post written by: Marc Chernoff

101 Short Stories that Will Leave You Smiling, Crying and Thinking

Makes Me Think

Since its inception eighteen months ago, our sister site Makes Me Think (MMT) has truly evolved into a remarkable online community.  Every day, users share their thought-provoking life stories and vote on stories that other users have shared.  Some are happy, some are sad, and others twist your emotions, pulling them in several directions at once.

As stated on the MMT About page, sometimes the most random everyday encounters force us to stop and rethink the truths and perceptions we have ingrained in our minds.  These encounters are educationally priceless.  They spawn moments of deep thought and self-reflection that challenge the status quo and help us evolve as sensible individuals.

I believe the 101 stories listed below perfectly fulfill that description.  Of the thousands of stories that have been submitted to MMT in the last eighteen months, these are my personal favorites.

What do you think?

  1. Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug.  When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her.  She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”  MMT
  2. Today, at the age of 70, my grandfather graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in business studies.  He’s been a successful business owner most of his life, but he told me he earned his degree to fulfill a promise he made to his mother before she lost her battle with cancer 50 years ago.  MMT
  3. Today, my mom is a healthy 54 year old who successfully owns and operates a popular bakery downtown – a goal she had all her life.  15 years ago she was diagnosed with cancer.  In the face of death, she quit her store clerk job, opened the bakery, started chemo therapy, and succeeded on all fronts.  MMT
  4. Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying.  And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.  MMT
  5. Today, as a young ‘up and coming’ lawyer, everyone in the firm was congratulating me for winning my first big case this morning.  And all day long all I could think about is how I used a technicality in the law to help a murderer walk away a free man.  MMT
  6. Today, on our 50th wedding anniversary, she smiled at me and said, “I only wish I had met you sooner.”  MMT
  7. Today, after 2 years of separation, my ex-wife and I resolved our differences and met for dinner.  We laughed and chatted for almost 4 hours.  Then just before she left, she handed me a large envelope.  In it were 20 love letters she wrote me over the last 2 years.  There was a post-it note on the envelope that said, “Letters I was too stubborn to send.”  MMT
  8. Today, when I slipped on the wet tile floor a boy in a wheelchair caught me before I slammed my head on the ground.  He said, “Believe it or not, that’s almost exactly how I injured my back 3 years ago.”  MMT
  9. Today, someone else’s tragedy provided the miracle my family had prayed for.  Thanks to this stranger, my dad will have a heart.  It’s so odd to think that an accidental death just saved his life.  MMT
  10. Today marks the ten year anniversary of the day when I slapped him and screamed at him remorselessly for not letting me in the bathroom after we ate breakfast.  That moment also marks the positive turning point in my battle with Bulimia.  I think he saved my life that day.  MMT
  11. Today at 7AM I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went in to work.  At 3PM I got laid off.  On my drive home I got a flat tire.  When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.  A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job.  I start tomorrow.  MMT
  12. Today, I was working in a coffee shop when 2 gay men walked in holding hands.  As you might expect, heads started turning.  Then a young girl at the table next to me asked her mom why 2 men were holding hands.  Her mom replied, “Because they love each other.”  MMT
  13. Today, after the funeral, I went back to my parent’s empty house – the house I grew up in.  As I gazed around in awe of all the great memories we made in it, I noticed an old photo of my parent’s in their 20’s sitting on the coffee table.  In my father’s handwriting, across the back was written, “In this moment, we were infinite.” MMT
  14. Today, as I walked away from the airport gate alone with my head held high and eyes beet red from crying, I knew at that moment what it meant to be a military wife.  MMT
  15. Today, a lady walked up to me in the gym and asked me to give her some workout pointers.  She said, “You look incredible!  Watching you gradually tone-up and progress in here has become my primary inspiration to get in shape.”  It made me smile because I’ve struggled with my weight since I was 15.  MMT
