41 Inspiring Little Stories That Made My Day






It occurs to us to lose faith in a better world sometimes, to lose faith that still some people are doing good every day, therefore, it's quite essential to look for some inspiration now and then. Below are some stories I enjoyed reading it on MMT that made my days and made me not only think but also believe hard in a better world:


1- Today, about an hour after I lost my wallet, a man showed up at my front door with it. Everything was intact including the $200 in cash. As I expressed my gratitude, he explained to me that he hopes doing the right thing pays off for him. “Oddly enough, I lost my wallet sometime this morning too,” he said. “I had about the same amount of cash in there that you have and all my cards and IDs.” Without thinking about it, I pulled out $100 and handed it to him. “Take this, I insist,” I said. “Just in case you don’t find your wallet, we’ll split the cash.” He gratefully accepted the money and left. This evening he knocked on my door again. “Here’s your $100 back,” he said. “A woman found my wallet and returned it and all my cash about an hour ago.” MMT


2- Today, one of my friends (she's 17), recently had a baby girl, and has been doing her schoolwork at home. Last week, my best friend convinced her to learn child and baby CPR and choking thrusts, in case she was alone and there was an emergency. Yesterday, I heard from my best friend that the girl's baby is recovering in hospital from a choking accident. The nurse said she wouldn't be alive if her mom, my friend, hadn't properly administered the choking thrusts she learned last week. MMT



3- Today, my grandpa passed away. When he served in the military he contracted uranium poisoning at the age of 36 and had to have his right lung removed. They initially gave him a month to live. He was 86 when he passed away today. He got to experience an extra 50 years and help raise me and my brother – his grandchildren. He was the most optimistic and positive person I have ever met. You could see it in his eyes, he knew he was given a second chance at life, and he appreciated every waking minute it. MMT



4- Today, I wore a V-neck shirt that reveals the top of the large scar on my chest from when I had heart surgery last year. It’s only been in the last few weeks that I’ve gained enough confidence to wear clothing that doesn’t completely cover it up. Anyway, while I was standing in line at a restaurant, a little boy came up to me, lifted up his shirt and showed me his own heart surgery scar. “I’m not alone,” he said as he smiled. His mother told me he was extremely self-conscious of his scar and usually never showed it to anyone because he felt like he was the only one with a scar like that. MMT



5- Today, it’s been ten years since I quit the traveling rock band I was in and decided to settle down and become a high school music teacher. But when I pull out of the teachers’ parking lot every afternoon with my windows down and my students smiling, waving and screaming, “Hi, Mr. A! See you tomorrow,” I still feel like a rock star. MMT







6- Today, I had a horrendous day at work, and then on the drive home I was rear-ended in the pouring rain. When I finally got home I told my husband and kids that I just needed to lie down. So I went into the bedroom and passed out by myself. When I woke up two hours later, my 5-year-old daughter was wedged in behind me, my 3-year-old son was snuggled up in front of me, and our 4-month-old kitten was sprawled out across my stomach. And all of them were fast asleep. Waking up to this made me realize that even on bad days I have a lot to be grateful for.



7- Today, I found out that one of my new co-workers (I’ve only been with the company for 3 months) has been taking a sign language class at a local community center three times a week since the week after I started so he could speak to me in sign (I’m deaf). This afternoon we had an hour long discussion with no talking and now we have a date this Friday. MMT



8- Today, I’m in the Marines and currently stationed in Korea. This morning it was particularly rainy and dreary. Before I was on duty while I was walking to work I decided to splash through a big puddle on the sidewalk like I used to do as a little kid. A Major stopped me and asked, “What are you doing, soldier?” I replied, “Letting my inner child out while I walk, Sir!” He smiled and said, “Carry on, soldier!” As he walked away he purposely jumped up and splashed a puddle himself, laughed, and walked out of sight. MMT



9- Today, after drinking several beers at a bar downtown for my friend’s birthday party, I walked down the road to the bus stop and waited. I was too tight on cash to get a taxi, but I could afford a bus fare. While I was waiting at the bus stop, a taxi pulled up to see if I wanted a ride. It turned out to be a taxi driver who’s given me a ride several times before over the years. I said, “No thanks, I’m tight on money right now and I don’t have enough cash on me.” “Don’t worry about it, jump in,” he said. “You’re a regular, and you’ve tipped me well over the years. I’m getting off my shift now anyway, and I’m heading your way.” He dropped me off at my home free of charge, and even refused a small tip. He smiled and said, “Tonight I’m giving you the tip.” MMT







