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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 Couple Agreed to Split the Lottery If They Won. When They Did, She Left with All the Money

    He said they’d agreed to split the winnings. But when they hit the jackpot, she just split.

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    Nicest Places in America 2021

    Nicest Places in America is a nationwide search for places where people are kind and do amazing things to improve...

    What It’s Like Being One of the Few Black Pilots in the World

    As one of a few Black pilots, Courtland Savage understands that with access comes responsibility.

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    Your True Stories, in 100 Words

    Everybody has a story to share. What's yours? Tell us here for the chance to be published in Reader's Digest.

    My Kids Made Fun of Me for Always Carrying a Handkerchief—Then the Pandemic Hit and Everyone Was Usi...

    He has used a pocket handkerchief all his life—and was ridiculed for it. Now, this famous author says his...

    I Was on the Fence About Hiring a Cleaning Person, So I Got a Roomba Instead

    Long before Marie Kondo, there was Roomba. 
In this classic from 2003, Mary Roach 
gives the robot vacuum cleaner...

    Alone on the Top of a Mountain, This Wife Had to Carry Her Injured Husband Back to Safety After a Se...

    A dream honeymoon hike to the rim of a jungle crater ends with a terrible fall. Now a young bride...

    How Astronaut Scott Kelly Wards Off Feelings of Isolation

    The pandemic is taking a serious toll on our mental health. Here are a few tips on surviving this crazy...

    How I Found Out Racism Isn’t Just a Problem in America

    When you’re Black, traveling overseas can reveal a lot more about a place than just its amazing sights.

    My Dad Sent Me a Fruitcake Every Year for Christmas. The Last One Didn’t Arrive Until a Year A...

    My father resembled a fruitcake. One year, he even sent one. It never arrived.

    My Uncle Was a Man of Few Words, But Our Quiet Christmas Eve Drives Are Some of My Favorite Memories

    Uncle Ed was a tough guy of few words. But when 
he took me on a Christmas Eve drive, he...

    15 People Share the Silver Linings They Found Amid a Pandemic

    This year, many of us have new appreciation for life’s simpler joys. RD readers share their discoveries.

    7 True Stories About Funny Thanksgiving Mishaps

    These true stories of snafus past will make you laugh—and breathe a little easier about your own Thanksgiving.

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    Heartwarming Photos of Veterans Reuniting with Their Service Dogs

    Grab a tissue! You can't help but get all the feels when you read these stories of veterans who were...

    BBC Finds Hope for Unity in Reader’s Digest Nicest Place in America

    BBC U.S. correspondent James Coomarasamy visited the 2020 pick for the Nicest Place in America to see what makes this...

    This Biker Was Attacked by a Bear with Only a Pocket Knife to Defend Himself

    Alone and pinned under a grizzly, Colin Dowler reached for a pocket...

    Incredible Generosity Makes Red Handed Tattoo in Shreveport the Nicest Place in Louisiana

    Learn how the owner of one small-town tattoo shop made a big difference.

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    10 Valuable Items People Have Found by Accident

    Ever stumble upon something valuable? It’s an incredible feeling.

    Caring for Neighbors Makes Yardley the Nicest Place in Pennsylvania

    Coronavirus couldn't stop this congregation's spirit of giving.

    Walking the Walk Makes Rio Vista the Nicest Place in California

    Find out why this small town was voted the nicest place in California.

    Kid Power Makes Gaithersburg the Nicest Place in Maryland

    In a time when we need kindness more than ever, young people are stepping up in this Maryland city.

    A Group of Teens on Their Surf Boards Saved Two Swimmers from Drowning

    Two swimmers struggle for their lives until 
a group of teens arrive on their boards.

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    He Was on His Way to Cycling in the Olympics—Instead of Chasing Gold, He Used His Bike to Rob Banks

    Tom Justice chased Olympic gold on his bike. 
Then he used it as a getaway vehicle.

    A Teacher Told Her Students to Draw What They Were Thankful for—This Was One Student’s Moving ...

    As this teacher learned, some of the most moving lessons are taught by students.

    My Best Friend Scammed Me Out of $92,000, Forcing Me into Bankruptcy

    She swindled me out of $92,000, forcing me into bankruptcy and destroying my once sunny outlook. But I finally...

    The Story of the Very First War Dog Platoon

    It’s 1943, the Battle of Bougainville. The Americans attacking this South 
Pacific island are outnumbered and outgunned. Their best hope...