This article was originally published on sharingsmiles and has been republished here with permission.

The hard truth is that life can be hard and that can make people a little mean and skeptical. But that’s no reason to give up hope! Check out these heartwarming photos that will have your faith in humanity restored and remind you that a small act of kindness can go a long way.

 

Man has a heart attack while mowing his lawn. Firefighters finish mowing after saving him.

 

 

As if we needed another reason to love our local firefighters. Not only do they put out fires, but they’re also the first ones people call when they’re in trouble. When this local resident had a heart attack while trimming the grass, these neighborhood firefighters not only showed up to the scene, but they also finished the job for him.

 

A station full of people pushes up against a train to help rescue someone who fell in the gap.

 

 

Japan is an amazing place for many reasons. But one of those reasons is the fact that people there clearly care about one another, and are willing to take time out of their day to help someone else. During a recent emergency at a Tokyo train station, commuters stopped what they were doing and stepped in to help.

 

“My son can’t wait for Martin Luther King Day because ‘without him, I wouldn’t be able to play with my best friend.'”

 

 

This mom had the sweetest conversation with her son and just had to share it with the world. “Mom, can I tell you something weird?” Me: Sure. “I really can’t wait for Martin Luther King Day” Me: That’s not weird, it sounds like you’re really inspired by him. “Yeah, because if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be able to play with my friend.”

 

“At McDonald’s and this employee is helping an elderly disabled man with his food.”

 

 

We should all take the time to be a bit kinder to those who need help. Unfortunately, though, that isn’t often the case, since we’re so busy paying attention to our own problems. Luckily, this McDonald’s employee took a few minutes out of his shift to make sure that this customer had a great experience.