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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.

21 Extraordinary Stories of Generosity That Will Stay with You

These acts of kindness—big and small—speak to the generosity of the American spirit.




A Football Player Decided to Donate Bone Marrow—He Never Imagined That It Would Save a Little Girl&#...

When Mike Mushaw decided to donate bone marrow, he not only saved a life but also made a lifelong friend.

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21 Moving Photos of Kindness in the Time of Coronavirus

Tough times can truly bring out the best in people.


25 Years After the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Stories of Rescue Will Still Bring You to Tears

It has been 25 years since a truck bomb ripped through a federal 
office building in Oklahoma City. The tales...

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...


16 New World Records for 2019

Feats spanning the silly to the awe-inspiring were the new Guinness World Records to beat.


Community Health Hero: Nano Corona

After fighting off cancer himself, Nano created a unique charity to help fight the disease.


Community Health Hero: Camp Sweeney

Get an inside look at this inspiring community-building center dedicated to children with type 1 diabetes.


The Nicest Place in California: Anaheim

It isn’t every city where someone can be elected mayor by running on the slogan, “Make Kindness Contagious.”


20 Real-Life Heroes That Are Changing the World

There is still a lot of good in this world.


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This Soon-to-be Bride Sent One Invitation to the Wrong Address—But She Got the Most Touching Note in...

Kindness can really make you pause and be thankful during a stressful time.


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...

I Sold a Multimillion Dollar Company to Work with Prisoners

An eye-opening visit to a prison led this man into a life of helping inmates and the disadvantaged. Learn why...


10 Nicest Things Strangers Have Done to Say ‘Thank You’ to Veterans

You can't help but smile (and maybe shed a tear) at some of the heartwarming ways strangers have given back...


Meet the 20 Nicest Places in America in 2018

These are the 20 Nicest Places in America, from tiny Hayesville, North Carolina (pop. 371), to the city of Providence,...


The Neighborhood Coffeeshop That Serves Up Cups of Kindness

When it comes to kindness, take it from the shop that serves joy on the side of their java.


The Powerful Lesson America Could Learn from This Tiny Town of 1,600

Kindness towards neighbors is the norm in Ellijay, GA; it’s their kindness towards newcomers that sets them apart.


Monte Vista Grove Homes in Pasadena, CA

Monte Vista Grove Homes is not your typical retirement community. It has a mission that each of its residents and...


Samaritans365 Foundation’s Kindness Headquarters in Boca Raton, FL

Samaritans365 gives children and adults the tools they need to give a greater platform to the goodness that's already inside...


Sugar Hill Assisted Living Community in Dalton, MA

When Robert Rood initially checked into Sugar Hill, it was out of necessity. Two weeks later, he simply couldn't leave....

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Rochester, NY

Rochester has a history of kindness and philanthropy that has only gotten stronger with time, as some of Rochester's most...


The James F. McGuire Memorial Senior Center in Northvale, NJ

The James F. McGuire Memorial Senior Center has "breathed new life" into many of its residents, they say. It truly...


The Homeless Charity and Village in Akron, OH

When a thriving businessman saw the opportunity to make a real difference by opening his property to local homeless people,...


Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, CO

When surrounded the awe-inspiring art in the Benson Sculpture Garden, it's hard not to reflect the same beauty in your...


Ely, IA

Volunteerism isn't a duty in Ely, it's a way of life. The town thrives because of it, and it's so...


Delray Center in Delray Beach, FL

The overwhelming generosity and culture of healing manifested by the folks at the Delray Center are an inspiration.