Let’s Do Something Good

28th August 2012

Shot@Life Relay for Good | #Blogust | Mighty Girl

This post is inspired by Shot@Life, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation dedicated to using vaccines as a cost-effective way to save children’s lives in developing countries. (Image courtesy United Nations Foundation.)

Hi team, I need help. Here’s why:

For every comment on this post, Shot@Life gets $20 to vaccinate a kid.

Twenty. Dollars.

Twenty dollars is what it costs to give one child four vaccines that help protect them against measles, pneumonia, diarrhea, and polio. During Shot@Life’s Blogust: Blog Relay for Good, 31 bloggers have been helping to secure $200,000 in sponsor donations. We need 10,000 comments, and we’re about 1,000 away from that goal right now.

Over the years, your comments have shaped my life. Whether you were celebrating Hank’s birth with me, or cheering my Life List, or comforting me when things took a difficult turn. I know you guys care about helping other people because of how much help you’ve already heaped on me.

So let’s do this.

Can you comment twice? Yes. Yes you can. And if you have a means of spreading the word, please Tweet, Pin, link on Facebook, or post a quick link on your own site.

Let us know the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you in comments. And thanks to you for being so nice to other people. I like you.

Yesterday Fadra Nally of All Things Fadra wrote about the comments you never see. Tomorrow, I’m passing the baton to my friend Stacey Ferguson of Justice Fergie — so you can help us reach our final goal by commenting on her site as well. We have until August 31. Thanks again.

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1,246 thoughts on “Let’s Do Something Good

  1. Heather

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is hard to write about. Many people were very kind when my mom died. I was nineteen. My friends showed up. Every day. Not in a weird way. Not in an annoying way. But they just kept being there. And in all of the other terrible things that have happened over the years ( and the wonderful things) they have been there, showing up always.

  2. Erin

    Not ever but certainly the nicest thing that happened to me this week was that my boyfriend walked to my office to bring me the lunch I forgot at home.

  3. Hilary

    The nicest thing someone has ever done for me was teach me to believe that wholeness and healing are possibilities for me, and not just abstract concepts available for discourse.

  4. Amy

    Two days after returning home from the hospital with our just-born-daughter, in the throes of sleep deprivation, hormonal swings and new-mama-panic, a friend rang my doorbell with a complete, warm, home cooked dinner. She didn’t ask to visit or hold the baby or even expect to be invited in- she just passed me the meal& gave me a hug & a few kind words. It was such a simple, generous, loving gesture.

  5. Rachel

    I’m way overthinking this, so I’ll go with nicest thing on a birthday (August 18th): my 8-year-old son made me breakfast and brought it up to me in bed while his father was out getting us Dunkin Donuts. I ate two excellent breakfasts, but I really liked my son’s–he was so proud of himself!

  6. robyn

    the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me? Every morning my son Owen gives me the biggest hugs when he wakes up, and it makes my entire world glow!

  7. Jennifer

    Sometimes life is just good to you. The gorgeous sunset at the end of a horrible commute home, bloggers and sponsors getting together to make a difference in 10,000 kids lives…

  8. Emily A

    Not the nicest thing ever, but one small thing that made a huge impact. When I was around 11 (many many years ago) I had my tonsils and adenoids removed. As I was moving in to a double occupancy recovery room another girl was leaving. She was obviously in pain and probably still a little out of it, but as she left the room she asked her to dad to go back in and give me the TV remote that was still on her old bed. Very small, insignificant thing – but for someone in their own pain to care about the comfort of another is pretty darn big.

  9. Bel M

    The nicest thing you can do for anyone is appreciate them for who they are and treat them with respect. Everything else is just a value added service.

    Great campaign.

  10. Erica W

    A very close friend of mine – someone who is fairly non-emotional – made me a Christmas present one year. It was a large wooden box that was meant to fit all of my baking supplies. We were roommates at the time and our landlord was getting a bit pissy with all of our stuff everywhere. So the box made sense, it was practical and she decoupaged the shit out of it. The best part was that the box had handles so it could move with us to our next home, and a special strap on the one side so I could easily carry it with my little arm. I’ve never received a gift that had so much thought and consideration put into it. It was perfect.

  11. Katie

    While working with youth in Liberia, my camera -full of amazing photos – was stolen. A very friendly and supportive shopkeeper did everything he could, including negotiating with two Nigerian gang members named Rambo and Reuben (seriously), to get it back. It was an unsuccessful effort, but it is a story I will remember (and laugh about) forever!

  12. Angeerah

    Most recently, the nicest thing someone has done for me is that my friend, and new neighbor, agreed to drive me to and from work because I rearended someone this weekend, the day before my move, of course.

  13. Lisa B. in GA

    I’ve had so many people do nice things for me in my 33 years. One time, when I was in my early 20’s I got a flat tire on the side of a busy highway at dusk, during rush hour. A nice couple stopped to help me change it. It was so unexpected, little things like that help you regain your faith in mankind.

  14. Jessi

    I’ll just list my most recent ‘nice thing.’ My son is finally old enough to pick dandelions for Mommy and he does it every time we go out to the car. It melts my heart.

  15. Joanne

    Nicest thing? Someone just came up to me last night and thanked me for something I did years ago… inconsequential at the time to me, but it made a HUGE difference in her life, and she wante dto share that. Who knew? Just by being nice, and doing the right thing — that I could be thanked years later for something I barely remember.

  16. Liz H.

    Last year for my birthday, my generally stoic husband wrote all his favorite memories with me on little slips of paper and put them in a jar. It’s a gift that keeps on giving!

  17. KitS

    This is such a fantastic prompt–so overwhelming to think of how much people have shown kindness to me.

    Most recently, I was talking to my friends about how unmotivated I am these days, about how it takes an effort to even WANT to make an effort in my life and marriage. My friend, who knows me well, immediately told me to drop my young children off at her house so I could have a few hours to myself to recharge. She urged me to go to a coffee shop and just be. I was touched because 1) her reflexive response was to meet my need and 2) she has been experiencing a lot of first-time-mom stress and yet was volunteering to watch 3-under-3 in order to give me a break. So appreciate that this is par for course in terms of our friendship.

  18. cat

    my mom let me spread my wings and fly . . . literally, she bit her tongue and cheered me on when i told her i was planning to fly halfway around the world to basically see what was on the other side. she encouraged that spirit of adventure that has never left me and for which i’m tremendously grateful. as a parent, i now appreciate how very difficult that must have been for her to do.

  19. Haley

    Most recently, when I was exhausted from a long weekend, my boyfriend did the dishes and cleaned up the house while I was napping.

  20. Jasmine

    The nicest thing ever is hard….but one that comes to mind is when my sister bought me my first Medical Alert bracelet after I was diagnosed with diabetes. It was something I needed, but didn’t want to spend the money on (since I was spending so much on doctors’ copays, prescriptions, etc.). It just showed up in my mail one day.

  21. Meg

    I have been told that it’s hard to do nice things for me because I always do for myself and I never ask for help. I’m going to do that (ask for help) more because I love doing for others. Off the top of my head, a very busy working mother brought me a home cooked meal when I had surgery on my arm. I don’t know how she found the time. It was wonderful!

  22. kelly

    I totally support this goal! My husband and friends have been so nice and helpful to me these last three weeks as I walk around with my broken arm in a cast…it shows a lotta love that my husband has been helping me shave my pits and another friend helped me with my bra today!

  23. Kristen

    I was in junior high and it was, you know, junior high, so it pretty much sucked. But, one day I got a heartfelt letter from a parent of a kid in another grade praising me for being a good example for their kid. It is something that has stuck with me and I plan to do something similar for another middle-schooler someday.

  24. Rebecca

    The encouragement of my friends to take up running and stick with it. I’m forever grateful.

  25. Lesley

    Sometimes the nicest thing anyone can do for me is simply listen. It’s a good way to reassure me I’m not alone.

  26. Jen

    Shortly after I had just gotten my very first checking account at age 18, I wrote a very large check to myself to transfer money between banks. Except I’d inverted two of the numbers, which would’ve bounced that check.

    The bank manager at my new bank caught on and “fixed it” for me, since when I had opened the account a week earlier I seemed like a “good kid.” I never would have known, except she sent me a little note explaining and reminding me to double-check before I wrote checks. Thanks for protecting my credit, bank lady!

  27. Cortney

    my parents. they are the nicest people i know and have always, always believed in me. they have done the “nicest thing” for me a billion times in my life :)

  28. LT

    The nicest thing anyone ever did for me happened in the throes of one of my first huge, life altering depressions. I called my friend who lived about 2 hours away and asked him to come. All he said was yes. I found out later that he’d cancelled a date with a girl he’d been pursuing for weeks to come sit with me while I cried. I’ll never forget it.

  29. Nance

    The nicest thing my husband continues to do for me day in and day out is to say “Thank you for dinner” each and every night that I cook. It’s a small courtesy that might seem courtly, but one that reaffirms his respect for me every day.

  30. Chrysula

    Neighbors who have out of the blue brought dinner and tended fussy kids so I could rest. Literal gift from the divine is what that feels like.

  31. Katherine

    Possibly the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is your Life List, Maggie. It’s changed the way I think, and it’s changed the way I live. Thanks for continuing to inspire me, and the rest of my crowd, every single day.

  32. Doll

    My friend offered me a cabin in the woods of Maine to be alone with my thoughts in the wake of my father’s sudden death. While I was at this cabin, my friend’s father put me in touch with members of my father’s family I had never met. I discovered my father had a brother he never knew. Mind blowing.

  33. Katherine

    Also: these two little faces look just like the school children who woke me up singing every morning when I went to Zanzibar. I could not love them more.

  34. sarah

    my old job threw be a party when i left for a new job. they all dressed like me and brought me presents. i cried over cookie cake.

  35. Trish T.

    My best friend from high school dropped everything to help me move after an awful breakup. It was not out of character, but it was exactly what I needed.

  36. CW

    I think the nicest thing someone has done for me was to answer my phone call at 4am when I dislocated my shoulder and had a fever and was thousands of miles away. The comforting voice really truly helped.

  37. GCarroll

    Yes, indeed, as Heather said, showing up— just showing up– is one of the important things you can do for a friend or a cause. I have been touched… and changed, frankly, by all of the people who have shown up to support this Shot@Life effort! Yes, it is a very easy thing to do. Still, the willingness to take part and then come back and do it again, has been simply amazing!

  38. Miranda

    My parents call to check in on me once every week or so, even though I’m nearly 30 years old. It makes me feel good to know that just because I’m out of sight doesn’t mean I’m out of mind.

  39. Ros

    The nicest thing my husband ever did was bring my little girl back from the emergency room whole and healthy last year. One cashew nut and we suddenly discovered at 7 years old she is horribly allergic. Staying at home with the baby was terrifying but being there with her must have been so much scarier.

  40. Doll

    If you tune in and focus on the good…nice things happen to you every day. Especially when you surround yourself with people who love you unconditionally.

  41. Miranda

    The guys on my team at work make it fun to show up at the office every day. Even if they did gift wrap my desk (and everything on it) while I was out on vacation.

  42. Rachel

    My high school Spanish teacher sat down with me and showed me that I could pronounce any word in my Spanish dictionary as long as I remembered that the vowels always sound exactly the same. The confidence I gained that afternoon helped me go from a struggling student to eventually choosing Spanish as one of my majors in college. Being able to speak a second language has not only helped me travel the world, but also to connect to people vastly different from me in a way that would never have been possible otherwise.

  43. Lisa

    The biggest thing that made a difference for me (because I have been blessed this way so many times over) was when my neighbors told me it wasn’t my fault when my parents kicked me out of the house. Years of emotional abuse started peeling away with that simple statement and put me on the road to becoming a whole person.

  44. ris

    I’ve had so many kind, nice things done for me in my life. Makes me feel grateful just to think about it. The ones that stand out for me though are those that happen when I’m helpless. Strangers changing my tire (car AND bike), chasing after me to let me know I dropped my passport in a foreign country (!), etc.

  45. Heidi A. Seely

    I love the old fashioned nice things: thank you cards, having someone open a door for me, notes on creamy stationary congratulating me on my new baby, a gentleman allowing me to exit an elevator first. Not the biggest deal, but it always makes me look for ways to pay it forward.

  46. Katie K

    I’m an apartment manager, and a nice thing someone has done for me recently was when one of my residents stopped by to congratulate me on working at the office for a whole year. I don’t often interact with the residents when they aren’t upset about something, so it really meant a lot to me when she said how happy she was to have me working at the community and providing good customer service. The little things really do make a difference!

  47. Martha

    My son made me a grandma six months ago and she has a lovely (half) sister that is three. Such joy they have brought me.

  48. Colleen

    When I graduated high school a friend’s mother gave our little group travel jewellery cases and a small note. I still have and use the case, but it was the note that had the biggest impact. This was five years before I would be diagnosed with anxiety and depression and in a time of great uncertainty and stress (not happy about the college I was attending, parents wanting to move that summer out of my childhood home), her words brought me a great deal of comfort and pride. She really caught me unaware regarding my good character traits that I presented to her.

  49. Lori

    I host an open sewing night once a week where I make dinner and we are all crafty. The nicest thing those ladies did was bring me food, weed my garden, put in the window air conditioner and lend me movies the summer I went through radiation. I will always be grateful for all the help they provided without my even asking.

  50. Lauren

    I’m having my first baby in October, and I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of family and friends! I am so grateful for my community of girlfriends who have provided me with advice and support, my husband whose simple affirmations like “you’re doing a great job!” make such a difference, and my family and in-laws whose excitement for the baby reassure me that he/she will be welcomed into a loving family. It’s such a special time, and I’m glad this little comment can help another family ensure a healthy future for their child!

  51. raleigh-elizabeth {bunnyvictorious!}

    my husband, a Marine, and I were at dinner at Gramercy Park in NYC two years ago. we’d saved up for MONTHS to go there (we’re foodies, so this was like… heaven), and because it was a fancy event for us, we got dressed up. i wore my nicest dinner dress, and he wore his service uniform. we meticulously attacked the menu based on what we’d saved for each course. and at the end of the meal, we found out the restaurant had bought us dinner. not the actual restaurant, but diners. one couple bought our bottle of wine. another bought our cocktails. another my meal, another his. and the chef threw in dessert. we left new york last year to go to a new duty station, and we had our last meal at gramercy. this time, we got to leave a big tip. : )

  52. Lisa

    While taking a solo road trip around the United States, everyone I met — new and old — taught me that kindness does still exist here in our own country. Friends and strangers took me into their homes, showed me around their cities, cooked me meals. Most of all, they showed me that my cynicism wasn’t warranted, and that people are generally more good than bad.

  53. Christine G.

    Many things are coming to mind, but one that is standing out right now is when my great friend from graduate school, who had started a demanding job, read and commented on a draft of my dissertation at a point when I had lost all confidence and helped me keep going.

    Thanks for letting us know about this excellent cause.

  54. Rachel

    How about the nicest thing that someone did for me yesterday: one of my students cleaned out our microwave without even being asked.

  55. Marie T

    When I was in the middle of divorce and separation, and money was tight and I was scared, my co-workers collected $ for me — several hundred $ in an envelope for whatever I needed to take care of.

  56. jaclyn

    The nicest thing someone has done for me was setting up a meal train after I had emergency surgery. I have a husband and 3 small children that I couldn’t take care of. We were living in far away from family and my husband works about 110 hours per week. The meal train website coordinated people bringing meals to me for about a month. It was heaven and I felt so supported!

  57. Jennifer

    Maybe not ever, but definitely something I will remember. We just moved in to our first house, and this weekend our neighbor dropped off some cookies and a note with her cell and her husbands cell in case we needed help with anything. I didn’t know people still did things like that!

  58. Rachael

    My husband and I recently lost a pregnancy, and I’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness we’ve been shown. The two things that stand out the most are the very sweet, very sincere card I received from the mother of my best friend, telling me how much I’ve meant in her life and her daughter’s, and the rosebush my sister and her family sent me to remember our lost baby.

  59. Mary

    The nicest thing that happened to me this week was realizing just how many people I have in my life when I need someone most– it is a great feeling!

  60. Jena

    I am commenting the hell out of this – SAVE THE KIDS!

    I have so many people who do so many nice and thoughtful things for me. But I think the nicety that made the most impact had to have that note. That note that changed how we felt about each other. The note that showed me how in love with him I was. It’s the little things, right?

    It’s the little things like posting on a blog to save the kids. How little a gesture. How awesome the impact.

  61. Kathy

    I immediately thought of something my husband did for me. I stopped working in our business when our son was born and stayed home taking care of him until he was ready for kindergarten (leaving my husband to cope with the office by himself). On a family vacation just before school started, my husband had a cake made for me with our son’s photo reproduced on it, and the words “Thanks, Mommy, for being there when I needed you.” It meant so much to me that he believed what I did was important for our child and that he appreciated it.

  62. Denise

    After my husband had a tumor removed from his innards, a local pastor came over with two giant bags full of groceries. It was lovely.

  63. Heather

    Where would we be without so many big and little acts of kindness? I have been so happy recently to see a friend/colleague compliment someone who works sort of under me. It doesn’t reflect upon my work in any way, but the genuine words of appreciation and respect made me glow with pride anyway. Kind words go such a long way.

  64. Erin

    When my husband and I were dating, we lived around the corner from one another. One evening we had made plans to see each other, and I was going to walk over to his place. When I opened my front door to leave, he was there on my steps. “What are you doing here?” I asked. “I couldn’t wait to see you,” he answered.

  65. Cj Coppola

    Once, a very kind mechanic fixed my car for
    free. It came at a time when I so needed a boost. I have tried to pay it forward whenever I can.

  66. carmel mac

    Wonderful family let me live with them during a time when I was floundering (early twenties) and taught me so much through their kindness and giving attitude.

  67. amandaC

    I’ve been lucky to have had a pretty darn good life, and to have some pretty awesome people to share it with. The nicest thing ever? Not the nicest ever, but I’ve had many students write some pretty damn nice things to me in my yearbooks. The comments make me smile and tear-up still!

  68. Dimity

    Last week, my parents came two hours one way to watch my sick daughter so my husband and I could go to work. Then, two days later they came back to help us clean out our basement after a sewer backup.

  69. Alison

    Someone who was an acquaintance at the time pushed hard to get me a job at his place of work, even though I didn’t ask for it. He just saw that I would be a good fit. It turned out to be a great job where I had boatloads of fun, and made lots of friends. This was about 12 years ago, and while I no longer work there, the former acquaintance is now my best friend.

  70. Lisa

    The nicest thing recently: I have been going through some major life changes in the past year. I have a friend who has been by my side every step of the way. There has been PLENTY of room to be judgmental and she instead has chosen to simply be supportive. She has been my lifeline.

  71. Anne At Large

    I was in a very bad car accident. To keep it short, my husband was stuck in an upside down car while I crawled out and tried to get him to talk to me. A nice Irish lady named Helen pulled her minivan over, called 911 and stayed with me in the rain until they came. The truck behind her minivan was a tow truck, the driver got out and started directing traffic away from us and his passenger came and brought me a blanket.

    My husband is ok now and we still have the blanket.

  72. CW

    I spent last year going to school 2000 miles away from my husband and all my family and friends. On my birthday, some of the people in my program got together and bought me a book they knew I would like. It really brightened a day that I was expecting to be a huge disappointment.

  73. Katie

    I can’t pick out a single event as the nicest thing EVER, but recently: I just started a new job, and even though it’s at a pretty low rank on the totem pole everybody has been going out of their way to make me feel so very, very wanted and welcome.

