good or not :)

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#11

I Love This Man More Than Certain Family Members

I Love This Man More Than Certain Family Members

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Ray Martin
Community Member
5 months ago

Damn, son, just wear a crop top and some underpants. Get those wet and you'll get some real attention.

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#12

This Is Beautiful

This Is Beautiful

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giggles
Community Member
5 months ago

A very wise Father and human being.

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Human beings don’t hold a monopoly on empathy. Plenty of other animals have feelings and have demonstrated that they feel bad for other beings if they’re in trouble. For instance, a while back I wrote about an experiment on rat friendship.

As it turns out, rats help each other out if they sense that they’re distressed. However, they prefer to help rats who are most like them. Scientist Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal told Bored Panda that “rats will help others of their ingroup (cagemates and strangers of the same strain) but not the outgroup (strangers of a black-furred strain they are not familiar with).” In other words, rats are selective in who they help. However, this behavior changes the more familiar rats become with members of their outgroup.

#13

Working People Are My People!

Working People Are My People!

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
5 months ago

Always keep in mind that your employer is paying you the least amount they feel they can to keep you around(Sure, there are exceptions, but 98% are).

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#14

Art Is For Everyone

Art Is For Everyone

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Enuya
Community Member
5 months ago

This! It's so hard to start anything new as an adult since everybody expects at your age you have to be nearly professional!

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#15

Humiliation Fetish

Humiliation Fetish

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
5 months ago

Hee hee!

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“The encouraging thing is that we then found that cohabitation, living with a rat from the other strain for two weeks totally changes this behavior, and now rats will help that cagemate from the other strain. Even more impressively, after living together for two weeks with one rat of the other strain, they will help strangers from the other strain as well,” Bartal said.

The scientist added that social experience is actually what determines whether or not rats help each other, not their genetic similarity. Bartal said that in one case, rats were fostered at birth with those from another strain. “Like Mowgli, they were raised with the other strain and never encountered their own kind. When they grew up, they only helped rats of the adoptive strain, not the biological strain.”

#16

For All Relationships

For All Relationships

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Buren
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, platonic relationship exists

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#17

With Open Arms

With Open Arms

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Buren
Community Member
5 months ago

OLLA MILLY I UNDERSTAND I THINK IT'S TIME THAT I NEED READING GLASS. I HATE THAT I HAVE TO SKIP A LOT OF BP POST BECAUSE IT GIVES ME HEADACHE WHEN I TRY TO READ THEM FROM THE PHONE

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#18

You Are All Right

You Are All Right

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Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
5 months ago

This goth is right.

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In Bartal’s view, a lot of the discussion on animal empathy gets stuck on semantic issues. “For instance, the definition of empathy, how can we say that animals really feel empathy the same way we do. But empathy is a construct. We don’t even know what it is in humans really!” she said.

“I operate on the assumption that there is an evolutionary continuum between species, and that the basic building blocks of our responses are shared. Being sensitive to distress in others and motivated to care about their suffering is as old as the moment mother and child became connected for survival after birth.”

#19

I Liked This One

I Liked This One

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
5 months ago

Exactly! I almost always play easy mode, because I suck at them, but still enjoy them. Gaming is supposed to be fun, relaxing and a way to escape reality, not a second job! Unless it is your job, of course :D

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#20

Can’t Decide Whether This Belongs Here Or In Humansbeingbros

Can’t Decide Whether This Belongs Here Or In Humansbeingbros

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Buren
Community Member
5 months ago

He looks happier with the random biker lol

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#21

Have A Seat, Enjoy The View, Everyone Is Welcome

Have A Seat, Enjoy The View, Everyone Is Welcome

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Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
5 months ago

good guy owner

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#22

Pros And Cons Of GF...

Pros And Cons Of GF...

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Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
5 months ago

Same for boyfriends!

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#23

Anyone Can Play Games

Anyone Can Play Games

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Lisa T
Community Member
5 months ago

Yay for “mature” gamers. I’m 50 and still a gamer, and will be as long as I can.

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#24

Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
5 months ago

Here’s to a pluralistic society, cheers🍻

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#25

Gaming Is For Everyone

Gaming Is For Everyone

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
5 months ago

My dad never had any sons. He introduced his two daughters to video games and motorcycle racing. I became a lifelong gaming enthusiast, and my little sister bought a motorbike. :D

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#26

Respect To You For Doing Anything

Respect To You For Doing Anything

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Not-very-graceful
Community Member
5 months ago

Mood.

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#27

Drink What You Like!!!

Drink What You Like!!!

