Sometimes it feels like we live in a dark, uncaring universe surrounded by fellow monsters. That is doubly true on the Internet, perhaps triply true on Twitter. Platforms that allow anonymous angry posts from shut-ins can get pretty grim. So when you encounter someone or something nice or wholesome online, you just have to stop and appreciate it. This is a whole thread of that.
Twitter personality Arlene Dickinson asked her followers, “What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?”
I don’t know if she wanted to just let some positive energy flow across the Internet, but it really worked. Reading this list of both the small and huge things people did to change someone’s life for the better will make your heart grow five sizes bigger. In a Grinch discovering the meaning of Christmas way, not a go to the hospital way.
Whats the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?— Arlene Dickinson (@ArleneDickinson) August 24, 2019
Scroll through and let your faith in humanity be restored. The world is a good place! It is!
I left my ex & bought a house from a woman who’d gotten divorced under similar circumstances. She asked me what furniture I needed.
“Everything. Dressers, beds, couches, coffee table…”
“Make a list & I’ll give you prices”
I listed 25 items. She sold it all to me for $25. https://t.co/jTTY99mhgF
— Kelly Wickham Hurst (@mochamomma) August 25, 2019
It was a small thing. A quick chat and a coffee.. But something he didn’t have to do. And it got me in a good headspace before admitting myself to the hospital. Will appreciate it always.
— Andy (@_rallycap) August 26, 2019
My dear dad was on his “death bed”. He was in very bad condition and my next door neighbour came to see him and held his hand for 3 solid hours. He died several hours later. I will never forget that.
— Arlene W. (@princessarlene) August 24, 2019
I got hired by a company that found out I was being hounded by collection agencies for defaulting on a student loan, and they paid it off for me. I had only worked there 4 months, they changed my life.
— Emily Layng ❄️🍎🇨🇦 (@elayngylang) August 24, 2019
I lost my 2nd child during pregnancy & when I went to the funeral home, I found out my Obgyn had taken care of funeral costs for us. https://t.co/ADPryWS6RI— Missy (@KayEmily2) August 25, 2019
My wife stuck by my side while I battled addiction. She saved my life. I would be dead if it wasn’t for her. I’m clean and sober today because of it and today I own my own company with a partner who is also sober.
— wayne binder (@wayner147) August 24, 2019
My MIL died while we were in college. We had so little money we had to go into debt to cremate her because there was no one else. A friend gave us 200 dollars anonymously. We never found out who but I’ll never forget that kindness at such a dark time and try to pay it forward https://t.co/WMtYkR4kpJ— Lauren Dane (@laurendane) August 26, 2019
Review, and would have easily cost 20-30k. In September and October we are headed for 6 days of hearings.
So last week, he realized the hearing is double booked with other (paid) work. I thought crap I’m on my own.
Nope, he rescheduled paid work to help me and my son. pic.twitter.com/r9KWmcsPoH
— LandlordRescue (@LandlordRescue) August 24, 2019
so many people have done so many nice things but what comes to mind is on a first date a man took me to the hospital for turned out to be appendicitis. he never left my side. took care of me my entire recovery. it was our FIRST date. anyway we’re getting married in a few months.
— tasha (@tashakaminsky) August 25, 2019
I learned after my mom passed that our neighbor from across the street used to regularly “make too much food” and would bring over dinner to make sure my mom had company and was eating enough 💙
— Gillian (@redefenestrated) August 25, 2019
My grandfather also did this for me a few years ago. What princes 💙
— Blue 🌈💙 (@coffinkid89) August 25, 2019
I'm an MA student, & I recently ran a Go Fund Me campaign to help send me to the Heterodox Academy conference in NY. I received a large donation from a guy in my hometown who, when I was 11, bullied me and busted up my bike with a few other guys. Here was the message he sent me: https://t.co/ni4r890TaG pic.twitter.com/Hbxt1CFfa7— Terry Newman (@TLNewmanMTL) August 26, 2019
When my daughter was suicidal, 2 people:
1-The clerk in ER, I was crying so hard I couldn’t see, she dropped everything, took us immediately to a cubby for privacy.
2-Another mom whom I hardly knew, came over, took me out to eat, we drank until 3 am, cried and talked. Felt good.
— 🌻Molly🌻 (@axlsgirl13) August 25, 2019
I hated my degree and was deeply unhappy. In a Berlin hostel, a near-stranger sat beside me and explained the importance of pursuing happiness, above all else. He convinced me to drop out and then return to fulfil my passion for literature. I think of his kindness constantly ❤️ https://t.co/4rGMfXEMZi— Gráinne Ní Sheasnáin (@grainne_stn) August 26, 2019
After crossing into #Burundi to escape the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, we were hungry & had not slept for days. A man opened his store of cassava roots to us (200+ survivors). He also provided us with water to drink.— Mushimire Olivier (@OliverMushimire) August 26, 2019
I ate then slept on the floor of his shop's veranda 🙏 https://t.co/hgrTDjmzu8