This is the season where we hear of how humans can be good to each other—invariably, there will be the feel-good television news story about a stranger’s random act of holiday kindness meant to remind us that yes, we’re all in this surviving-the-Human Condition-thing together. While those stories are each quite wonderful, they tend to make us forget that people are generally good to each other every day of the year.

To keep you going beyond the holidays, here is a fantastic collection of 14 stories of ordinary human kindness that made a difference to others—and some of these acts are not what one would consider very exceptional. Read these and share with your networks because we learn from others’ stories; they teach that it’s okay to be kind in even small ways. (This collection was brought to my attention by Ripple cub reporter Michelle Cohen, who has over and over shown me kindness [which has sometimes included understanding when I don’t timely reply to her emails].)

I can’t end this section without highlighting one other act of random kindness—that of a first class passenger who gave up his seat for a mom traveling with a sick infant hooked to an oxygen machine. As you’ll see from this December 13 Simplemost  article , Kelsey Zwick was traveling with her 11-month-old daughter Lucy from Orlando to Philadelphia for medical treatment; she boarded an American Airlines flight early, only to be told that a first class passenger had offered to swap seats with her. Kelsey never got the man’s name but wrote about his kindness on Facebook, which was shared 450K times with 700K reactions.

Eventually, the man was identified as Jason Kunselman, who reported that seeing Zwick and her sick daughter board the plane touched him emotionally.

A large part of this story is about being aware of human vulnerability. Jason was aware enough to see/perceive/appreciate a mom with a sick daughter and all the stress that she had to be experiencing; he also took a risk (he might have gotten stuck in a middle seat with a grumpy row mate or missed a connecting flight [which actually almost happened according to the story above]); and he acted with wonderful compassion. Wow!