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30 Stories About the Touching Kindness of Strangers That’ll Make You Tear Up

We asked readers for firsthand accounts of compassion. Here are 30 stories on kindness that touched your lives—and our hearts.

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21 Moving Photos of Kindness in the Time of Coronavirus

Tough times can truly bring out the best in people.

16 New World Records for 2019

Feats spanning the silly to the awe-inspiring were the new Guinness World Records to beat.


The Nicest Place in California: Anaheim

It isn’t every city where someone can be elected mayor by running on the slogan, “Make Kindness Contagious.”


12 Heartwarming True Stories That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

Just when you were getting fed up with news, these warm and fuzzy stories have come along to warm your...


Westport, IN

Like something out of a black and white movie, Westport is one of those classic American small towns with chivalry...

Unity Spiritual Center in Vero Beach, FL

A pinnacle of true selflessness, Unity Spiritual Center believes that nice people give of themselves to each other. So when...


Bellevue, IA

When you give to Bellevue, Bellevue gives back. A long-time resident and champion of the charities in town and across...


The Nicest Places in Every State in 2018

The nicest places in America embody kindness and cooperation: Locals help out neighbors and strangers alike—and newcomers are welcomed as...


Rochester, MN

"Minnesota Nice" is palpable everywhere you go in this small-but-cosmopolitan city. People travel from all over the world to be...


Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, WA

Students attend Walla Walla Community College to take classes, but the professors at Walla Walla will school you on kindness...

Arroyo Grande, CA

A town carved by sandy dunes and forest trails, Arroyo Grande is the perfect place for adventure and communities of...


Liberty, KY

Liberty and nice places? Apples to apples. This is a town where kindness and friendliness are as classic as their...


Raymond, MN

There's no shortage of civic activity in Raymond, where veterans are hailed as heroes and patriotism is at an all...


Seaside, OR

If big-city bustle with small-town heart is what you're searching for, look no further than the beach town of Seaside,...


Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, AZ

Welcome to Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, AZ, where "Respecting the Ridge" is much more than just a motto....


11 of the Most Inspired and Meaningful Holiday Gifts Ever Received

We asked you to tell us the most thoughtful, meaningful, and/or inspiring holiday gifts you've ever received, and thanks guys,...

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10 Inspiring Stories of Extreme Forgiveness That Will Lift Your Spirits

After suffering devastating tragedies, these remarkable people were able to put aside their anger and blame to find mercy in...