Sometimes, a small act of kindness can mean the world to the person who is receiving it. These amazing 40+ photos will restore your faith in humanity and remind you how powerful small acts of kindness really are.
1 – Free Haircuts To The Homeless
New York-based hairstylist Mark Bustos dedicates his time to giving free haircuts to homeless people all over the world. He has visited the streets of California, the Philippines, and England. The woman in the photo is paralyzed from the waist down and the stream below them is sewage.
2 -Adorable Photos Help Dogs Get Adopted
An adorable photo of a dog can help it to get adopted better. This woman helps dogs to look their best. Then she uses her photography skills to capture how adorable they truly are.
3 – An Understanding Teacher/Babysitter
When a student brings her baby to her college class, the little one begins to cry. Without hesitation, her professor brings the baby to the front of the class. There, he nonchalantly continues teaching.
4 – Holding An Umbrella For Someone Who Can’t
This poor woman had no choice but to face the rain. But the man understood that he did have a choice. He held the umbrella for her when she couldn’t.
5 – Making Sure Everyone Enjoys A Good Book
This bookstore owner wanted to make sure that everyone who wants to read could. Even if they didn’t have the money to buy a book, they were allowed to borrow or even take books. That’s one way of promoting literacy.
6 – Helping People Get Jobs
At this dry cleaning service, they understand that you can’t get a job if you don’t look presentable. They offer free dry cleaning to people who want to have a clean suit, but can’t afford to get it cleaned.
7 – Paying It Forward
Thinking that the next person who came into the restroom was going to be disappointed, this person left a signal to them. They kindly let the next user know that the stall was out of toilet paper. How thoughtful! They are truly an example of someone who does what is right even when no one is looking.
8 – A Server With A True Servant’s Heart
IHOP server Joe Thomas knew husband and wife regulars. He also knew that the wife had Huntington disease and that her husband fed her before he ate his own meal. He gave them the chance to eat together for once by feeding the wife himself.
9 – Giving The Gift Of Beauty Makes This Girl Beautiful
At just six years old, this sweet little girl understands kindness. She donated a whopping 13 inches of her hair. It will go to make wigs for cancer patients.
10 – Making The Beach A Place To Be Proud Of
This man voluntarily cleans up the beach. He says he just wants it to look nice for tourists and everyone. No one asked him to, he just takes pride in keeping the Earth beautiful.
11 – He Truly Had Her Back
When a woman passed out on the floor of his Wal-Mart store, this manager didn’t think twice. He sat down on the floor and let her lean against him until help arrived. Not only did she have his back to lean against, but she didn’t have to feel so alone there on the floor, either.
12 – Fans Throw Toys To Sick Children
When young patients from a local hospital get to go onto the field, fans make the moment even more memorable. They throw toys down onto the field to the children. Can you imagine the looks on their faces?
13 – Never Letting Success Get In The Way Of People
It didn’t matter to this world-class runner that she had to slow down in order to help this man. She gladly helped him get a drink. That’s what makes her a winner.
14 – He Gave What He Had And Was Thankful For What He Had Been Given
Not willing to see himself as a victim, this Syrian refugee simply wanted to give something back. He made free meals for the homeless. He chose to be thankful for what he had been given and to share what he had.
15 – Believing In A Better Future For Kids
Even though his students didn’t have computers, he still believed they deserved the same opportunities that other kids had. He taught them to use Word, no matter how hard it was.
16 – Spending His Lunch Hour On A Worthy Pursuit
Instead of going out with friends or enjoying a quiet lunch in solitude, one co-worker spent his one hour a day on a much more meaningful pursuit. His fellow co-worker couldn’t read, so this man read to him each day during their lunch hour.
17 – Using Your Hands To Help Feed Others
When an act of kindness enters our mind, nothing should be able to stop us from following through with it. This man in Mecca couldn’t find a cup to feed this cat. He just fed it out of his own hands.
18 – Giving The Shirt Off Of Your Back, Literally
Seeing a girl with no shoes spurred this man into action. He gave her his own shoes right off of his feet. His kindness touched her as she covers her face.