  74. Lisa B.

    Once, when I was student teaching and pregnant, my first husband made dinner. I remember sitting in traffic on the freeway, bone-tired, thinking, what in the world will I make for dinner? And when I got home, it was made–meat loaf and potatoes and carrots, which, when I think about it, felt like the kindest, most compassionate dinner of all the dinners.

  75. Kate

    When my husband just does the dishes after dinner, or let’s me relax in the mornings, it feels like the nicest thing EVER!

  76. Sassafras Mama

    Well, this is a pretty nice thing and reading folks’ comments about nice things that have happened to them is also pretty awesome.

    One of the nicest things that ever happened to me was a colleague from work stepping up to carry a bunch of kids on a field trip to NYC. I was stressed out with a flooded basement and P just announced he would take the trip so I could stay home. Really, really nice.

  77. FM

    There’s no one nicest thing, but I sure do appreciate the random acts of kindness strangers have shown to me – opening doors when my hands were full, offering an honest compliment, helping me reach stuff on the high shelf, etc.

  78. Heather

    The nicest thing someone has done for me is to recognize my potential and to find an opportunity for me to use that potential.

  79. Michele

    I am blessed with a wonderful family and friends who do nice things for me all the time. I will never forget the kindness showed toward me when my dad passed away and when I moved to dc.

  80. Katie

    My uncle used his frequent flyer miles to pay for my flight and my fiance’s flight to Hawaii for our honeymoon in November. We’ve been saving forever and weren’t sure if we’d be able to go. Hands down, the nicest gift. So unexpected. So useful (much better than another kitchen gadget).

  81. Dana

    Most recently, my IVF nurse put me first on the list for my result phone call the day of my pregnancy test. We received good news. Just as the phone rang, my door bell also rang with flowers from my oldest and best girlfriends. The note simply said “we love you” b/c they didn’t know if they would be happy or sad flowers. Luckily, they were of the happy kind. It was a magical moment my husband and I will never forget.

  82. Amber, theAmberShow

    I’m pretty sure Meg Keene flinging her hands up in the air and saying, “Oh Amber, just start a company!” is up there on the nicest things ever done for me.

    Because I did, and now I am very happy.

  83. Leanne

    It’s the unexpected things that touch me. I was at the mall recently and while I was getting the back to school stuff done with my kids my husband took my van, washed it, filled it up with gas then put it back in the parking lot. A VERY nice surprise when I came out overwhelmed from the kid’s demands.

  84. Michele M.

    Listened to me when I needed to vent. Have faith in me when I’ve doubted myself. Provide hope when things seem bleak. I’m a lucky girl.

  85. Amy

    Too many things to count. I think anyone who is simply kind to others each day is making a huge difference.

  86. Kay

    When I was in 6th grade, I was going to a very conservative, strict religious grade school, and I was miserable. I decided I wanted to change schools, held a family meeting, and broke the news to my parents, giving them all the reasons why I wanted to leave. And instead of just writing me off or getting upset, they took my reasons into consideration, they researched my concerns and ultimately, they decided I could change schools. I started public school the next year and it changed my life for the better, academically and socially.

    Many, many other nice things have happened to me over the years but that one always seemed like the nicest due to the trust and love that was behind it.

  87. Kristina

    Yesterday’s nice thing: I had a horrible migraine all day. They get to be so debilitating and I just want to cry from the searing pain. I got home from work to a dinner my boyfriend made, which he put aside right away to help me climb into bed. He laid next to me and just rubbed my head and back until I was ready to get up. I just feel so lucky to have picked a good one.

  88. Carolyn

    A generous alumnus from my law school endowed a scholarship fund which paid my whole tuition.

  89. ememby

    Helped me out when my husband was out of town, upgraded our family on an overseas flight, loved me even when I was being difficult.

  90. Rachel

    My parents paying for my college and car so that I could start my adult life off debt free. I totally took this for granted at the time, but seeing my friends struggle to pay off their debt has made me really appreciate my clean start.

  91. Sarah R.

    My grandparents left their home in Cuba to make sure that their children and future grandchildren didn’t have to grow up in a place where they would be stifled and indentured to a revolution that didn’t care about people.

  92. Stacey

    Both of my girls put their little toddler hands on my cheeks when they give me a kiss. That’s almost always the nicest part of my day, and they have no idea.

  93. Kim

    My last two weeks of pregnancy I was put on bed rest with frequent hospital visits. My parents flew out to help out. They took me to the hospital, bought an entire newborn wardrobe and indulged my tuna melt cravings regularly.

  94. jen

    when my college roommate’s parents gave me credit card points so i could fly home for my brother’s wedding. the wedding where i met my now-husband of 9 years.

  95. Kristin Case

    We are a civil rights law firm and the nicest thing that anyone ever does for us is when we help a client through a difficult situation and that client comes back months or years later to tell us thank you and to show us how we changed the trajectory of their lives. The kindest thing anyone can do is say a simple thank you.

  96. Anne Phillips

    The nicest thing someone has done for me was tell me they love me when I didn’t love myself very much.

  97. Rachel

    My friends/neighbors have been taking care of our puppy when we are unable to. It’s amazing to have three couples from which to choose for this task!

    Also, my parents supported me through college, but took out loans in my name, then promptly paid them when the loans were due. So my credit score went through the roof. My parents are pretty much amazing.

  98. MrsLiddy

    The nicest thing anyone has done for me is impossible to sum up. I guess I would just say my parents have been my parents, and I feel so lucky.

  99. rachel

    Last December my boss surprised me by giving me a random day off to do some Christmas shopping. And it was absolutely what I needed right then.

  100. Stefanie

    My 10 year old daughter stepped up this weekend and helped me handle a weekend with my mother, with whom I have a very stressful relationship.

  101. Lyndsay

    My sister went out of her way to help us out with our older child after the birth of our second baby.

  102. Rochelle

    My silly little 3 year old woke up 2 hours early and was so happy to see his daddy before daddy left for work. He also wanted to put on his shoes just to be like daddy. And now he’s laying on the couch watching Adventure Time eating breakfast.

  103. Amy

    My mom and I always go Christmas shopping together during one weekend in November. This year I fell in love with a ridiculously overpriced but absolutely gorgeous ornament for my tree. My sensible self left it in the store, but when I opened my ornament box to decorate my tree in December, there was a foreign object in the box…which turned out to be the very ornament I had passed up. My mom had bought it for me and took the extra step to hide it with my other ornaments so I would have a surprise when I decorated my tree.

  104. Karen

    My husband and I normally don’t do anything fancy for Valentine’s day, but this past year he saw a necklace with an elephant on it from JCrew. I would never have spent the money on myself, but I cried when I opened it up. So sweet.

  105. Kate

    The envelopes of cash that were collected by friends during two very long years of unemployment.

  106. sue at nobaddays

    When I flew out to see my mom who was extremely ill in South Africa, I grabbed a quick lunch in Atlanta airport. I sat next to two middle-aged sisters who were going on vacation together. We chatted and had a few laughs. When I got up to leave, my waiter told me they’d paid my bill :-)

  107. aly

    love my kids. so many wonderful people in my life just adore them– and it always makes me so happy.

  108. Kelli

    My aunt and uncle comped a hotel suite for me, my husband and mother-in-law for a week and a half when my husband had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. That single thing meant so, so much to us.

  109. Meg

    My parents never had a lot of money, but they always seemed to find a way to encourage my sister and I to travel and have adventures. They sacrificed so we could see the world.

  110. melissa

    i don’t now about “the very nicest”… but i am always so moved when people go out of their way to give simple compliments. it’s always nice to remember how good a heartfelt “you did a really great job” can feel.

  111. aly

    also, my husband’s family has taken me in like their own– my family was very small and not much beyond the immediate, while my husband’s family is huge and very close. well, over the years they have certainly become my own family and it is wonderful– esp now that i can watch my daughter play with her cousins!

  112. Meg

    The nicest thing my future husband has ever done was to love me, even when I doubted it, enough to convince me that “unconditional” really is just that.

  113. J.

    I can’t narrow the list down to THE nicest thing anyone’s done for me; there are so many candidates. I must lead a charmed life.

  114. kathryn

    a friend and his fiancée came over and made me a big, double-batch pot of soup every week after i had my baby. it was a long time before my postpartum depression was diagnosed, but these friends sensed it and mothered me in a way i could never have asked for.

  115. Jen

    i am lucky, so there is a long list of wonderful things people have done for me, but here is one: when, after years of fertility treatments and finally thinking we had succeeded i had a miscarriage at 9 weeks, i called my sister and asked her to tell people for me so that i wouldn’t have to go through saying it over and over again. not only did she agree without hesitation, she somehow managed to convey to all of my family and friends enough that they, too, were aware of how to be supportive without asking me to talk about it. i can’t even think about that time without welling up, but because of the kindness of my sister and the rest of my family and friends i am able to focus on the love rather than just the pain.

  116. liz kaczmarek

    Once I tweeted that I wanted a cupcake. The next day I was at my friends house and she goes “i saw your tweet yesterday, and i got you a cupcake!”

  117. elizabeth

    When I was stressed out about getting into the business school (pre req classes, etc) my boyfriend looked up all the information for me and helped me figure it out step by step

  118. Melinda

    Not so long a ago I was going through a really tough time with my dog being extremely ill but I wanted (needed really) to fly to another state for a wedding and to see some people I dearly love. I didn’t really have the money to fly and spent weeks stressing over the 10+ hour drive I was planning on doing instead for a short weekend. My sister called and told me she was buying me a plane ticket and I should just tell her what times. It lifted such a huge weight off my shoulders and meant so very much to me.

  119. Melissa

    Whoa. I’ve been so tied up with schenanigans at work that it took me a while to be able to think about a nice thing. That’s bad; time to stop that! Anyway. One of the nicest things recently has been the support of my friends. My fiancee was away for six months on a work study and I had a really hard time of it, but had several friends who made sure I got out of the apartment and did fun things with them, even if that meant taking me on as a third wheel. That helped tremendously.

  120. LT

    Two other super nice things, since you said we could comment more than once. One, my parents have loved me and supported me even though they don’t always understand me, and for that I am incredibly grateful. Two, my 5 year old son handed me a note the other day. It said “I love you. Never give up.” I’m keeping it forever.

  121. Lorrian

    In 2004 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was terrified. The guy I’d been dating for about a month came over that night with books on the subject, wbsite references, and sugar-free chocolate. He asked friends and coworkers and found an endocrinologist for me.

    I married that guy in 2006. Mike’s still the nicest thing that ever happened to me.

  122. Kristina

    The year I turned 30 was a bit of a nadir for me, so I didn’t want to celebrate at all. I’m sad, now, that everyone listened to me and didn’t do anything, let me wallow in my self-pity, but my brilliant and amazing friend Amanda surprised me by flying to Chicago from San Diego, for one day, to spend the day with me. Still makes me teary when I think about it.

    There is a list as long as the Milky Way of large and small kindnesses that folks have done me, because I am surrounded by wonderful people, but I will never forget the heart attack I had when I saw her walk through my office door.

  123. elizabeth

    Whenever i was sick as a child, my mom would go out of her way to take great care of me. She would buy me coloring books, cook my favorite meal, and bring me home milkshakes :)

  124. Michele

    The nicest thing? Commenting at all! I’m such a newb to the world of blogging. The idea that someone stopped by, read what I had to say, and thought it was interesting enough to want to leave a comment thrills me! It’s like the biggest compliment to me. I loved this month, what’s easier than typing up a comment? Not much at all. I was happy to get to donate hundreds in such a simple way.

  125. Rebecca S.

    When my husband and I were dating, he sent me 10 different postcards each describing a characteristic he loves about me, then he routed them through the various “Valentine” post offices around the country. I got a couple of postcards a day for a whole week. It was so nice, it made me feel special and very loved.

  126. Rachel

    I love my dogs. After I’d been away for an intensive two week training for work, my then-boyfriend drove 3 hours round-trip to pick up our dogs so when he picked me up at the airport the night of my return, he had the dogs waiting for me as a surprise. I cried – because I had missed them and was happy to see them and because he finally understood me, and got me the present that cost the least but meant the most.

    Whenever I get mad at him in our dealings now as exes I try to remind myself of that good that is within him.

  127. Becky

    Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the kindness of others. I’ve been lucky to see so much kindness and receive so much myself. There is no limit to people’s kindness!

  128. Sarahmia

    The nicest thing anyone ever did for me was loving me and supporting me for who I am, even when others around us did not. I needed to know it so much because my whole life felt like it was falling apart. Thankfully now I’m in a much better place, and I can do for other people what my friends did for me.

  129. Melanie

    Trying to think of the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is reminding me how many awesome people I have in my life. Thank you! One thing that stands out is when my then boyfriend now husband made me chocolate chip pancakes and asked me if I’d like to go to San Francisco for my 38th birthday. I remember being really shocked by the suggestion that we actually go on a trip to celebrate my birthday. I’d spent the previous 10 years being married to someone who didn’t really celebrate anything.

  130. katie

    my husband has always vacuumed and dusted our house because he doesn’t want me to get a sniffly nose.

  131. Ami

    I was returning from a three-week trip in South Africa in January of 1998. I asked a coworker friend of mine (with whom I had had one date, a few days before I left) to pick me up at the airport. When he found me, he had been wearing my coat so it would be warm when I put it on, and when he dropped me at my apartment, he pulled out a half-gallon on milk and a package of mini boxes of cereal with the comment that he knew it was late and my fridge would be empty, so at least when I woke up I would have something to eat for breakfast. He got the variety of mini boxes because he didn’t know what I would like. Truly a thoughtful way to pick someone up at the airport. We’ve been married for 13 years next month. :)

  132. Shannon

    Thank you for bringing this to attention!

    The nicest thing anyone has done happened a few years ago when my students saw that I had been crying and they asked if I saw ok and if they could do anything for me. I teach high school and I think teenagers are given a bad reputation for being kind. At any rate, their kindness really helped me.

  133. Ansley

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is something that my husband often does: re-frame my critical self-talk by reminding me that I’m a human being and of course I’m going to make mistakes or be a bitch sometimes and that’s OK, I’m still lovable. That melts the shame and helps me forgive myself.

  134. catriona

    I can’t think of the single nicest thing, but my last year of college things in my personal life started to fall apart — multiple family members in hospital and/or with failing health, a friend extremely ill, generally overwhelming life. I wasn’t the most communicative of unhappy people (my MO is to shut everything inside and not talk about it), but my friends were incredibly patient and supportive, even when they weren’t sure what was going on. I was grateful then and I am grateful now.

  135. Elena

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me? I think I would have to say my husband for letting me pursue my dream. His believing in me was a true gift!

  136. Kat

    Very cool, Maggie. Once a stranger pushed me up a very steel and icy hill when I was in a wheelchair with a broken ankle.

  137. Kathie

    The nicest thing that is happening to me right now is that I am absolutely overcommitted and in way over my head on volunteer projects – and two of my friends are really listening to me everyday to get me through the difficulties and my FB peeps are posting nice comments that make me get back at it. Also – I’ve been married for almost 26 years – and the nicest thing my husband does is he gets me coffee every morning- he may really never understand how much that means to me.

  138. Abbigail

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was to accept me. I grew up in a broken and oftentimes emotionally abusive home, always tiptoeing around who I was in order to keep the peace, saying I’m sorry when there was no fault, and certainly not from me. When I married, my new husband knew this, and on our honeymoon he made a point to break me of the “I’m sorry” habit. Six years later, I still feel like I have been set free.

  139. Kizz

    I love the Blogust initiative. Thanks for participating!

    My friends who know finance are being super nice to me today. I made a really stupid mistake with my bank and now will have to spend a couple of days sorting it out and they’re being very free with their support and advice. One even basically wrote me a script of what to say in my phone calls so I’ll get the best possible service.

  140. stephanie

    My family gave me money to buy a bike when I only had the money to buy food and pay my rent. I burst into tears because I was so happy.

  141. Jodi

    The nicest thing? Hard to say. The person who comes to mind first is my internship supervisor. She took me under her wing and taught me above and beyond the typical internship. I’m so grateful for her.

  142. Kathie

    The nicest thing I ever did was when standing in line at Walmart behind a new college kid coming back for the fall – she was obviously sorting items into must haves, would like to have, and dream world haves – I stepped up and paid for it all much to the shock of my children. I remembered being a college kid – broke – and it was honestly a pleasure to see the look on her face and the clerk’s face. I told her to just do it to another college kid when she is out in the world with a job. I want to do this again it was so much fun!

  143. Eri

    The nicest thing anyone has done for me was notice how stressed I was and cancel our evening plans to draw me a bath. He made dinner for me, lit candles, brought me wine to drink in the tub while he cooked. Instead of doing a lot of things we were supposed to do we had a beautiful evening together.

  144. Jenny

    The first thing that comes to mind is so silly (especially considering that I’m 28 now and well past high school), but it still touches my heart. My friend since early on in grade school Roy, found out when we were seniors in high school that I didn’t have a date to prom. Even though Roy had already asked a girl he liked from another school, he called her and told her he couldn’t take her because a friend needed him. He then came to school the next day and asked me to the prom because he said I was a good friend and couldn’t let me not got to my senior prom. It is the simple things that people do that mean so much. It was such a small thing, but at the time, he knew it meant a lot to me. He always had such a kind heart. This past weekend he got married and I can only imagine how sweet he is and will be to his new wife. She is a lucky lady!

  145. Davida

    The nicest thing is too tricky, but a nice thing that made me warm all over was when my college students (who I don’t have in class this year) came by on the first day of school just to say “Hi” and tell me stories.

  146. willow

    My grandmother always was happy to see me, interested to talk to me, and kind, loving, and thoughtful in small ways. While not a single, dramatic instance, this really shaped who I became. This to me is the nicest thing anyone can do for anyone else, and I try to repay her by doing the same with my children.

  147. A

    The nicest thing anyone has done for me was my mother deciding to leave my drug-addicted father to give us a better life. She worked incredibly hard to support us as a self-employed single mother, and I’m incredibly grateful that I was able to grow up without the trauma of untreated addiction in my daily life. She’s my hero.

  148. Melanie V.

    This is probably not the very nicest thing anyone has ever done for me, but this summer, when one of my law school classmates learned that I was having two major surgeries between summer school and the fall semester (pre-emptive–to avoid another bout with cancer), she offered repeatedly to do something to help. Although she lives farther than I do from campus, she gladly picked up my copy of a course packet and dropped it by my house.

  149. Lacey

    I was humiliated to have been dumped by a high school boyfriend, and I dreaded telling all of our mutual friends. He told me to tell everyone that I had broken up with him. It was an incredibly mature act of kindness toward a nervous 17-year-old girl.

  150. Charlotte

    Love this. Nicest thing is when a stranger (he is in my phone as “Mike Samaritan”) called me after my husband crashed his bike and was unconscious to tell me he’d called 911 and would stay with him until the ambulance came.

  151. Jenni

    One of the nicest things anyone has ever done is show {not tell} me that I have everything I need. Knowing that brings peace and frees my mind and heart to work for others.

  152. Erin

    I think anyone who agrees to help you move house more than once is incredibly generous – I’m very lucky to have these people around, and always return the favor.

  153. Serena

    Reading all the nice things that people have had done for them could not have been a better way to start my morning! Thank you for this. The world can be a crazy place but I really believe the good so far outweighs the bad.

