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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...


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.


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.

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.


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.


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...


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!



8 Incredible True Stories That Prove Good Karma Is Real

What goes around comes around—and sometimes that's a good thing.


This Little Girl’s Love of Elderly People Will Melt Your Heart

When a four-year-old bumps into a widower at the grocery store, the karma is instant—and everlasting.


Meeting Mother Teresa Completely Changed My Life—and We Barely Spoke

When I met the now canonized saint in her home, she looked small and weak. But our two minute encounter...


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A Skating Party Led to More Than 60 Years of Marriage for This Inspiring Couple

When she was 10, she never wanted to get married. Then, a handsome young man asked her to a Sunday...

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Why Hundreds of Teens Are Turning to This Farm for a Better Life

In this organization, horseback riding is more than just a pastime; it's a chance to change your life.


The Most Beautiful Life Story Lies in This Woman’s Button Box

A button box can tell a lot about the milestones in a person’s life, as one woman found out when...


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Decades After Tying the Knot, This Couple Finally Got to Walk Down the Aisle Together

Bill and Alice have been together for more than 50 years.



This Quilt Is an Amazing Final Tribute to the Woman Who Sewed Everything

Her mom kept her Singer sewing machine singing until she was 85.


Long Before Texting and Tinder, This Devoted Couple Used Rocks to Send Love Letters

After losing his one and only true love, Grandpa's singing voice was never the same.