Inspiration Report

25097828852_4a5bf835a0_bReddit is famous for containing all sorts of bizarre lists and internet debates. More than one person has left Reddit, Tumblr and other social media or discussion platforms behind due to both excessive negativity and chains of insults from anonymous users. Recently, however, Reddit called on its users to name “the most amazing thing a complete stranger has ever done for you.” Users responded with a lengthy list that runs the gamut from amusing to deeply moving and from ordinary to nearly superhuman.

The person with the username VistaVille_Mac gave a shout out to those who took care of him in foster care. He said, “I was in foster care as a kid, and looking back, it was very kind of those people who were strangers to me before I moved in to open their home up to me and take care of me.”

Another person used Reddit’s call for stories of random acts of kindness to thank the stranger who saved their life when they had cancer. “A stranger donated the bone marrow that helped cure my leukemia. She was truly amazing, as far as I am concerned, and so can you!” This person ended their post with a link to Be The Match [LINK:], the website for the National Marrow Donor Program. Be The Match works to grow their bone marrow donor registry. They currently have the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world.

Other Reddit stories were not as dramatic or life changing, but they still made various users’ days. One user told the story of how two men helped them when they totaled their car. “I totaled my SUV in the middle of nowhere in Maryland at 1 a.m.,” user chris_vader17 wrote. “I had the whole family in the vehicle when the tire exploded, and I lost control and spun into the guard rail. Luckily, I was the only one injured. But two guys on a road trip stopped and helped my family out of the car and waited 35 minutes for the ambulance to come. Nicest guys ever.” Numerous other users added similar stories about strangers who helped them when they had car trouble.

User cheekyfinnegan15 told a story of when they were young and were shown a random act of kindness by a bus driver. According to their story, “We were quite tight on money. My mom married early and was in her mid-20s at that time. I remember me and my mom just walking down the street at night. I can’t remember if we were lost or what we were doing there. While we were walking, a bus pulled up on the road and opened its door. The kind bus driver urged us to go inside and ride for free (it was freezing cold) and take us to our destination. My mom rejected first but the bus driver insisted. I don’t remember much after that but I could feel my mom’s relief and gratitude to the guy.”

The full listing of Reddit users’ responses is available online. The stories are varied, but many of them drive home the point that even small actions can have a big effect. More than one user tells the story of how they were suffering, and a small act of kindness, such as a stranger buying them coffee, gave them the strength to carry on. Read through the list of inspiring stories. Then, go do a random act of kindness yourself and pay the inspiration forward.

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