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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How Being Single for Years Made Me a Better Partner

Years of singledom teach us more than what we want in a partner—they also teach us how to be a great one when the right person comes along.

This Veteran Found His Long-Lost Love After 75 Years

Grab a tissue. This romance between a World War II veteran and his long-lost love spans decades and proves that...


How I Learned to Love the Real Me

Her distinctive nose cast a shadow on her confidence until wisdom intervened.


8 Outrageous Marriage Proposals You Have to Read to Believe

Some grooms to be are really willing to go the extra mile to surprise their potential brides, so much so...


This Message in a …. Christmas Ornament… Is a True Story of Love

Inside an old blue glass ball lay the heart of a marriage.

This Story Will Remind You Exactly How Your First Crush Felt, Heartbreak and All

The way this woman fell for her handsome, guitar-playing British neighbor is so relatable—and adorable.


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The Beautiful Girl Next Door Absolutely Refused Go on a Date with Me. Now She’s My Wife.

This persistent man started calling her the "No" Girl because of all her rejections. One rainy day, she finally said...


This World War II Veteran Had the Best Homecoming Ever: Love at First Sight

He met his soon-to-be bride right outside FJ&G Railroad where he worked.


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This Woman Destroyed Her Wedding Dress—and Turned It Into Something Amazing.

Twenty-four people have used the gown since she redesigned it. Who will be next?


This Daring Receptionist Pursued Her Crush With a Christmas Card. It Worked.

Good thing she followed her mother's advice and sent a card!


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I Was Engaged to Be Married. Nine Days Later, I Wed a Different Man. Here’s Why.

When this couple first met, he insisted he was going to marry her.



I Was Afraid to Tell My Grandmother I Was Gay. Her Reaction Left Me Speechless.

For years, I lived in fear that my conservative grandmother would discover I was gay. Once she did, the reality...


“If You Find This Letter, Then It’s For You”: What It’s Like to Write Love L...

Hannah Brencher left a note on the subway for a stranger. What came next was an abundance of love.

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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...


My Love Story, Before Social Networks

The tale of a man who traveled across two countries and an ocean to follow the love of his life.


What I Learned From the Last Meal My Mother Ever Cooked for Me

Now when I make her beef bourguignonne, I realize how I've moved from fury to forgiveness.


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.


The True Story Behind The Vow

Fall in love with the Reader's Digest original story that inspired the romantic movie starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.


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True Romance: The Luckiest Mistake

RACHEL: It was January 10, 2007, and you were working at a computer lab in Waco. RUBEN: I got to


Lines from Love Letters

We asked our Facebook fans to share the first line of the best love letter they've ever received. Here are...

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True Romance: Love At Long Last

PETER: I was at a skating rink one night when I was 16, in 1958, and I saw this young


True Romance: Love Amid The Mortars

Joey is currently serving a 12-month tour in Korea. Delora left the Army last February to care for their daughter,...


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True Romance: The Airport Connection

LAUREN: I was 35 and living in Richmond, Virginia. Somehow a lifelong partner didn’t seem to be in the cards;


A Wife Gives her Husband the Gift of Life

There's no way to top this present.


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True Love Reunites a Couple Torn Apart by Amnesia

Amnesia sent him spiraling into oblivion. Love brought him back.


6 Couples Share Their True Love Stories

Real love stories to inspire.