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Gay Man’s Gut Feeling Saves Woman From Potentially Sketchy Date

By | dating, Food for thought, helping others, stories, strangers doing good, toxic relationships, uplifting news

Strangers looking out for strangers.

A guardian angel

Earlier this month, Twitter user @Hadia__S was out on a coffee date when a gay man sitting behind her passed her a note.

In a now-viral post, the woman shared a photo of the note, which was given to her while her date was in the bathroom.

“I had coffee with a guy yesterday. When he went to the bathroom, the gay guy sitting behind me passed me this note,” she wrote.

“Too many red flags. Run. Be safe girl.”

She saw red flags, too

The woman went on that the date was indeed filled with red flags. One bad sign was “not seeing eye to eye” on the situation when rapper Da Baby expressed homophobic views to a live audience. Another was the date’s admiration for Kevin Samuels, who has been called a “pseudo-love guru” who “exploits the vulnerability of Black women.”

“Ok, I’ll share more..while trying to remain as vague as possible. But we did not see eye to eye on the Da Baby situation and he’s a Kevin Samuels fan. I had to look him up and was immediately taken aback lmao,” she wrote.

“I recognized the red flags, but I wasn’t in danger, so I stayed, because of course I had to debate him. I’m sure my guardian angel was exhausted and was like “BITCH, LEAVE!””

Thankful that someone was watching her back

The Twitter user added that despite seeing the red flags herself, she appreciated the note from the stranger and it gave her a good laugh.

She also addressed questions in the comments asking whether there’d be a second date — the answer was no.

“There were a few other GLARING red flags that I won’t mention, but don’t worry, I would have recognized them with or without the note. But the note was greatly appreciated and added some laughs to my night. There won’t be a second date,” she wrote.

Listen to gay men

In the comments, user @endlessblissx pointed out how gay men are always looking out for women.

“Did you listen? cause if anyone knows men better, it’s GAY MEN.”

Others shared that men who date men are excellent authorities on the subject and should be listened to.

“I’m just saying if a man who dates men, tells me to run tuh I’m hitting the JETS,” wrote @misseverywhereg

“Men who date men know men.. you might wanna listen girl, ijs,” wrote @thatdamnbrook

Look out for each other

When we’re meeting someone for the first time, especially on a date, it can be tough to glean who they truly are. Sometimes, we miss telltale signs that show the person might not be as great as they seem.

Figuring these red flags out early on can save us a lot of anguish down the line, but it’s not always easy to recognize them. That’s why if we see red flags anywhere, whether it’s a stranger or a friend, it’s a kind thing to gently let them know. We all have to look out for each other in this complex world.

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Hero of the Week: Teacher Raises $130K to Help Abandoned LGBTQ Teen Head to College

By | Education, Food for thought, Hero of the week, Inspiring Stories, kindness, LGBTQ+, strangers doing good

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Going to college was 18-year-old Seth Owen’s lifelong dream. He was always reading, learning, participating in extracurriculars and helping others whenever he could.

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Photo Credit: Jane Martin/GoFundMe.

“I was the nerd in fifth grade who walked around recess talking about how I wanted to be an astronaut,” Owen told NBC News. His hard work started paying off, as college acceptance letters started coming in, including from prestigious Georgetown University. His teachers could not be prouder.

Back home though, things were far from peaceful or happy. In his sophomore year, his very religious family found out he was gay. “I was writing a paper and my decided to check my phone late in the evening,” the Florida teen told NBC News. That night, his parents questioned him until the early hours of the morning.

In no time whatsoever, his parents sent him to a “Christian counselor” to undergo was amounted to conversion therapy, the medically debunked process of “converting” an LGBTQ individual to heterosexuality. Of course, it didn’t work, but somehow Owen managed to convince his parents to let him discontinue his “treatment.”

A dedicated student despite his struggles at home

All the while, Owen’s grades remained high and his academic participation exemplary. But things were becoming worse at home. He still had to attend his family’s church, were homophobia was rampant, open and aggressive. He didn’t feel welcome. He didn’t feel loved. He didn’t feel safe. And when he asked his parents of could attend a different church, they gave him an ultimatum: he could continue going to their church and remain at home, or he could leave the family home.

Worried for his well-being, he had to leave, and ended up sleeping on friends’ couches. And still his grades were exemplary, and Owen even became co-valedictorian of his class. But Georgetown University would not change its financial aid – even though Owen showed ample proof that he no longer had parental support or aid and yet was about to graduate with a 4.61 GPA.

Teacher of the year

Photo Credit: Jane Martin/GoFundMe.

Jane Martin, a biology teacher who taught Owen during his freshman year and mentored him through college found out about his struggles. And she was not about to let a bright young mind suffer, because his family did not understand him or love him. “Seth was just a kid that really stood out to me. He was super ambitious and was always trying to go above and beyond to make sure he could be as successful as possible.”