  154. Jen

    My parents watch my daughter two days a week so I can continue working part time at a job I love, knowing that she’s being played with and smothered with kisses, hugs and attention all day long.

  155. Rebecca

    A few years ago, my business partner and my husband got together to throw me a surprise party. I’m the one who usually throws the elaborate parties, and I’m NEVER surprised, but they got me there. They’d even set up secret email accounts to communicate their plans. I was so impressed–they did a better job than I could have done myself! I still think about that evening among friends as one of the best of my life.

  156. j.

    My parents paid for my college tuition so that I wouldn’t have to worry about paying off student loans when I graduated. That peace of mind, which none of my friends knew, was amazing.

  157. The Odd Broad

    When I was really little, someone named “The Good Deed Fairy” visited me every night for one week. She’d leave me notes under my pillow with clues to little prizes that were hidden in my room. It was my very first taste of magic. I must’ve been about twenty before I made the connection that the Deed Fairy was actually my older sister. Makes my eyes water to this day every time I think of it! I can’t imagine what I could’ve done to inspire her to do that; I was kind of a pain in the A as a kid! :)

  158. Jen

    Instead of choosing just one thing, how about the person who is way too good to me? My mom. Knowing I have her unwavering, unconditional support and love in all I do is such an amazing and humbling feeling. If home is a feeling and not a place, it’s there, in the comfort of my mom’s embrace.

  159. Shannon

    We struggles with infertility for three years before our daughter was born. During this time, my very-fertile sister chose not to conceive her fifth (!) child without telling us. We jut thought they were done with four. When my daughter was six months old, they announced their pregnancy and explained that they wanted to support us and help us through that rough time. So basically, she held off getting pregnant for four years, so as to be nice to me. Amazing.

  160. Krista

    The nicest thing that was ever done for me, has actually been done by several people in my life… they were just “there”… cheering me on, pushing me when I felt I couldn’t go on, celebrating my successes, and loving me – flaws and all.

  161. Sarah

    As a New Orleans native, I’ve been shown my fair share of kindness. After Hurricane Katrina, I became one of the 500,000 nomads roaming the US. I made a quick decision to transfer colleges for the semester since mine was in NOLA, and within a week of escaping the city, I found myself in the middle of the Bronx, starting my last year of college at Fordham. Two very sweet girls took me in without knowing anything at all about me except that I was a “refugee,” and they spent the rest of that semester supporting me and loving me through one of the darkest seasons of my life. I couldn’t have made it without them!

  162. Kati

    I am a firm believer that many little things mean much more than large gestures. My husband makes me a daily chocolate milk, reminds me to take my vitamins (which I always forget), and just last week bought me a card for no reason at all. Being himself is the nicest thing he could ever do.

  163. christine in pdx

    when my daughter brought me breakfast in bed- a stale bagel, a mangled banana and a cup of water. (better than french pastries and a cup of stumptown!)

  164. Rachel Deen

    It’s a good sign when I can’t think of just one, right? The nicest thing lately is my husband being very thoughtful and nice even though I’ve got a very stressful situation happening in another area of my life!

    Such a great idea – commenting to help others! Thank you!

  165. Kathie

    I second Serena’s comment – I was having a bad start to the week and this has changed it all around. Thank you for posting!!!

  166. Kate

    I haven’t had time to think about my nicest thing but I just had to say that reading The Odd Broad’s comment has made me cry. I love stories of kids doing awesome kind things for each other. Your sister rocks!

  167. c

    Too many things, from my mother who answers her phone at three AM if that’s where I call, to friends who order me dinner when I’m sick, to folks who support me even when I’m in the midst of making horribly stupid decisions because they know the support is way more important than telling me what to do ever could be.

  168. Shannon

    I suffered from severe depression after our daughter was born. I felt overwhelmed and incompetent and told my sister, by telephone, how I didn’t know how to bathe my daughter and felt like a total failure as a mother. The next morning, my sister (who lives in a different state) showed up at my house (at 8am!) and showed me how to bathe my daughter in the kitchen sink. She also made me get out of bed, eat breakfast, get dressed, and take the baby for a walk around the neighborhood so that I could feel the sun on my face. It was a turning point for me and I’m not sure if I would have survived those early weeks without her intervention.

  169. Emily

    I recently broke up with my boyfriend of 8 years, and everyone close to me is being incredibly good to me. My friends let me live with them rent-free for two months while I found a new apartment, and they were supportive even when I would do bizarre things like burst into tears while cleaning the refrigerator. My mom did a lot of listening and validating — more than her usual load. And my ex is being a champ too — we divided our belongings without difficulty, he’s storing my stuff for me until I move (this weekend!), and we’re being patient and understanding with each other and are shaping up to be friends rather than partners. My brother is being particularly amazing. His marriage is breaking up, and yesterday he called to ask me how I am. Knowing that he’s thinking about me even while he’s going through so much is… wow.

  170. nicole h

    One of the nicest things my husband does for me is that he’ll pick up my favorite pizza when he knows I’ve had a rough day–it makes me smile and gooey cheese spells comfort in my world.

  171. Cat

    When I was a skinny, self-consious, awkward teenager a young guy walked up to me in a store and said, “you look beautiful today.” Then he smiled and walked away.

  172. JLI

    The nicest thing someone did for me recently is pretty amazing. My husband and I have been through so much this year with the loss of his job in a traumatic way, loss of a friend, and a lot of financial problems. We finally found a therapist who is helpful and kind and we both like her a lot. Money is so tight right now that I told her I didn’t know how I could see her at all or how my husband could see her more than once a month, she said not to worry about it. That we’d find a way to figure it out and in the mean time not to worry about it. That took such a weight off and really made me feel like she cares enough about our progress to keep going with us.

  173. Bridget

    My husband and I wrote our own wedding vows, and the things he said to me that day off that little green index card, are the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me.

    Great campaign!

  174. Cigal

    Every time my husband lets me sleep in in the morning & entertains our son I think it’s the nicest thing. But the real nicest thing was when my parents let my son, husband, and myself move in with them for a year, so we could save up and afford our own house.

  175. Breakfastfor8

    The nicest thing anyone has done for me was many years ago when we had a rapidly growing business and one month we ran out of cash. I called a meeting of 40 staff and explained the situation. It was like I was in a James Sttewart movie. People stepped forward to say ” I can wait” or ” provided I have enough to cover the mortgage I can get by for a week or so”. We survived and went on to sell the business in one of the last stock market transactions of the last century.

  176. Allison

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was when my college roommate just sat with me, holding my hand and comforting me when things got tough. And then she drove me the hour to the doctor, without even a thought for repayment. And waited for me, even though it took hours.

  177. nic

    One of my favorite things to do to brighten someone’s day is to compliment them (on their hair, jewelry, shoes, clothes, comment made during the conference, brownies baked at home & brought in for the group). Complimenting strangers is especially fun!

  178. Brandy Robertson

    I love your Mighty Life list! I have a bucket list of my own, but yours puts mine to shame. As for the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me – I would have to say recognised the volunteer work that I do. Whether it’s something big like, “you are an incredible person with a huge heart,” or “you’ve inspired me to be a better person,” those words touch my heart so very much. Thanks for taking part in this act of kindness!

  179. Tobie

    I have been so very blessed with some of the most amazing friends a girl could wish for. I can’t even begin to pick the “nicest” thing any of them have done for me because they are all over-the-top awesome!

  180. Gwynne

    My husband took our teething 15month old to the grocery store at 5am so I could get another hour of sleep. It was lovely.

  181. carly

    I think I’m overthinking this but a recent lovely thing someone did for me was, after finding out I was pregnant, immediately ordered all of their favorite books on the topic from amazon and had them overnighted to my house. In my hormonal state, I cried for a good ten minutes at the kindness.

  182. Amy

    My husband has done so many kind and thoughtful things for me – both big and small. It’s hard to pick just one.

  183. Anne

    My home and husband are in west Africa, but I came back to the states to have our first child. While we are apart, I have had many family members hold my baby girl when I’ve been too exhausted to even think and friends to take me out to distract me from missing my husband. It’s been a rough 5 months, but also a wonderful 5 months.

  184. Leanna

    My husband is washing all of the dishes and doing all of the laundry while I am in school again. So nice. We don’t have a dishwasher, which means double nice.

  185. Sarah

    My husband has done the nicest thing for me, which has been to support me after I quit my awful job to pursue what I really wanted to do: freelance and start a business. I could never have done it without him and his confidence in me.

  186. Anna

    One of the nicest was at a city BBQ, our toddler was having a fit and wouldn’t get into the wagon to go home, I was 6mos preg and my husband and I were doing our best to keep her from running into the road and trying to reason with her. A stranger came over and knelt down next to our 2 year old. She held out a handful of jelly bracelets and said that she could have them if she got back into the stroller. Magic!! Thanks again to that lovely lady.

  187. Jilanna

    I had thyroid surgery in June and I was blessed with generous acts of love and care too many to count, culminating with my sister and her partner bringing cupcakes to celebrate when we found out the results: BENIGN!

  188. Shari

    Welll, after reading these comments, I’m just inspired to go out and do something nice for someone today. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  189. Vicky

    My best friend, Amanda, is constantly supporting me in all aspects of my life regardless of where that takes us. No 1 nicest thing can hold a candle to THAT.

  190. Jamie

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me were my parents, just because they’re wonderful, paying for college and helping me start out — now I’m independent and do everything I can to repay them!

  191. heathre

    hmm, hard to pick one nicest thing. it’s always the small, seemingly insignificant things that get me. a compliment, holding the elevator door for someone, a well-timed card in the mail.

  192. c

    Also my CRAZY busy friend who threw me a baby shower without hesitation because I asked and was scared and knocked up WAY too young.

  193. Amber

    In the eleventh grade my family moved to another city and I had to change schools in the middle of my high school career. My birthday was during the first week of school and I thought it would pass unnoticed since I hadn’t made very many friends yet. When I got to history class the morning of my birthday a girl I barely knew handed me a homemade birthday card. The teacher of that class had a bulletin board that highlighted student birthdays for each month and she noticed mine was that week and said she just wanted to make me feel welcome. I still remember it to this day.

    This is an awesome way to raise money for a good cause. I love that you are participating and I can’t wait to read all the comments. :)

  194. Kimberly

    Back when I was first married (the first time – ha!) we were broke and all of our money went to rent, bills & food. I was dying my hair blonde at the time, and because I had no money, I had pretty long brown roots going on. One night my mom swung by with a box of Nice and Easy — my brand, my color — and nonchalantly said, “Hey, I picked this up for myself, but it’s the wrong color. Want it?” I cried for hours at that touch of kindness. And dyed my hair that night.

    You’re good people, Maggie M.

  195. Larissa

    every morning when i look into her crib, my baby looks at me and smiles the biggest toothless smile ever – it’s the best!

  196. Kate F

    My husband’s dad died unexpectedly while we were on our honeymoon. We were moving to NH from NYC (I was, anyway) for his 2nd year of grad school, and the little house we’d rented was a mess. He and his brother had dropped all our stuff off in a pile before the wedding, and the house itself had been left quite dirty by the previous tenant and mgmnt company. Since our arrival was delayed by the funeral, etc. his friends were already back at school, and they went to the house and scrubbed it from top to bottom and organized our boxes so we could actually unpack once we got to Hanover. We wept a lot that fall, but rarely were they touched tears like the ones I shed over that clean kitchen floor.

  197. H.

    The nicest thing someone has done for me is believe in me, look past the flaws, and encourage me to soar.

  198. Jillian

    My parents live about 3 hours away from me. While I pack up all my stuff for the drive home, Mom puts together a snack bag with sliced salami and cheese, crackers, fruit, little sandwiches and ginger ale–enough for a 12 hour drive! It is one of the nicest things, though.

  199. Jen

    People do nice things for me all the time – holding the door open for me at work so I don’t have to find my badge at the bottom of my purse is my favorite.

  200. Kari

    My parents sacrificed a lot for me growing up to give me opportunities to do anything I set my mind on.

  201. Fadra

    The nicest thing anything has ever done for me is wake me in the middle of the night while I was sick and curled up on a chair on the deck of a ferry to Sweden and offer me their extra cabin, free of charge. A soft bed, a warm shower… I’m convinced it was an angel.

    P.S. I LOVE your life list idea. So awesome.

  202. ariella

    I started graduate school this week and put my daughter in daycare. And it was hard, but it was a damn nice thing to do for myself. So here’s a $20 comment in honor of my daughter for kids who don’t have as much as she does.

  203. SAWK

    My best customer at work – the most regular of regulars, always ordering the same thing, always leaving EXACTLY 20% for the tip – left me a much bigger tip than usual the night before I left for a trip.

  204. Beth

    A friend called the other day to see if we could just spend the day together. Instead of shopping we went blueberry picking and spend time outside just visiting. Wonderful day.

  205. Anneleen

    One of the nicest things that people have done for me has been that they listened without judgement but with empathy when I was so overcome with grief that I almost had no words – a lot was passed between us in those silent moments. That, and the feeling that they really want(ed) me to be happy.

  206. Kim

    Reading all these responses is making me cry. People are good.

    When I was in the hospital for an emergency c section my sister came to my house (accompanied by her young children) and cleaned it top to bottom. She then decorated the whole thing with “It’s a Girl” paraphernalia. Since this was my first child she knew how overwhelming those first few weeks could be and made sure I had less things to worry myself with.

  207. Kathleen

    One of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me was taking me in to their home when I was an exchange student. I now realize that it isn’t an easy thing to take in a young stranger for a long time. You don’t know this young person, you don’t know their entire background. Still, my host parents took me into their home and treated me as a daughter. They taught me things that my parents would never teach me because they are a completely different sort of people with a different background and a different mindset. It was an mindblowing and eye opening event for me, staying with a new family.

  208. Natalie

    I would have to say my husband’s patience when we started dating. I was hesitant (that’s putting it mildly; when he first asked me out, I said, “Let’s give it a shot.” Still makes me cringe…) But now I can’t imagine my life without him. If he had thought I was being cruel or snobbish, I wouldn’t have gotten to marry my best friend.

  209. Patsy

    When I was unexpectedly induced with my son 3 months ago not one but THREE groups of family and friends came in to my house, cleaned, stocked the fridge and pantry, decorated everywhere, left gifts for me, my husband, the baby and the dog(!).

    I am surrounded by good people…I am so very very lucky!

  210. Kate

    A well-timed compliment or nicety is about the nicest thing anyone can do for me. I can be having a crappy day and then I get a sweet email from a friend and *poof* everything is better.

  211. Gena@BakeAllTheThings!

    I have a group of friends who have shown me how to accept and embrace being ME, with all my quirks and faults and mistakes and regrets AND fabulousness! It has been revolutionary to figure this out and it’s definitely the most awesome sweetest thing anyone has taken the time to do for me.

  212. Lauren

    I’ll never forget sobbing in the backyard at my first boy-girl party because the boy I asked to dance said he had a headache and then immediately started dancing with my best friend. Another boy in my class, who I didn’t even really know, brought me tissues and said I didn’t need to cry because he would always dance with me even if no one else wanted to. Probably not THE nicest thing anyone’s ever done but not every sixth-grader gets the same reassurance after their first rejection, so that one stuck with me.

  213. Suz

    It’s hard to pick the nicest ever, but here is something fairly recent. When my baby was born she had some complications and we needed to watch her 24 hours per day. My husband and I were stressed and exhausted. Many people helped and fed us, but at my worse moment, my sister flew into town and her and my husband arranged it so I was able to sleep for 8 hours (with just breaks to feed the baby). :)

  214. Amy

    My co-workers recently threw me a surprise bridal shower and gave me cash as a present to use on my honeymoon to Panama. They know me very well.

  215. Elizabeth

    I’ve been sick for over a month now, and my husband has done everything for me: made all of my meals, kept me comfortable and entertained, helped me with all the things I have to do, and provided emotional support. It’s the nicest thing anyone has done for me since I became an adult.

  216. Mom101

    The nicest thing I can think that people have done for me is listen without judgment. My parents, my friends…it’s so rare to find those people who know just what you need when you need it, and sometimes all you need is to be heard.

    I love this prompt Maggie. Beautiful. Can’t wait to come back and read all the comments.

  217. Amy

    I love that this post asks us to think about the good in our lives. A few weeks ago I was grateful to the woman behind me in line at the cash register when she gave me the quarter I was frantically searching for in my diaper bag while my baby was crying on my hip. It was the end of a long day and that small gesture renewed my spirit and gave me the extra energy I needed to get through the night.

  218. Sherri

    I started a life list a few years ago and there are a few things that are on TOP of the list that I really want to accomplish. Due to many “life circumstances” I haven’t been able to save enough money to do them, but always had the positive thought in my head that “one day” I would get to do it.
    I met someone randomly…. and they have made that dream a reality, without them even KNOWING me. So THIS weekend, I will be jumping out of an airplane, solo, parachuting to the earth. I am out of my mind excited…. and this is the most amazing gift from a stranger that I have ever received, and I am thankful. So so thankful.

  219. L

    A planning retreat for a college group once got hugely emotional. I spent a lot of time in tears, and I’m not usually a crier. A staff member was there to facilitate, and I thought he was making the situation much worse.

    He eventually left the room for us to talk amongst ourselves. An hour later, I went to the kitchen to supervise the dinner preparation. I discovered that that was where the staff member had gone when he left us to discuss. He had found the notes I had made for myself, figured out what needed to be done, and started in on cooking dinner for 30. the discovery hit me like a punch in the gut–in a good way. It made me realize that, while he and I differed on our views, his heart was in the right place, and he really did want to help and serve us.

  220. Erin

    So many nice things over the years with difficult times — all my friends, relatives, and virtual strangers who helped us, prayed for us, and remembered us through my son’s very early birth and hospitalization, and after the death of both of my parents. Wonderful people in this here world!

  221. Lauren

    This whole project is wonderful and the “nicest thing” comments have given me some good ideas. Thanks for this! Best $40 I’ve ever made. :)

  222. Alana

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was hand me a piece of chocolate. It may sound trite, but at that very time I was feeling the deepest misery that I have in my entire life. A teacher of mine saw the sadness within me that everyone else missed and I could see true compassion in his eyes as he extended his hand. I will never forget that gesture of kindness, nor how important it was for me to feel cared for at that particular moment.

  223. Sherry Carr-Smith

    When my first husband died, friends and strangers raised money that paid for some hospital bills and bought a rocker/recliner. Every time I sat in the chair to rock our 6-month-old son, I thought of all of those people. Long after the money was gone, and the chair even, I think of the kindess that helped me get through a very hard time.

  224. jen

    Just this past Saturday I was flying alone to visit my parents with my 5 year old and new 6 week old sons. I somehow managed to get our 2 suitcases, 2 carseats, and 2 children to the check in desk and the computer told me I couldn’t check my bags more than 4 hours before my flight. Whaaaat?! The lady behind the desk confirmed that my flight was, indeed, at 4:50pm, not 11:25am. That was what time I was departing to come back home. Whoops! Well she miraculously was able to get us on the next flight, and even waived the $260 fee it should have cost me to switch, saving us either 5 hours in our home airport or a trip all the way home and back, lugging all that stuff with us!

  225. jessica

    There are too many nice things that have happened in my life to pick just one. I just feel fortunate and blessed to encounter such amazing people in my life.

  226. Carrie

    When I was in the Marines, I broke my legs and was on bed rest for 6 weeks. In the Marines, they separate men and women so I was completely alone in a corridor. It was awful. I was also in S. Carolina while my family was in Texas. My sister surprised me by coming to visit. One of the best moments of my life.

