Jen Juneau
November 17, 2015 10:24 am

We love it when social-media posts go viral for positive reasons, especially when they remind us that humanity can be pretty darn fantastic.

This past weekend, one of those reminders came in the form of a photo posted on Facebook by Redd Desmond Thomas, who was at Atlanta’s Lindbergh Center train station when he witnessed a pretty amazing exchange between an older man and a younger one – two people who didn’t know each other going in, but who demonstrated both how simple, and how crucial everyday kindness really is.

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The photo depicts the older man assisting the younger man in tying his tie. Thomas’ caption accompanying the photo gives us the story of how everything went down (and it’s the sweetest).

“The young guy sitting down was struggling with his tie. The woman in the red coat noticed, and asked ‘Do you know how to tie it properly?’ The young guy said ‘No ma’am.’ She taps her husband and says ‘Come to this side [her right side; he was standing on her left side] and teach this young man how to tie his tie.” The older gentleman moved without hesitation [almost a reflex response] and gave him a step-by-step tutorial; then – afterward – the elder gentleman watched the young gentleman repeat the steps and show him that he had it. I was some distance away (but close enough to hear the exchange), and got even closer to snap this candid photo of the tutorial in progress before hopping on the train. I LOVE THIS!”

The post has since received over 800,000 likes, and has been shared more than 200,000 times. And it’s no wonder – not only did the older man and woman offer their help to a stranger without a second thought, but they stuck around to make sure he knew the steps they just taught him.

Our hearts are warm, to say the least. If there ever was a time to reflect on the kindness of strangers, think about how to give back, and simply be grateful for our fellow humans, we’d say the week before Thanksgiving is probably it. Here’s to remembering the importance of reaching out to those around us.

(Image via Facebook)