19 – She Understood Her Most Important Job For The Day
This woman understood what her true job was for the day. Today, she wasn’t just a cashier. Her most important job was to help the man in need to get up the steps of the restaurant. She stopped working to help him.
20 – Never Too Small To Help
A big heart wrapped in a small package, this tiny child tries to help a man in a wheelchair over a bump in the road. This photo truly proves that it is not the size of your muscles that matter, but the size of your heart that counts.
21 – Going Beyond The Call Of Duty
These officers from the Netherlands went above and beyond the call of duty. After a mother was taken to the hospital, they stay behind and do her dishes and cook dinner for her five children.
22 – Going The Distance To Save The Animals
Taking hours out of his day, this man drove into the wild lands of Kenya. Every day, he brought water to the animals during a drought. He brought 3,000 gallons of water to animals that would otherwise die.
23 – Return Woman’s Life Savings
When he found $5,000 in a discarded refrigerator, this man could have just kept it. But his heart led him to find it’s owner. He returned the money to the woman that had been saving it for so long.
24 – Helping Autistic Boy Overcome His Fears
When this autistic boy couldn’t overcome his fear of haircuts, this barber got on his level. Literally. He cut the boy’s hair on the floor while the child played games on a phone.
25 – Sharing Their Lunch And Their Time
These police officers could have just looked the other way. Instead, they bought lunch for a mentally handicapped person that they just met. They even sat down to eat with him.
26 – Toddler With A Brilliant Idea Helps Thirsty Dog
Seeing a thirsty dog, this toddler knew just what to do. They walked over to the fountain and pushed the button. The dog drank from the fountain as the two made a priceless picture of kindness.
27 – Choosing To Protect One Another
This boy bravely chose to protect his fellow students from gunfire no matter the cost. He used his own body to hold the classroom door shut. His act saved 20 of his classmates.
28 – Sharing Power Shows The Power Of Kindness
One store owner thought of a way to help others. During hurricane Sandy, he opened his doors to anyone needing to charge their cellphones. He let them use his power to charge their phones so they could stay in touch with worried loved ones.
29 – It’s Never Too Late To Show Kindness
In Bulgaria, this 101-year-old man proves it’s never too late to show kindness. He walked 15 miles every day to beg money for orphanages that couldn’t pay their bills. He did this for 16 years.
30 – When Families Work Together, They Can Move Mountains
Among these photos that restore your faith in humanity, is the unforgettable image of a very special wheelchair. This boy wanted to visit the ocean up close and his family helped his dream come true.
31 – Showing Appreciation For Those Who Care For Them
These students wanted to pay back the kindness shown to them by their teacher. They got together to give him a very special gift. He received tickets to see his favorite band.
32 – Kindness Shows Up No Matter What The Outside Circumstances Are
In the midst of war, one soldier reminds us of what truly matters. He takes a moment to feed a hungry, lost kitten, saving its life.
33 – Holding Babies Warms This Man’s Heart
This elderly man has learned that sometimes, you just need someone to be there with you. He visits the ICU in Atlanta. He holds the babies just to let them know someone is there.
34 – Sometimes, The World Just Need Hugs
It is often the smallest acts of kindness that have the most significant impact on the world. This man simply stands with a sign that says “Free Hugs.” He understands that a little love goes a long way in changing the entire world.
35 -The Entire Crowd Works Together To Free A Trapped Man
Kindness has a way of spreading. What you may perceive as insignificant could spread to include many. It all starts with one simple act of kindness toward another to restore someone’s faith in humanity. And it could start with you.
36) Paramedic Feeding Baby
While this baby’s mom was being treated by paramedics, the baby started fussing. A police officer who was at the scene offered to feed the baby, and he picked the little one up and carefully held her. The baby’s mom was so grateful that someone was looking out for her bundle of joy—she was able to focus on getting better.
37) Helping Out
When a dad admitted to his daughter that he didn’t have a lot of money that week, the little girl didn’t say much. Because of that, the dad wasn’t sure she understood what he meant. But then, the dad went for a nap, and when he woke up, he found this note waiting for him. The dad’s heart melted—he couldn’t believe his daughter would do something like this for him!
