104 Times People Had Each Other’s Backs Online In The Most Wholesome Way (New Pics)

You know, Pandas, it’s really way too easy to focus just on the negatives. In fact, we’re hard-wired for that. It’s called negativity bias and it means that we dwell on the awful things that have happened to us more than the awesome ones. So with all the news about just how bad things are looking recently, you’d be perfectly right to be anxious and upset. However, we shouldn’t forget that, at the same time, life’s full of beauty, wonder, and wholesomeness. Albus Dumbledore told us that happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, but we have to remember to turn on the light. Well, let’s turn that light on, shall we?

Today, we’re featuring the best posts from the r/gatesopencomeonin subreddit, a 356k-member-strong community that celebrates people acting excellent and being wholesome to each other. It’s the kind of stuff that really restores part of your hope in humanity. And it’s a reminder that we have to strive to be altruistic and kind, especially when things are looking tough.

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Upvote your fave pics as you’re scrolling down, Pandas. And tell us all about the nicest thing you’ve done for someone recently, in the comments. Meanwhile, check out Bored Panda’s interview about how to live a happy and healthy life, as well as how to be nice to others when we don’t feel like it, with writer Ariane Sherine, the author of ‘How to Live to 100’ and ‘Talk Yourself Better.’

Oh, and if you’d like some more proof that people totally have the potential to be awesome, take a peek at our earlier articles about the ‘Gates Open, Come On In’ community here: Part 1 and Part 2.

#1 I Needed To Hear This. I’m So Tired

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#2 True Spirit

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#3 One Letter Makes All The Difference!

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The ‘Gates Open, Come On In’ subreddit has been delighting redditors (and more!) around the globe since early 2018. In the 4+ years since being founded, it’s carved out a niche of wholesomeness, hope, and good vibes by being the polar opposite of r/gatekeeping.

They only have two rules: there’s no gatekeeping allowed and you have to be nice. That’s it. Really. It’s a pretty straightforward recommendation for living a good life, isn’t it? Besides, it’s refreshing when you focus on the positives for a change, isn’t it?

#4 Remember, Everyone Has A Purpose

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#5 A Surprise Happy Ending?

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#6 Be Free To Like Things

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(Probably) everyone wants to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. But it’s a hard thing to do in practice, especially when you’re bound by doubt, anxiety, and fear. Bored Panda reached out to author Ariane, who has written about health and happiness, to understand what contributes to our satisfaction with life the most. Really, it’s mostly about altruism and having a tight-knit social circle (among a few other things).

“Close, fulfilling relationships with others are one of the most important things when it comes to happiness, whether romantic or platonic. Studies show that the more close friendships and relationships you have, the longer you live,” Ariane shared with Bored Panda. “Volunteering and helping others are also likely to make you happy.”

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#7 An Email From My Computer Science Teacher, Who I’m Not Even Taking A Class With This Semester. Genuinely Want To Cry Rn

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#8 Easy Come, Easy Go

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#9 A Guide To Gift Giving

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Other things that play an important role in our overall happiness include being fit, having a fulfilling career, and not focusing on the material side of things too much.

“There are other things that contribute to happiness and well-being including taking regular exercise, eating healthily, having enough money to feel comfortable, having job security, and enjoying experiences rather than possessions,” the writer explained.

#10 My Music Taste

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#11 Just Let Them Be They

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#12 Better Late Than Never

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“Self-care and taking time for yourself are also very important. But I’d say close relationships are probably the most essential things to happiness,” she stressed what we should all be focusing on the most.

It’s easy to be kind to someone when we’re feeling great, the sun’s shining, and it’s like we’re on top of the world. It’s far harder when we’re miserable, exhausted, and feeling down. Bored Panda wanted to get Ariane’s advice on how to be nice to someone when we’re down in the dumps and overwhelmed with problems.

#13 Tiredness

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#14 This Made Me Really Happy

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#15 Never Walk Without A Bro

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“It’s worth remembering that being kind to others can also lift you up too. In fact, the easiest way to take your mind off your own problems is to help someone else with theirs,” she said.

“But if you’re feeling really lethargic and low, the best thing is probably to sleep, or at least rest,” the author pointed out that there’s nothing wrong with getting some well-deserved rest. Getting some proper sleep is a piece of advice that really deserves more attention than it gets.

#16 Dear Kids

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#17 Any Age Can Love Dah Wahs

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#18 Reading Goals

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We were also curious about how people can control their anxiety better, especially if they’re worried about the economy, the war, and the pandemic. Ariane shared some of her thoughts about becoming more resilient during tough times. The important thing here is to control what you can and to let go of what you can’t affect.

“It’s a matter of doing what you can to make your own situation better, and then accepting that you can’t control everything,” she said. “You can never control everything, and trying will make you even more anxious. But you can control certain things to reduce your risk.”

#19 Custom Veganism

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#20 Shared Spaces

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#21 Ok Zoomer

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Ariane gave an example of how this works: “For instance, I wear an FFP2 mask on the train to work because I can control that, but no one else wears one these days. So it’s possible that I’ll still get Covid as no one else is masking up, but I just have to accept that, because my train journeys are essential.”