  16. Today, my grandpa died.  As I was crying and telling my grandma how sorry I was, she said, “Let’s stop being so sad and instead celebrate the 80 wonderful years he was alive… 60 of which he spent with me.”  MMT
  17. Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died.  She simply said, “I feel so loved right now.  We should have gotten together like this more often.”  MMT
  18. Today, my richest friend growing up filed for bankruptcy and one of my poorest friends growing up purchased his second vacation home.  MMT
  19. Today, I pulled into a small gas station in the middle of the desert in New Mexico and realized I had left my wallet at my girlfriends house 5 hours away.  I had no money and barely enough gas to make it another mile down the road.  The only other person that stopped for gas was a burly looking trucker.  I was a bit reluctant, but I asked him for some spare change for gas.  Instead he filled my tank and said, “Someone did this for me a few years ago.”  MMT
  20. Today, I was all dressed up and waiting on my blind date to arrive.  He never showed up.  It made me feel ugly.  I thought he may have seen me from a distance and bailed.  Then as I left the restaurant alone, I heard a little girl ask her mom if I was a princess.  It made me smile and it MMT.
  21. Today, while I was driving my grandfather to his doctor’s appointment, I complained about hitting 2 red lights in a row.  My grandfather chuckled and said, “You always complain about the red lights, but you never celebrate the green ones.”  MMT
  22. Today in downtown San Diego, I watched a blue collar Mexican man get harassed for being Mexican.  It was a blatant act of discrimination.  And the man actually began crying.  As he left the office building, he took off his jacket. His t-shirt underneath read, “I love the USA!”  MMT
  23. Today, at a jazz club in San Francisco I saw a man and woman enjoying a drink together.  The woman was a dwarf and the man must have been 6 feet tall.  Later in the evening they went out onto the dance floor.  The man got down on his knees so they could slow dance together.  They danced the rest of the night.  MMT
  24. Today, I was the maid of honor in her wedding.  Four years ago she was declared cancer free.  Eight years ago, during our senior year of college, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and told she had eighteen months to live.  MMT
  25. Today, I received a gigantic gift bag from one of my friends.  She said she appreciated me being there for her, and that I am one of her best friends.  She is mentally and physically handicapped, and I merely see her for half an hour once per week.  MMT
  26. Today, my close friend died unexpectedly in a car accident.  A cab driver saw me crying outside the hospital all alone at 3AM.  He stopped, helped me into the cab, drove me to my house 30 miles away and refused to let me pay him.  MMT
  27. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed.  About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.  MMT
  28. Today I met a 90 year old woman at Kinko’s who was getting her passport photo taken so she could go on a Safari in Africa next month for her 91st birthday.  MMT
  29. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.  I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.”  I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?”  “Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.  MMT
  30. Today, I am thankful that my family has acquired enough wealth so that my parents can afford to live in their own house and send me and my siblings to college.  But I miss the days when we were younger and were all crammed into a 2 bedroom apartment and forced to play board games and eat supper together.  MMT
  31. Today, my father’s mistress saved my mother’s life when she ran into our fire-engulfed house and pulled my mother out to safety two minutes before the roof collapsed.  MMT
  32. Today, at a funeral reception, everyone had something kind to say about the deceased.  As they spoke through their tears, many of them admitted that they wish they had told John how wonderful he was before he died.  MMT
  33. Today, after watching a violent horror movie, my little brother abruptly asked my grandfather how he wants to die.  “Like the sunset,” my grandfather replied.  MMT
  34. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.  MMT
  35. Today, as they teased me and laughed hysterically, I just wished they could see the world through my eyes.  MMT
  36. Today, as I read my brother’s suicide note, chills ran down my spine because I was horrified by the fact that I could relate to everything he wrote.  MMT