38) Supermarket Bench
This elderly woman loves going to her local supermarket and reading books. The manager noticed how often she was coming in, and instead of getting mad about the fact that she never bought anything, he decided to do something kind for her. He set up a bench in the aisle so the woman could be more comfortable as she read. The elderly woman was so touched!
39) Stray Dogs In Coffee Shop
During the winter, this coffee shop in Greece allows stray dogs to sleep inside at night. The dogs are so happy to escape the cold, and they love curling up on the coffee shop’s comfortable seats. We love this sweet act of kindness!
40) Subway Violin Concert
When this violinist entered this subway car, he noticed a baby crying. He wondered if music would help calm her down, and he started playing for her. The baby immediately stopped crying, and so the musician played for her until she and her family got off the train.
41) Free Flowers On Valentine’s Day
This kindhearted homeowner decided to give away free flowers on Valentine’s Day. He also put out a sign telling passers-by to give the flowers to someone they love. It looks like plenty of people took the flowers—we hope they all enjoyed this sweet act of kindness!
42) Birthday Card
This 92-year-old man loves his wife more than anything in the world! For his wife’s 93rd birthday, the man decided to make her a beautiful homemade card. These two have been together for decades, but they still love surprising each other with wonderful gifts.
43) Department Store Nail Salon
This woman with cerebral palsy decided she wanted to get a manicure, and so she headed over to her local nail salon. The workers there told her they couldn’t serve her because she ‘moved too much.’ Devastated, the woman went to her local Wal-Mart to buy nail polish. She told the workers there what happened, and one worker quickly volunteered to paint the woman’s nails on her lunch break.
44) Swingsets For Everyone
This park did an amazing good deed for the handicapped children in their town. The park put in a swing-set that’s specifically for kids in wheelchairs, and as you can see from the photo, they love it!
45) McDonalds Kindness
When this man got his first job, he decided he wanted to do something special with his first paycheck. And so, he invited about 15 poor children from his town to McDonalds, and he bought them all lunch. The kids all had a great time!
46) Helping A Friend In Need
This woman in Kenya found one of her childhood friends living on the street, suffering from drug addiction. She decided that she wanted to help him, and she checked him into a rehab facility. As you can see in the second photo, the man went through an incredible transformation there!
47) Drowning Kitten
One day, a man was walking past a canal during a rainstorm. The man looked down and saw a tiny kitten in the water. He quickly jumped into the canal and used his umbrella to scoop the kitten up, saving her from drowning.
48) Marine Helping Bunnies
When this Marine was raking, he found a dead mama rabbit who was surrounded by four tiny bunnies. The bunnies clearly needed help to survive, and so he took them home and bottle-fed them until they were old enough to eat. Once they were big enough, he brought them to a local wildlife rescue, where they’re still happily living today!
49) Clean Locker Room
When the Japanese soccer team lost at the 2018 World Cup, they did something incredible. They cleaned their entire locker room, making sure everything was spotless. Then, they left a note that simply said ‘Thank you’ in Russian. This team shows how to lose gracefully!
50) Independence Day On The Subway
On the Fourth of July, a photographer captured this beautiful shot on the New York City subway. These two little girls absolutely loved meeting each other and playing together during their train ride, and we’re so glad the photographer was able to capture the heartwarming moment.
51) Subway Musician
William Boyajian is a professional singer and guitar player, but in his spare time, he enjoys busking in the subway. Since Boyajian doesn’t need the money, he gives everything he earns to homeless people who could use the money more than him. As you can see, many people are touched by the sign and put money in his guitar case.
52) Man Helping At Train Station
When this man saw an elderly lady struggling to get down the stairs at the train, he immediately stopped to help. The man ended up missing his train, but he didn’t mind. Helping a woman in need was much more important to him.
53) Street Pole Coats
A few kindhearted kids in Canada decided to put out coats for homeless people who might need them. They attached signs to the coats that said: ‘I am not lost! If you are stuck out in the cold, please take me to keep warm!’
