I Appreciate the Kindness of Strangers

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    Sometimes we feel lonely,

    no matter how many people are around us. Then we find someone in the distance, and we believe that one is the only one who understands everything in our own would.
    ReflectivMind ReflectivMind
    Jan 26, 2016

    One night i was walking down the streets of San

    Diego crying after a fight with my Husband. A woman walking to her car saw me and asked if i was ok. i looked at hear with makeup running down my face and said no :( she asked if i needed a hug and i said yes. she held me as i cried on her shoulder for a minute or so. That was...
    GoKingsGo GoKingsGo
    31-35, F
    1 Response Apr 4, 2015


    i was walking through town today and a woman stopped me. "you look really sad, are you alright?" she asks. kinda shocked, as i didn't think i looked that depressing, i say the usual, "yeah, i'm alright thanks, why do you ask" etc etc, but she refused to hear any of it. she...
    SebR SebR
    22-25, M
    1 Response Aug 28, 2013

    I have experienced strangers going a little bit

    out of their way to help me. But there is one I can still remember clearly about 4 years later, because what he did was not something I asked for at all, it was just a random kind gesture, it surprised and touched me a lot. I was in college studying psychology toward my B.A...
    naranja naranja
    26-30, F
    Mar 9, 2014

    I was lost in bruxelles with a couple of friends

    and got stuck in the ghettos and some kind of a "red light district" a really nice lady showed us the way back to the hotel. So yea I appreciate that 👏
    Timgerer Timgerer
    18-21, F
    Apr 6, 2015

    My Ray Of Sunshine

    Lately I've haven't even viewing the glass as half empty. I've been viewing it as going all the way down! Today though someone a complete stranger got my half empty glass shooting all the way up. I was on my daily commute home from school : train ->bus-> two more trains and then...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Feb 14, 2013

    "Whoever you are, I've always depended on the

    kindness of strangers." Thank you to everyone who welcomed me to EP already! I can't wait to share experiences with you guys. I've always liked talking to strangers (safely, of course). I feel that it is those unbiased conversations that offer me the most useful perspective...
    mirrorimage99 mirrorimage99
    18-21, F
    Jun 25, 2015
    Sunrise13 Sunrise13
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Jul 22, 2015

    I knew there's a reason

    why I liked 1D. I like their music and some of the things they did as a group. #Respect http://youtu.be/PVH2XtjGUec
    WynterSolstice WynterSolstice
    41-45, F
    1 Response Apr 13, 2016

    I was walking out of the grocery store with our

    grandsons birthday cake and noticed 5 police vehicles on the other side of the lot and a man with his hands on the hood of his car. I headed the other way to my truck and saw a police car blocking my truck. As I opened my door to put the groceries inside, the cop got out of his...
    marriedup marriedup
    56-60, M
    Aug 14, 2015

    Blessed Be Always

    There are a lot of groups about kindness. I've written something on it a while back... and well, the magic of a kind human being could always make one's heart explode with utter joy and gratitude. We had a blizzard yesterday, a whole day of snow storm that brought about 6-10...
    Sylphy Sylphy
    41-45, F
    9 Responses Jan 12, 2013

    Just Two Words.... That Meant So Much.

    ..My Mom had a stroke three months ago. She is stronger now, strong enough that I took her out for lunch today. Mom is not steady on her feet so I help her walk... She is mostly blind and has dementia. She lives in a small group home.After getting us settled with our lunches, Mom...
    Kathieredart Kathieredart
    56-60, F
    7 Responses Aug 4, 2014

    Purse Duty

    For some reason, I remembered this story from my college days...  Ok, I'm in a college town and I'm in a graduate program with a lot of other females because you rarely find males in my career choice.  I was the "dating service" for all the guys that I grew up with...
    silentwellofsorrow silentwellofsorrow
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Mar 22, 2010

    My cousin posted this on Facebook,

    and it made me smile so I had to share :) Went to the store looking like this, with no make up hair in a messy bun sweatshirt and sweat pants, there was an older gentleman walking passed me and I smiled and said hi and he stopped smiled at me and said I was beautiful! And then...
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Oct 30, 2015

    One of the greatest traits of being a human

    being is the fact that social acceptance is a necessity for most all of us. We just can't seem to live without it. Even though we're living in a world were depression, stress, anxiety, and panic are affecting so many of us, it still seems that we can push through that to some...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Apr 20, 2014

    Sometimes talking to strangers can be much more

    comforting than speaking to people you know well! Strangely enough
    novemberbabex novemberbabex
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 7, 2015

    My mom met a 10 yr old kid in a public hospital.

    She asked for directions from the kid and he readily helped and guided her. My mom is a cancer patient at the hospital and the kids mom was in line for surgery checkup. My mom then asked the kid to accompany her to lunch since his mom was still busy. The kid was very shy but...
    feebiechichi feebiechichi
    31-35, F
    1 Response Feb 28, 2014

    A sweet kind old lady smiled at me

    and asked me if i was feeling okay, if the braces still hurt and pained. I smiled and said they didn't hurt anymore and thanked her for asking. I couldn't keep from smiling since then. It's amazing how some people's kindness touches us in a certain way. She was so sweet and kind...
    DropsOfRain DropsOfRain
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 6, 2016

    When I was doing the outside trash at work this

    random customer started helping me carry them to the dumpster. I was surprised when I saw him behind me but when people do stuff like that it makes me happy because then I realize that there are still good people out there.
    Lacrimosadies Lacrimosadies
    18-21, F
    Apr 13, 2016

    Women who go without bras on a cold windy day.

