You know, Pandas, it’s really way too easy to focus just on the negatives. In fact, we’re hard-wired for that. It’s called negativity bias and it means that we dwell on the awful things that have happened to us more than the awesome ones. So with all the news about just how bad things are looking recently, you’d be perfectly right to be anxious and upset. However, we shouldn’t forget that, at the same time, life’s full of beauty, wonder, and wholesomeness. Albus Dumbledore told us that happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, but we have to remember to turn on the light. Well, let’s turn that light on, shall we?

Today, we’re featuring the best posts from the r/gatesopencomeonin subreddit, a 356k-member-strong community that celebrates people acting excellent and being wholesome to each other. It’s the kind of stuff that really restores part of your hope in humanity. And it’s a reminder that we have to strive to be altruistic and kind, especially when things are looking tough.

Upvote your fave pics as you’re scrolling down, Pandas. And tell us all about the nicest thing you’ve done for someone recently, in the comments. Meanwhile, check out Bored Panda’s interview about how to live a happy and healthy life, as well as how to be nice to others when we don’t feel like it, with writer Ariane Sherine, the author of ‘How to Live to 100’ and ‘Talk Yourself Better.’

Oh, and if you’d like some more proof that people totally have the potential to be awesome, take a peek at our earlier articles about the ‘Gates Open, Come On In’ community here: Part 1 and Part 2.

#1

I Needed To Hear This. I'm So Tired

I Needed To Hear This. I'm So Tired

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

THIS!! UPVOTE IF YOU AGREE

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#2

A Guide To Gift Giving

A Guide To Gift Giving

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Perfectly put.

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#3

A Surprise Happy Ending?

A Surprise Happy Ending?

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Hawkmoon
Community Member
2 months ago

Nice exchange between nice people that tries to understand each other. Should be more of these on the Internet.

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The ‘Gates Open, Come On In’ subreddit has been delighting redditors (and more!) around the globe since early 2018. In the 4+ years since being founded, it’s carved out a niche of wholesomeness, hope, and good vibes by being the polar opposite of r/gatekeeping.

They only have two rules: there’s no gatekeeping allowed and you have to be nice. That’s it. Really. It’s a pretty straightforward recommendation for living a good life, isn’t it? Besides, it’s refreshing when you focus on the positives for a change, isn’t it?

#4

Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago (edited)

The last sentence explains it perfectly. Although there is an expiration date and that is death.

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#5

Remember, Everyone Has A Purpose

Remember, Everyone Has A Purpose

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Frances M
Community Member
2 months ago

As someone who once worked in payroll, if you want to make money go into waste removal. If you want an interesting job go into any science or engineering field.

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#6

An Email From My Computer Science Teacher, Who I’m Not Even Taking A Class With This Semester. Genuinely Want To Cry Rn

An Email From My Computer Science Teacher, Who I’m Not Even Taking A Class With This Semester. Genuinely Want To Cry Rn

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Toolkit
Community Member
2 months ago

So caring and understanding of them ♥

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(Probably) everyone wants to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. But it’s a hard thing to do in practice, especially when you’re bound by doubt, anxiety, and fear. Bored Panda reached out to author Ariane, who has written about health and happiness, to understand what contributes to our satisfaction with life the most. Really, it’s mostly about altruism and having a tight-knit social circle (among a few other things).

“Close, fulfilling relationships with others are one of the most important things when it comes to happiness, whether romantic or platonic. Studies show that the more close friendships and relationships you have, the longer you live,” Ariane shared with Bored Panda. “Volunteering and helping others are also likely to make you happy.”

#7

Be Free To Like Things

Be Free To Like Things

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Lady Goldberry
Community Member
2 months ago

Me: yeah, I'm really into real ales and metal music. Rando: oh really? What year was the first IPA sold internationally and what blood type is James Hatfield?

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#8

One Letter Makes All The Difference!

One Letter Makes All The Difference!

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Konpat
Community Member
2 months ago

Homophobia disgusts me so much

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#9

This Made Me Really Happy

This Made Me Really Happy

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Flintlock
Community Member
2 months ago

Man Just this, that's what society is supposed to be

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Other things that play an important role in our overall happiness include being fit, having a fulfilling career, and not focusing on the material side of things too much.

“There are other things that contribute to happiness and well-being including taking regular exercise, eating healthily, having enough money to feel comfortable, having job security, and enjoying experiences rather than possessions,” the writer explained.

#10

True Spirit

True Spirit

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

this child is precious and we must protec

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#11

Making A Kid’s Day!

Making A Kid’s Day!

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PeachyPenguin
Community Member
2 months ago

oh my god thats so cuteee

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#12

Just Let Them Be They

Just Let Them Be They

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Toolkit
Community Member
2 months ago

This is so beautiful and simply heart touching ♥ ✨

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“Self-care and taking time for yourself are also very important. But I'd say close relationships are probably the most essential things to happiness,” she stressed what we should all be focusing on the most.

