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Would you give your coat to a freezing boy without one? A lot of people did and it was heartwarming.

They each took a moment trying to assess the right thing to do. But it was pretty obvious.

Would you give your coat to a freezing boy without one? A lot of people did and it was heartwarming.
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"Johannes is an actor, but all of the passers-by were oblivious to the staged scenario" in Oslo, Norway. [SOS]

Seeing social experiments like the one in this video run by SOS Children's Villages make us feel warm and fuzzy inside. We make a mental note to be kind, and then move on until the next social experiment comes along.


But we are actually surrounded by real-life, unstaged opportunities to help others every single day.

Here's what happens when we take advantage of them.

Many thanks to RandomActsOfKindness.org for sharing the following short stories:

Lost Wallet Found by Hero

Submitted by Seth from Boston Airport E Terminal Hudson News booth.

A young salesman helped me select a head pillow for a long flight. When I purchased the pillow from him, I accidentally left my wallet on the counter and walked 50 yards away and sat down in a busy terminal. 5 minutes later the same salesman comes up to me and breathlessly hands me my wallet. And this was right before i was going on a month long trip to Europe.

Thank you does not do this person's act justice, but I am forever grateful.

Someone Needs to Help...

Submitted by Taylor from Toronto.

I was walking down the stairs to get to the train at Kennedy Station, when I saw an old women who was struggling to lift her roller cart down the steps. She was already a quarter way down the steps when I saw people who could of easily helped her, running down to get the train before it left. I was bewildered how all these capable people cared more about getting on a train that came every four minutes, then helping a women in need. The women was clearly struggling, so as soon as I laid eyes on her, I ran to help. I insisted that I carry down her cart for her. She then thanked me and said "Out of all people, a young girl comes and helps me. Thank you".

More people need to stop rushing through time and focusing only on themselves or what's going to benefit them. I personally feel like its my duty to help those in need. This is our world, our society, and our fellow people. We should do our best to spread the love as much as possible.

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Anne Hebert, a marketing writer living in Austin, TX, jokes that her closest friends think that her hobby is "low-key harassment for social good". She authors a website devoted entirely to People Doing Good Things. She's hosted a yearly canned food drive with up to 150 people stopping by to donate, resulting in hundreds of pounds of donations to take to the food bank for the past decade.

"I try to share info in a positive way that gives people hope and makes them aware of solutions or things they can do to try to make the world a little better," she said.

For now, she's encouraging people through a barrage of persistent, informative, and entertaining emails with one goal in mind: getting people to VOTE. The thing about emailing people and talking about politics, according to Hebert, is to catch their attention—which is how lice got involved.

"When my kids were in elementary school, I was class parent for a year, which meant I had to send the emails to the other parents. As I've learned over the years, a good intro will trick your audience into reading the rest of the email. In fact, another parent told me that my emails always stood out, especially the one that started: 'We need volunteers for the Valentine's Party...oh, and LICE.'"

Hebert isn't working with a specific organization. She is simply trying to motivate others to find ways to plug in to help get out the vote.

Photo by Phillip Goldsberry on Unsplash

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