  227. Caitlin

    My sister threw me a surprise birthday party and invited all my friends, which was nice since I had gotten accustomed to not doing much to acknowledge my birthday. I’m not sure if it’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me, but it’s the first thing that comes to mind.

  228. Alison

    I am so lucky, because I have too many nice things to choose. The one that stands out to me at this moment is how, on the day of our first date, my then best friend, now boyfriend dropped off the face of the earth, only to show up at my door that evening with a bouquet of paper flowers that he had folded that day. It made me feel so special.

  229. Superfantastic

    When I was devastated after a break up, a friend flew up from Texas to meet me in Chicago and paid for a hotel for the weekend to take my mind off it. It gave me something to look forward to in those first dark days, which I really needed.

  230. Katie B

    After my daughter was born and my husband was back at work, I had a hard time adjusting to solo newborn care. One morning I called my sister in tears and she said, “work can wait…I’ll stop in with lattes and bounce the baby!” And she did, on many other occasions as well. Just one of the ways I am lucky!

  231. Katie

    What a wonderful opportunity! The nicest thing that anyone has ever done for me is love me in my darkest times and on my hardest days. That’s all we ever want, right?

  232. tina

    It’s pretty awesome when my mom in law offers to watch my kids for a few days so my husband and I can have a break. That is NICE, because they are a handful!

  233. Jennifer

    I couldn’t even begin to list the kindnesses of my parents and my sister. I am a very lucky woman.

  234. Ashleigh

    When my mom was in the hospital, my aunt took me out for a nice dinner at one of my favorite greek restaurants. She handed me a glass of wine and let me bitch about everything that was annoying me/ making me sad at the moment. It was a long list!

  235. Alison

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me would have to be the giving me the gift of education, from my parents.

  236. Erin

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is driving 2 hours every weekend for 6 months to see me just because I was lonely.

  237. Barbara

    As a bridal shower gift many moons ago, my soon-to-be sister-in-law gave me a wonderful framed collage of pictures of my hubby as a kid. The second I opened it up and saw the first picture I turned into mush.

  238. Erin

    My husband is so patient with my craziness. Last week I was sobbing for no reason but hormones, and he just hugged me and said, “I’m really sorry it’s hard to be a girl.”

  239. Christy

    The first thing that popped into my head…recently, the person ahead of me in the drive-thru paid for my coffee. What a nice surprise when I got up to the window to pay!

  240. Shannon

    When my husband and I got engaged a few years ago, we knew we were going to need to scrimp and save every dime to pay for our own small wedding. One day we got a very generous gift card to a fancy local restaurant in the mail from my brother- and sister-in-law with a card that just said “Go out and celebrate.” It was the first time we were able to do so without fretting over expenses and made for such a nice note of congratulations.

  241. Megan

    When I was a broke student in New York somebody in front of me at a bridge tool booth paid for my toll. It meant I could afford a bagel for lunch that day and it made me ridiculously happy.

  242. meg

    Pretty much anything my parents have ever done for me, all the time, continuously, without expectation, ever.

  243. Lucia

    When I graduated college, my dad put together a book of his corny sayings as a graduation gift. I still look in that book 15 years later and smile – it’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. :)

  244. Julie

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was to continue to reach out when I have shut down. I never learned to ask for help. I am lucky that my husband taught me to be okay with being human just by showing up.

  245. Rebecca

    My parents paid my way through college and law school, giving me the ability to work a job that I really love without having to worry about the relatively low salary – because I have no school loans to pay. Best gift ever.

  246. Erin

    My best friend can always tell when I take extra time to look cute or when I put together a new outfit, and then she always complements me on how I look. It never fails to make my day because I know she’s sincere and that she’s paying attention.

  247. Jo Ann

    This is so lovely. Being that I am very lucky to surround myself by nice people, I’m always impressed and touched by the little nice things people do. Like, all the time. Nice people are awesome.

  248. Melissa

    There have been a lot of nice things done for me, but the most critical nice thing was when a friend came to my rescue when I’d been mugged in a foreign country. I ran into him at the airport and he gave me as much cash as he could so I’d be able to get a new passport and get home.

  249. Rachelle

    Usually I am the one helping others, and it gives a good feeling about myself; however from time to time its nice to have something done for you. Given my situation alot of my friends cannot help my physically or financially but they are always there for me emotionally. This in itself means alot to me. Sometimes you just need to have a “bitching session” over coffee, wine, or lunch. So for those who have listened to me complain about various things..thank you for lending me an ear to yap into :)

  250. Sheri

    The nicest thing anyone ever did for me was courtesy of my dad. When I was 20 and broke, stranded in Las Vegas where I’d been living for 6 months, he flew to Nevada, helped me pack and we drove back to Oklahoma.

  251. Jen

    My husband always writes me really nice cards for my birthday. They have become the part of my birthday that I look forward to most!

  252. samantha

    When I was getting ready to graduate from high school I couldn’t afford the senior fees, which meant that I wouldn’t get a cap and gown and graduate with all my friends. Someone anonymously paid them for me. It was all in the middle of a hugely turbulent time with my abusive stepfather, and it meant a lot to me that someone noticed that I was struggling.

  253. Jen

    My dad helping my write my paper for The Trial in second year university. I really needed help, and it became one of my favourite memories when WE got a good mark!

  254. katie

    Reading through the already-posted comments and loving all the nice things people do for each other. It gives me hope! My husband and kids tell me they love me every day, which is pretty much the nicest thing ever. Yay for vaccines!

  255. Kelly Heisler

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is on the worst day of my life I found out my brother had an accident and was in the hospital on life support. We knew he wasn’t going to ever wake up and would soon be pulling the plug. I was living in Jacksonville and I needed to get home to Pensacola.
    I found out while my best friend and roommate was home for lunch. After I found out I needed to get home and couldn’t handle getting to the airport and getting on a plane due to shock. My friend dropped everything, called work said she was going to be gone indefinitely put me in the car and drove me the 6 hours straight home. Another good friend immediately called when she found out and was about to get on a plane to come to Jacksonville and escort me home on the plane. Both of those girls made me realize how amazing my friends really are. Thick and thin. I will never forget their generosity on that day. Forever indebted.

  256. Nora

    These are all wonderful. I’m having trouble thinking in terms of superlative, absolute nicest things, but someone did randomly just give me a glass of wine on the ferry home the other night. Which was nice.

  257. Caroline

    nothing earth-shattering, but after moving cross-country, my old and new friends in my new city were so generous in letting me store my stuff in their apartments and letting me crash for weeks while i got settled. i’m not good at letting people help me, but i was so stressed from moving and the anxiety that i’d have to do it on my own, that it felt like they’d lassoed the stars for me.

  258. Sheri

    The other nice thing I love is getting flowers. I know it’s hokey but whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, to say “I’m Sorry” or as a thank you, I just love them. (And I rarely get them so maybe that’s why they please me so.)

  259. Dominique

    The nicest thing that someone has done for me is put me first and worry about me without having a selfish thought in their mind.

  260. Carole

    My dear & bestest friend sprang for a trip to NOLA back when we were footloose and fancy free and she had a career and I was broke.

  261. Ari

    When I don’t feel well (physically or otherwise), my boyfriend tucks me in. I guess this is a little thing, but it’s not something I remember anyone else doing for me, ever. It makes me cry sometimes, it feels so caring.

  262. LivLaughEat

    After my son was born, my mom stayed with us to cook for us and hold the baby. It was awesome, when I wasn’t confident at soothing him or couldn’t take the crying, I just handed him over and she would rock and sing and sush him to sleep. And when it was time to eat, all I had to do was sit at the table and tasty food magically was placed in front of me. It was a total life and sanity saver.

  263. Alissa

    The nicest thing people do for me is showing me love. Very simply. Hope this helps show some to others.

  264. Sam

    Its a constant thing with my mom. She is always there for me. No matter what. In big ways and small. If its little she’ll send me a sweet card or funny email. If its big then she’ll spend time with me and talk to me. She always makes me feel better, and I know she will always be there for me.

  265. Alicia

    The nicest thing someone has ever done for me (and it was done for mw by my husband ) is forgiven me for something I couldn’t forgive myself for.

  266. Beth

    The nicest thing I can think of right now is this:

    When I was a senior in college, I had taken a retail job to pay my rent. I was insanely busy, with a full-time course load, a thesis and a 20-hour/week job at a bookshop. Of course, the bookshop didn’t allow time off for Christmas. All my housemates were leaving town to visit their families, and I couldn’t.

    My grandmother heard that I was staying home alone for Christmas, and soon a card arrived in the mail with a check, and the note, “If you have to spend Christmas by yourself, you should at least decorate for it.” I am so grateful to my grandmother for making the loneliest Christmas I’ve ever had much more cheerful. I love that she was the kind of person who saw the need for increasing beauty and joy and helped make it happen.

  267. Nicole

    Although I’ve been blessed with many kindnesses in my life, I am especially touched by the smiles, hugs, and encouraging comments given to me by both friends and strangers.

  268. LivLaughEat

    Now that my son is in daycare full time, he gets sick regularly. (Ugh.) But! Never once have my co-workers complained when I have to run out of the office in the middle of the afternoon to go pick him up and leave them to cover for me. They are so sweet and supportive and always ask how he’s doing. Knowing that they are so supportive makes it much easier for me to put my son first.

  269. Erica

    The list is very long. Gifts of forgiveness, kindness, love and generosity when I did nothing to deserve them are cluttered around the top of the list, and seem to obfuscate the grand gesture. It is wondrous to try to pick one, as there are many, many moments tumbling around my memory. Thank you for reminding me to look and see. And to do what I can to make those kinds of memories for my sweet circle of souls.

  270. Clarissa

    What a charmed life I lead that I’m struggling to identify THE nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. When I was pregnant with my son, I went through a pretty rough patch and my dad sent me flowers, just because. It was one of the many loving and nice things he has done for me over the years.

  271. Jenna

    When I turned 30, a friend secretly organized a bunch of other friends to buy my a KitchenAid mixer. Even my boyfriend’s mom and aunt chipped in. I cried when I opened it, and every time I use it I’m reminded of all the people who love me. Best gift ever.

  272. Carole

    And I returned the favor by talking her into buying overpriced pig bookends that make her ridiculously happy. That’s actually a draw in our world.

  273. Christian

    The 2nd nicest thing anyone has ever done for me (since I am commenting twice) is my landlady in graduate school telling me that the garage called, and there was nothing wrong w/ my pickup truck after all, and it was ready to go. She told me years later that she when she answered the call and found out the repairs were $600, she paid for it and told them to tell me nothing was broken. She knew I was a poor student living on Ramen noodles and she told me later she thought I would have been too proud to let her pay had I known.

  274. erika

    Oops. Forgot to include nicest thing. The nicest thing ever done for me was giving me an interview for my current job. Someone put in a word for me because I was having a hard time getting the interview with no college degree. Now I have a job I love at a company I never want to leave. What could be better?

  275. Terra

    The nicest thing….the morning my father-in-law passed away, my husband, 3 month old & I stopped off to get coffee for the family. They stayed in the car while I tried to keep it together while ordering all the drinks. When I got to the car, ready to cry, a stranger opened my car door for me. It was such a small thing, but exactly the gesture I needed at that moment.

  276. Ashley

    My husband has always been incredible. He has done a million nice things for me but a few are: giving me $1,000 only 5 months into dating so I could get my car fixed, waiting on me hand and foot after I had oral surgery, and always dropping everything to talk to me about something that’s been bothering me.

  277. Sheryl

    My 15 year old daughter will still crawl in bed with me, or into my lap, a couple of times a week for a snuggle and a chat. Best thing ever.

  278. courtney

    I had a man who did not know me grab my shopping car from me and offer to take it back to the store, as I had my 7 month old son with me. It’s a small gesture, but it was sure thoughtful. Nice things don’t necessarily have to be giant or life changing. It’s the little things that matter.

  279. Ines

    Strangers all across this big earth have helped me in times of need–with rides, mechanical assistance, a place to sleep, a cup of tea, a hot meal, a hug.

  280. Kristin

    So many people do nice things for me! I’m a lucky girl. But every day my husband does something nice for me, whether it’s making me a fresh-baked cookie to enjoy with my favorite show or just giving me a hug when it looks like I need it.

  281. Lauren

    This isn’t anything crazy or life-changing, but I still remember when my husband and I first started dating and he drove across town, BEFORE he had to go to work, just to shovel my car our of the snow. He didn’t even come up to my apartment and say hi… I discovered it later when I went to work! I’m glad I married him :-)

  282. Chiara

    It’s hard to think of the nicest — I live a blessed life. But it’s the little kindnesses that I think make the difference, when you add them all up.

  283. Wendell

    My sweetest of friends, MJ, took off work to be by my late husband’s and my side during his last weeks. It was kind and generous and so very much needed. The truest gift I may ever receive. Man, I needed it.

  284. Sarah

    For twenty years my parents got up every weekday morning at 4:00 am – they fought traffic, worked long hours, and saved like crazy so that my brother and I could each get through four years of college, debt-free. I can’t think of a more incredible gift.

  285. Sheryl

    I’ve got another one: A couple of years ago, I was struggling with depression, struggling at work, and barely sleeping at all. I really felt like I was circling the drain, but didn’t know who or how to ask for help. My office mate recognized what was going on, called her wonderful doctor (who wasn’t taking new patients) to get me an appointment, and even offered to come to the appointment with me. I really needed someone to take charge, and she was the only one who recognized that. I’m on the right meds now, and I’m more even and enjoying life more than I have in years. That simple act of seeing that I needed someone to take control for a moment, and not being afraid to do it, saved my life.

  286. Megan

    My BFF took me in during a time in my life when I was deeply lost and desperately needing some help and love. I will always be grateful for her kindness.

  287. KD

    Maybe not the nicest thing ever but something that sticks with me over and over again is that my parents offer to take care of my dogs whenever we are out of town. My two large dogs are a pain in the ass in general and my parents come over every day (they live a half hour from me) to take care of my grumpy animals when we are not around. They never complain and usually water all my plants. So nice! Love the campaign!

  288. Debbie

    My husband dutifully packed and changed the dressing on my c-section wound when it reopened after my staples were removed. That was the nicest thing.

  289. Andrea

    I got a lot of help when both my kids were born. I try to “pay it forward” but i don’t know if I feel as generous as the generosity I felt.

  290. Rachel H

    My husband brought me popcorn the other night when I had a craving, even after I told him not too bother because he was busy.

  291. Erin

    One evening I was feeling particularly sad and ill and my hands were dirty but I didn’t have the energy to get up and wash them. My husband brought a tub of warm soapy water over to me and washed my hands for me.

  292. Heather

    I felt so loved after my cousin died, since my best friends couldn’t be there in person, they checked on me constantly until I was ready to talk. Then we spent a long weekend together holed up in my girl’s apartment and they just showered love on me.

  293. Stephanie

    There is gonna be a theme here. The nicest thing my husband has ever done for me is surprising me with brie and sushi after having our baby…oh, and getting up with him in the middle of the night – every night.

  294. Maureen

    I can’t think of the nicest thing ever but just yesterday a really lovely, nice thing happened so I’ll share that. My good friend moved away a few months ago and sent me a postcard. I sent her one back. Yesterday I got a two page letter on adorable stationary proclaiming us pen pals and promising another letter to come. It was so sweet and special to receive.

  295. Stephanie

    The nicest thing a friend has done for me recently: Showing up with frozen pizza, ice cream, diapers and wipes after I had a baby. The woman wasn’t even a mom herself, but she knew.

  296. natasha

    I honestly can’t think of just one “nicest” thing because I feel like my friends and family are always doing lovely things…i am a very lucky woman!

  297. Rachel B

    Nicest thing ever: telling me everything wasn’t going to be okay, it was just going to be what it was after my son died. Honest. To the point. And it was followed by a hug.

  298. Ange

    My mom let me go away to boarding school when I was 14. I got an amazing education because of it – better than any since then, and I have a doctorate now. The local public school was no good and even though it was difficult financially, and a nightmare emotionally for her, she still let me do it. Having a daughter of my own now makes me realize what a nightmare it must have been for her to let me go, but it was such a gift! Thanks mama!

  299. Ariel

    This is the kind of thing that one wonders WHY would anyone NOT do this?
    I had one teacher, last summer semester, who was not only supportive of my going to school and having a baby during the semester, but brought me supplies at home, was flexible…He was so kind, and I really appreciate it, and think of him often. He went out of his way to help me succeed.

  300. Brynne

    Probably the nicest thing that has ever happened to me was my good friend offering to buy me gas when I was absolutely tapped out and needed to get to and from work for another week.

  301. Robert Cockerham

    An aquaintance noticed that I had begun standing at a bus stop in the morning. He sent me an email and let me know that he had an ugly, but solid Ford Taurus he could let me have for almost nothing. I bought it and it made a huge difference.

  302. jbc

    i went with my fiance, who was my boyfriend at the time, to buy flowers for a female friend of ours whose birthday party i could not attend, but that he would. we picked out these truly lovely iridescent pink roses, and i swallowed back feelings of wanting-ness, telling myself how ridiculous it is to feel jealous of my boyfriend giving flowers we’d picked out together to a woman we both like very much. on our way back home he pulled the car over abruptly and told me to wait for a minute. he ran across the street and came back with a nice bouquet of white flowers, saying, “these are for (our friend.)” then offered me the roses and said, “these are for you — i saw the way you looked at them and they’re meant to be yours.” i started to cry because i couldn’t believe the incredible blessing of being with a man who would recognize my shambly feelings in that situation and then go out of his way to respond to my feelings — to be gracious toward me, more gracious than i’d been toward myself after trying to internally talk myself out of having those feelings. anyway, that was when i knew for sure i would marry him.

    hard to convey the lovely truth of that moment, and of course flowers are a blip compared to the importance of vaccines for those who can’t afford them, but thought i’d share one of the most meaningful, undeserved ways i’ve experienced another person’s kindness.

    love that you are doing this!

  303. traceyclark

    happy to chime in here about how much our connections, conversations, and comments can make such an impact. glad to be a part of Blogust with you. xo

  304. BBS

    The nicest thing someone has done for me this week is to donate money to my dog-rescue fundraiser, so I know how good it feels when other people support our efforts to help!

  305. Daffodil Campbell

    Many people have done man kind things for me….but one that I distinctly remember was when I was 20. My husband had left me, my rebound guy had treated me like dog poo, and I was basically in the fetal position, unemployed and miserable. My uncle, a man I had very little contact with outside of Christmas dinner, called out of the blue and offered me a spot in his bartender certification course. He gave me the training so that I could support myself, and I have tended bar off and on every time I have needed money ever since. It was the ultimate example of “give a man a fish he’ll eat for a day, teach him how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” He gave me a little help and a lot of confidence at a time when I had none. Plus, he got me out of my bathrobe and out of the house again.

  306. Judy

    In 2003 I was unemployed, very broke, and being courted by a nonprofit near Philadelphia (I lived in SF). If I took the job they’d help with my relocation expenses, but couldn’t do that AND fly me out for the interview. Friends of my family donated airline miles to pay for a ticket, my parents paid for my hotel, and a friend of my dad’s sent me $150 cash so meals didn’t have to go on a credit card (months earlier she had offered to pay me to sell some stuff on ebay for her but then ended up not selling it, and I hadn’t wanted to do it anyway, but she knew I needed the money so she just gave it). Everyone knew this was an amazing opportunity for me and gave what they could and made it happen. Let’s do the same for some kids.

