Today is World Kindness Day, a day to celebrate any kindness, no matter how big or small.
From the Trump supporter who left a £350 tip and a friendly note for an African American waitress, to a police officer dancing with an elderly lady in the street, there have been some pretty inspiring examples of kindness this year.
And so to get you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, here are some of our favourites from 2017.
1. The police officer who turned a little boy’s birthday from sad to incredible
When an eight-year-old child was left alone at the school gates on his birthday, a police officer from the Green Bay Police Department in Wisconsin, USA, stepped in to give him an unforgettable day.
It turned out the child’s mother was in prison and the school had no other family contacts to call to pick the child up. But instead of taking the youngster to the station, Officer Robinson used meal vouchers from McDonald’s to take the child for a meal and a ride around in the police car for his birthday.
2. The time a Trump voter left a €400 tip for a black waitress along with a moving note
We rise by lifting others. A lovely act of kindness pic.twitter.com/S01SV3w8ts— Busboys and Poets (@busboysandpoets) January 24, 2017
Jason White, 37 visited a Busboys and Poets restaurant in Washington DC while visiting for Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The bill, posted to the restaurant’s Twitter page, read: “We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people. Not race. Not gender. Just American.”
3. The time a gay woman overheard homophobic comments from the next table – and decided to pay for their dinner and write them a note
When a woman from Texas overheard anti-gay comments from the table next to her in a restaurant, she chose to show a little act of kindness by paying their bill instead of confronting them.
She later posted the message she left them on Facebook, it read: “Happy holidays from the very GAY, very liberal table sitting next to you. Jesus made me this way, N. P.S. Be accepting of your family.”
4. The time a police officer joined a 92-year-old woman dancing in the street
Sergeant Lenz, of the Austin, Minnesota police, encountered 92-year-old Millie Seiver dancing by herself in the street – and decided this groovy lady shouldn’t have to dance alone.
So she pulled up in her patrol car, turned up the radio and leapt out to join her.
5. The woman who had the sweetest response after someone stole a blanket that belonged to her son who died
When Sala Ioane hung out a couple of her children’s blankets and jerseys in her carport, she woke up to find that someone had stolen them.
The 34-year-old, from Westport, New Zealand, said she broke down in tears when she saw the blankets had gone – not in anger or frustration at the act of theft, but because she knew there was a family out there who had no other option than to take her clothes to keep them warm.
But she was desperate to get one of the blankets back, as it belonged to her son Anthony, who died in 2008.
Sala wrote in a local Facebook group: “I don’t want to report you, I don’t want to hurt you, I just wanna know if you are okay or if you have children that need warm clothing.”
And she added she would leave them some warm clothing and blankets of their own.
Sala later posted an update underneath her post to reveal the person had not only returned her son’s blanket but had also left an apology letter.
6. The man who saved a possum from two predatory crows
Laurence Kirk was travelling through Menai, New South Wales, when he spotted what experts believe was possibly an adult ring tail possum being stalked by two crows.
While most people drove on the 28-year-old exited his car, shooed the crows away and gave the possum a leg-up.
7. The moment baseball fans united to throw a woman’s lost hat up a car park
This one shows kindness on a major scale with hundreds of people getting involved.
During the Houston Astros’ World Series celebrations the crowd pulled together to return a hat to a woman who dropped it off a car park. And it was actually a pretty thrilling watch.
8. The time a young Huddersfield Town fan returned £5 to Aaron Mooy after a win over Manchester United
Pure class from young Adam pic.twitter.com/KVSpfJlZrm— Sean Jarvis (@SeanMJarvis) October 24, 2017
Little Adam Bhana was at the Kirklees Stadium to see Huddersfield’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United and wanted to thank goalscorer Mooy for his hard work.
He wrote a letter to Huddersfield director Sean Jarvis, explaining that he found £5 at the stadium and as “we cannot keep what is not ours” he wanted the money to be given to Aaron Mooy for his great performance.
9. The woman who paid for someone’s shopping and received a beautiful thank you three years later
This one is a double kindness that spanned three years. The story begins in 2014, in a branch of Morrisons supermarket, where Rachaele Hambleton came across a woman who could not afford to pay for her shopping.
Rachaele paid for the single mother’s shopping that day, and three years later received a surprising email from the woman she helped thanking her for her kindness.
In the email, single mother Tash said that Rachael had “saved her whole world” that day.
10. The police officers who turned up at a grandmother’s door to deliver hurricane supplies
A 94-year-old woman was surprised at her home in Clearwater, Florida, after her granddaughter messaged local police to express concern for her welfare in the run up to Hurricane Irma.
In response a team of officers turned up to Betty Helmuth’s apartment with drinks, food, a torch and other necessities to prepare her for the coming storm.