54) Ironic License Plate
This car’s license plate may say ‘Evil,’ but the car owner is anything but! When this driver saw a homeless man asking for money on the side of the road, he quickly pulled over and gave him what he had in his car.
55) Matching Principal
This principal told two teenagers that he liked their jeans, and so the kids decided to buy him a matching pair! The three posed together for a photo in their matching jeans, and it quickly went viral. Everyone loved this heartwarming story!
56) Adopting Dogs In Need
When an animal shelter in Austin flooded, the shelter desperately needed foster homes for all their displaced cats and dogs. The people of Austin quickly jumped into action, and soon, there was a line of people waiting to foster the animals.
57) Brothers Crossing Flooded Street
When these brothers were walking to school, they came across a flooded street. The older brother quickly picked up his little brother and carried him through the water. What a sweet big brother!
58) Memorial Day Kindness
On Memorial Day, the Atlanta Braves set up a touching monument for the troops in their stadium. A Marine guarded the monument, and even when it started raining, he stayed completely still. A baseball fan saw the Marine getting wet, and he quickly gave him his own umbrella.
59) Kind Server
The woman in this photo has Huntington’s Disease, and so she has trouble eating on her own. Her husband typically helps her eat before eating himself, but a server at their regular IHOP wanted to let the couple eat at the same time for once. And so, the kind server, Joe Thomas, fed the man’s wife while he ate his meal.
60) Heartwarming Reunion
When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans in 2005, Sergeant Mike Maroney saved a three-year-old girl named LayShay Brown. In 2015, Maroney launched a social media campaign to find Brown. The post went viral, and they reunited and took this photo together. Now, the two have become friends, and Maroney even went with Brown to her JROTC ball!
61) ICU Grandfather
This kind-hearted man is nicknamed ICU Grandpa. The man, David, goes to intensive care units in his hometown of Atlanta twice a week to hold the babies there. Everyone at the hospital loves David!
62) Man Giving Haircut
Mark Bustos is a trained hairstylist who travels around the world to give people in need free haircuts. Bustos has changed homeless people’s lives with his haircuts, and he also gives kids free haircuts.
63) Kind Dry Cleaners
These kindhearted dry cleaners know how difficult it can be for homeless people to find a job without clean clothing. And so, they put a sign on their door saying that they’ll clean outfits for interviews for free.
64) Professor Taking Care Of Baby
A woman in this professor’s class was unable to get childcare for her baby one day. During the lecture, the baby started fussing, and the woman worried her professor would throw her out. But to her surprise, the professor picked up the little baby and held him while he taught. This allowed the mother to continue taking notes.
65) Firefighter and Koala
A scared koala got caught in a wildfire, and he was badly dehydrated. A firefighter noticed the struggling animal and quickly grabbed a water bottle for him. The little koala gratefully drank the water, and he held the firefighter’s hand!
66) Crossing Guard Leaves Out Supplies
A crossing guard wanted to help students in need, and so they started leaving out school supplies on their corner. Any student could take supplies if they wanted, and the students and their parents were so happy to see the supplies.
67) Kindhearted McDonalds Employee
This kindhearted McDonalds employee noticed an elderly man struggling to eat on his own. The employee headed over to the elderly gentleman and started cutting up his food for him, making it easier for the man to eat.
68) Little Girl Helping Mourning Police Officers
When these State Troopers lost one of their officers, they were heartbroken. A five-year-old girl named Isabella Yockey noticed how sad all the troopers looked, and she asked her mom if she could use her allowance money to buy them ice cream. Her mom agreed, and the troopers were so grateful for this act of kindness on such a tough day.
69) Modified Crane
After this man was paralyzed, he worried that he would lose his job as a crane operator. But the man’s boss wasn’t going to let that happen. He ordered a specially modified crane that would fit the worker’s wheelchair, allowing the man to keep his job.
70) Returning Money
When this man opened his box of Dominoes wings, he was shocked to find $1300. Dominoes had been planning to take this money to the bank, and the boxes had somehow gotten mixed up. The man immediately returned the money to Dominoes. As a thank you, Dominoes gave him free pizza for a year!