They always say ‘thank you’
Fires raging through the state brought a team of federal firefighters to Hayesville, North Carolina. The tiny town of just over 300 people, rallied together to make those crew’s selfless job as easy as possible. They donated sports drinks, water, lip balm, and more, plus made themselves available to lend a listening ear or a prayer. The firefighters received more than 2,000 thank-you cards. In a video thanking the town, one Oregon firefighter said it was “about the most hospitable state and county that I’ve ever been in.” Learn how to teach your kids gratitude.
No one minds a slow pace
At four-way stop signs in Salida, Colorado, locals politely wave the other driver, cyclist, or walker, to go through first. In turn, that person waves to let that driver go ahead instead. “This ritual takes up more time than the electric red stop light on First Street,” writes John Farrell. Even so, everyone is patient and happy to spend a few extra moments before rushing on to their destination.
They never expect anything in return
An Indiana woman left her wallet at home in her rush to visit her mom, who had just been admitted to intensive care in Alabama. Out of gas with no money, she stopped for help at Jim Oliver’s Smoke House in Monteagle, Tennessee. The owner, James Oliver, listened to her situation, then gave her $200 without expecting a penny of it back. That kind of generosity isn’t uncommon for Oliver, who’s been known to give meals, money, lodging, and jobs to those in need.