    ..I'd just like to say I appreciate you sooooo much.
    Longpatrol90 Longpatrol90
    26-30, M
    Jul 7, 2015

    I Love The Kind Acts Of Strangers XD

    Tonight, probably around 1:00 am, me and my sister were walking from Our house to my mothers work. It's only about a 3 mile walk. We started to walk on this street that was a bit darker and harder to see. This stranger and two much younger boys passed us on bikes. He stopped and...
    Alisaperne6446 Alisaperne6446
    22-25, F
    Nov 8, 2013
    DreamOfAFox DreamOfAFox
    16-17, F
    1 Response Apr 13, 2016

    It's the little things.

    Someone might hold the door open for me or let me past them in a long line. Sometimes letting me have their seat in a packed bus. The world is full of bad people, but there's still a lot of good ones.
    deleted deleted
    Apr 13, 2016

    I have had many instances of good

    and kind acts from strangers, but the most recent comes to mind now. Last Monday I started a new job in Fontainebleau at a medical laboratory (my time working in lingerie fashion marketing as an executive private assistant was short lived) where I help with the research...
    Astrucbmt Astrucbmt
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Sep 5, 2015

    I had a stranger to help me at the

    store here while back I accidently left my food I bought on the counter the checker took it to me in the parking lot I said thanks an she smiled ok.
    marblemuck marblemuck
    66-70, M
    Oct 17, 2015

    .. i was 23 then. we were travelling first

    class n it was an overnite journey . he was very nice n mature to talk to, n somehow he lured me into having sex with him starting with some casual conversation ,which got a little personal , then he started casual touching my hand....n as he noticed i m not objecting to his...
    deleted deleted
    Mar 20, 2015

    I think I'm done with this app.

    It's been a slice. Bye!
    Cookie32 Cookie32
    31-35, F
    Oct 29, 2015

    It Was Raining

    I was taking both my young girls out shopping. I decided my eldest was old enough to walk beside me and the baby in the stroller. She did well enough at first. Then she got a wild hair and took off by herself sprinting. I started screaming her name and she just appeared...
    Tekkamaki Tekkamaki
    6 Responses Dec 18, 2009

    Sketched In My Memory With A Sharpie

    i have been in desperate times of need..and when a stranger reaches out, they are an angel to me. whether it be to protect me, give me a ride or any of the situations i've been in, i'll never forget these people. i could never thank them enough. the guy who cared enough to stop...
    inwonderland8 inwonderland8
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 10, 2009

    Kindness Is A Gift To Be Given And Accepted Freely

    Although it is a rare thing in my everyday life...when I witness it it touches my heart beyond words that people still can be kind to one another just for the sake of being nice. Now I do not mean the normal smiles and hello greetings of our everyday walking life just to be...
    SoulUndiscovered SoulUndiscovered
    36-40, F
    1 Response Oct 2, 2010

    About 4 years ago, my uncle moved in with me

    and my family because he had nowhere else to go. This was not a problem because we always got along well. He began to act irrationally, yelling and raging and all sorts of crazy things. He stayed there for another 9 months and it was unbearable. He moved out, and the landlord...
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic
    31-35, F
    Oct 26, 2015

    I have met some kind hearts on here.

    I am so happy to be able to write this phrase. They try their best and not everyone can understand and it isn't whether they made me feel good or said the right thing, its their intention to do so that counts. I also feel strange writing this from My perspective, I have seen...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Apr 13, 2016

    sometimes it's good to talk with strangers.

    helps put you to perspective at times just by talking with them.
    Messymhe Messymhe
    31-35, F
    Jan 13, 2016

    Thank all who have given me good advice,

    you don't know me and I don't know you, but was able to talk regardless of this or how I looked or where I'm from. Very grateful and I feel better. I can also look back on what uve said. Thank you God bless you. 💖
    AliChan25 AliChan25
    26-30, F
    1 Response Feb 14, 2016

    I was so tired this morning

    that I didn't make my usual lunch salad..but there is a Subway on my daily walk, so I stopped and ordered a Veggie De'lite salad..when I went to pay..the cashier said..no charge..the guy that was in front of you already paid.. Wow..there are such good people in this world and I...
    46-50, F
    Jun 6, 2014

    It was in June. I was at Warped Tour

    and Pierce the Veil was performing. My scars must have been quite noticeable because I remember a girl grabbing my hand when it was in the air she smiled and told me "You're beautiful, don't hurt yourself.." It was simple, just five words...but they meant so much to me. I hugged...
    TheMorticiansDaughter TheMorticiansDaughter
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Oct 18, 2015

    It's been a hell of a couple

    if weeks. I was On trial for things I didn't do but still A horrid n scary situation because my abusive ex Husband used the power n connections he has in the police force to control n abuse me through the legal system. I was found not guilty but that wasn't enough for my ex so...
    Sunrise13 Sunrise13
    36-40, F
    Nov 18, 2014

    Thank You So Much ...

    Everytime that ppl are good and kind to me I am so much appreciated in their kindness Especially if they were strangers And be good to me without any purposes I feel so happy and thankful Please make this world so wonderful Please be kind and good to each other We are...
    DollyDiva DollyDiva
    26-30, F
    6 Responses Jun 6, 2009

    I just met my sister's friend

    and he heard about how I needed $20 to hang out with my friend Matthew. He just hands it to me and I don't know what to say. I must have thanked him like three times before I left.
    deleted deleted
    Oct 18, 2015

    A Nice Stranger

    Strangers aren't all mean and evil like our parents want us to think. Today at the bus stop around 1pm I got off the 132 and this guy had a corndog and saw I looked hungry so out of his bag he pulled out another corndog! Some people can be so randomly nice!
    angeldelinkwent angeldelinkwent
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 6, 2008
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