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You’ve got to read it to believe it! These true stories seem almost too good to be true, but we promise that we couldn’t make these up. From love to loss and from survival to unbelieavable coincidences—we’ve got the wildest stories to keep you informed, entertained, and inspired.

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After Losing a Child, This Couple Chose to Throw Birthday Parties for Less Fortunate Kids

A couple turns their loss into a celebration for kids who need everything.

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A 17-Year-Old Stepped In to Save a Choking Boy When No One Else Could

Tyra Winters was participating in her homecoming parade when she saw a child choking in the crowd.

Why I Stopped Complaining About Quarantine—And You Should Too

Staying at home provided me with a golden opportunity to embrace mindfulness and gratitude.

The New Quarantine Hobby I’m Never Giving Up

From making stained glass to growing sourdough starter, 14 people share their new passions—and some great ideas to fill your...

I’m a Respiratory Therapist—Here’s What I’m Seeing on the Front Lines

Daily life is a roller coaster of worry, hope, and heartbreak.

How My Mother’s Lipstick Ritual Is Bringing Me Strength During Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many in a state of uncertainty. However, I've found solace and strength in my mother's...

12 Titanic Survivors: What Happened to Them Next

That fateful night was the beginning of the rest of their lives—for better or for worse.

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I’m an Extrovert—Here’s How I’m Surviving Quarantine

This "new normal" will never feel normal, but these five things are helping me feel a little more at peace...

I Survived Coronavirus—Here’s What I Want You to Know

I was one of the lucky ones, and, trust me, you don’t want to get this.

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What Happened When I Tried Flying From Mexico to the U.S. During the Pandemic

Of course, traveling is anything but normal right now. Here’s what you need to know before attempting to make your...

I’m a Therapist. Here’s How I’m Staying Sane During Coronavirus Quarantine.

We're experiencing a mental health crisis in this country right now.

25 Years After the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Stories of Rescue Will Still Bring You to Tears

It has been 25 years since a truck bomb ripped through a federal 
office building in Oklahoma City. The tales...

A Cop Just Happened to Be in the Right Place at the Right Time to Save a 12-Day-Old Baby’s Life

“Do not let this baby die in front of her mother and grandmother.”

A Man Heard an Elderly Woman Was About to Lose Her House, So He Gave Her the Money to Keep It

When a Detroit man heard a woman was about 
to lose her house, he opened his heart—and his wallet.

I Stayed in a Bubble in the Jungle to Get Closer to Elephants

On the far northern border of Thailand, there's an enchanted jungle where you can sleep right in the middle of...

I Have Asperger’s—And I Found My Dream Job in Las Vegas

Your biggest challenges can ultimately help you discover your biggest strengths.

5 Times Adopting a Homeless Animal Saved the Owners’ Lives Too

Because pets are the emotional, physical, and spiritual gift we didn’t know we needed.

How Being a Girl Scout Saved My Life

Their tight-knit Buddy System was a literal life-saver.

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Anonymous Donor Writes Check for $55,000 After Reading a Reader’s Digest Article

In one of the Nicest Places in America, high school students lead the way in caring for those in their...

14 Years After a Fatal Diagnosis, This Man Ran His 18th Straight Marathon

After experiencing a slew of potentially deadly heart problems, Randy Lazer always had a new finish line in mind to...

Getting a Second Opinion from a Different Doctor Saved This Man from Potentially Going Partially Bli...

Rushed appointments. Profits over patients. 
Faulty diagnoses. There are 
plenty of reasons to worry about medical providers today. A veteran...

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His Parachute Got Stuck on the Plane’s Wheel and He Was Suspended in Midair with Little Chance...

Almost 80 years after it unfolded in the sky over San Diego, a nearly impossible rescue mission remains one of...