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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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My Dad Sent Me a Fruitcake Every Year for Christmas. The Last One Didn’t Arrive Until a Year A...

My father resembled a fruitcake. One year, he even sent one. It never arrived.

My Uncle Was a Man of Few Words, But Our Quiet Christmas Eve Drives Are Some of My Favorite Memories

Uncle Ed was a tough guy of few words. But when 
he took me on a Christmas Eve drive, he...

15 People Share the Silver Linings They Found Amid a Pandemic

This year, many of us have new appreciation for life’s simpler joys. RD readers share their discoveries.

7 True Stories About Funny Thanksgiving Mishaps

These true stories of snafus past will make you laugh—and breathe a little easier about your own Thanksgiving.

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Heartwarming Photos of Veterans Reuniting with Their Service Dogs

Grab a tissue! You can't help but get all the feels when you read these stories of veterans who were...

This Biker Was Attacked by a Bear with Only a Pocket Knife to Defend Himself

Alone and pinned under a grizzly, Colin Dowler reached for a pocket...

Incredible Generosity Makes Red Handed Tattoo in Shreveport the Nicest Place in Louisiana

Learn how the owner of one small-town tattoo shop made a big difference.

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10 Valuable Items People Have Found by Accident

Ever stumble upon something valuable? It’s an incredible feeling.

Caring for Neighbors Makes Yardley the Nicest Place in Pennsylvania

Coronavirus couldn't stop this congregation's spirit of giving.

Walking the Walk Makes Rio Vista the Nicest Place in California

Find out why this small town was voted the nicest place in California.

Kid Power Makes Gaithersburg the Nicest Place in Maryland

In a time when we need kindness more than ever, young people are stepping up in this Maryland city.

A Group of Teens on Their Surf Boards Saved Two Swimmers from Drowning

Two swimmers struggle for their lives until 
a group of teens arrive on their boards.

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He Was on His Way to Cycling in the Olympics—Instead of Chasing Gold, He Used His Bike to Rob Banks

Tom Justice chased Olympic gold on his bike. 
Then he used it as a getaway vehicle.

My Best Friend Scammed Me Out of $92,000, Forcing Me into Bankruptcy

She swindled me out of $92,000, forcing me into bankruptcy and destroying my once sunny outlook. But I finally...

The Story of the Very First War Dog Platoon

It’s 1943, the Battle of Bougainville. The Americans attacking this South 
Pacific island are outnumbered and outgunned. Their best hope...

7 Powerful Letters from Soldiers on the Front

A collection of war letters, from the Revolution to Iraq, helps us all share in the powerful dreams and...

This Family Was Heading Home When They Ended Up Helping Catch a Kidnapper

A couple and three of their kids were heading home from a restaurant when their night took a turn.

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Why I Opened a “Retirement Home” for Senior Golden Retrievers

You can never have too many Golden Retrievers in your life, even if they're not all yours.

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This Woman Almost Lost Her Leg Due to an Ant Bite

After an ant bite, a woman with type 1 diabetes was told she needed an amputation. Here's how doctors were...

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Fighting COVID-19 and Racial Injustice, Buchanan, Michigan, Is the Nicest Place in America

In 2020, we received a record number 1,177 story submissions to our annual search for the Nicest Places in America...

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Q&A: Mitch Albom Talks Kindness Through the COVID Crisis and the Nicest Place in America

We sat down with Tuesdays With Morrie best-selling author and moral voice of America Mitch Albom to discuss the...

I Grew Up in a Privileged, Out-of-Touch Suburb—Here’s What Finally Opened My Eyes to Racial In...

Systemic racism won’t go away if we just ignore it. We all need to do our part.

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This Man Was Superfit When He Got COVID-19—And Then He Lost His Leg

After a severe COVID-19 diagnosis, a personal trainer is left in a wheelchair after having his right leg and left...

I’m the Only Black Person in My Neighborhood—Here’s What I Wish My Neighbors Knew

The things that I deal with every single day are things that my White neighbors have never even had to...

This Pilot Took Off Just Fine, But When He Tried to Use the Control Stick, It Wouldn’t Budge

The pilot faced a desperate choice: stay with his crippled jet and die-or get out and turn loose a flying...

This Woman Was Trapped in Her Car on an Embankment for Days Before Concerned Neighbors Found Her

Trapped in her car down an embankment, Corine began to lose hope...