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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 Father-in-Law Had the Whole Family Select His Final Resting Place Before He Passed

    When it came to selecting his final resting place, my father-in-law knew to scout the land he loved, with help from the entire family.

    How the First Female Newscaster in Anchorage Kept the Town from Falling Apart During the Great Alask...

    After the worst earthquake 
in North American history shocked Anchorage, Alaska, the city leaned on an unlikely savior to see...


    Letter from the Editor: Searching for a Good Place

    Do you live in a place where people really care?



    This Woman Has Helped Over 400 Seniors Schedule Vaccine Appointments

    She saw a need for help—and didn't hesitate to step up to the plate.

    How the Dog Nobody Wanted for 17 Months Became a School’s Unofficial Mascot

    When Higgins was found, he had been dumped on the side of the road and appeared aggressive—but with some TLC...


    After My Son Fell Down a Waterfall, a Stranger Stepped in to Help Us

    The incredible story of how a stranger's quick actions helped a mother through one of the most terrifying moments of...

    This Biker Rode 1,426 Miles to Meet the Family of His Organ Donor

    Her son’s organ donation 
saved his life. So he rode to meet her.


    Meet the Pitbull Who Became Her Family’s Caretaker

    "At that moment, Emmy Lou came up to me and put my whole wrist in her mouth. She was hugging...



    How This Woman and Her Horse Made a Man’s Final Months Full of Life

    A horse shunned by his herd gets rescued by a woman who understands his pain. Then they live, play, and—ultimately—grieve...

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    The Seeing-Eye Dog Who’s Always Ripe for a Challenge

    I was at my lowest and things were only getting worse—then I met my service dog, Plum.


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    How One “Hedgehog Lady” Reignited Her Sense of Purpose

    When a baby hedgehog needed a home, this woman stepped in without hesitation.


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    This Rescue Dog Helps His Owner Nurse Baby Hummingbirds Back to Health

    You don't have to be from the same species to be kindred spirits.


    Inspiring Stories from People Who Found Their True Calling Halfway Through Life

    Some people don’t 
find their true direction 
in life until they 
are halfway through it.


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    Nicest Places in America 2021

    We're on a hunt for the Nicest Places in America!

    These Are the 50 Nicest Places in America, According to Our Readers

    This list of our 50 Nicest Places in 2020 came from over 1,000 stories sent to us by readers. Check...


    Eating Army Food Brings Me Back to Some of the Best Times in My Childhood

    Nothing says childhood to me like an Army combat ration—as my husband soon learned.


    This Cop Can Recall Every Face He Has Ever Seen

    Facial-recognition software identified one suspect of the 4,000 captured by security cameras during the 2011 London riots; Gary Collins identified...


    The 50 Nicest Places in America in 2019

    This list of our 50 Nicest Places in 2019 came from over 1,000 stories sent to us by readers.


    I Got Shot in a Place That Loves Guns, and I Still Can’t Bring Myself to Hate Guns

    One Alabama woman’s experience—as an observer 
and as a shooting victim—underscores how hungry Americans are to reach consensus.


    Ex-Gunman Tells Us How to Stop the Next Mass Shooter

    An eye-opening look into the minds of mass shooters—from a wannabe killer who was arrested just in the nick of...


    How an 18-Year-Old Helped Save a Hiker Who Fell 75 Feet Off a Mountain Cliff

    An 18-year-old went on a hike with his mom—and returned home a hero. Here's how his quick actions saved...


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    8 Remarkable Stories of the Most Unlikely Friendships

    Would you pal around with your spouse’s ex? Or buddy up to someone who put 
a foot in your face?...


    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.


    When a Scuba Diver Didn’t Return to the Surface for Hours, This Diving Expert Refused to Give ...

    It seemed impossible that anyone could be left alive. But an inner...


    How David Lee Roth of Van Halen Almost Ruined My Marriage

    I thought the man I’d married was a 
rock star. That turned out to be closer 
to the truth than...


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    When the World Shut Down, This 9-Year-Old Created an Unlikely Bond with 6 Chickens

    In a time of isolation from the rest of the world, this little girl found friendship in her family’s new...