It’s easy to be kind to someone when we’re feeling great, the sun’s shining, and it’s like we’re on top of the world. It’s far harder when we’re miserable, exhausted, and feeling down. Bored Panda wanted to get Ariane’s advice on how to be nice to someone when we’re down in the dumps and overwhelmed with problems.

#13

Unexpected Coming Out Story

Unexpected Coming Out Story

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

haha awwwwwww i cant express how wholesome i find that

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#14

Never Walk Without A Bro

Never Walk Without A Bro

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Toolkit
Community Member
2 months ago

So wholesome 😊

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#15

Grandmas Are Always A Bastion Of Wholesomeness

Grandmas Are Always A Bastion Of Wholesomeness

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful

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“It's worth remembering that being kind to others can also lift you up too. In fact, the easiest way to take your mind off your own problems is to help someone else with theirs,” she said.

“But if you're feeling really lethargic and low, the best thing is probably to sleep, or at least rest,” the author pointed out that there’s nothing wrong with getting some well-deserved rest. Getting some proper sleep is a piece of advice that really deserves more attention than it gets.

#16

Wear Whatever Makes You Happy!

Wear Whatever Makes You Happy!

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Dennis Knickrehm
Community Member
2 months ago

So many schoolboys protesting their school's dresscode by wearing skirts (not allowed to wear shorts in the heat). Why not just keep the skirt? They are amazingly comfortable in the summer :)

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#17

Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

exactly

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#18

I Love Sharing My Book Collection

I Love Sharing My Book Collection

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Ember
Community Member
2 months ago

It doesn’t matter if you read classic literature, crime fiction, graphic novels or young adult stories…reading what you enjoy is the whole point.

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We were also curious about how people can control their anxiety better, especially if they’re worried about the economy, the war, and the pandemic. Ariane shared some of her thoughts about becoming more resilient during tough times. The important thing here is to control what you can and to let go of what you can’t affect.

“It's a matter of doing what you can to make your own situation better, and then accepting that you can't control everything,” she said. “You can never control everything, and trying will make you even more anxious. But you can control certain things to reduce your risk.”

#19

On A Cathedral Door

On A Cathedral Door

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Ember
Community Member
2 months ago

This is how Christianity SHOULD be, everywhere.

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#20

Shared Spaces

Shared Spaces

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Konpat
Community Member
2 months ago

There's nothing cuter than babies learning to talk. Oh wait - babies laughing!

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#21

A Grown Man Indeed

A Grown Man Indeed

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Florida, but without the beach
Community Member
2 months ago

Love this! I can’t imagine that’s not the response she usually gets

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Ariane gave an example of how this works: “For instance, I wear an FFP2 mask on the train to work because I can control that, but no one else wears one these days. So it's possible that I'll still get Covid as no one else is masking up, but I just have to accept that, because my train journeys are essential.”

#22

Custom Veganism

Custom Veganism

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Diolla
Community Member
2 months ago

SO agree with this. Am trying to be vegan but I live in a cheese country.... love cheese TOO MUCH! I keep trying the vegan cheeses though. One day they will be good enough.

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#23

Dear Kids

Dear Kids

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Ember
Community Member
2 months ago

This is so sweet!

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#24

My Music Taste

My Music Taste

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Jackie Dray
Community Member
2 months ago

This is so me. My playlist can go from Metallica to Backstreet Boys to Beethoven's 5th

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During an earlier in-depth interview, Suzanne Degges-White, Licensed Counselor, Professor, and Chair at the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University, shared with Bored Panda how our family values, spiritual beliefs, and even our biology all play a crucial role in our altruistic actions.

"Many of us are raised to believe it is the 'right thing to do.' Basically, all spiritual belief systems have a version of the 'Golden Rule, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ "We also do good turns because we know that one day we may be in need of a little 'generosity from the universe,' so it's like putting 'money' into a karma account," she shared how people think.

#25

Easy Come, Easy Go

Easy Come, Easy Go

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Konpat
Community Member
2 months ago

Gatekeeping is just so lame!!! You gotta get introduced to a piece of culture somewhere. Odds are, if it's an older piece and you're a youngster, that this will happen through a contemporary contribution. So what?! I really don't get the huff

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#26

This Dad Is A Legend

This Dad Is A Legend

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Ember
Community Member
2 months ago

He looks so happy and proud 🥹

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#27

Rob Zombie Taking On Anyone Who Wants To Gatekeep Metal

Rob Zombie Taking On Anyone Who Wants To Gatekeep Metal

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Ember
Community Member
2 months ago

Well said Rob, couldn’t agree more

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"Lastly, humans are wired so that when we do something kind for another, we feel good about ourselves and neurotransmitters like endorphins and oxytocin have been shown to get a boost when we do something good for another. It is through cooperation that society functions, so the survival of the human race depends on being willing to help others. Family values, spiritual beliefs, and biology all play a part in this motivation," the professor explained to us.

