Howdy, neighbors! How are you all doing this fine day, dear Pandas? Why don’t you sit down with a cool glass of lemonade? Is there anything on your mind that you’d like to talk about? Do you need help repainting your house or mowing your lawn? Don’t be shy—we’re happy to help. The essence of a wholesome neighbor and a strong local community is kindness. That and the willingness to lend a helping hand without expecting anything in return.
We know—the world can seem like a scary and dark place sometimes, full of spooky fears and lingering doubts. However, life’s also full of light and joy. And it’s the people closest to us who help keep the darkness at bay. We can prove it, too! The Bored Panda team has picked out the most wholesome examples of neighbors going out of their way to make the world a better place for everyone.
Scroll down to have a look at the soul-healing pics, upvote the ones that brought a smile to your face, and let us know all about the friendliest neighbors in your own communities, dear Pandas.
#1 Neighbors That Care
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#2 Awesome Neighbours
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#3 Lost My Husband Suddenly 6 Months Ago, Lost My Cat Last Week. Today, My Neighbor Brought Me This Baby Girl. Smiled For The First Time In Days And Haven’t Stopped
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In an earlier interview, Bored Panda learned about the link between happiness and helping others from Vanessa King, the Head of Psychology at ‘Action for Happiness,’ a movement that aims to create a happier and more caring society. A large part of being happy comes from helping others because we’re a social species and evolved to live in groups. Helping each other out and working together is the “social glue” that helps keep all of us together.
#4 A UPS Driver Went Above-And-Beyond This Year, Delivering Nearly 200 Packages A Day Through Lockdowns. Hundreds Of Neighbors Came Out To Give Him A Hero’s Salute
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#5 Some Guy Spraypainted Some Very Explicit Anti-Gay Slurs On A Garage Down The Street (A Gay Couple Live There), So Our Neighborhood Got Together And Painted This
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#6 One Of My Neighbours Slipped This Under My Door While I Was Practising, I Thought They Were Going To Make A Noise Complaint But They Just Had A Request
I played it with my windows open and I heard really loud clapping come from a balcony a few stories up which was super lovely. I’m in such a lovely mood now it’s so nice to be appreciated.
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“Participating in group activities and community events makes us happier too. When we do things for others it activates the reward center in the brain, so when we give a gift it feels the same as receiving a gift,” King explained to Bored Panda that our own bodies reward us for being social.
#7 Our Neighbor Gives Treats Through The Fence. Recently He Has Been Giving My Daughter Treats Too. This Is Them Waiting Patiently Today
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#8 So My 102 Year Old Neighbour Was Admitted To Hospital With A Stroke And She Still Remembered My 21st
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#9 Relationships Like These Are A Gift
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Kindness and altruism don’t require you to be an actual superhero who makes the world a better place in a single swoop. Kindness is most often made up of small steps. And altruism is a habit that you can learn to incorporate into your life bit by bit. Start small because it’s not the size of the deed that matters, it’s the intent.
#10 A Note Left For A Neighbor
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#11 In 2019, This 15-Year-Old Kid Started To Take Care Of His Elderly Neighbors Every Single Day After They Had Medical Setbacks. God Bless You Romemylion
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#12 Learning Sign Language For A Deaf 3-Year-Old Neighbor
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“You can give money to charity, donate to a food bank, or volunteer your time over Christmas. You can leave a food package or a note for an elderly neighbor. All of these actions help others and boost your own happiness and if we are happier, research shows we are even more likely to help others,” King said.
#13 We Ran Out Of Toilet Paper And Asked Our Downstairs Neighbor If We Could Borrow Some. This Is How It Arrived, Delivered To Our Door
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#14 Our Neighbor Doesn’t Have Wi-Fi, So We Talked Her Through Joining Ours. Once On She Received 70 Messages From Her Children Living Overseas
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#15 Good Neighbor
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According to King, we shouldn’t stress out about whether or not our kindness is genuine or if we expect something in return at the start. It’s all part of the learning process to grow to expect nothing back. “Maybe at first, you start out doing things to help others only to get attention and praise, but you will find that doing things for others helps you feel good. Once you see the difference you can make in the world and to your own happiness and altruism can grow naturally,” she told Bored Panda.
What’s more, King noted that kindness has a ripple effect. People are more likely to be kind when they’ve experienced kindness in return. So a kind neighbor inspires more neighbors to be kind as well.
#16 These Kind Neighbors Repaired And Painted The House Of A Lonely, Retired School Teacher For Free
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#17 Apartment Complex Flooded At Least 3 Feet. Good Neighbors Saved Dogs Trapped Inside
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#18 My 90-Year-Old Neighbor Hasn’t Walked Her Dog In Years So I Volunteered To Do It For Her. So Proud Of Buddy’s Weight Loss
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“There’s an important point too here for people on the receiving end of kindness. If they can, it’s, of course, great to say thank you and add the positive impact it has for you e.g., ‘Thank you, It’s great to know that someone cares.’ That can really boost the glow for the giver and encourage them to give more,” King said that thanking someone can encourage them to be kind in the future as well. So a warm thank-you or an offer of a glass of homemade iced tea goes a long way to making your neighborhood a happier, kinder place.
