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10 Sweet Love Stories About How Presidents Met Their First Ladies

We often think of presidents and First Ladies as stodgy old men and women. But they too were once young,...

13 People Who Faked Their Own Deaths

People often fake their own deaths to get out of trouble, whether they're escaping a threat, debt, or a prison...

13 Times Fortune Cookies Literally Changed People’s Lives

That fortune can be surprisingly accurate—or incredibly beneficial: Check out these amazing stories of fortune-cookie inspired luck.

27 Amazing Miracles in Real Life

From simple everyday joys to amazing new leases on life, readers share their most poignant moments of joy.

This Girl Wrote Her Dad a Letter to Cope with His Death—and Got a Response

Desiree was only four when she lost her Dad. She desperately wanted to talk to him one last time.

10 Christmas Stories That Will Melt Your Heart

Delightful tales to help you embrace the spirit of the season.

The One Thing Natural Disaster Survivors Wish They’d Done Differently to Prepare

If you're in the path of a hurricane or another natural disaster, what's the one thing you should always do?...

Would You Leave a Six-Figure Job to Feed the Homeless? This 27-Year-Old Did.

Robert Lee's idea is seemingly simple: Get restaurants to make better use of their leftovers.

“I Helped the FBI Arrest Whitey Bulger, the Most Wanted Man in the Country.”

He gave me gifts and liked to chat. He said his name was Charlie. But when the FBI showed up...

Men and Women Share the Sweetest Thing Their Partner Has Ever Said to Them

It may feel like romance can get lost in the shuffle of everyday life, but these couples remind us that...

How Did a Falafel House in Tennessee Become the Nicest Place in America?

“I’m not here just to make falafel and make money. I’m here to build this community.”

The Library That’s Writing a New Chapter for Baltimore

Find out why 20 minutes in this library can literally change someone's life.

The Powerful Lesson America Could Learn from This Tiny Town of 1,600

Kindness towards neighbors is the norm in Ellijay, GA; it’s their kindness towards newcomers that sets them apart.

Robin Roberts Reveals What Everyone Can Learn from 2018’s Nicest Place in America

The Good Morning America newscaster opens up about what it truly means to be nice.

10 Strange Urban Legends That Turned Out to Be True

You've probably heard that all legends have a basis in fact. That may not be true, but these bizarre urban...

13 Weirdest Things People Have Tried to Steal

Cars, computers, art, packages, and jewelry are often the target of robberies and thefts. But what about Nutella and,...

11 Psychology Experiments That Went Horribly Wrong

Science has given us amazing breakthroughs, but some researchers have been responsible for horrifying studies—here are some of the worst

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How a Man Survived a Plane Crash—and a 15-Hour Swim with Sharks

Adrift in the stormy waters, his only weapons a leaky life vest and a desperate resolve, the downed airman prepared...

Her Husband Vanished Without a Trace—15 Years Later, the Doorbell Rang

For 15 years, Anne McDonnell lived in limbo, not knowing whether her Jim was dead or alive. Then, one Christmas,...

One Father’s Battle Between Working and Giving Attention to His Daughter

In this award-winning story, originally published in Reader's Digest in 1969, a father learns to embrace the chaos of his...

Six Men Adventure Into a Very Dangerous Cave. Only Four Come Out.

With its narrow passages, flowing streams, 
and chambers studded with stalagmites and stalactites, Cascade is a caver’s dream. But for...

PayItForward Inc. in Mower County, MN

Paying it forward is a way of life in Mower County, where one small plumbing business, built from the ashes...

McCrossan Boys Ranch in Sioux Falls, SD

Sometimes you need a little help getting your life on track, and that's what thousands of boys have gotten at...

LaBelle, FL

LaBelle is a sanctuary for those looking to reclaim balance in their lives. While the view of the Caloosahatchee River...

Mitchell, SD

Mitchell is a strong, close-knit community that is so much more than its most-famous attraction, the world's only "Corn Palace."

Hill City, SD

In Hill City, people pull together to get things done, like when a flash flood devastated downtown. Residents just grabbed...

Downtown at Sundown in Brookings, SD

Downtown at Sundown is much more than an outdoor concert -- it's a place where everyone in the community comes...

Mobridge, SD

When folks come to Mobridge for the big ice-fishing tournament, they're welcomed like family.

Silver City, NM

In Silver City, business owners are friends, not rivals.