  307. Elizabeth

    Loved me through my weakness, faults, mistakes, anxieties and abuses. My parents and my fiance have done that for me. Being taken to Italy for a birthday present wasn’t too shabby, either.

  308. KC

    My husband and I have three sons. He does all of our laundry – every last stitch, every time, without complaint.

  309. Lillian

    Nicest thing was my husband during our wedding prep. He kept saying “Whatever you want it to look like, I’ll make it happen for you.” Even when I wanted him to hang flowers from the ceiling without a ladder. He made a stressful day lovely and made my unreasonable requests seem reasonable.

  310. TJ

    I’ve been jobless for a year and my family and friends have been trying to pull strings to help me get my foot in the door wherever they have connections. Finally got another job this week thanks to one of them. And the congratulatory messages have been touching.

  311. KateMc

    Maggie, thanks for sharing opportunities like this with all of us! I remember a post you wrote about the impact of helping others reach their life goals, this is such a great example of your commitment to making the world a better place. You rock!

    When they discontinued Sr. class trips at my high school, my high school history teacher took me and one of my best friends to Washington D.C. for spring break. It was my first time to fly and ignited in me a love for not only history, but also traveling.

  312. Nestra

    The nicest thing anyone has done for me is my husband loving me everyday and making a beautiful baby with me. My two favorite boys are the nicest thing to ever happen to me.

  313. Cheryl

    I have had so many nice things done for me by family, friends and strangers that it is hard to pick one but . . . I will. I was in despair my marriage was breaking up. My husband would disappear for days on end and I would be frantic. My inclination was to hibernate and wallow in my tears. But, my fried and co-worker, Linda, wouldn’t let me do it. She invited me to her house every weekend to cook for me and listen to my rants. By the time I actually got divorced, I was much more emotionally stable than I would have been had she not been a true friend. That was the saddest period of my life and she got me through it.

  314. Andrea

    I don’t have the mental space to come up with a “nicest thing” today, but I wanted to comment!

  315. Mara

    My parents bought me a U-haul rental for my college graduation present so that I, their only child and my then-boyfriend, now-husband could move half way across the country to see more of the world, stretch our sense of independence and find a city that feels like home. A home a long, long way from my parents who I love so much it hurts. I sort of thought we’d move back, but just before we left my Dad hugged me and said he knew I was leaving for good, that Minneapolis wouldn’t be home any more, and he was right. At the moment, I didn’t appreciate their gift, but oooh as a few years pass I start to understand in a tiny, tiny way how big of a gift that was, and what a kindness to not make me feel beholden or guilty. They did nothing but share in my excitement and finance my ability to leave.

  316. michelle K

    It sounds super small, but once my ex-husband refilled my favorite lotion bottle. It was my least favorite task and my most favorite lotion. Long divorced now, I always think back at his kindness in doing that without being asked.

  317. Christy

    Once in college I wrote a paper that won an award. I had to present at a large conference and I was really nervous. I visited a professor I liked to ask for pointers and when I told her what I was doing, she smiled HUGE and interrupted me by saying, “Your essay won?! That’s fucking sexy.” High fives. Best reaction ever – I had been feeling nervous instead of proud, but her comment turned that around.

  318. Robert Cockerham

    Oh! I forgot about one time someone anonymously sent me two $100 bills in the mail. Cash, with good wishes typed into the margin of the bills. I was at a very low, very broke, and it felt like $2,000 at the time.

    Never figured out who it was from.

  319. Anna

    our new neighbor, whom we really don’t know well, mowed our lawn after he mowed his own — just pushed the mower right over to our side and kept going! i ran outside to say, “what the?” and “THANKS!!!” and he just said he’d noticed we had crazy hours, and that we didn’t have much time or energy because we have a new business. it was so kind, observant, thoughtful, selfless, and simple. and it made a huge difference in my mindset and to-do list!

  320. Emily

    Having friends and family there to support me during the toughest time of my life will always be the nicest thing to happen to me.

  321. Jenny

    The list is so long, but one of the nicest things was when my parents paid for my husband and me (broke at the time) to go on vacation with them to Ireland. It was a charmed vacation, gorgeous, perfect, and we hadn’t been on vacation for years, and it was right before my husband got very sick and wouldn’t go on vacation again for years. It stands out in my mind as a golden week, an absolute gift.

  322. TRS

    One of the nicest things anyone has done for me was my parents sneaking my sister in to the hospital to visit me when I was 16 and in for a week of stressful observation. She was too young to visit, and they lied to the security guards. She had been sleeping in our bunk bed alone, and I wanted to see her more than anyone.

  323. Christy

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was to anonymously pay for my bill as I had lunch at the airport with my boyfriend (in his Army BDUs) before sending him back to the Middle East in 2004. I was already so emotional that day, so the thoughtfulness of the gesture has been forever planted in my heart.

  324. Lindsey

    oh, so many nice things here. Can’t say the nicest thing ever but most recently, how my little guy put both his hands on my cheeks and turned my head to give me a kiss after I got home from work.

  325. Trissy

    I didn’t get asked to Prom in high school and I was feeling a little loserish and angsty. A friend dropped a flower and a sweet note on my doorstep that evening. I’ve since lost touch with her. Thanks Nancy Soares,wherever you are!

  326. Hope

    Oh darn it – I didn’t read the directions carefully enough for my first comment.

    So: I’m having trouble coming up with THE one (too many) but a sweet, small niceness was when a clerk at Panera held my baby while I got coffee. The little ones are sometimes the best :)

  327. Mandy

    Always happy to see this kind of thing.

    When my daughter was a few weeks old, she got very, very sick. I took her to the doctor and he prescribed a medicine. The pharmacy gave me the wrong kind of mouth syringe and I accidentally gave my tiny baby ten times the dosage of medicine. I realized it and rushed to the emergency room. The ER told me it would be a four hour wait since it was not immediately life threatening. I sat in the corner of the waiting room, sobbing and thinking about how I didn’t deserve this sweet baby of mine. The nurse came in and called the next patient’s name. It was an elderly man who looked terribly ill. He pointed to me and said, “that baby is going to take my room. Put me at the end of the line.”

    My daughter ended up being alright with no liver damage. I tried to find the man after we left the ER, but I couldn’t. Who knows how long he waited in that waiting room.

  328. Julie

    We are in the final days of Blogust! Will we make it? Everyone needs to comment. Let your voices be heard. Save a child and save our future.

  329. Carrie

    One of the nicest things I can remember is my dad comforting me when I was crying by telling me that tears ‘clean all the crap out of your eyes.’ He made me laugh, and made it ok for me to feel all at the same time.

  330. Christina

    Though it’s a tiny thing, I still remember fondly the day I was stood up for a date at starbucks and the barista comped my self-soothing sugar bomb of a frappuccino.

    (($20! This is AMAZING!))

  331. Ann

    Nicest thing? My neighbors held the school bus for me and my son this morning. That was pretty nice of them.

  332. Andrea

    The nurses who were on my floor while I gave birth to my baby boy last year. They were doulas and sisters and oh such wonderful women. I will always be grateful.

  333. Leatitia

    The nicest thing for me was reading the comments people left after the birth of my son. So much love, so much caring. I felt incredibly blessed.

  334. leandra

    My husband (when he was still my boyfriend) brought me freshly picked wildflowers wrapped in a damp paper towel when he picked me up at the airport. We had been dating three weeks and it’s obvious why I married him.

  335. jami

    I’m having a hard time coming up with the nicest thing, but here’s one: when I turned 40 this year, my husband surprised me and flew my two oldest friends out from the east coast to celebrate with us.

  336. Jenny

    I really think the nicest thing — or maybe I should say the best thing — anyone has ever done for me is to forgive me for a terrible mistake I made. Not that there were no consequences, but I was really forgiven. Amazing.

  337. Naomi

    I find that the friendships I’m making through my blog and various online classes have filled a part of my heart that I never knew needed filling. I am so content and confident because of it.

  338. Kate

    My husband and I just bought our first home and when we arrived at the house just ahead of the moving truck, my mom and sister-in-law had stocked the fridge with dinner, dessert, champagne, wine, and beers. Angels.

  339. Mary

    The nicest thing people have done for me is to just love me and never stop. Even when I don’t deserve it. People who have never given up on me.

  340. Amy

    The nicest thing anyone ever did for me was give me a place to stay when it wasn’t safe for me to go home growing up.

  341. Andrew

    A very nice thing that a friend did for me recently was on my last day of work before moving to another job, he secretly got everyone to wear plaid, which I was notorious for. I was kind of choked up to see that so many people were willing…

  342. Penelope

    I don’t know what *the* nicest thing is, but I have always been so touched that my parents helped support me financially my first year out of college so that I could take an internship I really cared about at a human rights organization, rather than a job I hated somewhere else. They called it a “loan” but asked me to “pay it forward” rather than pay it back. I’ve been doing that ever since.

  343. Liz

    Probably has to do with all the naps I got to take with my first baby due to my mom offering an hour here and there when she’d see how exhausted I was.

  344. Arrie

    My Nicest Thing is an ongoing thing. I’m struggling through a bout of depression and anxiety right now, and a few select friends have access to my personal blog where I write about all of the horribleness. After they read it, they don’t ask me talk about it, but they will send me encouraging texts and emails with their support and love. It means so, so much to know that they’re with me through this.

  345. Allison

    In college, right after Katrina devastated the gulf coast, I traveled down to do some volunteer work with our alternative spring break program. The first day we got there, we were all very, very upset at the damage. All incredibly shaken, no one spoke to each other for hours. We’d gone to the one standing restaurant for miles and miles – a crappy taco place, even though none of us could afford a meal out. A man came over and asked us what we were doing here in Mississippi, and he chatted with a few of us for a moment and left, none of us thinking anything of it. When we went to pay for our meal, we found it had been paid for and we’d been left a note that just said “the people of Mississippi thank you.” We were all so touched that this man, in the midst of tragedy and losing his home, would take the time to pay for our meal.

  346. Christen

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me has actually happened several times…when my babies were born (the last one 5 weeks early), and when I had surgeries for a herniated disc and gall bladder, my “village” of WONDERFUL friends brought dinners…lots of them. It is amazing how helpful a hot, prepared meal can be for a Mom that is not functioning at 100%. :)

  347. Megan

    I have been blessed by far too many wonderful people doing nice things. But in recent memory, my best friends cooking an amazing potluck and bringing it over with champagne on New Year’s a couple years ago. I had just got my heart broken and literally couldn’t figure out how to organize plans let alone face midnight and a new year in my new paradigm. Their care in creating a place for me to be that night and feel loved still makes me tear up. Doesn’t seem like much – but I’ll be forever grateful.

  348. Penelope

    And the second comment is going up to say that the nicest thing someone i never met ever did for me is invent vaccines against horrible afflictions like Measles and polio. We take for granted being able to grow up healthy in places like the U.S. these days. Thank you to those research scientists who gave me the blessing of a healthy childhood!

  349. Jeannie

    I’m pro-vaccination! I would love to support other kids being healthy!

    As for the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me … That’s a hard call. I guess I’m lucky there have been some great things over the years! The nicest inadvertent thing would probably be casually mentioning my name, ten years ago, to someone who happened to be looking for a writer which ended up launching my career. Which was awesome. The nicest “on purpose” thing was my now-husband who I met on the re bound who believed in me enough to create a life with me. And now we have two kids and a mortgage. :)

    Thanks so much for doing this. It’s a very very nice thing.

  350. Kelsi

    I was in the hospital on strict bed rest while pregnant with my twins (now 9 years old). My friend Priscilla would come over twice a week at lunchtime and put lotion on my feet. It sounds like such a small thing but it was so kind.

  351. Shasha Hampton

    There have been numerous nice deeds committed on my behalf. Two incidents stand out from the rest. When I was pregnant with my first child, I was on the verge of homelessness days before delivery & my mother-in-law saved the day and provided the deposit I needed for my new apartment. The second incident involved moving. A friend’s father helped move all my things from the dorm to my new apartment. Had he not done me this kindness I would have been forced to lug a shopping cart up several blocks. I will always be extremely grateful to them both for their generosity in spirit.

  352. Megan

    A second thing involves one of the same friends – back when we were 13 and part of the “popular” group…which just meant that every few weeks someone was made the sacrificial lamb to receive the maelstrom of emotions and hormones that revolve around being a pre-teen. I was on the axe at one point and as the group hurled insults and general meanness my way, one friend stood on my right, the other on my left, creating a little fortress as they defended me in the face of such terrible words.

  353. Kelsi

    And another…
    I have a friend who will do anything in the world for me. I have gone to Europe and Sundance with her twice. We’ve gone camping together and taken our kids to disneyland together. And all of those things are really, really wonderful. But the nicest thing she has ever done for me (and continues to do for me daily) is to love me unconditionally. I am completely free to be myself around her, without fear.

  354. Shauna

    I recently moved to NYC and I am surprised consistently by the kindness of New Yorkers. :)

    This is great post – Maggie, you are an inspiration!

  355. Chantel I.

    My sister-in-law bought me a very nice picture frame to congratulate me on my recent engagement; an engagement that the rest of my family has totally ignored with no words of congratulations or encouragement.

  356. Mfree

    yesterday a stranger came to my rescue with an air compressor when my tire was deflated. maybe not the nicest but certainly worth a comment.

    yeah for good things!

  357. Flora

    When my husband is patient and gracious when I am not deserving of this behavior in that moment. I try and do the same when the roles are reversed!

  358. Karin

    The nicest thing done to me has been the quiet, persistent refusal of my fella to let me believe the stories in my head. No other act has challenged me as much to be the best person I can be.

  359. Shannon

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was to be honest with me through the most difficult experience of my life – honest advice and honest opinion about what I had done – which enabled me to get real and face the situation and take action to move forward. It literally meant my life.

  360. Abby D

    The nicest thing ever done for me? My stay-at-home-dad/husband makes my day daily!! Oh, let me count the ways…he makes the bed so I feel civilized when I lie down in the evenings, he does the laundry so I don’t have food on the shoulder of every piece of clothes I own, he cleans off the kitchen island which maintains my sanity, he even cleans bathrooms on occasion.

  361. Laura

    My best friend has bought me a ticket to fly to Anchorage, & drive & camp down the Canadian coast with her. I leave next week!

  362. Snow Gray

    When traveling with my wheelchair bound Grandmother in Spain, we took the Metro a lot… but there were almost no elevators. So I, at age 11, had to take her wheelchair up and down flights of stairs to get to the stations. A ton of kind strangers helped me with carrying it, and it really helped brighten my days.

  363. nycwhofan

    The nicest thing/surprise was when I won a cruise on the QEII in 7th grade. First vacation I remember my mother ever taking.

  364. meg

    When I try to come up with one big thing someone has done for me, I end up contemplating the million small and amazing things I’m the recipient of nearly every day. Friends’ snail mail letters, my child’s smooches, work colleagues and mentors who give you great advice. It’s all the lovely minutia that makes me grateful.

  365. kasaro

    nicest thing? i couldn’t narrow it down enough, but i am lucky to have many wonderfully nice people in my life. nice things happen daily, and that’s pretty nice in itself.

  366. Rhiannon

    When I was going through a particulary hard time when my dad was dying, my freinds would send me hand written cards telling me how much they love me, so that I would have kind and loving thoughts when I would get home. Their kindness fills my heart every time I think about it.

  367. KEL

    This is a tough question… I’m remembering so many nice things people have done, but I having a hard time choosing one as the nicest. It always seems like the small gracious gestures are the ones that are the most surprising and best.

  368. Kathy H

    To make a very long story short, someone (who is now a dear friend of mine) recommended me to teach a class through the park & rec. I was a very unlikely candidate as I was very shy and awkward. Through the teaching gig I have gained self confidence and self esteem that I never had before. Now these years later I am a better person and have a better job than I would have if I had never started teaching. She changed my life with that recommendation!

  369. Heather

    After leaving an extremely stressful and unfulfilling career, my boyfriend is supporting me while I figure out what I want to do with my life. No pressure, no guilt, just…letting me figure it out. I’m grateful every single day for this.

  370. Eithne

    Hard to choose the nicest thing any of my family and friends have done – but on a slightly different note, travel has really affirmed my faith in the niceness of strangers. So many people have helped me out along the way: top of the list is the Lufthansa gate agent at Munich who was super sweet to me after a hellish journey. She went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that I – and more importantly my 1 year old nephew – were looked after.

  371. Rhiannon

    Also, I am going through a tough break up, and my friends text every day to tell me how strong I am and how I deserve better. Even thugh I already know it, it means the world that they think it too.

  372. Katie B.

    Hmm. I am hard pressed to decide on the nicest thing anyone has ever done fir me, so I’ll go with a nice thing someone did and didn’t realize: when I was going through a hard time in life, I often stopped on the way home from work to see my middle nephew, who my folks babysat once a week. Every time I stopped by, he would see me and run towards me full tilt for a hug. It’s no wonder he’s my favorite.

  373. Tara

    It’s hard to come up with the nicest thing ever. How about the nicest thing today? My manager gave me a day off next week, for free.

  374. Alaina

    The nicest thing someone has done for me recently (ever is just too hard to decide) is spend lots of time listening and reflecting with me as I sorted out a difficult situation. Friends are so good.

  375. Erin

    The nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me is a bit too personal for public consumption. But! This year I met the nicest friend ever, so just having her in my life is probably one of the nicest things anyone has done for me. (Yay vaccines for kids!)

  376. Elisa

    One of the nicest things I remember was how my sister came to visit me when I was terribly depressed. She made sure I ate and we watched lots of light-hearted movies. It helped.

  377. Alyssa S

    There have been so many great kindnesses done to me, that I don’t know if I can pick just one. But for now, the best thing that someone most recently did for me was reflect to me how important my dad was to me. She told me that she knew because of how I spoke of him and the little things I’d told her over the last few years that I’ve known her. Hearing from someone else that they knew he was my friend and not just my dad means the world to me and I know it would mean the world to him to. That was an amazing kindness that I doubt she even knew she gave me.

  378. Stephanie

    I love reading about all the nice things done for and done by everyone above.

    I can’t think of one outstanding nice thing – but thinking in general about how family and friends came to help with time, meals, supplies once our baby was born, made me feel so loved and less overwhelmed about the new experience of being a mom.

  379. B

    Not the nicest thing, ever, but the nicest thing recently comes to mind: my mom is being treated for ovarian cancer (and kicking its ass!!!!) and my boss’s wife made my mom a lovely quilt. And one for me. And one for my sister! I was overwhelmed.

  380. Nikki

    My mother-in-law took the kids so I could sleep in. And there was coffee made for me when I woke up.

  381. Veronica L.

    Nice things happen to me all the time, I’m very blessed. I am lucky to have great friends and a solid family. The best thing that ever happened to me was my son, He is now 18, graduated from high school and about to start University, and very nice. My amazing stepsister is how I came to this blog, and definitely among the nicest things to ever happen to me, thank you Rhiannon for being an amazing person and sister. Hugs and smiles go along way and are so very nice.

  382. Michelle

    Its such a long list, but one of the nicest things someone has ever done for me was introduce me to my boyfriend. She had a hunch we’d be great together and she was SO right. We’ve been together for an amazing three years and he the love of my life.

  383. Andrea

    My mom constantly does nice things for me. She recently sent me a diaper bag and sewed me the perfect crib skirt. I’m a lucky lady to have such a wonderful mother.

