Reading the news is often an exercise in anguish, with outlets reporting only the worst of the world’s happenings. We see images of death and destruction and anger, and the despair begins to set in. Our hearts break. We begin to lose faith in humanity.
But as the poet Alexander Pope once wrote, hope springs eternal.
Kindness is a natural part of the human heart—far more natural, in fact, than unkindness. Our bodies are healthier when we’re kind, and our minds, more well-balanced. It does us good.
And not only individually. Kindness does us good on a global scale, with each kind act making a difference in the lives of untold numbers of people.
Among these acts of kindness, a few stand out as true world-changers. These events continue to serve as reminders that kindness truly can, and does, make a difference.
So let’s take a look at 10 times kindness changed the world for the better.