10- Today, on my birthday, on my last delivery of the night, I delivered a pizza to one of our regular customers. When he opened the door, he threw confetti, grabbed the pizzas, and said, “Jason, you’ve been delivering my pizzas for two years now and they’re always hot and delicious! Your co-worker told me I would be your final delivery this evening, because you’re taking the rest of the night off to celebrate your birthday. Happy birthday! Have some fun on me this evening.” And then he handed me a $100 tip. MMT



11- Today, on a really busy morning at the grocery store where I work, I was ringing up a teenage boy who came to my register with a cart full of groceries. I scanned all of the items and began to bag them when he told me that he would bag them, which people rarely do. Once he paid, he stood nearby waiting on his little sister who was in the restroom. I began to scan another customer’s groceries and the teenage boy walked back to my register and began to bag the customer’s groceries for me. He said, “You look tired, and I’m just standing around. Let me help you.” He bagged her groceries, smiled at me and left when his sister returned. MMT



12- Today, as I was flying home after a 14 month deployment overseas (I’m a Marine), I was kind of uncertain about how my homecoming would be. I hadn’t really spoken to many of my family members and friends recently, and I just assumed that everyone was just doing their own thing, and that I’d see them when I eventually saw them. But when I walked out of the airport gate area past security, pretty much everyone I know (there were about 100 of them) was standing at the entranceway to baggage claim, cheering for me and holding signs up that said, “Welcome home hero!” MMT



13- Today, my husband and I are living off of pennies, but we wanted to do something fun tonight. We had $15 we could commit to the evening, so we decided to order a small pizza from a local pizzeria down the street and then rent a movie. We assumed the pizza would be about $10 and the movie about $5. We called in the pizza order and then walked down to the video store. On the way into the video store my husband found a $5 bill on the sidewalk, so we used it to rent the movie. Then when we got to the pizzeria, they messed up our order, giving us a large cheese instead of a small pepperoni. When the owner realized his staff had made a mistake, he made us a fresh small pepperoni and then gave us both pizzas for free. It wasn’t the fanciest way for a couple to spend an evening, but good luck and great company made it quite memorable. MMT







14- Today, I’m a maid at a fancy hotel. Although I try to look presentable at work, the baggy grey maids uniforms we’re required to wear usually make me feel inferior and unattractive. But this afternoon I was sweeping in the lobby when I overheard a little boy say to his mom, “The key cards for the rooms all look the same. How do the hotel workers know which room card we should get?” His mom laughed and said, “The hotel fairy tells them which key card to give us.” The little boy then pointed to me and said, “Is she the hotel fairy? She looks like one.” MMT



15- Today, I served a large table of rude people at the restaurant where I work. The cook made one small error on one of the orders and, even after I fixed the mistake, all ten of the people at the table, who I had waited on hand and foot for two hours, didn’t leave me a cent for a tip. One of them actually wrote, “Maybe you’ll get it right next time,” on a napkin. It almost brought me to tears. Then a few minutes later I went to pick-up the final signed receipt from two business men who were sitting across from the table of ten. They left me a $100 tip and also left me a note on a napkin that said, “Don’t let those fools ruin that beautiful smile.” MMT



16- Today, a family of Muslims came into our church during a heavy rainstorm. They sat in the back, knelt down, and began to pray. I overheard one of their young children ask, “Why are we praying in here? This is not a mosque.” The father looked down at his child and said, “We all have different paths and beliefs, but there is only one God, and he loves us all the same. This is a lovely place for us to pray and relax until the rain stops.” MMT



17- Today, my two daughters, 4 and 6, wanted ice cream from the ice cream shop next to the grocery store we had just finished shopping at. But ever since my husband and I were forced to foreclose on our home we have been budgeting our money down to the penny, and only using cash for our purchases. I explained to my daughters that I had only brought enough money for the groceries. They were upset, but okay with it. Then, as we were packing all the groceries in our car, the ice cream store owner walked up with two double scoop ice cream cones. He said, “I was out front a minute ago and overheard your conversation. Today the ice cream is on me.” MMT







18- Today, I stopped on the side of the road to help an elderly man who was struggling with changing a flat tire. It turns out he was the firefighter who pulled my mom and me out of our burning apartment when I was a kid. Even though I hadn’t seen him in 30 years, it only took me a few seconds to recognize him. We chatted about it for awhile, and then as soon and I had the spare tire secured on his car, we looked at each other, shook hands and said, “Thank you,” simultaneously. MMT