  384. Morra

    The un-nicest thing a commenter said? That I looked like John Malkovich.
    The nicest is when I write about having a tough working mom day, terrible mother guilt, you name it, and my commenters are wiser than me and say, “this too shall pass.”

  385. Nicole

    When I was 19, my best friend passed away. My mom had just started working at a new school (she’s an elementary school teacher). All of her coworkers heard the news, and they brought me dinner over the next few weeks. I was brought homemade soups, biscuits, and yummy desserts by people I had never met in person. It was one of the darkest times in my life, and I’ve never felt so loved or so cared for. Six years later, and I still tear up thinking about their kindness.

  386. Kirsty

    Every time my exhausted husband gets up with one of our kids so that I can sleep…best gift ever.

    And this is the nicest blog post ever. Yay you! Way to flex those mighty muscles for good. You rock.

  387. Sarah

    I’ve had so much good in my life it’s too hard to pick the nicest! Yesterday two of my good friends helped me move things into my new apartment. It was wonderful that they graciously offered to help, followed through and did not complain about the broken AC. The best part of all was their enthusiasm and encouragement for my new place! Moving sucks but great friend make it so much better!!

  388. Jodie

    24 hours after giving birth to my first child and eight hours after her hungry screams began, I went to a la leche league meeting for help to get her to latch. The entire group stopped what they were planning and instead helped me get Ella to eat. They rubbed my shoulders while I sobbed – more sleep deprived and physically exhausted than I have been ever. I’d forgotten a diaper bag, can’t even imagine what I looked like and was more vulnerable than I can recall being.

    I remember leaving that meeting thinking that sometimes just when you need it, the universe sends you the people you need to get through the hardest trials.

  389. Lauren

    I just love this!

    I have a really hard time thinking of the nicest thing, but here are some nice things…

    this week: my boyfriend came to bring me lunch today on his midweek holiday. wawhoo.

  390. Roxy

    It’d be hard to pick the nicest thing anyone’s ever done, since there are so many nice things that people do for me each day. But the one that stands out the most happened a few years ago, when my husband and I were moving out of our San Francisco apartment. During all the craziness the morning of the move, hubs accidentally left my brand new macbook on the sidewalk next to the car (instead of putting it *in* the car, as he meant to). By the time we realized it was gone it was hours later and we had already unpacked all our stuff in the new place. We were both totally panicked and freaking out when, moments later, he got a phone call from a Muni driver who had seen the laptop while on her early morning bus route. Since this was literally a brand new laptop, there was only one document on it – which happened to be el hubbo’s resume. She called the number listed, and we got the laptop back! Amazing. We tried to give her money but she wasn’t interested. There are really some awesome people in this world.

  391. Lauren

    and longer ago…

    in college my very generous best friend once bought all my books for me when I didn’t have the money before classes started

    and the same wonderful person helped me get a plane ticket for my 11 year old (at the time) bitty sister to come visit for little sibs weekend.

  392. B

    Another comment and another vaccination! And another nice thing: as a young dumb kid I rear ended a guy’s car and he let me off the hook. I did the same for a young girl last year and it felt great :-)

  393. Sarah

    My friend brought my family snacks and lunch, and looked after my (and her) kids in my home when I had pneumonia last week. Love.

  394. Sasha

    Thanks for supporting Shot@Life! I used to be a social worker and had an HIV positive kiddo on my caseload who couldn’t be immunized for many things we take for granted. one of the nicest things: the first thing that comes to mind is the many friends who came to my aid when I was on bed rest and subsequently had a c-section and appendectomy. I try to pay that forward as often as I can!

  395. Alexa

    Picking the nicest thing ever is too hard, so I’m going to share a quick and nice story. When I lived in Seoul, South Korea, I would go to a little mart around the corner to get groceries. One day, when I was paying, one of my ID cards and a metro card fell out of my wallet, and I didn’t notice. Two to three weeks passed, and I figured I had lost them. Then, one day, I walked into the mart, and the lady working behind the counter handed me my lost cards. She could have thrown them away, but she waited until she saw me again. So nice!

  396. Katie

    Impossible to pick! KIndnesses small and large should be the predominant texture in all of our lives!

  397. Ashley

    After a very rough breakup with my high school/college boyfriend, a guy I knew took me out on a date. I had been so devastated by the breakup it helped me to see that he was just one person and I would have a bigger, and even better life ahead.

  398. Emily

    My three-year-old son will say, “I like you, Mommy.”
    I’m 100% certain that I like him, too. My six-year-old daughter likes to draw me pictures all the time. They make me feel pretty darn special.

  399. Cindy

    I don’t even know if I can think of the nicest thing. I have these people in my life that without them I wouldn’t have made it this far after Chris’s death. Those people just being there is the nicest thing ever.

  400. Nic

    Like so many others, it’s hard to pick just one nice thing when I have so much to be grateful for! I have wonderful parents who are always willing to help by talking through things with me. They offer a great balance of practical advice, tough love, and warm support depending on the situation. (Yay vaccines!)

  401. JennRoy

    How can I pick just one nice thing, when I’m surrounded by so many? I’m so very grateful for them all.
    Thank you for taking the time to post this, and bring to light, this amazing opportunity to help :)
    You really are a good egg!

  402. Nicole

    One of the first that springs to mind is my then-boyfriend (now husband) getting my fellow RA to let him into my dorm room while I was gone at the funeral of my grandmother, who died unexpectedly before Christmas. When I got back to school after break, my room was covered in pink post-its that said “I Love You.” It was the sweetest ever.

  403. Anne Marie

    Recently, I went through a scary health crisis. I had so many people send me cards, notes, gift baskets. I had a friend I had not heard from in years send me a very heartfelt letter, just letting me know she was thinking about me and wishing me the best. So, I think the nicest thing ever is to be reminded how much you are cared for in your darkest moments.

  404. Beth

    In the throes of a marriage that was ending, my friend (and her husband and her daughter and her son and his girlfriend) drove across country with my son and I. Partially to make sure we got here ok and partially to delay having to say goodbye :) An enormous gesture I will never forget!

  405. Jenny

    I feel like I’ve been the blessed receiver of many random acts of kindness. But, most recently, I was in a 7/11 in Japan, looking for medicine to cure a wicked headache. I asked the sales clerk in broken Japanese if they sold any. The clerk didn’t really understand me, but a customer standing on line did and translated for the clerk. When the clerk replied that they didn’t have any, the customer told me to wait a moment. He ran out of the store. When he returned a few minutes later, I realized that he had sprinted to his nearby apartment to fetch me some aspirin from his own supply. I was floored by his kindness. He even tried to translate the “take as directed” instructions into English! Imagine going to those lengths for a total stranger with a headache.

  406. Jennifer

    I’ve been very lucky to have wonderful, kind people in my life. I think the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me is when, after giving birth to my second child, finally back home in Chicago, my mom came over every day for 4 months at 6 a.m. to get my older child up, dressed, fed and occupied so I could get a few hours sleep. This was no small thing after being up every 2-3 hours with the baby EVERY NIGHT. I honestly don’t know where I would be without her help. Probably in a mental institution. No kidding! I was also suffering from bad PPD and her help kept me off the ledge.

  407. kimberly

    I’ve experienced too much kindness to choose! All the more reason to always remember, “So shines a good deed in a weary world.” -Shakespeare (and Mr Willy Wonka of course)

  408. Mags

    Too hard to pick the nicest moment — but all of my friends, far and wide, secretly chipping in to give me a generous gift for my 30th birthday always makes me smile.

  409. Am

    My Aunt/Cousin took me to the hospital to visit my Dad every weekend for 2 months even though it was a 30 minute drive in the middle of winter in Michigan.

  410. Joanne

    I broke my arm when I was at university and my roommates tied my shoes, fixed my hair and did my nails for me for three months while it healed. That was pretty nice!

    What you’re doing is pretty nice too.

  411. Jennifer

    During a medical emergency in which I didn’t have time to call someone to take care of my beloved pets, a friend sprung into action, got a spare key from my neighbor, and took care of them for the two weeks I was unconscious in the hospital. I woke, terrified about what had happened to them. I was so happy they were cared for.

  412. ginger odom

    my fiance agreed to try to have a baby with me, not because he wanted a child, but because he knew i wanted a child and that i would regret never having tried if we did not. three years and one amazing son later, he is still the nicest person i have ever met.

  413. Nancy

    Lots of nice things have been done for me..so to choose one is tough, my Mom doing my laudry when she comes to visit or she makes me pastry and freezes it to use later or when my girlfriends arranged for me to have 2 weeks of meals after foot surgery:-}

  414. Kristen

    My mom rocks it out for me. It’s not a moment, or a “thing” that she has done, but it’s a long list of little sacrifices and extra steps that opened the doors of the world for me, even though I came from a mostly blue-collar family, was being raised by a single mother, and was not likely to have those opportunities were it not for her.

    Hooray for good comments doing good things!

  415. katie

    when i was in high school, i had “like the worst day ever.” (gah, i know EVERY day is like the worst day ever in high school). but this particular day was awful because nothing separately was the worst, but all the little things kept piling up and by the time 3:00 hit i was in tears.
    but it all turned around when at work that night, i got not one, but TWO flower deliveries! both my sister and friends that knew i was having a bad day sent them. they didn’t even talk to each other about it. i don’t care who you are, flowers are the best.
    AND a great reminder that small gestures can make a HUGE difference : )

  416. Lamisa

    I’ll always remember when my friend came over and gave me a manicure while letting me word vomit on her after a tough day.

  417. Jen

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me? It was actually from someone who was being paid to help me — the anesthesiologist during my son’s birth, in fact. It was an emergency c-section with a high likelihood I would need a blood transfusion. After one brief discussion with him, he could tell this terrified me — so when my husband went to be with our newborn son, the anesthesiologist took over comforting me.

    He didn’t have to do that. It wasn’t his job. He could have sat back, monitored my vitals and gone about his merry way. But he saw a woman (and new mom at that!) in need — and realized there was something he could do to help. And he acted on it. It still brings a tear to my eye as I think of how much this meant to me.

  418. Kate

    Honestly I think the nicest thing anyone has done for me has been my mom, just being herself. She is the kindest, most generous person I know… and while she isn’t this way “for me” per se, she has completely inspired me, my sisters, nephews and nieces to be more thoughtful and caring people.

  419. Elizabeth

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me, is love me without judgment! It saddens me to think that there are people who can not say the same, but I am lucky enough to have parents, siblings, and a husband, who all love me for me. Who let me be who I am. I am forever grateful and thankful for this.

  420. Felisa Hilbert

    I have been very lucky to have so many people surrounding me with love and kindness but a memory who still in my mind is when I moved to this country and my husband was deploy overseas after 6 days in a new town. New home, new baby and very little English skills. I was very nervous and scare no relative around to ask for help, but 2 ladies show up my front door and offer to help me, smile, give me a hug. They didn’t speak any Spanish and I speak little English but I can feel their love and sincerity. We have been friends and sisters for 25 years…they still don’t know Spanish…but love can communicate in any language!

  421. Lisa

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was be with me via text as she drove across Canada as my dad was dying. It was such a relief to look up from the difficulty right in front of me and get these “thinking about you…from Saskatchewan” texts.

  422. Jean

    Thank you for hosting this. I have loved reading peoples wonderful comments.

    One of the nicest things was when my husband absolutely supported my decision to move across the country and start my graduate program. His support and unwavering belief in me was essential. And he made our lives out there so marvelous, with good friends, a cute little house, lots of adventures. He rose to the challenge splendidly.

  423. Nita

    My friends threw me a surprise 18th birthday party a month early, because otherwise I would’ve spent it alone in my dorm room watching Netflix. It was my first birthday party, and my best friend, knowing that I hated cake, made me a pile of French toast instead.

  424. kristen

    My best friend does many, many nice things for me, but one of the nicest was back when we were high schoolers. She went through a phase where she worried I wasn’t getting enough hugs at home (my mother was suffering from inadequately treated schizoaffective disorder, and my father was trying to deal with that and raise my brother and I), so she gave me extra hugs every day.

  425. Cristina

    The nicest things that anyone has ever done for me are the things my husband does for me every day. Little things, like preparing a lunch package and leaving it for me in the kitchen. Getting up early to clean so that I don’t have to. Stuff like that. I wish everyone had someone like him in their lives.

  426. Kari

    People who love me have collectively done an incalculable number of nice things for me, but when I think of the nicest, I find I think of things done by people who didn’t know me at all.

    Once, many years ago, during the morning rush hour, I fell in the Powell Street subway station–a bad fall; I thought I may have actually broken my back. A young man whose face I never saw (I was facing the wall and afraid to move) knelt down next to me and held my hand until the paramedics came. He didn’t abandon me to the ineffectual MUNI personnel who were first on the scene. I know staying with me made him very late to work. He is my hero.

  427. beth

    Would it make more sense to let these kids get exposed to these diseases instead of tainting their bodies with the evil chemicals found in vaccines?

  428. Jessica

    When I was a 7th grader the popular girls were talking to one of my teachers after class but before the period was over and they asked her who the prettiest girl in the class was and she said ME. 7th grade was a really awkward, overweight time for me so to have a respected teacher choose me over all the supposedly pretty popular girls has stuck with me ever since.

    Other nice things have happened to me because of the generous things in my life, but that one was powerful.

  429. Lisa

    When my Dad died, my Mom flew to my university to tell me and bring me home. A friend of hers drove her to the airport, arranged for someone to pick my Mom up when she landed and bring her to me, and then took care of all the phone calls and arrangements while we made our way back home. It was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for us.

  430. Shannon

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me? Well, the nicest thing lately was a new friend who watched my two kids on Saturday so I could go to work for a few hours…she made it a little party for them and was just awesome!

  431. Jessica

    My mom’s pretty selfless. She’s taught her daughters how to be the same and without sharing between the three of us I wouldn’t be where I am today. Go mom!

  432. Natalie

    About a week after my second daughter was born a woman who was the parent of one of my husband’s students made us a wonderful home cooked meal and sent it home with him. All of the early help was gone and he was back at work, but we were both exhausted and surviving on take-out. It was an amazing meal I still think about it a year later.

  433. Yvanka

    When I was a high school senior and couldn’t afford a yearbook, my friends chipped in and bought me one, and presented it to me, already signed with such sweet notes. It was lovely.

  434. Cristina

    My parents have allowed me to leave my home, my home town, and my country, travel more than 2000km, pursue university studies abroad, and eventually settle far away from them. All of this so that I can lead the life that I wanted. I hope I will find the strength to do the same for my children, if that is their wish.

  435. Katie

    Well I’ll totally be crying by the end of this…When I was 20 weeks pregnant our unborn son was diagnosed with a birth defect that would require him to be immediately transferred to a hospital 90 miles away. He would need surgery and would spend about 8 weeks in the NICU. The month we received the diagnosis was, by far, the hardest time of my life. I cried every few hours. I could not see the light, which was of course, always there. Through the chest-beating and hormonal sobbing, I could not hear my friends and family and their words of hope and encouragement. It was a dark, dark time for me.

    My wonderful, blessed family worked a vast web of prayer throughout the country. I was put on prayer lists by people I will never meet. My son was lifted up and held by the amazing spirit of these people. I will never get to hug all the people who helped to heal my son.

    Because, don’t you know, 8 weeks after the original diagnosis, we were told Jack’s defect had completely disappeared. And yes, I believe that he would have healed himself on his own. But the gift I was given by my amazing family and their amazing friends is something that has reshaped my life. It is, far and away, the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me.

  436. Jen

    My mom took her vacation time so that she could watch my kids while my husband and I took a trip to Mexico. And while we were gone, so organized my house and all of the kid clutter. So thankful!

  437. MariAnne

    So many nice things to appreciate – one of the most unexpected, a high school boy who overheard my birthday was coming up and made me a fantastic birthday cake!

  438. Siobhan

    People who had been evacuated from their own homes in the Australian floods last year came to sing in the choir at my father-in-law’s funeral. Some were wearing mud-spattered clothes.

  439. Geri-Ayn

    This comment not only provides $20 worth of child vaccinations, but also $20 worth of adult smooches at no extra charge. Charity never felt so good.

  440. Liz S.

    My husband’s agreeing to let me take two years off work to pursue my grad school dreams was the nicest thing he – and anyone – has ever done for me.

  441. Maren

    My teammates have always been there for me, through every up and down. They always greeted me with a hug before practice, cheered for and supported me through practice, and always included everyone in team activities.
    Now that we’re all playing volleyball in college, we still keep
    In touch to support each other and cheer for each other from miles away.

  442. Diana

    When I was feeling a little down at turning 35 my boyfriend surprised with a stack of 35 cards each with a different reason to be happy =o)

  443. Heather

    One February morning a good friend showed up at my front door with a bunch of fresh tulips. She’d seen them at the market and thought of me, thought she’d noticed I was kind of down lately, and got the flowers for me. I have never forgotten this act of genuine kindness. Every time I buy tulips, I think of her and the bright spot the tulips made in that February long ago.

  444. Caroline

    Being forgiven. That’s the nicest thing anyone has done for me. I mean, I try really, really hard to be nice and a good person, but let’s face it–I’m human and sometimes I can be a jerk. To be forgiven is one of the best forms of niceness because it makes certain not to perpetuate the unkindness.

  445. Jenni

    My friend sends me hand-me-down clothes for my son. Perhaps not the absolutely nicest thing ever done for me but a really, really nice thing. It’s not even about the clothes. It’s just so nice to know we’re thought of.

  446. M

    It’s not the nicest thing ever done, but it’s recent and it meant something to me, so it came to me. I spent time with one of my best friends and her son (my godson) the other night, and once her husband came home, he sent us out for ice cream so we could have some adult conversation. She treated because she knows I’m a poor grad student. We spent almost two hours sitting in her minivan talking about things both important and inconsequential, and having a lovely time, and we both ended the night feeling a bit better about life.

  447. kate

    I’d say it was when my husband described me as “buoyant”, and said that I help him and all who know me to be lighter. I love that beyond words.

  448. AmyBeth

    One of the nicest things I have experienced would be the time a counselor gave to me. She was assigned to me in high school to help with my less than stellar grades, but she really gave me much needed self esteem. She taught me that I was important – A simple, yet life changing lesson in a very difficult time. She started a new practice my first year of college and I was concerned about how I would pay her as a counselor. She told me she would work it out with the college which doesn’t make sense now, but it did in my eighteen year old brain. I later realized she was just seeing me on her own time. Your undivided attention, concern and time is one of the greatest gifts you can give someone and I will be forever grateful.

  449. mk

    when i was attending university overseas, i got a call that my grandfather was dying. the only phone in our dorm was in the very public hallway.
    as i sat there. alternating talking to my parents and sobbing, one of the girls on my floor came and sat by me and held my hand. a simple gesture, but it made a huge difference

  450. Paula Bertels

    I hope this will help ;somedays are hard.But someone is alway having a crazy one to.Just not feeling well.

  451. Patricia

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was to understand me. In middle school I had a teacher who understood my perfectionist tendencies. She gave me a bit of slack when I was stuck rewriting a paper until it was just right. She made exceptions for me that gave me a chance to work through my issues.

  452. Sarah

    It is hard to find the nicest thing when I am surrounded by loving family members, friends, and acquaintances. I think my parents raising me, my teachers guiding me, and my friends supporting me must all tie. <3

  453. Frances

    My mum has supported and encouraged (and challenged) me in everything I’ve done. She’s been the nicest thing in my life.

