Real Life Stories

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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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.

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 Last Seven Months of My Husband’s Life Were His Greatest Gift to Me

How caring for her dying husband turned into the most meaningful time of one woman’s life.


We Were a Poor Family—but My Parents Still Managed to Give Me the Greatest Gift of All

Love, joy, and the warm feeling of pulling together to rally through tough times don't cost a thing. But gifts...


How the Gift I Wanted Least Became the One I Needed Most

The flimsy package didn't contain the ice skates that I wanted. Instead it was bursting with magic.

The Greatest Gift This Dad Ever Gave His Daughter Will Definitely Make You Cry

One woman's father's fondest expressions of love flowed not from his words, but from his hands.


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This Grandfather’s Adorable Gift to His Granddaughter Is Bringing the Internet to Tears

"The present will forever be the greatest gift I've ever received."

This Military Mom Was Murdered in Afghanistan. But the Final Gift She Left Her Daughter Will Last Fo...

With a handful of videos, Lt. Florence Choe helped shape her daughter’s life–even after she lost her own.


My 6th Grade Love Story All Started Because of a Ruined Valentine’s Day Present

The love of her sixth-grade life gave her a gift that melted her heart.


This Family Has a Special Attachment to Their Fine China Dishes, and the Reason Will Warm Your Heart

The thoughtful 'Ladies Home Journal' photographer gave this family a gift they'll cherish forever.


Her Stepdad Got an Autograph From Prince—And Gave It Away.

A perfect gift lost because of one wrong decision.


My Mom Never Once Used the Mother’s Day Present I Bought Her—And I Couldn’t Be Happier

During the Great Depression, a 10-year-old boy bought his mother the perfect gift for Mother's Day—or so he thought.


Here’s Why I’ll Never Part With My Beautiful, Handmade, 80-Year-Old Dollhouse

How a special gift showed Margery Zaccheo the true meaning of kindness.


The Life-Changing Thing George W. Bush and Bill Clinton Taught Me About My Autistic Son

I was so worried about having the perfect father-son relationship that I almost missed the incredible gift in front of...


How This Chance Meeting at the Ganges Changed 5 Lives Forever

An impromptu lesson in kindness inspires one man to give an incredible gift to a complete stranger and his family....

The Gift and the Guilt of the Sole Survivor

The odds of surviving even the most serious plane crash are 76 percent. The odds of being the only one...


The “Lost Boy” Who Built a Family

One of the lost boys of Sudan, Peter Ter came to America with nothing—except a remarkable gift for turning strangers...


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Meet the Prisoner With a Gift for Healing Dogs

Sixty dogs changed one man's life as much as he changed theirs.


Words of Wisdom From Those Who Have Lived a Full Life

The greatest gift from one generation to the next? It’s wisdom gained from experience. Award-winning photographer Andrew Zuckerman traveled to...


A Wife Gives her Husband the Gift of Life

There's no way to top this present.


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Holiday Stories: The Gift of Possibility

That Christmas Eve, the streets of Boston were clogged with tourists and locals bundled in wool and flannel. Shoppers, hawkers,