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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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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 180.

13 Powerful Things Surviving a Terrorist Attack Taught Me About Life

Here's how I learned to see the good in a world that can seem, at times, to be horrifically evil.



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What It’s Like to Work at a State Health Helpline During Coronavirus

Unlike the virus hotline, Michigan's warmline was been created to help residents who are struggling mentally or emotionally during the...


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10 Clever Ways People Are Celebrating Birthdays Under Quarantine

While COVID-19 may have limited people's abilities to actively go out and celebrate their birthdays, that doesn't mean creative celebrations...

Why I Stopped Complaining About Quarantine—And You Should Too

Staying at home provided me with a golden opportunity to embrace mindfulness and gratitude.


How My Mother’s Lipstick Ritual Is Bringing Me Strength During Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many in a state of uncertainty. However, I've found solace and strength in my mother's...

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I’m an Extrovert—Here’s How I’m Surviving Quarantine

This "new normal" will never feel normal, but these five things are helping me feel a little more at peace...


I Started Meditating for the First Time in Quarantine—And Now I’ll Never Go Back

It's the only part of my new normal that I’ll be sticking with long after this pandemic has passed.


I’m a Therapist. Here’s How I’m Staying Sane During Coronavirus Quarantine.

We're experiencing a mental health crisis in this country right now.


5 People Whose Brain Injuries Gave Them New Abilities

The brain is a powerful organ! Although these people experienced trauma, their brains compensated with some special skills.

My Grandfather Left the Structure of His Old House to Rot in a Field. Here’s Why I’ll Never Tear it ...

The old farmhouse was abandoned and falling apart. But tearing it down 
would be like razing the author’s past.


Doctors Reveal the Most Miraculous Recovery They’ve Ever Seen in a Patient

From premature babies to tough octogenarians, these people and their incredible stories baffled even medical professionals.


These People Donated Millions After They Died—But No One Knew They Were Rich

In life, they were humble secretaries, 
teachers, and janitors. 
When they died, they were richer 
than anyone knew—and they 
gave...


How One Reader Rediscovered Her Love for Libraries

The magic of these book-lined buildings—palaces, really—filled my childhood with delight. Parenthood helped me experience that bliss again.


I Stopped Being a People Pleaser—and It’s Drastically Changed My Life

Time is the most precious thing that we have—so why do we give it away so easily? Here's what learning...

13 Times Fortune Cookies Literally Changed People’s Lives

That fortune can be surprisingly accurate—or incredibly beneficial: Check out these amazing stories of fortune-cookie inspired luck.


13 Sweet Vintage Letters to Santa—from Almost 100 Years Ago

Sweet, vintage letters to Santa from Texas farm kids recall a simpler, more generous time.


11 Psychology Experiments That Went Horribly Wrong

Science has given us amazing breakthroughs, but some researchers have been responsible for horrifying studies—here are some of the worst


The 17 Most Inspirational Kids of 2017

They've created life-saving innovations, founded nonprofit organizations, and raised money for important causes all before reaching legal age. The future's...


How to Find More Meaning In Your Life, According to 5 People Who Did

Living a meaningful life can be different for everyone, but in these five incredible people found that what really matters...


4 First, Humble Jobs of CEOs That Will Remind You Anything Is Possible

When we encounter top industry leaders it seems as though they were always successful. The truth is everyone has to...


Top Photographers Choose the Pictures That Make Them Happy

We asked photographers to send us the one image that most says "happiness" through their lens; these are a few...


Lessons About Living from People Who Spend Time with the Dying

Encountering death so closely every day leads to serious life inspiration that we all need to hear.

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Real Teachers Reveal What It’s Like Teaching a Genius

If you spend enough time teaching, you're bound to eventually encounter a student with truly unbelievable brainpower. Here's how 10...


This Grandma Found the Secret to Staying Close to Her Grandkids—Who Live 800 Miles Away

The tech-savvy grandma will have you rethinking your family reunions, guaranteed.



A Groundbreaking New Water Park for People with Disabilities Just Opened—and You Have to See It

Morgan’s Inspiration Island is the first water park of its kind. Thanks to its amazing technology, it's both inclusive and...


This Adorable Little Girl Thought This Bride Was a Princess, and Her Reaction Is Precious

One little girl's fairy tale came true when she mistook a bride for the princess in her favorite book. The...


Nurses Hold Adorable ‘Graduation Day’ for Preemie Babies Leaving the Hospital

Congratulations to the tiniest (and cutest!) Class of 2017!