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14 Moving Photos That Show the Power of Kindness

These photos capturing human kindness are so heartwarming, they'll give you hope for the future of the world.

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Making a wish come true

On September 19, 2018, the Make-A-Wish Foundation put together a truly memorable day for five-year-old Levi, a boy with a serious congenital heart condition. The San Diego Padres signed Levi to the team for the day. Here, first baseman Eric Hosmer bonds with the young boy in a heartwarming moment. Don’t miss these 21 random acts of kindness that changed people’s lives.

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Volunteerism after a devastating earthquake

In early August 2018, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s island of Lombok, killing more than 550 people. Pictured here are volunteer doctors helping a man whose legs were broken during the destruction caused by the quake.

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Working for the good of others

At the Earthworks Urban Farm in Michigan, volunteers like this woman roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty as they work to grow fresh produce for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Don’t miss these 10 powerful quotes to remind you to be kind to others.

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Princess Diana’s kindness

Diana, Princess of Wales, was dedicated to lifting the spirits of the sick and the injured. But she was also devoted to bringing awareness to the circumstances that bring about illness and harm. Here she visits a hospital in Angola as part of a Red Cross effort to highlight the injuries caused by landmines. The amputee she sits with is only 13 years old.

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Prince Harry carries the kindness on

In 2004, Prince Harry, who is continuing to carry out the charity work of his mum, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, visited with young orphans in Lesotho (a landlocked, underprivileged country in Africa).

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Prince William has a knack for cheering up children too

Prince William is also carrying on his mother’s legacy of kindness. Here he’s pictured in September 2018, chatting with a boy who is a resident at Acorn Children’s Hospice in Birmingham, England. The hospice, which provides specialized care for children and their families, was opened 30 years ago by Diana, Princess of Wales. Don’t miss these other heartwarming acts of kindness.

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Fighting pollution

These wetlands on the island of Evia in Greece are littered with pollution; the country only recycles 16 percent of its trash and plastic products are still widely used, reports News24. In an effort to stay ahead of the problem, volunteer divers are working as underwater garbage collectors.

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Brothers taking care of brothers

In this photo, two Yemeni children accompany their disabled brother towards a religious ceremony this past August. The boy was disabled as a result of the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Find out simple ways you can support veterans in the United States.

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Making a blind marathoner’s dreams come true

When blind marathon runner Dave Heeley wanted to fulfill his dream of running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in 2008, he needed a committed running partner, and he found that in Malcolm Carr, who ran right alongside Heeley for the entire journey. You can read all about it in Heeley’s autobiography From Light to Dark: The Story of Blind Dave Heeley.

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Devoted search and rescue volunteers

After the 2018 eruption of the Volcan de Fuego, or “Volcano of Fire,” in San Miguel, Los Lotes, Guatemala, these volunteers risked their own safety to search for the missing, and they continued to do so even after official search efforts were suspended.

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Children helping other children after a devastating fire

After an inferno tore through a shanty town in Manila, Philippines, in July 2013, approximately 400 families were left homeless, including many with school-age children whose school was also destroyed by the fire. Despite the terrifying conditions, neighbors rallied together to help one another, including these children helping to lift a victim from the rubble. Here are some random acts of kindness you could do right now.

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Kindness, not currency

In April of 2009, these Londoners set themselves up at the famed Berwick Street Market food stalls to prove that kindness is a more powerful currency than any pound or Euro. While this was part of Absolut Vodka’s “In an Absolut World” marketing campaign, we can’t help hoping the idea catches on.

Miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank and her familyMike Forster/Associated Newspapers/Shutterstock

This is the woman who hid Anne Frank

Miep Gies risked her own life during World War II by helping to harbor Anne Frank and her family (Gies was the secretary of Anne’s father, Otto) in an attic apartment behind Otto Frank’s business. She even spent time with the Frank’s in hiding so she could understand what it felt like. After the Nazis discovered the Franks, Gies found Anne’s diary and held on to it, hoping to return it to the girl one day. As we know, Anne did not survive, so Gies gave the now-famous journal to Otto. Read on for 15 more inspiring stories of ordinary people who changed the world.

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Free hugs

The “Guerilla Hugs” team in London was giving away free hugs to passersby at the launch of “Action for Happiness.” Action for Happiness encourages hugging, meditation, and random acts of kindness. Don’t miss these 30 simple acts of kindness you can do in two minutes or less.

Lauren Cahn
Lauren Cahn is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared regularly on Reader's Digest, The Huffington Post, and a variety of other publications since 2008. She covers life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. Lauren is also an author of crime fiction; her first full-length manuscript, The Trust Game, was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Award for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.