Sometimes a wholesome experience is just around the corner. All we have to do is let it into our lives.

On April 30, author Mitali Perkins published a tweet, describing the unexpected encounter she had with a random teen. "I was walking alone yesterday when an unsmiling teen on a bike whizzed by," Perkins wrote. "Our eyes met. He circled back, and I couldn't help bracing myself for our encounter. 'Hey, lady,' he said gruffly. 'Five ducklings. Under the culvert ahead.' Then he did a wheelie and sped off."

The tweet instantly blew up (as it should) and already has over 138K likes. But most importantly, it has inspired other Twitter users to share their own pleasant moments with strangers. Below are some of the sweetest ones.

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Eslamala
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They raised him well. And I bet he had sisters

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Cool guys :D

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Perkins said she didn't know what to make of the situation at first. "The teenager seemed angry and there was nobody else around," she told Bored Panda. "We were separated racially and generationally, so I wasn't sure of his intentions. I was on guard, that's for sure." Luckily, everything turned out for the best.

"Encounters with 'strangers and aliens' across borders of culture, age, and power are often moments where I receive God's presence and love," Perkins explained. "These divinely human connections have become a private collection of delight and I go on the hunt for them now."

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Angela B
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1 week ago

An example of "Expecting the worst but receiving the best".

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Awe! She seems so nice!

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But what allows us to break the boundaries of our differences? To trust people outside our circle and form meaningful bonds, even if just for a few seconds? Well, one study suggests it's their looks

"We found that attractive subjects gain a 'beauty premium' in that they are trusted at higher rates, but we also found a 'beauty penalty' when attractive people do not live up to expectations," said Rick Wilson, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Political Science and Professor of Psychology and Statistics at Rice University. Wilson is the co-author, with Catherine Eckel, professor of economics at the University of Texas-Dallas, of a study titled 'Judging a Book by Its Cover: Beauty and Expectations in the Trust Game.'

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Angela B
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1 week ago

Awesome boys. Awesome people raising awesome boys.

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This is cool, but it also sounds very creepy somehow...

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The researchers took 206 students from Virginia Tech, Rice University, and North Carolina A&T to participate in a two-part experiment to examine trust and attractiveness. In the first part, subjects were photographed and took part in a series of trust games. In the second part, another group of subjects evaluated the photographs for attractiveness. Researchers controlled for gender, race, facial expression, glasses and jewelry so those factors did not enter into the decision.

Each person posed for four photographs — two neutral and two smiling — and then he or she picked one to be used for the game. Each participant was also given 10 'lab dollars' to exchange during the game. Then they were shown photographs of other students and told to send any amount they wanted to each of them. The experimenter then tripled the amount and gave it to the second student. Then the recipient decided how much to return to the sender. Students kept the money that was exchanged.

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Nathan Pogorzala
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1 week ago

Some people make life worth living.

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It's actually very irresponsible of the person that left that car door open.

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In the second part of the experiment, another group of students evaluated the photos for 15 traits, including attractiveness. In the trust games, on average, more money was sent to attractive people. Likewise, trusting attractive people was justified because they tended to reciprocate with higher amounts of money.

"Attentiveness to attractiveness may be embedded as part of our cognitive apparatus," Wilson said. "There are evolutionary reasons why humans might be attentive to attractiveness, including that historically it signaled good genes, substantial parental investment or status."

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Angela B
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1 week ago

Their response made me laugh out loud. Kindness is everywhere.

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Monday
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1 week ago

Free English practice for them and a nice way to pass the time for you, everyone wins!

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Perkins had been on a solo retreat just before encountering her new friend, Kevin. The author saw him again the next day when she came back to try and find the ducklings. "During those three days in silence, I'd been wondering if my presence on social media was useful in any way to the planet. I came home, met Kevin, and posted the story. And then I was overcome by the string of beautiful stories that people began to share."

Reading the tweets one after the other was really meaningful to Perkins. "There's a story of Jesus interacting with a small boy and a hungry crowd. The child offered five fish and two loaves, and I imagine Jesus taking them with a smile as he began to feed many people. I felt an affirmation of my small contribution of words to the world—that they, too, can be used to bring sustenance in some way even if flawed and simple. Keep writing, Mitali, I heard, even in a sometimes disheartening venue like Twitter. And so I shall," she said.

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1 week ago

That was so nice of you

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Friday
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1 week ago

What a wonderful person :)

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Mary Veltri
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1 week ago

Bunnies are the great uniter

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Friday
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1 week ago

A true gentleman

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aah but huntng

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Scagsy
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1 week ago

Was it Tony Hawk?

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Lily BLAH
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1 week ago

THE WHEELIE WAS NECCERRY

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Tam-Tam
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1 week ago

Watermelon juice sounds so refreshing!

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Pirun Chitrudi amphai
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1 week ago

Grandma is always nice.

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Chewie Baron
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1 week ago

Drink your juice Shelby.

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Tam-Tam
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1 week ago

So sweet. This made me tear up

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Justin G
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1 week ago

What a plot twist

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Glynna Bowood
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1 week ago

Glad that turned out okay both times!!

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Sheila McEnany Markowitz
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How fortunate they caught you in time. A friend put diesel into her Honda, years ago, and had to replace the engine.

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 week ago

Awww!! So great!!

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Ian Koch
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1 week ago

all of these ones involving teens really make me feel good.

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Chaotic-pansexual-Gemini
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1 week ago

Oh my goodness I love that. I do this to every person I see walking a dog. But I have a fairly non-threatening appearance and I’m feminine. But dogs are cute to everyone!!

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Megan Curl
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1 week ago

Maori are the best! Amazing culture.

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Kat
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1 week ago

A good scenario for a romance movie.

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Aski Markup
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1 week ago

Lovely, but I wonder how many times such a situation has ended badly.

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Ian Koch
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1 week ago

oof. good thing that person came along, or something bad might have happened.

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Emerald Lane
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1 week ago

What a sweetie!

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Lily BLAH
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1 week ago

The racoon or the young guy

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Chillace
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1 week ago

who won?

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 week ago

Good guys.

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mulk
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1 week ago

Punk is not dead... and friendly ^^

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Angela B
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1 week ago

Kindness is hereditary, you learn it from amazing kids.

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If the other ones would have offered to help, they may seem to "hit on you" or "think you can't handle it alone, because you're female" or whatsoever. It's hard to know when to help and when not... :(

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lara
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1 week ago

I am short, too. I am always the last one who knows it is raining.

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Scagsy
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1 week ago (edited)

London Wasps. Do they have a B team?

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Nathan Pogorzala
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1 week ago

Jade is a lovely name though.

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Draco Malfoy
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that's incredibly kind of him

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Demi Zwaan
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As long as you're not in a rival gang, gang members are often very nice and helpful people.

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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This is actually really sweet.

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Demi Zwaan
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1 week ago

Yeah, but they don't see themselves as mean, even if they are neo-nazis, so that sticker means nothing.

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Ian Koch
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1 week ago

that could have been VERY bad. luckily it wasn't

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AlmightyOne
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1 week ago (edited)

This is the better form of catcalling. Loud compliments.

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What does "cp" mean?

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magnadar
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So you don't stop to have a talk? With everybody on your way? Omg, that's rude :P

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