18 Heart-Warming Acts of Kindness That Will Make You Cry

Anyone can make a difference.

Make a stranger smile with an act of kindness. Even the smallest gesture can mean a great deal to someone in need. So, always try to do your part and help make the world a kinder place. Here are some acts of kindness that should be noticed and admired.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” – Plato

 

A man who gave the shoes off his feet to this homeless girl.

A man who gave the shoes off his feet to this homeless girl

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ― Lao Tzu

A motorist who stopped to help an old woman cross the road safely.

A motorist who stopped to help an older women cross the road safely

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

A barber who offers haircuts for the price of a single hug.

barber who offers haircuts for the price of a single hug 1

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“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A police officer who handcuffed himself to a woman to make sure she didn’t fall.

a police officer who handcuffed himself to a woman to make sure she didn't fall

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

The many people to helped make this boy’s dream come true.

Making this boy's dream come true

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Seneca

A dog owner who mourned by giving.

A dog owner who mourned by giving

“Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how.” – Author Unknown

A store employee who gives extra service.

A store employee who gives extra service

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” – the Dalai Lama

A person who decided to put new tires on a stranger’s car just because he needed it.

A person who decided to put new tires on a stranger's car just because he needed it

“Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.” – Author Unknown

The crowd who decided a fan should be able to watch the show no matter what.

The crowd who decided a fan should be able to watch the show no matter what

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” ― Kahlil Gibran

This dry cleaning place that helps the unemployed for free.

This dry cleaning place that helps the unemployed for free

“Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.” —Kevin Heath

These kids helping an injured member of their rival team to score.

These kids helping an injured member of their rival team to score

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ― Steve Maraboli

A man who played for fun and gave his winnings away.

A man who played for fun and gave his winnings away

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ― Desmond Tutu

A man who missed his train helping this older lady with her bags.

A man who missed his train helping this older lady with her bags

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.” ― Jesse Jackson

A  man who gave something to a homeless man. Something to help occupy his mind.

A man who gave something to a homeless man

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

Dan, a man who buys coffee twice a week for every patient, nurse, and doctor

at a local cancer centers.

Dan, a man who buys coffee twice a week for every patient, nurse, and doctor at a local cancer centers

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

The people at the animal hospital, who knows how hard it is to say goodbye.

The animal hospital, who knows how hard it is to say goodbye

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ― Aesop

A man who gave his umbrella away so this cat could have a dry night.

A man who gave his umbrella away so this cat could have a dry night

‘We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Sir Winston Churchill

The paramedics who took an elderly man to the hospital and then came back

and finished shovelling his driveway for him.

The paramedics who took an elderly man to the hospital and then came back and finished shovelling his driveway for him

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple

with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

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About the Author

Mariana Pascha, Psychologist, BSc. is a Knowledge Analyst at Spencer Stuart. She hopes to use positive psychology as a way of improving lives, starting at the fundamental developmental years of life.

Comments

  1. Alex

    Am touched. Great to read and learn.

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  2. Glenn Clark

    For some reason, your words of kindness brought to mind a quote that is stored in the library of my mind. “If you want the rainbow, you most first endure the rain “

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  3. Nancy Sanders

    My heart’s posture is loving my neighbor as myself as Jesus taught.
    “What would Jesus do?” is a lifestyle.

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  4. Rakshana Raj

    Hii. I usually don’t make an habit of posting things publically . But just wanted to say that thank you! I am waiting to start a ripple with no logical end. Afterall touching one person through what we are trying, resembles the success of the act.

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  5. chloe

    omg! the 1st and last ones were so sweet and cute

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  6. FerrellLovell

    Good way of telling, and good post to take data concerning my presentation subject matter, which i am going to present in college.|

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  7. Justine

    Thank you for offering your work to all. I read these acts of kindness through happy tear filled eyes. This is what it means to be human. Very appropriate reading at Christmas time which can become an exercise in impatiently getting through the Christmas Present buying and card writing. I resolve to really think about each person I write a card for and choose presents with care. Namaste.

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  8. jimmy neutron

    i really like to see these photos. it makes my armpits tingle :). ryan is a silly boy

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  9. ahmed 27

    ok nice

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  10. Chaplain Rally Abalon

    Allow me to use the stories in my radio program, “Mission Pagbabago (Change)” to inspire many others to do acts of kindness. Aired at DWDD 1134 Khz AM band, in the Philippines (every saturday 5-7pm)….big thanks!

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  11. Anthony

    It’s not just the act you express onto others. The rewards reach everyone. If you are so lucky to be able to take a breath, then appreciate others who are less fortunate in any circumstance. Take a minute or two understanding the wealth you possess by observing reactions as a whole. The time you apply helping is insurmountable. Understand appreciation. I learned after having 4 organ transplants. The ball is in your court.

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  12. Anindita Guha Maulik Rungta

    I found it so hard to go through these through my tear filled eyes, this made my day and inspired me!

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  13. Ella

    It’s actually so difficult to read through this without bursting into tears

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  14. Adriane

    I absolutely love these. Thank you so much for taking the time to share, and for inspiring me to remember kindness today.

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  15. Norma Baum

    I don’t usually respond to social media. I was looking for visual examples of kindness for a set design. This made me cry. Whenever I see or hear about acts of kindness I cry. It’s like entering Grace. Wish we could wallpaper the world in these kinds of images & quotes, to create a new awareness of what the world could be driven by. Sometimes we spend too much time trying to figure out our own personal problems, when a simple gesture of kindness of our own could make a meaningful & significant shift in our perspective & relationship with life itself. Reaching across that expanse from one human being to another doesn’t have to be a crevasse. Thank you for reaching across that crevasse & helping me over.

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  16. southern

    nice

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  17. Robin Marie Chernault RYT200

    The world could definitely use more of this. Helping someone in need is good for the recipient as well as the giver

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    • Jessie van den Heuvel

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Robin Marie.

      Reply
  18. Jem Friar

    Beautiful examples – thank you!

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  19. marcelo

    so nice to know how many ppl good are in this life

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