I want you to think long and hard about the last time you did something really nice for someone.
And now I want you to try to remember the last time someone did something really nice for you.
Feels good, doesn’t it? I think we all need a reminder about how great folks can be to each other, and we’re gonna do it right now.
What was the nicest thing someone has done for you?
Let’s see what folks on AskReddit had to say about this.
1. Missing her.
“My grandmother made a ton of birthday cards in advance.
After she passed away, I still received birthday cards from her for the next few years.
It was a little weird, but it was definitely nice to hear words from her after she passed.”
2. A lifesaver.
“My ex-girlfriend turned me in for stealing opiates.
Been clean a little over two years now.
May have saved my life.”
3. Very touching.
“My firstborn had a severe deformity, and spent a week in hospital before we took him off life support.
I was staying at the Ronald McDonald House and even though one of the rules was that you are your own maid when you leave, complete with doing laundry and remaking the beds, I was a complete wreck. A kind stranger took care of my room for me even though they were going through their own stuff.
Another blessing from that dark time is that the funeral home took care of everything for me, including all bills associated with the service and cremation.
I will never not donate to the Ronald McDonald House and I know what funeral home I’ll be using when I one day need one again.”
4. Reaching out.
“When I was a freshman in high school I took an art class that was a mix of 9th-12th graders.
I was so bad with people back then so I spent most of class sitting on the floor between the trash can and the drying racks and never speaking to anyone.
There was this one eleventh grade guy who always would talk to me. He didn’t know me or anything. He just happened to sit near me. But he’d always ask about my day or compliment my art or offer to help me with my math homework. At one point he even managed to get me to sit at the desk with the rest of the students.
It’s just one of those things I think about from time to time because he really had every right to ignore me like everyone else did, but he didn’t. He really made art class into a second home for me.
I miss that guy.”
5. That’s amazing.
“Growing up I was severely neglected and abused and had no friends due to my lack of hygiene and social skills.
One of my teacher ‘s aides brought me to her house to play with her daughter, brought me on family trips with them, gave me clean clothes, and just showed me an insane amount of kindness I’ll never be able to repay.”
6. I’ll never forget that.
“I was fired from my last job. It was the first and only time I had been fired. It sucked. I really liked that job. I got super depressed.
My friend also lost his job later that week. I knew he loved that job. He would always tell me that it was his dream job. And right as soon as he found out, he called me.
He called me to tell me that even though he lost his job, he knew he was going to be alright. He wanted to tell me that to set a good example. I knew he was heart broken, but he put on a strong face for me.
And I’ll never forget that. Never.”
7. Checking in.
“I live alone.
When I had Covid in April, my doorwoman called me every day for a month to check on me, and she went out and got me Tylenol when it was sold out at all the stores that delivered.
I’ve thanked her profusely and got her a gift card, but I doubt she’ll ever really know how much it meant to me.”
8. Pulling strings.
“My boss and mentor wrote me a glowing reference and pulled some strings to get me into a graduate program even though I was severely depressed and my work performance was nothing to be proud of.
I couldn’t comprehend or remember anything due to an undiagnosed disease and I also acted extremely awkward socially. I really don’t know why he went so far out of his way to change the trajectory of my life but the fact that he did saved me from killing myself because I didn’t want to let him down.”
9. Good coworkers.
“Got all my coworkers to donate money for a gift to me from my criminally underpaid apprenticeship.
I recieved $350 which was exactly how much I needed for an upcoming bill, it really saved me when I had literally $0.70 in my account.
To be fair, a few weeks earlier a different coworker noticed me not eating and bought me lunch, then many of them brought me leftovers.
Wow that apprenticeship was messed up.”
10. Out drinking.
“Went out to a bar and got a bit too drunk, some guy saw and tried to push me into an Uber to take me to his hotel.
The bouncer wouldn’t let me back in no matter how many times I asked because according to him “I changed my mind and that’s not the guy’s fault”.
No one else passing by wanted to interfere, but the Uber driver popped out the front and wrestled the guy off me and made sure I was okay, gave the bouncer and everyone else a piece of their mind too.
Hope that guy’s doing well in life.”
11. A great ending.
“Was having a panic attack.
Swung between so euphoric I thought I was going to “ascend” and terrified that I was going to die for certain. Called my loved ones to say goodbye, including my best friend. He came running from a block away.
He was terrified too, but he held it together, sat me down, hugged me, told me that he didn’t want me to go anywhere, that he needed me right here. I needed that. I needed to see what I felt wasn’t based on reality, needed someone to say that I should not obey those feelings because I was needed and loved. On some level, he saved me.
Years later, he voluntarily went into homelessness just to fly out to see me on another continent.
Yes, we’re together now. No, I don’t know how I got so lucky. We’re planning the wedding.”
12. Foreign exchange.
“I am from 1980’s rural Texas, where education was laughed at and where the idea of living in a foreign (said with a sneer) country was ludicrous.
When I was 17 I met a Rotarian who allowed me to go on a year long foreign exchange. I had never heard of that before and had no real idea of what it meant. At 18, I packed my bags and discovered a brand new world! It honestly changed my life FOREVER. Definitely for the better.
While i was gone, I met other foreign exchange students and learned that it was fairly difficult to get into this program. I’d heard Ambassadors children were being turned down. I honestly think that I got to go because no one else from my area wanted to leave the safety of our small town, while I jumped at the chance.
I think about that old Rotarian a lot. I owe him everything for changing my life.”
13. First time flying.
“I was 17 and flying alone for the first time.
I had 2 connecting flights, the first got delayed which caused me to miss my connection in Toronta airport. A huge airport. I met a female priest, I think that’s what she was on the plane going to Toronto and we chatted the whole way.
She made sure I found the help desk and was sorted out with a new flight and accommodations for the night till this new flight before running to catch her own connecting flight.”
14. State trooper.
“My wife and I were driving our kids (3 and 5 at the time) to the zoo. We narrowly missed being smeared by a semi truck but also almost flipped our top heavy minivan doing 75mph when dodging said semi truck.
All in all, we were very blessed to have our lives let alone no damage. The same couldn’t be said for other cars but, fortunately, no one was injured and the other SUV that flipped on it’s side and was full of kids had no one hurt either.
The State Trooper that showed up gave my daughter a little teddy bear that she still has to this day 5-6 years later. She even remembers getting it which is pretty incredible for someone that age.
I think that was the most meaningful thing anyone’s done for me and I’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of good people in my life do incredible things for me, but this one stands out since it was directed towards my daughter who I was lucky to still have alive at that point.”
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