  37. Today, my son and I were in a car accident.  I came out of it with just a cut over my eye, but my son fell into a coma.  The doctor said if he doesn’t wake up soon his chances of a full recovery greatly decreases.  An hour ago he opened his eyes and said a word I thought I’d never hear again, “Mommy.”  MMT
  38. Today, I interviewed a woman who is terminally ill.  “So,” I tried to delicately ask, “What is it like to wake up every morning and know that you are dying?”  “Well,” she responded, “What is it like to wake up every morning and pretend that you are not?”  MMT
  39. Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe.  He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.  Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating.  The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”  MMT
  40. Today, I told my mom that I feel like I’m failing with my alcoholism counseling and that I want to quit.  Then she said my 8 year old brother told her, “I really like the new Elliot so much better.”  MMT
  41. Today, I met an amazing guy at a local diner during the breakfast rush.  He was sincere and handsome.  We agreed to meet back at the diner for lunch, but he never showed up.  I found out this evening from a mutual friend that he was in a fatal car accident on his lunch break two blocks away from the diner.  MMT
  42. Today, for two hours I stood next to a 50 something year old, burly biker looking guy at a Lady Gaga concert while he sincerely sang his heart out.  MMT
  43. Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me.  He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.” MMT
  44. Today, I lost my mom to cancer.  My whole life I wanted to build an empire of wealth.  And now that I’m relatively wealthy, all I want is my mom back.  MMT
  45. Today, after telling my grandmother that I didn’t want to risk making such a huge mistake, she looked at me and said, “Looking back on it all, there are so many mistakes I wish I had had the courage to make when I was your age.”  MMT
  46. Today, while everyone else was complaining about the overbooked flight, I smiled and joked with the gate agent about my willingness to sit in the belly of the plane with the luggage.  15 minutes later, the gate agent found me sitting in the gate area and hand delivered a first class ticket to me.  She winked and said, “Thanks for being so patient.  As you know, the coach cabin is full.”  MMT
  47. Today, the evening news report forgot to mention that I was driving home from work five miles an hour below the posted speed limit and that he was an intoxicated drug addict with suicidal tendencies who deliberately jumped out in front of my vehicle.  MMT
  48. Today at 3PM my wife checked herself into an alcoholic rehab clinic all by herself after our son showed her bruise marks and belt lash welts on his backside that she couldn’t even recall giving him.  I don’t even know how I feel right now, angry at her or proud.  My head is spinning, and it all MMT.
  49. Today, I swore to her that if she followed through with it, I’d do the same.  And she slowly pointed the gun away from her forehead and toward the floor.  Then she handed it to me and cried in my arms for almost three hours.  MMT
  50. Today, a 12 year old boy died in a house fire near my neighborhood.  After he pulled his mom to safety, he ran back into the burning house for his 5-month-old baby sister.  MMT
  51. Today, my electric wheelchair broke down as I was rushing across campus to take a midterm exam.  Two female joggers noticed I was stuck and asked if I needed assistance.  When I explained my dilemma, they both pushed me simultaneously all the way to my class and got me there just in time.  MMT
  52. Today, I was in line at the store behind a man holding a dozen roses.  When he got up to the cashier’s counter, he realized that the cashier looked sad.  The man smiled and said, “I’m buying 11 of these roses for my wife.”  And then he handed the cashier the 12th rose.  She smiled from ear to ear.  MMT
  53. Today, I asked my 6 year old son what he wants to be when he grows up.  He said, “Mommy, all I want to be is happy.”  MMT
  54. Today, as I watched my 75 year old grandmother and grandfather being silly with each other and laughing in the kitchen, I felt like I got a short glimpse of what true love feels like.  I hope I find it someday.  MMT
  55. Today, we were supposed to meet in the park.  But instead I met her in the hospital’s intensive care unit.  And as I sat beside her bed and staring at her unconscious body hooked up to all the breathing equipment, I reached into my pocket, pulled out the diamond engagement ring, and cried.  I’m still here waiting and hoping.  MMT