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Natalie Bohrteller
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, they are the hot ones. Would happily pick one of them.

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#28

Spread The Positivity

Spread The Positivity

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
5 months ago

I love this.

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#29

A Novel‘S Worth Of Nerd S**t

A Novel‘S Worth Of Nerd S**t

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Kira Okah
Community Member
5 months ago

I wil talk your ear off about Animorphs lore and Chinese history, my partner about spaceship design and Lego models. It's wonderful :D We may also be combining those and trying to see if we can design and create a Lego blade ship :P It should be great!

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#30

Let People Be Happy

Let People Be Happy

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ZAPanda
Community Member
5 months ago

100%. I do not possess a single checked shirt or any blue jeans. However, I do have two skirts and mostly autumn colour jeans.

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#31

Wholesome Hotel

Wholesome Hotel

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Enuya
Community Member
5 months ago

What's wrong with this room? I'm going on vacation to do some sightseeing and hiking, not to stay in a hotel room anyway.

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#32

Let's Just Love Everyone

Let's Just Love Everyone

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
5 months ago

If anyone wants to continue the heartwarming goodwill, Jewish Voice for Peace is a great organization that supports Palestinian self-determination, supports peace and justice in the Middle East, and stands against anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry.

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#33

Like What You Like

Like What You Like

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
5 months ago

34 and I still love Lego, now I get to play it with my kids!

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#34

Everyone Is Welcome On This Server

Everyone Is Welcome On This Server

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
5 months ago

Welcome to the neighbourhood!

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#35

Does This Doormat Count?

Does This Doormat Count?

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Lisa T
Community Member
5 months ago

I need this

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#36

Vegan BBQ

Vegan BBQ

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Kira Okah
Community Member
5 months ago

Too true, mm grilled tomatoes. Though as a vegetarian I would rather that they weren't put on the grill after the meat, maybe a separate grill for the veggies.

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#37

You're Never Too Old For Success

You're Never Too Old For Success

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ZAPanda
Community Member
5 months ago

yep, only graduated at like 40, and my mom at like 65.

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#38

This Subreddit In A Nutshell. This Applies To So Many Communities

This Subreddit In A Nutshell. This Applies To So Many Communities

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victoria
Community Member
5 months ago

same thing with fandoms, tbh

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#39

When The Old Becomes New Again

When The Old Becomes New Again

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victoria
Community Member
5 months ago

this was me when i discovered Queen.

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#40

Love Is Always Valid. Assume The Best First!

Love Is Always Valid. Assume The Best First!

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Celeste Grant
Community Member
5 months ago

this! i am truly loved for the first time in my life, and im in my early 40s. its amazing and i want to share that. If you've always had that it might seem a bit lame to post about it, but take a second to consider experiencing it for the first time

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#41

Love What You Are

Love What You Are

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I I
Community Member
5 months ago

my kids , well 2 boys , work from home , most friends are online , all over the world , if i'd of had that at 16 i'd never have left my house . just like them

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#42

No Beer Is Girly Beer

No Beer Is Girly Beer

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
5 months ago

I love Summer Shandy.

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#43

I Love My Grandma So Much. She Got Her Point Across Without Being Mean To The Family Friend

I Love My Grandma So Much. She Got Her Point Across Without Being Mean To The Family Friend

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Romenriel
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Love that the person is not being righteous and dismissive, they set clear boundaries but are willing to reach out and help the first person understand.

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#44

Can't Argue With Mom!

Can't Argue With Mom!

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ElenaK
Community Member
5 months ago

Isn't it LGBTQA, to include also queer and Asexuals? I think this is the full acronym.

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#45

Like What You Like

Like What You Like

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
5 months ago

You can find men or women attractive and it not be sexual at all...

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#46

There's Some Logic There

There's Some Logic There

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victoria
Community Member
5 months ago

me, a bi ace :)))))

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#47

As A Metal Head, Everyone Is Welcome!

As A Metal Head, Everyone Is Welcome!

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
5 months ago

*bangs my head* For those about to rock, we salute you.

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#48

Vent’s Open Come On In

Vent’s Open Come On In

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
5 months ago

Sus.

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#49

Fire

Fire

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aj B
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah still weird this ever became taboo, last time I checked, about 5 seconds ago, I am male and have nipples, no one complains if I run around Without a shirt entirely.

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#50

Play The Game Any Way You Want

Play The Game Any Way You Want

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Kira Okah
Community Member
5 months ago

I have this exact same mod! Xaero's Minimap mod! Lifesaver! I get so lost so easily while exploring, queen of falling down every single bloody hole in the game. Love this mod.

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