Consulting with other teachers and students, she set up a $20,000 GoFundMe campaign, aimed at covering tuition cost for his first year. But Owen’s story touched people and donations started pouring in. Owen, who was about to be forced t take a gap year, couldn’t believe how many people responded with messages of support, encouragement whatever they could spare.

Soon, there were $2,000 pledged. Then the $20,000 goal was reached, and even more people heard about his story, his pain and his drive for learning. Now, Owen is getting ready to move to Washington D.C. within the month to start classes at Georgetown, where, thanks to kind strangers and the support of his former teacher he will be able to cover tuition – at press time, the fundraiser had totaled nearly $130,000 in pledges.

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Plane Passenger Asks Stranger to Switch Seats, Triggers Encounter Between Potential Soulmates

By | fitness, Food for thought, Inspiring Stories, kindness, love, strangers doing good

Rosey Blair, actor, writer, tweeter and now possible matchmaker was on a flight to Dallas on July 3 when she asked a random stranger if they could switch seats so she could sit next to her boyfriend.

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Photo Credit: Rosey Blair

The woman said yes, and Rosey and her boyfriend joked that perhaps the person to be seated next to her will be the love of her life. Little did they know they were about to predict the future – maybe.

As Rosey and her boyfriend settled in, the woman’s seat neighbor showed up. Before the plane had even taken off, the two strangers were caught up in animated conversation, smiling and hashing out their shared interests.

With no TV on board but armed with WiFi and boundless optimism – and more than a little curiosity – Rosey kept an eye on the cute couple whom she dubbed #prettyplanegirl and #hunkyplaneguy and started tweeting, even buying extra WiFi to keep the internet posted.

Soon, more than 250,000 people had tuned into her live reporting of the possibly bubbling romance for the millennial age. The two newly famous internet stars soon discovered they were both personal trainers and vegetarians, and started talking about their families.

As Rosey remarked, “there were no wedding rings in sight,” which gave her further hope as the two flirty passengers started showing each other family pictures.

As a baby smiled and waved at the two passengers and Rosey continued live tweeting updates, #hunkyplaneguy – whom the internet renamed #planebae – and his seat partner shared a cheese plate while slowly moving closer to each other.

In fact, before the plane landed the kind woman even rested her head on planebae’s shoulder for a second, sending Rosey, her boyfriend and the entire internet into a tizzy.

Feeling a responsibility towards her audience and eager to learn more herself, Rosey followed the two off the plane to see them walk off together.

As the plane love story continued to blow up on social media, even being picked up by major news outlets, the story made its way to planebae, who contacted Rosey.

It turns out his name is Euan Holden and he is a former pro soccer player — a down-to-earth guy who found the online attention and Rosey’s reporting hilarious, albeit somewhat overwhelming.

While Rosey thought she was being rather subtle, it turns out Euan had caught on to her antics.

While #prettyplanegirl has so far decided to remain anonymous, feeling overwhelmed by the massive media attention the plane fling garnered, everybody involved continues to be touched by the countless well wishes and positive thoughts being sent their way from strangers across the world.


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Plane Passenger Asks Stranger to Switch Seats, Triggers Encounter Between Potential Soulmates

8-Year-Old Goes Out of His Way to Help Elderly Woman, Shows Us the Power of Random Acts of Kindness

By | children, Food for thought, Inspiring Stories, kindness, selflessness, seniors, strangers doing good

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When eight-year-old Maurice Adams Jr. saw an elderly woman with a walker struggle to get up a flight of stairs, he rushed to help her.

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Photo Credit: Riley Duncan/WGXA.tv via Facebook

His selfless and joyful act of kindness was caught on camera by a passerby and soon went viral, touching hearts across the world.

Maurice, who lives in Georgia, was on his way home with his sister and mom Contricia Hill when he first noticed an elderly woman with a walker crossing a busy road by herself.

But when she was met by a flight of stairs and started struggling, Maurice immediately asked his mom if he could get out of their car and go help, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Getting the greenlight from his proud mom, Maurice hopped out of the car and patiently helped the older woman up each step. With one arm around her and the other helping lift her walker, Maurice and the older lady successfully made it up the steps, hugging at the end to celebrate the win.

Maurice’s new friend patted him on the back and told him he was special for helping out. Both of them smiling, Maurice hopped down the stairs and back into his mom’s car.

How the story went viral

But unbeknownst to Maurice and his family, a stranger saw the entire beautiful interaction and caught in camera. The bystander, Riley Duncan, was so touched by Maurice’s kindness, he shared it to a local Facebook group with the caption “God bless our youth” so others too could appreciate the moment.

