A few winters ago, my husband and I were walking to dinner in Chicago on a very cold and very snowy night, which is pretty much what all Chicago evenings in the winter are like. I foolishly walked out of the house without a hat—we were only going a few blocks—and I was freezing. I was walking down the street with my hands cuffed over my ears and, at a stoplight, this young man—he was maybe 25 years old or so—looked at me and said, “Would you like this hat? You look cold.” He made such an impression on me. Just a human being at his best, in a very, very simple way. — Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Caitlin Moran is The New York Times best-selling author of How to Be a Woman and, out this month, Moranifesto. Her hit UK sitcom, Raised by Wolves, will soon be adapted for American television by Diablo Cody. She lives in London.
Jill MacFarlane is the program director at the Sharing Place, an organization that provides grief support for children and their families in Salt Lake City.
Janice Kaplan is the author of The New York Times best seller The Gratitude Diaries. She divides her time between Connecticut and New York City.
Zach Brittle is a certified Gottman therapist, the founder of ForBetter.us, and the author of The Relationship Alphabet. He lives in Seattle.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the author of more than 30 children’s books and the memoirs Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal (out this fall). She resides digitally at whoisamy.com and for real in Chicago.