  454. amanda

    one of the nicest things anyone’s ever done for me was when my husband threw me a beautiful surprise 30th birthday party with all of my favorite people out there.

  455. Elis

    People do nice things for me all the time, and I try to do my best to notice. The nicest thing that anyone has ever done is afford me the freedom and security to be myself, just as I am. Too broad? Maybe, but it counted so much.

  456. AmyBeth

    You can comment twice! I will pass this link along and hope this post not only brings vaccines to children in need, but inspires people to be the nicest thing for someone else. It has for me. Thank you!

  457. Katherine Stone

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me in the comments? I’d have to say it would be defending me from a troll so I don’t have to. That’s always a lovely thing. ;-)

  458. Amy

    Yay vaccines! My mom did the nicest thing for me, by raising me to be happy and loved and reading to me every night before bed.

  459. gunter

    My parents were happy to take me and my sister everywhere they were going. They didn’t believe in ‘date nights’ or ‘me time’. I am so thankful they liked being with us :)

  460. Anne

    Oooh, doggies, I am all over this. A single act does not come to mind, but my husband, daughter, and sister (who lives with us to help take care of the baby — nicest thing ever, eh?) every day are so nice and pleasant and wonderful to build a life with that I consider myself extraordinarily fortunate.

  461. Anne

    Second comment to BUY MORE VACCINES! and to say that the nicest thing happened to me today was a coworker bringing me a yummy scone for no reason.

  462. Summer

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me just happened on Saturday. My mom is going to pay for a test I really need. She offered because a similar test changed her life, in her mind. I am still bowled over at how kind & unexpected it was.

  463. Lisa

    The nicest thing someone has ever done for me?

    My husband told me that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.

  464. Helen

    My wife built me a sheet fort in our living room for us to cuddle under and watch movies on a day when I was having a bad day. It was spectacular!

  465. Summer

    the nicest thing someone who is not related to me did is:
    an acquaintance, after the birth of my second child, came & cleaned my house (including scooping all the dog poop outside) simply because she had wished someone had done the same for her when her child was born. it’s a big reason why we are friends now, and have been through rough times.

  466. Debi

    One of the nicest things someone ever did for me was to reach across the back of the couch and hold a stranger’s (my) hand when I was quietly being miserable watching my boyfriend flirting up a storm at camp.

  467. Laura in Milwaukee

    I work one of those jobs that involves taking care of others and managing fairly serious crises all day long on behalf of other people (though, I suppose that could be said of anyone’s job…). Anyway. Often enough, I fall into that terrible habit of taking care of everyone but myself and my partner has the greatest way of gently reminding me to pause and eat, or put down my laptop and sleep, or moving my car so I can get out of the house more quickly in the morning. It’s the little things, you know?

    I’ve always wanted to buy groceries for the person behind me. Just someday. Without them thinking I’m a creep or looking for payback or anything.

  468. zan

    Someone once asked me if I was okay when I looked like I wasn’t. I thought it was such a nice thing to do that I ended up marrying him.

  469. Debi

    My youngest daughter has a bleeding disorder and spent 3 weeks in the hospital suffering complete renal failure as a result of an allergy to her medicine. $125,000 later, we owed just $2000 more and my husband’s friend took a collection at his store where complete strangers donated the final $2000 dollars.

  470. jenijen

    The nicest recent thing: My boyfriend sent me a text saying he’d come spend the night and get my four kids up and fed and dressed and to school the next morning so I could go to the early morning yoga class I’m missing so much now that school’s back in session. And he did the same thing this week, too. :)

  471. Maureen

    My husband used to leave a glass of orange juice on the bathroom shelf for me while I was in the shower. I loved that. Then our morning routines changed and now I have to get my own. But, man, I loved that he did that.

  472. Noelle

    My husband took my father and I for a short road trip around my father’s childhood spots about 2 years ago. A few months later, my father was placed in a nursing home and he has not been able to be outside ever since. I will always be thankful to my husband for taking us on that trip. Challenging day but great memories!

  473. Melissa

    The nicest thing anyone has done for me is marry me, love me, start a beautiful family with me and still believe in me and laugh with me everyday – Thanks, Matt!

  474. Doug

    Watching this wave of Social Good arise in the three short months since Liz’s “Up With Comments” presentation at Mom 2.0 has been flabbergastronomical. Which should be a word.

  475. margosita

    I was incredibly lonely during my sophomore year of college. My mom had been pressuring me to go out of state with her over the holidays to visit the man she left my father for and I was a bit of an an angry, anxious mess. And when, during a party, I felt overwhelmed and went to sit in a room by myself two of my friends followed and sat with me. They were both guys and even though there were girls they liked in the next room they both hung out with me, listening to me complain and telling me how much they cared about me and offering to go with me on the trip, for support. I don’t know if it is the nicest thing anyone has ever done, but at the time it was exactly what I needed.

  476. Ari

    I’ve been wondering where to go with my second comment–my head’s so full of stress and disappointment lately that it’s hard to consider all the nice things. Hard, but vital! So here goes: When I broke off an engagement and had horrible surgery all in the same month, some good friends came and moved everything out of my old place for me, and let me live in their spare room for a few months. I know so many kind people, it’s humbling and wonderful.

  477. Lacy

    I’m sure there are many things I could put, but one that happened recently – a man saw my husband and I and our newborn baby at a local cafe. When it came time to pay, the waitress told us he had paid for our meal. He said he remembered someone paying for his meal after he had a baby nearly 20 years ago and he wanted to pass on the favor. It made our day!

  478. Rachel

    nicest thing? Not sure if I want to single some moment out as nicest. A very nice thing though, was when my cousin sent me a letter of condolence when I had a miscarriage.

  479. Laurel Hammond

    My mother and father have never said to me ” you owe me.” Although I do…. tremendously.

  480. Amy MacIver

    Sometimes a little wink from a friend or colleague, in the midst of a regular day or a difficult meeting, is just the perfect amount of kindness. It says, “I’m with you. It’s going to be ok.”

  481. Lizza

    “Bless the beasts and the children for in this world they have no voice…they have no choice.” BRAVO Tieks!

  482. Kristan

    The moment that’s sticking out for me right now is when my boyfriend told me he knew I was the one when we first kissed. Heart. Melter. I guess it’s technically the nicest thing someone’s ever SAID to me, but I don’t think technicalities should matter.

    GREAT IDEA!!!!

  483. CJ

    I can’t think of a ‘single’ thing but my mom loved me unconditionally. The most selfless love ever. I cannot remember a time she got mad, and yet us kids did whatever she asked so as not to see her disappointed. Now she has Alzheimer’s and does not know me, hasn’t for 2 years. Now it’s my turn to love her. I visit her for 1-2 hours 4-5 times a week, hold her hand and tell her I love her. She truly is the best mom in the world. c:

  484. Laura

    Shortly after being diagnosed with cancer my amazing friends not only set up a meal train to ensure my little family was fe but also set up a schedule where a friend would spend the night to watch over our one and a half month old daughter. Never have I felt so loved as then.

  485. Laura

    While trying to re-do my house I needed to put new baseboard covers on…..My (non-blood) Uncle came over to help me finish the job (while my Dad just wished me luck). Uncle Chet was suffering with cancer and he wanted to be there for me! I still get tears in my eyes when I think of how selfless he was! I miss him very much! <3

  486. Haley

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was to give me a second chance. It has happened many times in my life and I strive give others second chances abundantly. They have changed my life drastically and I am ever grateful.

  487. Melissa

    It seems petty, but the nicest thing someone has ever done for me was to help me get out of a really crummy relationship and move on.

  488. Michele Chaves

    When my Autistic daughter tells me she loves me and asks me questions about anything and everything, I know I’m truly blessed.

  489. Jackie

    Recently, the nicest thing anyone has done for me was to listen to me vent. Totally first-world problems, but the stress has been piling up, and yesterday my mom listened to me without judgment.

  490. Rebekah Maher

    We really take for granted what we have here in the states. The vaccinations so desperately needed around the world are given to us before we’re old enough to know what an amazing gift we’ve been given! Thank you for doing this! :)

  491. Raina L

    My mother was in the hospital, dying. The doctors said there was nothing more that could be done. I had been sitting at her bedside for days. A co-worker took vacation time, drove 120 miles, to sit with me and hold my hand. And I will be eternally grateful.

  492. Stella

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me…I honestly can’t single one out, but I keep thinking about my grandfather, who loved me unconditionally no matter what.

  493. liz

    My husband’s father is a minster, he married us six years ago, and he said the nicest things about me and my husband on that day during the service. I still tear up a little bit when I remember how much heartfelt love was in those few words and tears. It’s a great thing to love someone with all your heart, it’s even more amazing when someone else gets it and can celebrate it with you.

  494. jen

    there are a lot but…one of the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was drive three hours in one direction to come and pick me up when my car stalled out in the middle of nowhere. then we had to drive three hours back. i think that was pretty nice.

  495. Nicole

    This is such an amazing cause.

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is provide me unconditional love and support.

    Thank you all so much for doing this!

  496. Erin

    Sometimes it’s the small things. My husband once bought one of those “quotable” greeting cards and wrote a heartfelt message inside and left it on my bedside table to find while he was at work. He’s the kind of guy who jokes around a lot and doesn’t often get sappy, but what he wrote was so sweet it made me cry.

  497. Summer

    My mother in law (who is wonderful and kind) coming to my home 3 days a week to care for my daughters while I work and she does it selflessly and will not accept any money or extra anything for it because she tells me she does it for herself…that it is actually me giving her a great gift.

  498. Emily

    One more: In middle school, our teacher asked us who we thought had the most integrity in the class. One kid said me! Dude didn’t know me well, and owed me nothing — and this wasn’t some offhand comment either, because he signed my yearbook with the same comment years later! I was, and am still, honored. And I try to prove him right.

  499. gracie

    One of the best things that happened to me was that my grandpa woke me up with a song on my 15th birthday!

  500. Auntie G

    I am blessed to have lots of examples to choose from. I will pick: I left my script on the El one day and a stranger found it and worked through enough of the cast list and info therein to get it back to me a few days later.

  501. gale

    In my early 20s I was very unhappy, having just moved to a new city where I didn’t know anyone. My sister asked for a list of interests (just 3 or 4 of them). She returned it to me a few days later with ideas under each interest of activities or ways I could pursue them. It meant so much that she recognized my loneliness and took the time to think up some ideas for me.

  502. Tia Gubler

    Often when I travel to other parts of the world, I realize how thankful I should be for every. little. thing. I think this is a wonderful opportunity.

  503. elsiroomom

    I have been blessed by so many nice things – it is hard to pick the nicest. Here are three near the top of the list:
    When I hosted my parents’ 25th anniversary as a dessert buffet, my then boyfriend (now husband) went to my apartment after I left for the party 250 miles away, and washed all the dishes I had dirtied cooking for the party.

    When my father died, friends called specifically to tell me what my dad meant to them.

    When I was at a party recently, graciously accepting compliment after compliment about how beautiful my daughter is (and she is, and I never tire of hearing it), one of the women leaned over and whispered quietly in my ear, “She looks just like you, you know.”

  504. Rema

    What my husband does every day: treats me as an equal partner and works as hard as I do to make sure our visions for the future are aligned and exciting for us :)

  505. Kath

    I am a single mum, and my son does the nicest things for me every day. Every day when he gets home from school, he cleans the kitchen and gets dinner started so that when I come home exhausted from work, a lot of chores are already done. At fifteen, I know he would rather be out with his friends or practicing guitar, but he is the absolute best kid in the world.

  506. Anabelle

    My friends and family give me their unconditional love and that’s the most I could ever ask for!

  507. Megan

    When my husband and I got married, I was a first-year teacher and he was a grad student. Our next door neighbors, a married couple with kids of the own who I had occasionally baby sat for, without asking, paid our rent for the first two months of our married life. They sent a small card explaining that they remember bring young and poor but in love, and that they wanted to pass on the kindness others had shown to them. We’ve been married almost 10 years and have a small savings account set up so that we can do the same thing for our friend’s children in the future.

  508. MsHuisHerself

    There have been so many, but last Feb, my good friend & her husband retrieved and babysat my children overnight when I called them while lying on the ground outside my garage with a broken wrist. (My husband was out of the country on a business trip). She also picked me up from ER late that night, brought me to an all-night pharmacy to pick up pain meds, and did my sinkful of dirty dishes when she brought me home. It was so reassuring to know my kids would be well taken care of while I was taking an ambulance ride to the ER and that they would mind them as long as necessary. What a blessing!

    Side note: You know how the top step of a ladder says, “Not A Step”? They really mean that.

  509. BethES

    In college, my grandma died suddenly and unexpectedly. My boyfriend (now husband) was going to school in another city, 3 hours away with no car. I called him in tears as I was driving back to my hometown. After calming me, he asked me to give him 15 minutes to call me back. After that time, he called and said he was on his way. He convinced his roommate to let him borrow his car. I’ll never forget the comfort I felt to have him there.

  510. Trisha

    The best thing my son (now an adult and a father) ever said to me when someone complimented him on his amazing parenting skills was “Well I learned it from my Mom”. Still makes me feel like the most lucky person in the world to have such an amazing child – and grandchild.

  511. BB

    Right at the start of college, my class got out late. It was pitch black outside, and being new to the campus, I was terrified that I had to find my car in the giant, dark garage. A stranger in the class must have sensed my fear, and offered to walk me to my car (in a genuine, nice way). Such a random, greatly appreciated act of kindness.

  512. Keane

    I probably don’t know the nicest thing anyone has done for me because it was something done so discretely I probably didn’t notice. I hope I did. Every day, my parents and friends do nice things for me and I’m very grateful.

  513. Shanna

    The nicest thing anyone has done for me is donate to the alzheimer’s association in remembrance of my grandpa. He is like my second dad and the fact that a random friend would feel so kind to donate such a large amount of money meant the world to me.

  514. Anne

    I am lucky to have been surrounded my whole life by kind people who do nice things. I don’t know if the big things mean more than the little things. My grandmother would wake me up when I was a child with a song that would set my day off right. I sing it to my child now and it puts us both in splendid moods. After my grandmother passed away another student in my university class made a point of taking me out for walks and to do things when I was too depressed to do anything for myself. She didn’t really know me before but what she did helped me through that period of my life. We lost touch but I will always admire her for what she did. I’ve made a point of doing the same for others since. Being nice means sharing in the beauty of life, big and small.

  515. Rich

    Yesterday I had to put my wife and two little girls on a plane. The ticket agent gave me a pass to go with them to the gate, then personally came and let them onboard before the “preferred/elite/gold member” passengers to make sure they were comfortable. Thanks Wayne of American Eagle.

    That being said, I’m not entirely clear why those donating the vaccines make it dependent on numbers of comments. Why not just donate the maximum amount of money or vaccines? I mean, it lets me pat myself on the back, I guess but still . . .

  516. Jon

    I moved back to SF a few years ago, and had no place to stay when I arrived with my car full of possessions. Without hesitating, my buddy said I could stay on his couch as long as I needed. Having great friends makes all the difference.

  517. kristin

    my dear friend took me and 2 other girls to bali for vacation–that was a dream I probably still would not have made come true but beyond that she is the dearest friend ever.

  518. Vera

    The nicest thing someone has done for me was leave their home, travel thousands of miles, go to my home, knock on my door, and teach me the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I then joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which changed my life forever. I cherish my life and those of others because of the Gospel of Christ.

  519. Sarah

    A good friend offered to hang out at the house with my sick monther-in-law so my husband and I could go out by ourselves.

  520. Megan

    I am so lucky to have people in my life who make me feel loved and appreciated every day just by being nice. I couldn’t possibly choose the nicest thing anyone has done for me :-)

  521. Maeve

    This is such an amazing idea!

    The nicest thing is the unwavering love and support I receive from my family and friends everyday. I know that I am incredibly lucky.

    Thanks for doing this, Maggie!

  522. Blair

    I’m an event planner, and at the end of my biggest event of the year (which takes nearly a whole year to plan), I came home to a spotlessly clean house, jazz music playing, and my smiling soon-to-be husband, who swooped me up in one of the best hugs ever. Heaven.

  523. Lacey

    I’ve been involved in so many discussions with friends lately regarding the AWFUL, hate-filled comments posted online after almost any sort of article (especially given an election year)… it makes me so happy (and hopeful) to see nothing but wonderful comments for once! (I realize I didn’t follow directions here – but I hope my comment still counts haha).

  524. Lydia

    So hard to pick just one. It’s always nice when a loved one acknowledges your hardship and provides a listening ear.

  525. Jane Noir

    My husband drove 3 hours to see me before we were dating, while I was still dating someone else, just to see me for the day at my cousin’s grad party. Just to see me. :)

  526. Bethany

    Without fail, my husband loves me unconditionally and without strings everyday. That’s pretty nice.

  527. Adriana

    I can’t pick just one, but I’ll go with my parents putting up with me and supporting me through all my never ending nonsense and ridiculous plans and ambitions (which change weekly).

  528. Rachel

    Nicest thing EVER is pretty hard, so I’ll go with flowers. Someone sending flowers is always so touching, especially when you’re not expecting it.

  529. jobonga

    Someone I didn’t know well insisted on being my friend when I was new in town and struggling with grief and depression. She made me dinner and continued to invite me out even when I wasn’t great company. Now she is one of my closest friends.

  530. Amanda

    My husband to be stood up to my parents for me
    when I left a lucrative job for an unpaid once because he believed in my purpose and my abilities.

  531. Renee

    When a friend ran with me when I felt that I could go no further. It may not seem like much but in that recent moment I wasn’t sure I could continue (even after 6+ months of prep).

  532. cjm

    Aww, I can relate to Heather, the very first comment. Same story, down to our age. But probably the nicest thing anyone did for me was my parents adopting me as an infant. Even though they both died by the time I was 19, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Best family ever.

  533. Renee

    Okay, since we can leave two… I will. ;) Being forgiven… and not made to feel worse in the moment. These are the moments that shape how you treat others in the future.

    Thanks for sharing this opportunity with us and for sharing the beautiful photo.

  534. Caitlin

    Well, the nice thing right now is being flooded by memories of nice things people have done over the years. But for just one, I’d have to say how my husband wakes me up every day. The alarm makes me angry (obviously not a morning person) and so he wakes me up instead (very much a morning person). It’s a little thing but sweet as anything.

  535. Jessica

    Awesome cause. The use of vaccines is a cause worth fighting for for EVERY individual around the world!

  536. Michele

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was give me unconditional love and support when I was diagnosed with cancer at age 30.

  537. Nick

    The nicest thing was when a colleague’s family gave me a meal to take home when I felt very alone in a new city. It seems so insignificant, but it was profoundly moving to me.

  538. Mia Sorensen

    I’ve recently been diagnosed with an aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. My family, friends and neighbors have all jumped in to make sure that I am smiling at the end of the day!

  539. Roselyn

    The nicest thing my parents have ever done for was moving to America, working hard, and giving me all the opportunities America had to offer.

  540. Liz

    The nicest thing this week (so far) is that the local barista took the time to learn my name and saw I was having a stressful day–without asking she comped my drink. My latte never tasted better and it was a bright spot on a Monday.

  541. samantha

    When my husband gets up with our kids and lets me sleep in!! I love him and that he does that for me!!!

  542. Ebony

    As a grad student in NYC I had no furniture, so all of my friends banded together and bought me furniture for my bedroom as a surprise birthday gift. Nicest gift I’ve ever received, hands down.

