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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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The Big-Rig Crisis: How We Fail Our Truckers

Long hours and low pay are taking a toll on our nation's drivers

Our Readers Share Their Greatest Strokes of Good Fortune

These reader-submitted stories are true tales of good fortune

Meet the Man Who Survived 16+ Hours at Sea After His Boat Capsized

This is his amazing story of survival and strength

The Lessons My Motorcycle—and Grown Daughters—Taught Me on the Road

What one father learned about life, love and the importance of adventure

How I Survived an Awkward Family Dinner with My Humor Intact

Stand-up comedian Zach Zimmerman recounts their first family dinner in four years, proving with their trademark humor that you can...

The Odd Couple: How Two Opposites Formed an Inspiring Decades-Long Friendship

It was disdain at first sight. Forty years later, they’re still best friends.

The Importance of Men’s Friendships—and How Poker Could Make Them Stronger

People who make time to hang out with friends have all the luck

He Played a Superhero—but a Daring Rescue Made Him a Real-Life Hero

It's a bird ... it's a plane ... it's Captain Harrisburg, saving the day thanks to his quick thinking and...

Meet the Pizza Man Who Saved 5 Kids from a House Fire

Nick Bostic was troubled, aimless. Then one night, everything changed.

Readers Share the Most Moving—and Hilarious—Ways They’ve Been Told They’re Loved

Pumpkins, mustard and skydiving—oh my! These true "I love you" stories from our readers are sure to make you smile.

Readers Share Their Most Hilarious—and Inspiring—Sports Stories

Our readers share their sports stories, from the highlights that won trophies to the bloopers that won hearts

Meet the Exotic Dancer Who Went Undercover to Take Down Terrorists

Using her wits and guile, she helped capture some of the most dangerous men in America

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Nick Offerman on Why You Should Get Outside More and Embrace Mother Nature’s Gifts

The Parks and Recreation star offers cheeky tips for bartering with the ultimate gift-giver: Mother Nature

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How National Parks Reconnected This Duo with Nature—and Each Other

A grandmother and grandson find a way to mend their broken relationship, one national park at a time

Meet the Blacksmiths Who Transform Guns into Garden Tools

It takes 2,000 degrees of heat—and dozens of volunteers

Nicest Places in America 2023

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

Readers Share Stories of Strength and Success After Setbacks

Seeing a challenge as an opportunity can change your life

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His Super Bowl Parties Feed the Homeless, So Everybody Wins

One party launched a charity now helping thousands of people experiencing homelessness

Third-Act Encores: True Tales of People’s Best Later-in-Life Accomplishments

Inspiring stories from real people whose most unreal accomplishments came later in life

Meet the Woman Who Helped Save Her Disabled Brothers During a Brutal Hurricane

Trapped by Hurricane Ian and rising waters, a devoted sister struggles to save her disabled brothers

This Passenger Got an Emergency Flying Lesson After His Pilot Passed Out at 10,000 Feet

The plane is careening toward the sea without a pilot. Air traffic control’s mission: Teach a passenger to land...

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Readers Share Their Heartwarming Real-Life Secret Santa Stories

Santa's best-kept secret? He's got elves everywhere—and these sweet stories of holiday kindness prove it.

An Old Friend Performs a Small Holiday Miracle—and Saves Christmas for a Single Mom

The year Santa’s suit went from signature red to true blue

Meet the Kind Strangers Who Became Real Christmas Elves to Kids in Need

When local kids needed more than toys, strangers started checking off Santa’s list

A Pair of Beagles Were Left to Wander in the Snow—Until a Kind Stranger Took Them In

The story of an expectant couple and a wise man (but not the ones you’re thinking of)

Meet the Couple Who Became Real-Life Versions of Santa After Receiving Mysterious Letters

A Christmas mystery turns an unassuming couple into Santa Claus

This 16-Year-Old Saved a Group of Teenage Girls After Their Car Plunged into a River

Sixteen-year-old Corion Evans made a daring rescue to save three teenage girls after their car sunk into the water