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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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I Was Bullied on Valentine’s Day as a Kid. Here’s How I Spread Kindness on February 14 a...

As a child, I had a humiliating experience on February 14. Now that I’m a teacher, my students celebrate the day with love.

8 Stories of First Loves That Will Touch Your Heart This Valentine’s Day

From stories of playground crushes to smooth-talking bad boys, members of the Reader's Digest contributor network tell us all about...


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.


Here’s the Crazy Way My Valentine’s Day Cards Almost Killed My Brother

When my valentine cards ended up in a 40-feet-well, my brother tried to rescue them—until we had to rescue him....


The Story Behind This 51-Foot Long Love Letter Will Melt Your Heart a Little

When Isabel Forlenza's beau was overseas in the Korean War, she wrote him every day on a big roll of...

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14 Mini Essays That Prove the Meaning of Love in 100 Words or Less

Readers share their most romantic moments in these short, sweet tales of love, both young and old. Have a story...


The Amazing Ways 8 Extraordinary People Said “I Love You”

Sometimes, the people we love deserve more than chocolate and flowers.

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Celebrity Love Letters

Let these smitten scribes, from Johnny Cash to F. Scott Fitzgerald, inspire your own Valentine's note.