19- Today, as I was preparing to pay at a toll booth, a driver next to me accidentally pulled into a closed lane, so I stopped and gave him enough room to pull into my lane. When I stopped at the window to pay my toll, the toll attendant told me the gentleman in front of me had paid for me. MMT



20- Today, I was checked into the hospital after a pretty bad motorcycle accident. My childhood best friend showed up unannounced to see me. We haven’t spoken in almost two years after we got in a huge fight over a business deal that went sour. Sitting here in my hospital room this afternoon, we resolved all of our differences and talked for four straight hours. This accident broke a few of my bones, but it reunited me with one of my best friends in the world. MMT



21- Today, a boy in my 9th grade home economics class brought in two dozen red roses and gave one rose to every girl in the class, then handed me the remaining roses and said, "These are for you." He did this following a conversation a few of my girls started in class yesterday about never receiving flowers from anyone. And they finished the conversation by asking me if had. I jokingly said, "It's been a long time." MMT





22- Today, my grandfather used 25 different coupons at the grocery store. Then he gave the money he saved to the bag boy as a tip. He does this almost every Sunday because he says he “likes to see people smile.” MMT


23- Today, I walked my daughter down the aisle. Ten years ago I pulled a 14 year old boy out of his mom's fire-engulfed SUV after a serious accident. Doctors initially said he would never walk again. My daughter came with me several times to visit him at the hospital. Then she started going on her own. Today, seeing him defy the odds and smile widely, standing on his own two feet at the altar as he placed a ring on my daughter’s finger MMT.


24- Today, my son showed up to the diner for our weekly lunch date a few minutes late without a baseball cap on. “I can’t even remember the last time you showed up without a cap,” I said. “Actually, it’s kind of a funny story,” he said. “I’ve never told you about him, but every week on my walk here a homeless man who hangs out in the park down the street compliments my hat. So today, I stopped and talked to him for a few minutes. I found out that his name is Kyle, and I decided to give Kyle my hat. He was so happy. And next week when I walk by we’ll have matching hats.” MMT


25- Today, a young teenage boy was in line in front of me at Target. He used a gift card to buy two video games. The cashier, an older woman probably in her late 60’s, rang him up and informed him that he had $12 remaining on his gift card. “Oh, wait then,” he said as he ran two isles over and grabbed a $10 bouquet of flowers. As the cashier added the flowers to his order the boy handed them to her and said, “These are for you.” The cashier could not wipe the smile off her face, even after he left. MMT







26- Today was the 10 year anniversary of my dad’s passing. When I was a kid he used to hum a short melody to me as I was going to sleep. When I was 18, as he rested in his hospital bed fighting cancer, the roles were reversed and I hummed the melody to him. I haven’t heard that melody since and almost completely forgot about it until last night. My fiancĂ© and I were lying in bed. We were turned on our sides looking at each other when he started humming the melody to me. He said his mom used to hum it to him when he was a kid. MMT


27- Today, a homeless man poked his head in the front door of our donut shop just before we closed for the evening. He asked for a tall glass of clean drinking water so he could share it with a friend who’s feeling “dehydrated.” I gave him two large cups of water and the 16 leftover donuts we had sitting in our display case. He was extremely grateful. And I watched as he walked outside to a homeless woman sitting out front. She smiled and gave him a huge hug. MMT


28- Today, I was sitting on a park bench eating a sandwich I made myself for lunch when an elderly couple pulled their car up under a nearby oak tree. They rolled down the windows and turned up some jazz music on the radio. Then the man got out of the car, walked around to the passenger side, opened the door for the woman, took her hand and helped her out of her seat, guided her about ten feet away from the car, and they slow danced for the next half hour under the oak tree. MMT


29- Today, a street performer tipped me $10. I'm a bellhop at a boutique hotel in Miami Beach. This street performer is always rocking a drum beat on trash cans, paint buckets, or any object that he can play like a drum set. He constantly performs at various locations around the neighborhood. He’s good at what he does and the tourists love him, so I’ve tipped him a few times over the years. He was walking by this evening as I was complaining to a coworker that I didn’t receive many tips today. He walked up, stuffed a $10 bill in my shirt pocket and said, “I received more tips than usual today, my friend. Have a great night.” MMT


