People are telling stories of the kindest things strangers have done for them

Social media users are telling stories ranging from life-saving acts to a few kind words.

Twitter users are discussing acts of kindness they have experienced from total strangers.

Writer Nicole Cliffe started the discussion by posing the question: “What is the kindest thing a stranger has done or said to you?”

She gave the example of a flight attendant who helped her out when one of her children was ill on a plane.

One Twitter user recalled being taken back to safety when they were drifting off into the ocean on a raft.

Journalist Eric Umansky recalled a well-timed act of kindness from a restaurant owner.

There were numerous tales of good Samaritans who helped out when people were having car problems.

Sometimes kind words or a shoulder to cry on were all that were needed.

This act of kindness took place in a mosh pit.

But the story that most struck a chord with Twitter users came from a former manager of an LGBT book shop, who once received a call from from someone who thought they might be gay and was considering hurting himself.

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