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People Are Sharing Their Most Heartwarming Encounters and It's Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

By Pippa Raga

The world is a strange, strange place. Things feel especially out of wack these days — so much so that it can be hard to stop to appreciate beauty in small details or the kindness of strangers. After all, we arrived on this planet alone and we're bound to leave it the same way. But sometimes it's  important to take a second away from our personal struggles and self-absorption to remember that we don't live here alone — our actions affect people around us, and we are also bound to discover some joy at the hands of strangers if we can open our eyes to the world.

A recent Reddit thread covered exactly these encounters. Someone asked the community to tell stories of the most memorable moments they shared with a stranger they never saw again. Reach for a Kleenex — these posts show the huge difference a small gesture can make.

1. Who doesn't love a bear hug?