Comments and shares went wild, with many praising Maurice for being a “sweet young man” and a “young gentleman.” Many raised Maurice as an example for youth and remarking what a great job his family has done to instill such selfless values in him.

“Young man, you are a treasure. Always keep your kindess and never let other people that that away from you. Five gold stars for your kindess and Five gold stars for the parents whom are doing a superb job raising this child into a decent caring person,” one commenter wrote.

More heartwarming reactions

When mom Contricia Hill learned that her son has become internet-famous for his random act of kindness she couldn’t be prouder, telling a local news channel: “It’s touching. It’s very touching. (It just shows) respect and raising your kids right goes a long way.”

As for what bystander Riley thought of the interaction? “I was so proud and it made me feel so good and I started crying,” he told WGXA, adding he recorded the moment “with tears.” In fact, Riley was so touched, he revealed to CBS News he will be rewarding Maurice with a $100 for his kindness.

When asked what motivated his drive to help, Maurice simply said: “She was struggling, so I decided to help her.”

We can all be more like Maurice.

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Watch Celebrity Trainer Bob Harper Meet the Man Who Saved His Life During a Massive Heart Attack

By | Celebrities, Food for thought, Inspiring Stories, strangers doing good, survivors

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The Biggest Loser host and celebrity fitness trainer Bob Harper is no stranger to big reveals and dramatic television moments.bob-harper-surprise-man-saved-him

But on a recent Dr. Oz episode, the fitness guru had a surprise of his own: Meeting the man who helped save his life during a massive heart attack.

The hero stranger, who performed CPR on Harper when he collapsed while working out at a gym, was tracked down by the Dr. Oz team.

I believe in the power of human spirit.

— Bob Harper

That stranger turned out to be a med student named Philip, who up until that point had never even performed CPR. He had trained on CPR dummies, but never on an actual person, let alone one who was dying in front of his eyes.

“I was feeling for your pulses, which were weak, and then they stopped. And then all of a sudden— do you want to hear it? All of a sudden you turned blue. Like actually blue,” Philip told a speechless Harper.

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Realizing the severity of the situation, Philip immediately began CPR. Thanks to his efforts, and those around him, Harper survived until emergency services took over. The celebrity trainer spent two days in the hospital completely unconscious after the incident.


More than a year later, the near-miss is still affecting Harper. Overcome with emotion, the 52-year-old was visibly shaken by Philip’s recounting of the incident. What makes the story even more impressive is that the day of Harper’s heart attack was the first time Philip had gone to that gym.

I don’t feel like I need to be in control as much as I thought I needed to in the past.

— Bob Harper

Known for his hardcore approach to fitness and life, Harper is now enjoying a slower pace of living.

According to Men’s Health, the trainer has brought down the intensity of his workouts, switched to the Mediterranean diet and brought more peace into his life. “I’m more relaxed. I’m a lot easier to be around, I hope. I’ve always been a very type A person and now I’ve let loose the reins,” he said.

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Bride Sends Wedding Invitation to the Wrong Address, Receives a Note that Makes Her Day

By | celebration, Food for thought, humanity, Inspiring Stories, kindness, strangers doing good

Planning and organizing a wedding is no small feat, especially when you’ve got 200 guests coming. Mishaps can happen, as one Oregon bride-to-be overwhelmed with work and wedding planning found out.

Cassandra Warren sent one of her invitations to the wrong address. Surprisingly, she got an answer back from the unintended recipient – one that made her day.

Warren thought she mailed an invitation to her aunt and uncle in Eugene, Oregon, who live just 20 minutes from her home. But the invite never made it to her relatives, as Cassandra realized when she got her own invitation back in the mail, according to The Washington Post.

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Warren was struggling with a particularly stressful day when she received the returned invitation. But when fiancé Jesse Jones opened the envelope and showed it to her, she found a handwritten note. “I wish I knew you – this is going to be a blast. Congratulations – go have dinner on me. I’ve been married for 40 years—it gets better with age,” it read. Attached was a $20 bill.

Photo Credit: Cassandra Warren

Te anonymous do-gooder not only turned around the bride’s day, but proved she understood both Warren and her fiancé. Upon closer inspection, Cassandra realized the kind stranger also wrote “Livelong and prosper” on the envelope – a wish not only for a happy life, but also an acknowledgement of the couple’s love of Star Trek (their invites were Star Trek and Harry Potter-themed).

Thankful for the stranger’s kindness, Warren replied. She addressed it to Kind Stranger and wrote her own heartfelt note: “Thank you for the note and taking time to send it. Not many people would have done that. It was a big blessing after the day I was having. I am thankful for people like you still being in the world.”


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Bride Sends Wedding Invitation to the Wrong Address, Receives a Note that Makes Her Day