#19 My Neighbors Brought Me A “Plate” Since I Didn’t Go Anywhere For Thanksgiving
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#20 These Young Guys Saved Their Elderly Neighbor Mr. C From A House Fire
This is Bridgeton. Mr. ‘C’ has lived here for nearly 50 years, and is well known in his neighborhood. Yesterday, unknown to him while he was watching television, this group saw smoke coming from the roof of his house. Rather than ignore it, they were concerned for their neighbor and alerted him. They got Mr. C out of his house while a neighbor climbed out the window with a fire extinguisher and slowed down a burning exhaust fan that was on fire.
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#21 Love Your Neighbor
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#22 Someone Stole A Kid’s Razor Scooter In Our Neighborhood. An Anonymous Neighbor Decided To Restore Some Joy Back For The Kid
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#23 Being Wholesome To Their Neighbor
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#24 My Neighbor Painted My Dog For Me And My Brother For Absolutely No Reason. We Love It
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#25 Neighbors Helping Out Strangers During The Australian Bushfires. Everything Helps And It All Adds Up
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#26 Helping Your Neighbors In Need
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#27 When You Do Not Have A Doggo But Your Neighbor Does
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#28 After Bad Storms, This Retired Old Man Goes Around Our Neighborhood And Cleans The Debris Out Of Yards And Catch Basins
When I asked him why he said “because I am retired and have the time to help”. 10/10 great dude
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#29 Neighborhood Kids Were Using This Lady’s Yard For Sledding Without Asking. She Responded By Blasting Xmas Music Out Her Window, Putting On A Santa Hat With A Beard And Joining Them
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#30 Left This In My Neighbor’s Garden To Cheer Them Up
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#31 My Son Was Looking Out Of The Window And Saw My Elderly Neighbor Walking In The Rainstorm Without An Umbrella On Friday. And Walked Him All The Way Home
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#32 90-Year-Old Neighbor On Strict Quarantine Put Out A Table Of Roses From His Garden In Wood Vases He Made By Hand
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#33 My Old Man Removed A Fence Panel So He Can Share A Beer With His Neighbor
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#34 I’m On Vacation For A Week And Asked My Neighbor To Go Check On Our Cat. He Checked On More Than That
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#35 Neighbour Complained About Kids Being Too Loud
#36 An Offer From The Neighbor
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#37 So My Cat Died A Few Days Ago And The Neighbors Kids Found Out And My This Collage Of Him. I’m In Tears
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#38 This Is My 98 Year Old Neighbor And Friend. She Is Afraid To Go To Church So Every Sunday I Go Over And Set Her Up To Watch A Livestream Of Mass
Recently, I found the book of Sunday’s so she can follow along. She is such a blessing to me.
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#39 A Neighbor I’ve Never Even Spoken To Saw That I Was Home Alone All Day On Thanksgiving And Brought Me This
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#40 These Neighbors Adjusted Their Fence So They Could Enjoy A Beer Together With Social Distance
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#41 Our 4 Year Old Twin Neighbours Left A Little Gift For Fira. She Loved It So Much She Carried It For Her Entire Walk
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#42 I Had Such A Shitty Day. Valentine’s Day, Husband Away, Alone With 3 Boys And Too Busy To Even Make Food For Myself
My Iranian neighbor just brought over abgusht, a stew with lamb and chickpeas. Just because she thought I could be hungry.
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#43 This Mailman Decided To Retire, The Whole Neighborhood Throw Him A Goodbye Party And Raise Money For His Dream Vacation
Once his very last shift was finally over, the neighborhood had another surprise for Mr. Floyd. 300+ people came to a covered dish block party in his honor. People stood in line all night for hugs and photos. Floyd’s known these guys since they were babies. “Now you guys are as tall as I am!”. Floyd said tonight’s sendoff was the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for him. His parting words: “Continue to take care of each other, and smile when you think of me.”
He hopes to go to Hawaii one day, so neighbors have launched an official Go Fund Me to help Mr. Floyd realize his dream of visiting Hawaii one day.
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#44 My Neighbor Just Passed Away And His Wife Is Still Quarantined Which Means Nobody Can Go Over To Comfort Her
He was a public school art teacher so the neighbors got together and made this for her to let her know how much he meant to us and our community.
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#45 We Lost Everything In A House Fire Two Days Ago. Our Little Neighbor Did A Lemonade Stand To Raise Money For Us
The firemen who tried to save our house came by to support it.
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#46 We Just Moved Into A New Neighborhood, And When I Went To Mow The Front Lawn, My New Neighbor Was Already At It
Said he does it once for all the new neighbors as a welcoming gift.
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#47 Lovely Note From My New Neighbours
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#48 My Elderly Neighbor Moved Out And Left This For Me
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#49 I Mentioned That I Am Out Of Work And My Elderly Neighbor Left This On My Doorstep
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#50 We Recently Had A Death In Our Family. That Usually Means Families Will Come Over Every Day For A Couple Days – At Least 25-30 Kids Outside Out Of Control And Wild For The Entire Day
Today the neighbor rented a bouncy house for the entire day, just for the kids.
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