It’s true that just one small act of kindness can really go a long way. Something that may be seemingly small to you could be much bigger to someone else and really make their day.

One recent Reddit thread recently recounted a small act of kindness that people were once shown that they never forgot, or will ever forget in their life. Here are just some of the kind gestures that will make you go, “awww” and forget anything bad happening in the world.

  1. Free Gas

    “I literally coasted into a gas station out of gas on my motorcycle, then realized I didn’t have my wallet. Some lady saw me patting all my pockets and that I was upset and offered to fill up my tank. I only let her put $5 in, which on a bike is a lot. But it meant so much to me.”

  2. Special Soup

    “As a boy, I developed rheumatic fever and had to stay home for months to work through it and recover. When the lady next door found out how sick I was, she made a big pot of homemade chicken soup. It was delicious and full of healthy, fresh ingredients. To this day, Mom believes that it was this woman’s kindness and “love” she put into her soup-making that helped me recover faster.”

  3. New Tires

    “Neighbors asked to borrow my truck. Told them I could not trust my truck because the tires were bad. Next day my neighbor called and said he was getting new tires for his suburban and I could have his old ones. Told me to just show up at this certain tire shop and they would put them on. Get to tire shop and they put on brand new Goodyear tires. I asked what happened to the old tires I was suppose to receive. Shop owner said the “old tires” was just a story to get me in the shop. Mr neighbor bought me a full set of new tires instead of the old tires he said I could have.”

  4. The Nicest Hitchhiker

    “Riding my bike on a long trip through Canada. With about 50 miles to go, I had a major mechanical failure. Stuck on the side of the road in a foreign country within 5 minutes at least 10 cars had stopped to check on me. One guy loaded my bike in the back of his truck and drove me 30 miles to the border where I could catch a ferry back to the US. Amazing kindness and generosity toward a stranger.”

  5. A Warm Blanket

    “I was nine years old, waiting for the school bus in Wisconsin winter. I had a thin coat, no hat or gloves. A woman driving past saw me and stopped, giving me a blanket from the back of her car. It was a long skinny one, so she wrapped it around my head and shoulders like a big scarf. I remember thanking her, but being confused. I told her I didn’t know how I would give it back when I was done borrowing it. She hugged me and said not to worry. I still have that blanket.”

  6. An Extra (Dry) Hand

    “I broke my foot and was trying to limp my way across campus with crutches in the pouring rain. Someone ran over with their umbrella and walked across campus with me so I wouldn’t get rained on.”

  7. Jumpstarting a Car

    “The time my car broke down in the middle of the night and my phone died and I didn’t know what to do. A random stranger pulled over and told me, ‘We all need a little help sometimes,’ and I’ll never forget her words as she helped me jumpstart my car.”

  8. Dumpster Diver

    “Once in high school, I ate at a Mexican restaurant and unknowingly threw away my car keys on my tray when I was done eating. I went and asked a worker if he had cleared them off the table and he said no, but that he had just taken the trash out to the dumpster. I remember going outside and calling my dad to ask if there was a spare and he told me no. So I went back inside feeling humiliated and about to ask if I could look through the dumpster only to see that this man had already dug through the dumpster on my behalf and ended up finding my keys for me. He just went above and beyond and to this day I am so grateful for his help.”

  9. Pizza Dropoff

    “I was around 19 years old in my first year of community college. My dad has lost his job and my mom was supported my entire family. We were struggling for a while. I remember being in my night class one day starving. I figured there’d be no dinner so I told myself I’ll go straight to bed when I get home and not think about being hungry. When I got home after class, there was a giant box of Costco pizza on the kitchen counter. Apparently one of our neighbors had bought it for us because my dad fixed a part of her fence a few months back.”

  10. The Nicest Trader Joe’s Employee

    “I was paying for groceries at a Trader Joe’s and the cashier (F, 60+) asks me what I’m doing this weekend. I tell her I’m actually graduating with my Master’s degree on Saturday. Her eyes light up, beaming smile, and tells me congratulations and to wait right there. She comes back a minute or two later with a small bouquet of roses and tells me to celebrate my accomplishment. Particularly meaningful since my parents could not make the ceremony. I thanked her, gave her a smile and a hug, and never saw her again.”

  11. Lunchtime Savior

    “My gym teacher purchased me lunch in 3rd grade after I dropped mine. I’m 34 years old and still remember this.”

  12. The Right Words at the Right Time

    “I was in NYC taking a lunch break at a job I absolutely hated. I was sitting eating alone at a McD’s and after about 15 minutes this man in his 40’s or 50’s (I’m a 28 yr old male at the time) goes up to me and says something like “Hey man, you look really sad. Things will get better.” and just shook my hand. Takes a lot for one adult man to offer that up to another strange man. Really cheered me up.”

  13. Picking Up the Tab

    “A random lady bought my chocolate bar and my soda after my card didn’t work because it was the wrong company and the register was glitching. So I went out and she came after me and gave me my stuff. I was so surprised.”

  14. A Bouquet of Flowers

    “My friend passed away from cancer a few years ago. I went for a walk after finding out the news, to clear my head and to grieve with my own thoughts, basically. I was sat in a field when a woman and her young daughter walked past me. The woman leant down after seeing my tear stricken face, and said to me, “my daughter has picked me these flowers, but I think you may need them more than I do”, she smiled and walked away. Those words meant a lot to me that day, and they still do. It may seem like nothing to others, but to me, it was a lot and meant the world. It still brings a tear to my eye.”

  15. A Genuine Compliment

    “My first semester in college was horrible. I was (and still am) in a deep depression. One day I was walking home from school and a guy running by said “I like your shirt.” It was that simple. I didn’t know him, and I didn’t care at that moment. It made me feel happy because I got a genuine compliment. When I get compliments from friends or family, I often feel like they are giving me them because they are obligated to. This guy didn’t have to, so it felt real.”

How sweet are some of these gestures? Will these encourage you to complete a small at of kindness for someone today?