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In this day and age being kind is the ONLY way to go. So many of us are ready with a letdown or disrespectful remarks. What is the point? Be nice. Say kind things.... even if they're weird statements like... "I like your shoelaces!" Who cares why someone would say that.... as long as they don't strangle you with them. Say thank you and pass it on.

Redditor u/silverxtreme123 wants to know who has heard the best from others face to face (an anomaly this day and age or maybe not....let's find out) by asking..... People of reddit, what is the nicest thing someone has said to you?


I'm Glowing.

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The other day actually, I had someone tell me: "you are the most compassionate person I've ever spoken to, it was truly a joy to have this conversation." that one still makes me glow a little. Better-be-Gryffindor

The Challenge. 

"You are stronger than you think you are, and I believe in you."

Regarding fighting mental illness. Trauma treatment is challenging. FrogginBullfish_

Punch the trauma in the face LIKE A BOSS. duttajoy

Hold Me.

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"Oh my god you're such a good hugger! Hug me again!" HandLion

3 words.

3 words. "You are enough" It definitely caught me off guard and made me actually start believing in myself. I'll never forget it. Puny_Ptato

I have a tattoo that says "You are enough. Enough is plenty." Helps me get through the day sometimes. You mean something to someone, and your best is enough. You'll never be perfect, so quit trying to be, and love who you are. You are enough. Enough is plenty. 💗 PM-ME-UR-BUTT-PLZ

Complex Looks. 

Someone on reddit once messaged me to tell me that I looked tough and kind at the same time, and that to this day is the best compliment I've ever gotten. semibaldmom

Just checked, i see it. xxScienceLuvva69xx

AMEN!

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"Your divorce is complete!" Rijndael256

Cheesegiblets.....

I had been working at a place as a director for about a year. At our annual gala, one of the other directors had imbibed a bit too much. She came swaying over to me and said, "Cheesegiblets, you're so great to work with. You just do your job, no drama, no muss no fuss, you just get it done and you do it well. I love working with you."

And I knew it was her true feelings because she was wasted and it all comes out when you're drunk, right? Made me feel so good. cheesegiblets

All are Welcome! 

My ex bf threw a surprise birthday party for me a couple years ago and at the end of the night while we were all drunk and sitting around a fire my best guy friend made everyone go around and say why they appreciated me - apparently him, my ex, and couple of my other friends had a running bet to see who could make me happy-cry. Needless to say, my best guy friend won.

All of the responses had my eyes getting blurry, but I think the one that sticks in my mind came from him - essentially "You know how to make everyone feel welcome and I value your opinion and perspective more than the majority of the people I know."

I'm a highly anxious person, and the idea that not only do I do a good job of making sure others don't feel my anxiety and feel comfortable, but that my words matter so much to someone made me straight up sob. POTUSKNOPE

Daddy.

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Watching me interact with my daughter, my father said "You know something, I think you're a good dad." He worked a lot when I was growing up and wasn't that hands on, involved type of dad. That praise meant a lot. ginzykinz

Oh the Smells....

It wasn't said to me but about me. I was cooking in my girlfriend's apartment making my great grandmother's spaghetti gravy and I needed to take her dog out, when I was walking back to the room one of her neighbors was talking to someone on the phone about the delicious smell coming from the room. I couldn't stop smiling for like 5 mins and it still makes me feel good. sh3nto

I Hear You...

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A doctor once said I had a beautiful eardrum, and then called in a med student to come look at it. Mountains_beyond

So Healthy....

OBGYN while doing a pelvic exam said: " wow, your cervix looks amazing, absolutely nice and healthy".

While I am lucky to have heard nice compliments in my life this was the super weird one that I will never forget. Egesikhora

"it looks like a unicorn horn!"

When my second child was born the doctor complimented the umbilical cord. They called the med student (his first birth, just observing) over to look at it... I think mostly just because he was looking a little pale. But the thing I remember most clearly from the birth of my second child was the nurse, exclaiming like a thirteen year old, "it looks like a unicorn horn!" FormerLadyKing

Bloodied....

I gave blood and the worker was really impressed by how poppin' my veins are.

He said something funny like "this is the biggest vein I've ever seen. I could hit this if I was in a coma" and then he called over his coworker to look at it. lookingup9

Pride!

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I was told by the nurse during the ultrasound exam that my pancreas looks exceptionally well and healthy, "the best looking pancreas I've ever seen." I'm proud of my pancreas :). RozhkiNozhki

Simple Air.....

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I had an EMT tell me my breathing was beautiful, like on their little machine. ibuildonions

papa...

My four year old son:

"You're a good papa, papa"

As someone with a crappy childhood who was (and still is) terrified of making the same mistakes his own father made, that was exactly what I needed to hear. stoic_minotaur

Lift me Up....

After a funeral service, the widow of the deceased stopped by to see me at the organ before proceeding to the cemetery.

She said, "I want to thank you for your uplifting music - it turned my husband's funeral from what could've been a mournful occasion to a true celebration of his life!"

As I once noted, several days later the church received a very substantial check from her as a bequest to the music department. Back2Bach

"you're hard to read"

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"I don't have you figured out, but you seem happy." vault13rev

I get stuff like this often, for some reason people tell me "you're hard to read" or "you're full of surprises" and i take it as a complement too. archie1244

 I was in my early 30s.....

I was going through a rough time: I was in my early 30s, recently moved back in with my parents, and the only job I could get was a cart collector at Walmart. I shut everyone out and just put in my headphones, did my job, and basically kept to myself. It's what my dad called a "self imposed exile."

One day during the holiday season I'm cleaning up the carts in the entry way of the store and as I grab one cart, I heard someone call my name like a loud whisper. I stopped and looked around and there was nobody there. I looked back in the cart and there was a mini candy bar with a note stapled to it. I opened the note and it said:

Someone cares about you!

It instantly melted the ice around my heart. I looked around again and there was nobody around. I walked outside around to the side of the store behind the carts where I as away from everyone because I started to cry.

I stuck it in my pocket and when I got home I put it in a book I was reading at the time. 6 years later I still have it in that book and occasionally look at it when I'm struggling with an anxiety attack or self doubt. Whoever you are, if you're reading this or you do things like that, your small gesture made a huge impact on this person. TheFlacidM

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

Why are you single?
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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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