  543. Lisa

    I’m too overwhelmed by all the nice things people have done for me in my life to pick the very nicest, so I’ll just go with the nicest thing this week: my boyfriend borrowed my car and brought it back filled with gas AND washed! Such a sweet surprise.

  544. Jill

    It is so hard to pick one nice thing, but the first really good one that came to mind is that my sister made and/or finished all of my very fiddly wedding decorations and favors by hand.

  545. Tiffany

    Wow. This has absolutely made my day! I love reading everyone’s comments.

    My husband has been unemployed basically for the last two years and I’ve been supporting us both… Everytime my mom can tell the stress is getting to me she shows up with a new shirt or pair of shoes, or slips me some grocery money, or just takes me out to lunch (which is a luxury we can’t afford). I don’t know how I would have made it through these long months without her.

  546. Heidi M

    My husband paid for my grown kids, spouses, and grandson to all vacation together with us in Hawaii!

  547. Senica

    The nicest thing that ever happened to me : God gave me a wonderful husband and 2 beautiful sons to complete my life.

  548. Caroline

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was when a family member allowed me to move in with them to leave an abusive relationship. It changed my life, and I’m so grateful.

  549. Cheryl

    When the situation with my (then) husband got too bad, my sister let me and my kids stay in her home until I got my feet under me. She was very ill and mostly bedridden and my two year old son knew a captive audience when he saw one and would sit and talk at her for what had to seem like hours. When I apologized and tried to distract him she just said to leave him be, he was fine. We lost her a year later.

  550. mrs. white

    The nicest thing, the best thing, was when my husband left a writing conference in PA where he was to receive an award and drove through the night back home to NC to take care of me when I was severely depressed. I didn’t know he was coming and he just walked in the door and was there.

  551. Cathy F

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was love me unconditionally. There are a number of people in this category, and yet it’s so rare and beautiful.

  552. Laura

    I don’t know what the nicest thing ever is….but one of the very nicest things lately has been the emotional support my husband has given me as I struggle with trying to leave a job I’ve needed to leave for a long time. It’s especially nice since he’s been going through a lot lately too.

  553. Jan

    My sister hopping on a plane on a day’s notice, crossing an ocean to come take care of me and my newborn baby after an unexpected surgery. Sisters rock (especially ones that stock your freezer with nummy things to eat and who are happy to get up in the middle of the night to feed the baby so you can sleep).

  554. dani

    When I was a kid I fell off my bike and my tire got stuck under the fence of the neighborhood crazy lady with the mean barking dog. This was on a fairly busy road and a family stopped to help unwedge my bike and gave me a ride home. Probably getting in the car with strangers was a bad idea, but they were incredibly nice and didn’t kidnap me. I know that there are plenty of other nice things people have done, but this is the first one that came to my mind.

  555. neo

    My life took a turn when I had an academic advisor listen to me when I was in college. I was struggling in college, almost failing out. My parents are immigrants and had no idea what college was or what it required and how to support me. This advisor just listened and helped me get support and resources that I needed. She gently asked me to consider if I had learning struggles, and with her help, I discovered I had adhd. I learned study strategies and got accommodations. I went from almost failing to being an Honors student and going on to grad school. I can honestly say she changed my life. I now work with college students with disabilities and being able to give back has been immensely rewarding.

  556. Megan

    When I was 18 and a freshman at college 3000 miles away from home, mildly depressed and clearly not ready to be at college right then, my parents let me drop out of school in January, come home, and transfer to a different school the following fall. It was the best decision for me at that point in time, and not only did they make it possible, but they supported me unconditionally, from start to finish.

  557. Maia

    I don’t think anything stands out at being “the nicest thing ever” but people have done nice things for me. Here’s to $20!

  558. elicia

    Nicest thing recently: After borrowing my car an Aunt left wine and camping wine glasses in it for me. Small, but very thoughtful!

  559. Terri

    Thanks for supporting this cause, my daughter is going to Kenya next week to help treat wounds in a remote village. These financial contributions help programs like the one she is going on with medical supplies.

  560. Elizabeth

    You know what’s really nice? Trying to think of the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me, and realizing that, man, I know a lot of nice people doing a lot of nice things for a lot of other nice people. What a gift.

  561. Lisa May

    Out of the blue from the back seat of the car a few weeks ago, my 4 year old said, “I love you even when you’re angry.” I wasn’t angry at that moment, but that was one of the most generous gifts I’ve ever been given.

  562. Jen

    The nicest thing any one has ever done for me was when my sister planned a full day of (relaxing) activities for our family on my canceled wedding day when I would have otherwise been a complete mess.

  563. eliza

    It’s difficult to pinpoint the _nicest_ thing anyone’s every done for me, since I feel quite blessed, but the nicest thing today was my supervisor insisting I go home from work early because I wasn’t feeling well.

  564. Genesis

    So many things…but the way our friends rallied around my family when my dad died (suddenly, and much too young) is something I will never forget. They brought meals, took care of stuff that needed doing, loaned us a vacation home so we could take a break from the craziness, gave us lots of shoulders to cry on, checked in on us regularly – just gave us lots of love and care. I will always be grateful for that support during such a difficult time.

  565. Lauren

    One of the nicest things – some friends had our wedding cake refrosted day of (it had been damaged – they had to drive to another town to get it fixed). Didn’t say a word until long after the wedding and the cake looked perfect. Often the nicest things people don’t even take credit for.

  566. Jessie

    One of the nicest things that my boyfriend has ever done for me is just laying with me as I cried and attempted to make sense of my grandfathers death. We all lose people who have made huge impacts on our lives and the best way to cope is to be reminded of all the love we will always have.

  567. Cori

    The nicest thing… My old friend and roommate did not believe me when I told her I was OK and didn’t need medical attention. Instead she drove me to the hospital, and I had my appendix removed the same day.

  568. Jon Kotinek

    The nicest thing that anyone has done for me has been to believe in my when I didn’t (and don’t) believe in myself. My parents were likely the first to do this. I’ve had some amazing teachers who have done this, among them Patty Frey, Finnie Coleman, and Joyce Juntune. I’ve had bosses that have done this like Scott, Ed and Suma. My wife, Ashley, is a regular champion and my sons think I’m a superhero and I don’t have the heart to tell them I’m not.

    Efforts like this one remind me that that kind of encouragement is something we all need, and I hope I am and will be the believer for others.

  569. Sara

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is let me know I am worth all the great things that are happening in my life, and that the hard struggles are worth persevering through.

  570. Beth

    The nicest thing anyone has done for me was to support me when I didn’t think I deserved it. Turns out I do deserve it!

    This is a great project and I hope they reach their goal!

  571. Yana

    After my son was born friends and family came over our house and offered food, it was wonderful!

  572. M C

    The nicest thing anyone has done for me was tell me that they thought that I was a fantastic parent, and didn’t believe any of my daughter’s quirks are my fault.

  573. Neena Kiran

    {FreeWill} In every circumstance,

    * you can choose to make a situation better or worse.
    * You can encourage or discourage.
    * You can offer compassionate assistance or withheld help.

  574. Peeps

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is to be an unmoving rock of support and faith in who I am and what I am capable of in order to let me come apart and undo long years of abuse. The man I’m marrying hasn’t saved me, exactly, but he has made me a safe place to save myself, to learn that I am worth investing in and caring for.

  575. Jenni

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is to stick by me, even in my darkest moments, when it would have been so much easier for him to run away.

  576. Qayaqueen

    the year my husband was deployed abroad, I was alone at Christmas in Colorado. my best friend, who is Jewish, flew out from Seattle, and made it one of the best holidays ever….blending traditions from both sides. I felt so loved and valued just for being me.

  577. Neena Kiran

    It is hard to pick one person as who has done nicest thing. World is with many nice people.

    My favorite memory, my grandmother who on sweltering hot south indian summer afternoon got dressed to walk to market to pick beetroot for her 5 year old grandchild.

  578. Peeps

    The nicest thing is having friends who are really honest with you when you need to hear it but don’t say “I told you so” while they help you pick up the pieces.

  579. Andrew

    Nice! I’ll delurk for that. The nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me in my comments was “You write so well, darling, that it makes my head hurt.” (I don’t know about that, but I’ll take it.)

  580. Meg

    I’m having trouble coming up with the nicest thing EVER someone has done for me, but the nicest thing lately happened this weekend. A friend of ours showed up early for a party, saw we were still running around trying to finish cleaning the apartment and preparing food, put the food he’d brought in the fridge, and asked if we wanted him to take the dog for a walk to get her away from the vacuum and tired out before the other people arrived.

  581. Sara

    The nicest thing anyone ever did for me? My Mom moved her whole life to a different state so she could help me pick up the pieces after my relationship inevitably ended. She did this 10 months before it happened. Moms rule.

  582. Beth

    When I told my husband the thing I’d never told anyone, he supported me in exactly the way I needed him to.

  583. a.

    This has made me remember so many nice things big and small; I feel very lucky.

    One small nice thing that has always stood out was when I was in my early twenties, perpetually unemployed, and constantly finding myself in the position of being at parties with new friends of friends of friends who always asked, “and what do you do?”. Their jobs at the time seemed so incomprehensibly impressive, and I hated being the automatic loser of their little pissing contests.
    My best friend at the time had been pretty tough-love with me in private about my lack of a career path, but when he overheard someone ask me about my work for the umpteenth time and saw the look on my face, he jumped in from across the room and said, “she’s freelancing”. It was enough to move the spotlight on to someone else, and I can still remember how grateful I felt.

    (I wish someone could have told me then that I’d find the job I have and love today.)

  584. Lyssa

    I love when a parent thanks me for teaching their child something. I smile just thinking about it!

  585. Susie

    So many nice things have been done for me, I really can’t recall the nicest! My daughter, at age 3.5, when she was in the hospital on IV antibiotics, held my hand and took ME to get a snack because I was getting hypoglycemic. That is way up there.

  586. Hannah

    My parents raised me to be independent, strong and kind. When my Dad was dying of ALS (ALS sucks, talk about it.) Our community gathered and brought countless meals, cleaned, showed up. I’m trying every day to pay that forward.

  587. jess @ fushmush

    One of the nice things that happens in my life is my husband making me a coffee every morning. With a 15 month old daughter I really need that coffee to get going in the morning.

  588. Sarah

    I suppose the nicest thing that anyone has ever done for me wasn’t directly for me, but for my son. One day when he was 2 months old I couldn’t get him to stop crying. I called the pediatrician with 5 minutes before close. He got on the phone and listened to my son cry and told me to bring him in. He stayed with me and my son in that closed doctor’s office until well after hours, waiting for test results and closely observing him. Without his help that went so far above and beyond the call of duty, we never would have been able to figure out that he had a urinary tract infection. My son would have gotten gravely ill before we could have helped him. My son’s pediatrician believed me when I told him something was very wrong, and stayed with me until he found an answer. I will forever, forever be grateful to him.

  589. Meg (MIMI+MEG)

    1. My husband bought me an easel.
    2. My friends threw me a surprise birthday party in college.
    3. Certain bloggers & entrepreneurs have given me amazing advice or linked to me. They didn’t have to, but it meant a lot.
    4. My roommate in college paid for a lot of things for me when I couldn’t afford to, and never said a word about it.

  590. Laura

    *The* nicest is really hard to pick (so lucky), but definitely one of the nicest was my friend coming over to my apartment every Sunday for about six weeks to spend the day helping me prep, paint and redecorate my place. It was during a period in my life where I was desperately in need of some major changes – I was, in fact, making major positive changes – but the apartment re-do was an important part of a whole plan. It was an exterior, aesthetic symbol of the internal re-do I was wrapping up and it was like gold to have her support, physically as well as emotionally. Not only did she help me get the work done, she made it fun and she brought sandwiches and fritos. Best friend ever.

  591. Lindsey

    The stranger who waved to me every single day on my bike ride home from work. 12th and Navasota. You got me through one of the toughest times of my life. You’ll never know how much I needed someone to be there to show me they cared every day. Thank you!

  592. Sam

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me would be my parents in raising me. Its such a selfless act that gets so little recognition. It deserves a lot more than the annual mothers and fathers day, but even as I write this I feel it would be awkward to just call them up and say thanks… But I’ll do it anyway. They deserve it.

  593. Jennifluff

    My parents taking my family and me in while we deal with the short sale of our house and giving us the opportunity to figure out what we want the future to look like.

  594. Jennifluff

    Also! My husband being ever so patient while I struggled to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up.

  595. kate

    I don’t know if I can say ever, but lately is my husband allowing me to freak out over little things so I don’t have to freak out about the big ones.

  596. Kat

    Jesus took on the sins of the world so that I (and everyone) could be forgiven. We know love because He loved us first.

  597. Rhiannon

    My coworkers taking me for lunch and being extra friendly shortly after I got a promotion that I was underqualified for. That first year was tough, and the kindness of people who stood up for me and mentored me will never be forgotten.

  598. Amy Kelly

    A stranger once bought me two new tires when I popped them on a shoddy construction job a couple hundred miles from home. I never even said anything about not having the money for them (which I of course didn’t. I was 17 and driving home from college to do laundry).

  599. Lindsey

    A guy held the door open for me at school today wih a smile on his face as I was carrying a ton of books and about to drop my coffee. :)

  600. Kristin

    My youngest step-daughter included me in her wedding ceremony. I walked down the aisle after her soon to be in-laws, and just before her mother. It felt so good to be accepted and included as family, especially because I don’t have much of my own biological family.

  601. Kelly Villere (formerly Windmiller)

    Hi Margaret,

    Mia posted your website on facebook so how could I not come over and say hi.

    One of the nicest thing anyone has done for my family is Mother-In-Law watching my daughter while I work. She truly is a blessing.


  602. jaclyn

    Back for my second comment. I started talking to my kids about what they do that’s nice for each other. Thoughts were: sharing juice pops, letting the other one pick out the bedtime story, sharing a hug. They are 5 and 3.

  603. kelly

    after my stepdad passed away, i was consumed by grief, taking care of my heartbroken mother, and was in charge of planning the memorial service. my stepfather’s death brought out a lot of drama that hadn’t been in my family before and i found myself trying to manage many relationships as well. a dear, old friend called and asked to meet me for a burger and some beers. they were well-needed, but i was afraid to leave my mother, to take time for myself and my duties. having lost her father the previous year, thankfully, my friend knew that me declining her invitation was unacceptable. a few minutes after i got off the phone w/ her, there was a knock at the door. my friend susan said, “come on. we’re going. you cannot say no.” she knew better than i did how much i needed that escape. i will never forget it.

  604. Sheila

    The nicest thing today: I have been helping a co-worker on a high visibility issue as she has been on business travel and didnt have computer access. She publicly thanked me for the support, copying my boss and all upper management. Very nice

  605. Meg

    My friends accepted honorariums or volunteered weeks of their lives every summer to help me create and run a Young Artist Retreat for teenagers interested in theatre when I had no funding. We got little sleep and and worked non-stop, but we had time for an evening beer once the kids were “in bed” every night, and we laughed a LOT.

  606. sarah

    My dad, who worked construction to support me and help me with college, telling me that he didn’t care if I decided to be a barista after I got my degree. He just wanted me to be happy and have choices.

  607. Sheila

    My dad died suddenly when I was 25. My college friends just showed up at the viewing to take care of me. They drove 5 hours to spend a few hours with me. I am not in touch with them anymore but still think of that and am thankful for their love.

  608. sarah

    And, since you said we could respond twice… my friend running eight ugly miles with me this morning and my other friend/ running/ life coach, having a gigantic, healthy breakfast ready after the run.

  609. Sarah

    The nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me….is my family and friends back home (1200 miles) still loving me despite how terrible I am at keeping in touch. And when I go home it’s like I never left.

  610. Leah

    The nicest thing someone has ever done for me…my husband being right behind me when my brother created an irreparable rift in my family. It felt like a divorce, a death, and a break up all at once, and I was struggling to hold it together for my parents, and at home I just couldn’t anymore. My husband was there for me every night whether it was to let me rage, hold me while I cried, or to help my try to make sense of our new life. I can never thank him for all those nights.

  611. Emma

    A few years ago, my boyfriend made a hand-knit scarf for me. It took him many hours to complete and the scarf is longer than I am tall!

  612. Karen

    There are so many blessings in my life. It is hard to choose just one. Keep up the acts of kindness.

  613. KK

    When my uncle (mom’s brother) passed away shortly after my parent’s divorce, I was across the country and didn’t have the funds to fly home. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to be with my family to grieve, or be there to support my mom. My dad, without my asking, paid for my flight home and back, and threw in a side trip to see my boyfriend (later fiance) who was unable to attend the funeral as well. It was an amazing thing to be able to be there for my mom at a really hard time for her.

  614. Crystal

    The man with the most beautiful blue eyes in the world said he loved me too, just as I am, and we decided to spend forever together.

  615. Debra

    Too many to decide on one…the encouraging teacher, the welcoming new friend, the small kindnesses that make me feel blessed.

  616. Leah

    I just love that the internet makes something like this possible. Woot for doing something good for children!

  617. Jessica

    This is the best comment I have ever made. =) It makes me want to go something really nice in person.

    The nicest thing that anyone has ever done for me is this stranger who drove me across Nevada because my car broke down. I swear she was an angel.

  618. Rebecca

    When my partner and I were struggling along our fertility journey – my mom jumped in and sent us enough money to cover a full round of IVF. The gift changed our life and gave us the opportunity to try again. Amazing beautiful generous nice gift. Thanks mom!

  619. Jennifer

    the kindest thing was the simplest thing, a thinking of you card from my aunt at a time when everyone else felt they should just stay radio silent in my life

  620. Alex

    My girlfriend has stuck with me through the most tedious, frightening ongoing illness and never complains. She constantly offers me support and help, and I honestly didn’t know people were that nice in a practical way until we met.

  621. Tracy

    The nicest thing that was ever done for me was done before I was born. A scared, pregnant, 15 year old girl decided to reach out to her high school teacher, who connected her with the beautiful people who ended up being my parents. 23 years later, I have moved up to Oregon to get to know her, and my siblings. Open adoptions are a wonderful thing, which open doors, create families and increase the amount of love in the world.

  622. Rachael

    My grandparents have supported me (and my more than 20 cousins) unconditionally throughout my (and our) life. When my then fiance was working overseas, and I couldn’t join him, they let me live with them rent-free for over two years, most of which I spent unemployed. They fed me, housed me, and my grandpa gave me a $20+ a week “allowance” that allowed me to pay my student loan bill every month. I moved away a year ago (this week, actually), to marry my husband and move with him to another state. My husband is a student, and I struggled to find a job in our new town. Every few weeks, I get an envelope in the mail with a note “Here’s a little something to keep the wolf away from your door” and a random amount of cash, signed, “Love, Grandpa”.

  623. Leila

    Such a wonderful idea! Not only is it a great cause that will hopefully affect kids across the world, but its also a reminder about those small moments that remind us of the importance of kindness!
    One of the nicest things I remember was when an old man I had never met before could tell I was having a bad day, so he told a joke to make me laugh and told me I had beautiful smile that brightned his day. But really he made that day for me!

  624. n

    I don’t know what the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is– I’m going to have to think about this more (and count my blessings). A couple years ago, I broke my foot and an acquaintance drove me to the ER rather than making me call a cab or hop across SF one-footed. That was pretty nice. But I bet I can go bigger if I give it a little thought.

  625. Ashley

    I was overwhelmed with the kindness of my friends and family when I got married. They were there for me every step of the way, helping me with everything that I needed.