30- Today, I woke up late and decided that I’d just do my makeup quickly in the office restroom before I started work. On my way into the office, as I was hurrying to the restroom, I received two sincere compliments on my appearance from two separate colleagues. One of them actually said, “I love the lighter make-up today, it really brightens your smile.”MMT


31- Today, I told my 18 year old grandson that nobody asked me to prom when I was in high school, so I didn’t attend. He showed up at my house this evening dressed in a tuxedo and took me as his date to his prom. MMT







32- Today, 15 years after the accident that caused his loss of vision, my brother is a full-time jazz pianist for the city symphony. He’s always smiling and tells me he loves his life. Prior to the accident, before he concentrated all of his efforts on playing the piano, he was a full-time retail store manager and he was one of the most grumpy, negative people I had in my life. MMT


33- Today, my 88-year-old grandmother and her 17 year old cat are both blind. My grandmother’s guide dog leads my grandmother around the house, which is normal. But la
tely, he’s been guiding her cat around the house too. When her cat meows, he walks up and rubs against her, and then she follows directly behind him to her food, to the litter box, to the other end of the house for a nap, etc. MMT


34- Today, I was sitting on the steps of church waiting for a bus when I saw an old Catholic nun being assisted up the steps by a young man wearing a Muslim turban. Once they were at the top, the nun turned to the young man and said, “I can see both of our gods raise beautiful children. Thank you.” The young man smiled and nodded. MMT



35- Today, an 86-year-old man completed my diving certification course in Key West, FL. He said he wants his certification so he can dive at the Great Barrier Reef when he visits Australia in 2 weeks. “That sounds like fun. Are you a world traveler?” I asked. He laughed. “I was when I was your age. Actually, I was cleaning out an old filing cabinet yesterday. In it I found a list I made when I was 22 titled, ‘10 Things I Will Do Before I Die.’ Diving at the Great Barrier Reef is #10 on the list, and it’s the only one I haven’t completed.” MMT


36- Today, it’s been 10 years that our office janitor/maintenance man has been working at our company. Ever since he started, even as our small company grew from 12 people (when I started) to 118, he has given a small gift and card to every single one of his co-workers on their birthday. I actually just received my 10th gift and card from him last week. Today, for his birthday, the owner and CEO gave him a $25,000 bonus and threw him an after-work party. MMT







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7- Today, I celebrated my anniversary. Not my wedding anniversary, I’m not married. I celebrated my anniversary of getting a second chance at life. Five years ago today I attempted suicide by overdosing on painkillers. To this day, based on the massive quantity of pills I consumed, my doctors cannot believe I'm alive and healthy. Some people don't even believe the story. But I'm glad. I almost don’t believe it myself. Because I’m happy now. And I realize how lucky I am to be alive. MMT


38- Today, I ran into an old high school student of mine at the hospital. She dropped out of my senior calculus class to have a baby. I felt bad for her at the time, because I knew how smart she was. I thought she was wasting her intelligence. I ran into her at the hospital today because she is now an ER doctor. MMT



39- Today, my mom received the surgery she needed to remove a malignant tumor from her abdomen. My family has been struggling without medical insurance since my dad lost his job last year. My sister and I have been openly discussing my mom’s medical dilemma on Facebook. Last week, a friend of a friend, who is a veteran cancer treatment surgeon who owns his own practice, saw our comments on Facebook and volunteered to help my mother for free. MMT


40- Today, an older man and woman walked in and sat at the bar in the five star hotel where I work. They were under-dressed and reminded most of the staff of the kind of cheap tourists that are demanding and tip poorly. Since I’m the newest waitress at the bar, my colleagues insisted that it was my duty to wait on them. So I did. It turned out the man and woman were the owners of the hotel (their son now runs the company… who we’ve all met before). They tipped me $100 bill and said they were going to put in a good word for me with their son. MMT


41- Today, as I pulled into my apartment complex I noticed my neighbor, who’s got to be about 8 months pregnant, struggling with her groceries. I stopped and helped her bring them up the stairs into her apartment. This evening, when I got home from the gym I found a freshly baked apple pie sealed in Tupperware sitting on my doorstep with a note that said, “I used the ingredients you helped me carry to bake this. Enjoy!” MMT








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1 comment:

  1. Truly a nice collection of events you have got. Feels like humanity is still alive and well flourishing in this 21st century's temptations. Keep it up. Bro!

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