"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." -Blanche DuBois/me trying to find the nearest subway stop
Was that opening partly an excuse to quote Tennessee Williams and embed a huge GIF of Vivien Leigh? Of course. Is it also relevant to the subject? Absolutely.
Though as children we're warned of 'stranger danger' incessantly, as an adult I've relied on strangers' kindness more times than I can count. When it comes to navigating public transportation, locating the neighborhood's best deli, and accessing adorable dogs to pet, strangers come through in the clutch. Last week a sweet lady I'd never met helped me find a particular Bushwick bar while her rescue dog licked my knees. HEAVEN.
Needless to say, my interest was piqued when @naturalenergybyproxy asked Reddit, 'What is the nicest thing a stranger has done for you?' People leaped to contribute, reminiscing about the times a random helped them out. The anecdotes range from the mundane to the near-miraculous and counter the depressing news stories I'm used to reading. So if you need an afternoon pick-me-up, dive in below!