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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.


A Football Player Decided to Donate Bone Marrow—He Never Imagined That It Would Save a Little Girl&#...

When Mike Mushaw decided to donate bone marrow, he not only saved a life but also made a lifelong friend.


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21 Moving Photos of Kindness in the Time of Coronavirus

Tough times can truly bring out the best in people.


This Woman Gives Free Haircuts to Those Less Fortunate and Her Simple Act of Kindness is Starting to...

Wheeling her red chair and scissors around 
the city, a salon owner gives out-of-luck strangers the gift of visibility—one free...

The 14 Most Heartwarming Acts of Kindness of 2017

2017 was a challenging year, filled with headlines we'd rather forget. It was also a time when people rose to...


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...

When Police Violence Threatened to Tear This Town Apart, What Happened Next Will Restore Your Faith ...

A saying goes, "When something terrible happens, it's how you react to it that really determines who you are." That...



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8 Heartwarming Ways Teachers Have Gone Above and Beyond for Their Students

Lesson-planning is just the beginning for these incredible role models.


5 Incredible Old Women Who Are Awesome at Life

Age is just a number, and for these inspiring older ladies, life is just an adventure.


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Hometown Heroes: Control Over Chaos for Foster Kids

When young Noah Jones got a glimpse into the world of foster care, he created his own charity to help...


The Titanic Coat: One Family’s Legend

In an inspiring follow-up to the Titanic story, Reader's Digest national affairs editor David Noonan tells of a family heirloom...