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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1 month ago

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 month 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 month ago

Awesome boys. Awesome people raising awesome boys.

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DDmaybeandor
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1 month ago

He told her he was concerned for her safety and why he was staying so that she wouldn't be creeps out by him sitting and staring, then he kept his distance and left her alone so she knew he was genuine. Sounds like a great guy.

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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 month ago

Some people make life worth living.

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Equine_Ravenclaw_Directioner
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1 month ago

Aw. She seems shy and that must have been hard to come up to her like that. What a sweet girl!

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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 month ago

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

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Monday
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1 month 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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kasa alex
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1 month ago

That was so nice of you

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Friday
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1 month ago

What a wonderful person :)

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Mary Veltri
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1 month ago

Bunnies are the great uniter

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Friday
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1 month ago

A true gentleman

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kathoco
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1 month ago

When I was a teenager living in the northern Rockies, I drove a little Honda Civic that easily slid into ditches. You just needed to wait until someone came along in a big truck with a cable and hook and pulled you out. They ALWAYS stopped to help.

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Was it Tony Hawk?

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Lily BLAH
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1 month ago

THE WHEELIE WAS NECCERRY

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Tam-Tam
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1 month ago

Watermelon juice sounds so refreshing!

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Pirun Chitrudi amphai
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1 month ago

Grandma is always nice.

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Chewie Baron
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1 month ago

Drink your juice Shelby.

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Tam-Tam
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1 month ago

So sweet. This made me tear up

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Justin G
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1 month ago

What a plot twist

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Glynna Bowood
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1 month ago

Glad that turned out okay both times!!

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Sheila McEnany Markowitz
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1 month ago

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 month ago

Awww!! So great!!

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Ian Koch
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1 month ago

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

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Chaotic-pansexual-Gemini
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1 month 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 month ago

Maori are the best! Amazing culture.

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Kat
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1 month ago

A good scenario for a romance movie.

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Aski Markup
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1 month 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 month 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 month ago

What a sweetie!

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Lily BLAH
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1 month ago

The racoon or the young guy

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Chillace
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1 month ago

who won?

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OpalTheRainwing
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1 month ago

Aww so sweet!

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

Good guys.

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mulk
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1 month ago

Punk is not dead... and friendly ^^

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Angela B
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1 month ago

Kindness is hereditary, you learn it from amazing kids.

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Crepitus
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1 month ago

What context does the skin color have..?🤨

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lara
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1 month 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 month ago (edited)

London Wasps. Do they have a B team?

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Nathan Pogorzala
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1 month ago

Jade is a lovely name though.

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Draco Malfoy
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1 month ago

that's incredibly kind of him

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Demi Zwaan
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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

This is actually really sweet.

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Kat
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1 month ago

Racism goes both ways. The only place where a color should matter is when sorting your laundry.

Sam Kunz
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1 month ago

I wash all my colors together and never had a problem. Same as how I judge all people. Color doesn't matter

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Demi Zwaan
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1 month ago

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

Monday
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1 month ago

Yeah but OP says they "looked like skin heads", we've no way to confirm whether they actually were or not. They may have been perfectly decent people.

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Sentinel
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1 month ago

But why assume ppl are ws based on looks alone? Thats not right either imo.

Puna
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1 month ago

Bumper stickers mean jack. Can't count the number of times I've seen stickers like 'be kind' on cars with drivers that are acting like d***s.

WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

True. I noticed that drivers of cars with a "baby on board" sticker have this strange idea that the sticker gives them the right to ignore each and every traffic rule.

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Lyn Arnold
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1 month ago

Hmm. As far as I remember, in Oregon it is against state law to pump your own gas. So this either didn't happen or didn't happen in Oregon.

Kate L
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1 month ago

This law was changed in May 2020. It's legal in some places now to pump your own gas.

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lara
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1 month ago

Ah yes, let us be sure and damn people because of OUR perceptions, not because of reality.

S. Lewis
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1 month ago

Rural Oregon tends to be more conservative, and not "known" for white supremecy. Rural Oregon is beautiful with lots of hard working people and those looking for great hiking and adventures.

Dinah Brand
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1 month ago

https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map

wiesenleger
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1 month ago

Well Skinheads does not mean Nazi. Originally Skinhead culture was aligned to punk culture and had very strong ties to Raggae and Ska music. Obviously rightwinger and Neonazis have taken up the style of shaved heads. Well..

Cheri Aline Sydney
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1 month ago

Demi, you seem to, most frequently, have a negative view of most everything around you... you might find life more enjoyable if you look for the good in others and not assume the worst... or create a negative scenario when there is no evidence of one!

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Ian Koch
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1 month ago

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

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AlmightyOne
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1 month ago (edited)

This is the better form of catcalling. Loud compliments.

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Psycho Kupcake
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1 month ago

What does "cp" mean?

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Crepitus
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1 month ago (edited)

magnadar, you- you talk with eVErYonE oN yoUr WAy??!? o_O

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