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24 Times Our Faith In Humanity Was Restored

Let's face it, peopld do stupid things. A LOT. Jerks cut you off in traffic, the cashier at the grocery store takes forever to count your change, and your teacher just assigned you a 5-page paper — it's enough to get you frustrated. Sometimes it seems that just one day can be enough to drain the last dregs of your faith in this hopeless thing we call the human race. But then again, humanity surprises us sometimes. And sometimes it's when we least expect it.

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1. Sometimes humanity surprises us by treating total strangers.

a guy came through drive thru gave me a hundred dollar bill and told me to pay for every order behind him #faithinhumanityrestored

Sarah Casanave@sarah_casanave

a guy came through drive thru gave me a hundred dollar bill and told me to pay for every order behind him #faithinhumanityrestored

5:49 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

2. Surprising someone with food.

Someone just door bell ditched me a pizza!!! #FaithInHumanityRestored #ThankYouRandomCitizen #BestDayEver

Sara?@sfallentine

Someone just door bell ditched me a pizza!!!?????????? #FaithInHumanityRestored #ThankYouRandomCitizen #BestDayEver

7:24 PM - 16 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

3. Or school supplies for a well-deserving teacher.

People are awesome! A random person from Baltimore sent me these supplies for my classroom! #faithinhumanityrestored

Kelley Hixson@HixsonGISA

People are awesome! A random person from Baltimore sent me these supplies for my classroom! #faithinhumanityrestored

2:30 PM - 12 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

4. Or a note.

After a 13 hour day my night could have been a lot worse and a whole lot longer without this #FaithInHumanityRestored

Ryan Shroyer@Shroyer_Ryan

After a 13 hour day my night could have been a lot worse and a whole lot longer without this #FaithInHumanityRestored

8:28 PM - 18 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

5. Or neatly folded laundry.

Guy folded random persons laundry *note* "from dryer 11, good luck on finals" #OnlyatRIT #faithinhumanityrestored

Mike Johnson@mikes2real

Guy folded random persons laundry *note* "from dryer 11, good luck on finals" #OnlyatRIT #faithinhumanityrestored

8:11 PM - 15 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

6. Sometimes, our faith is restored when people return lost or stolen things.

Shout out to the dude who found my stolen laptop #FaithInHumanityRestored #ThankYouGod

Chanc? C?n?@Chance_Crane

Shout out to the dude who found my stolen laptop #FaithInHumanityRestored #ThankYouGod

10:32 AM - 17 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

7. Without seeking personal reward.

A complete stranger just did this. #thankyou #faithinhumanityrestored #theworldgoesroundonthekindnessofstrangers

Anjali142@Desai6Anjali

A complete stranger just did this. #thankyou #faithinhumanityrestored #theworldgoesroundonthekindnessofstrangers

12:56 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

8. Or taking anything for themselves.

I lost my wallet at brad paisley and someone mailed it to me with everything in it #comeup #faithinhumanityrestored

puff daddy@dumbfried

I lost my wallet at brad paisley and someone mailed it to me with everything in it #comeup #faithinhumanityrestored

1:25 PM - 27 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

9. Sometimes, people help others get out of a tight spot.

10. Even if it takes some effort.

11. Faith in humanity skyrockets when someone has a great idea.

This genius machine feeds stray dogs in exchange for recycled bottles #faithinhumanityrestored

Ge?sis Go?z@GenesisGmz

This genius machine feeds stray dogs in exchange for recycled bottles #faithinhumanityrestored

2:14 AM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

13. And decides it's more important than their own.

This photograph of a man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio de Janeiro.#FaithInHumanityRestored

Jemis@STUPIDiesm

This photograph of a man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio de Janeiro.#FaithInHumanityRestored

10:16 PM - 20 Jun 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

14. We restore our faith in humanity when a dad helps his daughter walk.

This dad designed special shoes to give his paralyzed daughter the sensation of walking❤️ #FaithInHumanityRestored

Shweta Julka@sweater57

This dad designed special shoes to give his paralyzed daughter the sensation of walking?? #FaithInHumanityRestored

10:09 AM - 04 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

15. Or when someone builds a pig-wheelchair.

This has made my day. #chrispbacon #FaithInHumanityRestored

Forman ?@FionaM102

This has made my day. #chrispbacon #FaithInHumanityRestored

6:26 PM - 23 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

16. When someone makes sure you're ok.

wiped out on my longboard and a lady got out of her car to make sure I was ok #faithinhumanityrestored

eli$abeth@elisabethmedrea

wiped out on my longboard and a lady got out of her car to make sure I was ok #faithinhumanityrestored

5:44 PM - 17 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

17. Or takes your worst moments and turns them for the better.

18. When people change their plans for somebody else.

An Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Seattle was diverted "in order to transport a gravely injured child [who] had severed an artery in his arm when he fell on a piece of glass while playing near his home." Later, the same flight was diverted again to the nearest city with a hospital to help the boy.
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An Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Seattle was diverted "in order to transport a gravely injured child [who] had severed an artery in his arm when he fell on a piece of glass while playing near his home." Later, the same flight was diverted again to the nearest city with a hospital to help the boy.

19. When kids think of others who live far away.

They're selling lemonade to raise funds for Yolanda victims. #faithinhumanityrestored

Wally@alltimewally

They're selling lemonade to raise funds for Yolanda victims. #faithinhumanityrestored

6:52 AM - 11 Nov 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

20. Or close to home.

Respect to these guys. #faithinhumanityrestored

Izzy@IsmarAlihodzic

Respect to these guys. #faithinhumanityrestored

9:35 AM - 19 Nov 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

21. When considerate scientists go the extra mile.

Chinese researchers use panda costumes when working with real pandas to make the integrating process easier for the bears.
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Chinese researchers use panda costumes when working with real pandas to make the integrating process easier for the bears.

22. And when young men show nuptial support for people they don't know.

23. When humanity looks out for those smaller than themselves.

24. Or those caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Well, humans do some pretty rotten things. But they also have some stellar moments in the department of heart-breaking kindness. If you've had one of those #faithinhumanityrestored moments, post your comments here.
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Well, humans do some pretty rotten things. But they also have some stellar moments in the department of heart-breaking kindness. If you've had one of those #faithinhumanityrestored moments, post your comments here.

Sara Bezdjian is a writer, bibliophile, and lover of travel. When she isn't reading or playing roller derby, you can find her eating ice cream. If you'd like to reach her, send a message in a bottle from your nearest shoreline.

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