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10 Lives That Were Forever Changed Thanks to the Power of Generosity

These stories of radical compassion reveal our inner humanitarians, the part of us that believes that if we live with an open heart, we just may find ourselves in a better world.

The Heartwarming Reason My Grandma Ironed My Grandpa’s Work Clothes Every Day—Even Though He W...

The author’s grandmother wanted the world 
to see her husband not as an aging farmer with false teeth but exactly...



The Heartwarming Reason My Dad’s Favorite Chair Will Never Leave My House

It's not the most beautiful chair, but it represents the world to me.


One Heartwarming Reason Every Girl Should Have a “Hope Chest” Before Marriage

Piece by piece, I built up for a life filled with hope and love, as I kept alive the hope...

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.


This Small-Town Cop Set a Prisoner Free. Here’s the Heartwarming Reason He Came Back.

The policemen assumed their prisoner was long gone, but dad knew best.

4 Heartwarming True Tales of Vintage Christmas Kindness

These true stories from readers like you prove that, deep down, Christmas has always been about the joy of giving.


So I Let My Daughter Play With a Stranger at the Beach. And Then Learned This.

My misguided fear about my child interacting with strangers led to a heartwarming discovery.


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 Inspiring Story of How Frank McCourt Won a Pulitzer

From his students, the teacher learned his lessons slowly but well.

Inspiring Story: Swimming in Socks

Sportswriter Joe Posnanski strikes a deal with his noncompetitive daughter—and they both win.