The kindness of strangers has the potential to see you through the darkest of times, as one woman recently discovered after an encounter with her local barista.

In a post which was recently uploaded to Reddit, a coffee shop employee shared a card he received from a regular customer after he consoled her during a particularly upsetting period in her life.

"You are all too good for this world," began the note addressed to the 'Tuesday 5th Sept morning staff."

"Imagine finding out that your boyfriend has a massively pregnant wife that you knew nothing about," it continues.

"Imagine getting zero hours of sleep because you know you have to work with him and see him stupid, cheating, lying, stupid freaking face – all day."

"Now imagine going to your favourite coffee spot, ordering your favourite drink, having the team listen to your stupid problems, tell you that you’re sure as shit too good for f*ckboys like that, make sure that your drink is the best damn white coffee kicker you’ve ever had, then tell you it’s free."

Yesterday a woman came through our stand upset, we hooked her up with her drink on us. Today, we received this. from MadeMeSmile

The note goes onto explain that its writer was truly overwhelmed by the staff's generosity and kindness, adding: "I ugly cried the whole way to work. That was literally the most you could have done for me and I am so grateful for your kindness."

After apologising for 'busting out in tears', she concluded the card with a nod to the future, writing: "Please accept this seed paper as an apology and grow love with it."

Unsurprisingly, Reddit users are all over this thread, with one writing: "Wow, that's really special. I hope everything turns out alright for her."

"Whenever you perform an act of kindness, however small, you never know how much it might affect other people. Good on you and your coworkers."

"People just need to know they are heard and they matter. Whether it's your time or your coffee, it shows they matter to someone." added another..

And yes, we're crying.