#22 Unexpected Coming Out Story

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#23 Wear Whatever Makes You Happy!

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#24 It’s A Big Ask But I’m Behind It

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During an earlier in-depth interview, Suzanne Degges-White, Licensed Counselor, Professor, and Chair at the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University, shared with Bored Panda how our family values, spiritual beliefs, and even our biology all play a crucial role in our altruistic actions.

“Many of us are raised to believe it is the ‘right thing to do.’ Basically, all spiritual belief systems have a version of the ‘Golden Rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ “We also do good turns because we know that one day we may be in need of a little ‘generosity from the universe,’ so it’s like putting ‘money’ into a karma account,” she shared how people think.

#25 Metallica Welcomes Everyone

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#26 Melon Flavored Jellyfish’s Mom Says The Gates Are Open

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#27 Klingons Kinda Inclusive

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“Lastly, humans are wired so that when we do something kind for another, we feel good about ourselves and neurotransmitters like endorphins and oxytocin have been shown to get a boost when we do something good for another. It is through cooperation that society functions, so the survival of the human race depends on being willing to help others. Family values, spiritual beliefs, and biology all play a part in this motivation,” the professor explained to us.

#28 Joker Profile Picture Redemption Arc

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#29 Opening The Gates To Readers Of All Ages

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#30 I Love Sharing My Book Collection

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“Many of us take pride in being of service to others as it is culturally valued and we want to hold significance in our worlds. So when we do good deeds, we show others our willingness to help those in distress/need; we live out faith-based encouragement to treat others the way we would like to be treated, we uphold family values, and our brains get a positive jolt of happiness when we help others.”

#31 Fixed A Stupid Meme

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#32 Grandmas Are Always A Bastion Of Wholesomeness

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#33 Gotta Clean Up

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#34 Liberal Arts

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#35 What A Great Sign

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#36 It’s For All Of You

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#37 *sigh* If Only

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#38 Your Trauma Is Valid

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#39 Slap Some Dang Rice

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#40 Vegan BBQ

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#41 Every Fan Is Valid

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#42 Not A Pro Gamer? Well Get Ready For A Reality Check

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#43 Hell Yeah

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#44 Rob Zombie Taking On Anyone Who Wants To Gatekeep Metal

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#45 Ambisexual

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#46 Not A Monolith

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#47 A Grown Man Indeed

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#48 They’re A Friendly Bunch Of Fellows

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#49 I’m Sure Many Of Us Needed To Hear This

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#50 Don’t Be Embarrassed To Try New Things!

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#51 Not My Tweet But Wanted To Share This Bit Of Positivity. There Is No Wrong Way To Play

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#52 Making A Kid’s Day!

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#53 There Are No Rules – Do What You Can

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#54 A Little Advice For The Ladies

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#55 Everyone Gets To Complain About The Weather

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#56 Nice Flex

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#57 Do You, No Matter What!

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#58 Welcome All

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#59 This Dad Is A Legend

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#60 Do What You Like

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#61 Success Is For Everyone

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#62 Everyone Loves A Good Lightsaber Duel

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#63 It’s An Absolute Classic

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#64 Wish I Could Thank Whoever Made This Post

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#65 Beard On The Inside

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#66 Sweaty Party

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#67 My Brother Says What He Likes

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#68 Making The Effort

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#69 Find Out Who You Are Then Do It On Purpose

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#70 Church Down The Street

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#71 I Think This Belongs Here As Well

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#72 Pineapple Goes Hand In Hand With Hot Weather

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#73 A Bit On The Nose, But I Like It

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#74 Deadass They All Really Did

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#75 Which One Is Better ?

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#76 “You Call This Archeology?”

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#77 Wear What You Want, When You Want

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#78 Booty Hair For All

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#79 I Was Told This Might Belong Here

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#80 No Need To Gatekeep Health

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#81 On A Cathedral Door

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#82 Having Fun Is What Matters

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#83 Do The Thing! Or Don’t! It’s Okay Either Way

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#84 Haven’t Seen This Here Before

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#85 More Men’s Restrooms Need This

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#86 Just Being Happy Without Comparisons

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#87 Ubuntu Showing That Open Source Love

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#88 Saw This One On Instagram

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#89 At A Folk Dance Festival In Sheffield Last Weekend

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#90 Your Body Is Beautiful

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#91 Keep Being Happy With Each Other

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#92 Welcome To The Pit

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#93 Wholesome Q&a

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#94 Wholesome* 100

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#95 Cheer Up, Mad Socialists! You’re In!

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#96 Thanks Jesus

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#97 Bullseye For Genx But Maybe Universal?

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#98 This Belongs Here, Yes?

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#99 This One Has Been A Long Time Coming

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#100 Found This On Fb

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#101 Very Wholesome Moment In The Fromsoft Game Community

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#102 Hooray For The Mafia

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#103 This Post Makes Me So Happy

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#104 Makes Anime More Accessible

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Source: boredpanda.com

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