#28

What A Great Sign

What A Great Sign

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

Haha this is smart marketing

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#29

Ok Zoomer

Ok Zoomer

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Toolkit
Community Member
2 months ago

Why is gaining knowledge on electronics specifically cell phones etc seen as a bad thing?

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#30

Any Age Can Love Dah Wahs

Any Age Can Love Dah Wahs

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Disgruntled Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

🥰

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"Many of us take pride in being of service to others as it is culturally valued and we want to hold significance in our worlds. So when we do good deeds, we show others our willingness to help those in distress/need; we live out faith-based encouragement to treat others the way we would like to be treated, we uphold family values, and our brains get a positive jolt of happiness when we help others.”

#31

Tiredness

Tiredness

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Ember
Community Member
2 months ago

This is so beautiful

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#32

Fixed A Stupid Meme

Fixed A Stupid Meme

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BoredBirb
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

FINALLY! THANK YOU! That meme annoyed me forever until THIS BEAUTY!!! This meme was so stereotypical and p!ssed me RIGHT OFF! :D

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#33

Your Trauma Is Valid

Your Trauma Is Valid

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Ember
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s ok to feel whatever you feel - don’t let anyone tell you different

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#34

Everyone Gets To Complain About The Weather

Everyone Gets To Complain About The Weather

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Lady Goldberry
Community Member
2 months ago

Honestly, apparently some other countries have been mocking us in the UK for not being 'able to handle the heat'...WE'RE NOT CONDITIONED FOR IT! Most of us vary between glow-in-the-dark white and cooked lobster red! WE ARE GOOD AT RAIN!

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#35

Klingons Kinda Inclusive

Klingons Kinda Inclusive

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Tobias Reaper
Community Member
2 months ago

its a very good analogy for trans people i suppose Klingons dont care what gender you are as long as you a warrior with honour

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#36

It's For All Of You

It's For All Of You

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LisaMarie
Community Member
2 months ago

"Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever." - Neil Gaiman. Love him 😊

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#37

Do What You Like

Do What You Like

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Karen Fernley
Community Member
2 months ago

in that case, i will leave the note stickers on my piano keys, and continue to play with one hand, until i am ready to play with both hands 😁

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#38

*sigh* If Only

*sigh* If Only

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Toolkit
Community Member
2 months ago

If only

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#39

Reading Goals

Reading Goals

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Teresa Thomas
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I needed this. I only just completed my 3rd book for the year - its been difficult to find time to sit and read. I am trying to fill more time by reading rather than being online. I hope to have read at least 5 books by the end of the year

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#40

Melon Flavored Jellyfish's Mom Says The Gates Are Open

Melon Flavored Jellyfish's Mom Says The Gates Are Open

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AsexualShrimp
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2 months ago

👌👌

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#41

Opening The Gates To Readers Of All Ages

Opening The Gates To Readers Of All Ages

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Konpat
Community Member
2 months ago

I've just read two books for kids with spooky short stories. They were amazing, so I had my daughter read them. Now we're discussing them together, and there's nothing better in the world 😍

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#42

Ambisexual

Ambisexual

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Ember
Community Member
2 months ago

Awwww…..bless his heart….lol

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#43

Gotta Clean Up

Gotta Clean Up

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Lady Goldberry
Community Member
2 months ago

Ffs, Bob.

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#44

Hell Yeah

Hell Yeah

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

FACTS

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#45

I'm Sure Many Of Us Needed To Hear This

I'm Sure Many Of Us Needed To Hear This

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Hyde and Seek
Community Member
2 months ago

F*****g THIS! Everyone has something different that they can do . Sometimes it's petitions ,sometimes it's protests,sometimes it's writing letters ,sometimes it's survival,sometimes it's education. The only path that isn't ok is turning a blind eye to the problem.

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#46

Vegan BBQ

Vegan BBQ

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Lady Goldberry
Community Member
2 months ago

Bbq is the method of cooking, not the fooooooddd...

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#47

Slap Some Dang Rice

Slap Some Dang Rice

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Toolkit
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Live your life slap some rice! My new mantra

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#48

Nice Flex

Nice Flex

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Kerryming Sun
Community Member
2 months ago

We love a mob psycho 100 reference! A really great and wholesome manga/anime too

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#49

Metallica Welcomes Everyone

Metallica Welcomes Everyone

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Konpat
Community Member
2 months ago

...what I said under the Running Up that Hill post...

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#50

It's A Big Ask But I'm Behind It

It's A Big Ask But I'm Behind It

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stardust
Community Member
2 months ago

Please be ok, people

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