  56. Today, when I told my 8 year old son that all of our dreams are within reach as long as we follow our heart and take action, he asked me if it was always my dream to be a waitress.  MMT
  57. Today, after spending the last year working 60 hours a week in an attempt to give my family a more comfortable life, I forgot about my son’s 14th birthday.  My son told me what the family really needs is more of me at home.  MMT
  58. Today, I was diagnosed with a malignant tumor and given 3 to 6 months to live 10 minutes before the hospital realized they mixed up my biopsy results with the patient in the next room.  MMT
  59. Today, as my son cried in my arms, he said, “What nobody realizes is that it’s torture.  Every day of my life I wish I wasn’t gay.”  MMT
  60. Today, my blind friend explained to me in vivid detail how beautiful his new girlfriend is.  MMT
  61. Today, my mother passed away after a long battle with cancer.  My best friend lives 2000 miles away and called to comfort me.  While on the phone, he asked, “What would you do if I showed up at your house and gave you the biggest hug in the world?”  “I would surely smile,” I replied.  And then he rang my doorbell.  MMT
  62. Today, the main girl who bullied me in high school came into my office apologizing and pleading for a job. I’m still thinking about it.  MMT
  63. Today, I was stopped at a traffic light when a mid-aged homeless woman asked me for change.  I usually I don’t give out dollars to the homeless because I assume they are going to buy booze.  But I saw her 45 minutes later at 7/11 buying bread and peanut butter.  She was so happy to see me.  MMT
  64. Today, my sister told me a student of hers turned eight years old on Friday.  When I realized he was born on September 11, 2001, I said, “How horrible for his family.”  My sister explained that his grandfather worked at the Pentagon and skipped work that day upon learning his daughter was in labor.  MMT
  65. Today, I was driving to a job interview when I saw a businesswoman standing next to her BMW on the side of the road.  She had a flat tire.  I pulled over and helped her put on the spare.  When I arrived to the interview, the woman who I helped ended up being the CEO of the company.  I got the job.  MMT
  66. Today at the Atlanta airport, as I walked off a plane dressed in my Army uniform, a little girl grabbed my hand and asked me if I would be going back overseas soon.  I told her I would be in 6 weeks.  She smiled and said, “Can you please tell my daddy that I love him.  My mommy told me he’s never coming home from over there.”  MMT
  67. Today, I waited on an elderly woman at the local restaurant where I work.  She left me a $90 tip on a $10 tab with a handwritten note that said, “I’m 86 and I can’t take this money with me.  So please spoil yourself with it.”  MMT
  68. Today, I met an elderly man at a bar in Miami.  When I asked him if he was vacationing, he handed me a photo from his wallet and said, “Today would be our 50th anniversary.  And although she’s been gone 10 years now, this bar still reminds me of her smile - when we shared our first laugh here so many moons ago.”  MMT
  69. Today, another cancer patient of mine cried and begged me to let her die.  MMT
  70. Today, my father told me, “Just go for it and give it a try!  You don’t have to be a professional to build a successful product.  Amateurs started Google and Apple.  Professionals built the Titanic.”  MMT
  71. Today, as soon as my 5-year-old baby brother came into my room, I yelled at him to get out without even looking up at him.  When he didn’t listen and I turned around to yell again, I noticed he had a bowl of cherries (my favorite) in his hands.  He said, “Sorry, I just wanted to share these with you.”  MMT
  72. Today, when I got home from dropping you off at the airport, I sat at our kitchen table and stared down at my wedding ring and then up at the photo of my dad hanging on our refrigerator, and then I cried. I just hope the war doesn’t take you away from me too.  MMT
  73. Today, after spending the last 3 years viciously bickering with the college kid who lives next door, I found myself crying in his arms and thanking him repeatedly for saving my son’s life.  MMT
  74. Today at the diner where I work, an elderly couple came in for the 4th time this week and requested my table.  I asked them what kept them coming back.  They told me that I reminded them of their granddaughter who passed away 6 years ago.  Then they told me her name.  She was my best friend at the time.  MMT
  75. Today, my dad told me and my little sister that we might lose our house. I was sad, angry, worried and stressed.  My 14 yr old sister asked me what’s wrong.  When I told her, she said, “It’s just a house.  I don’t care where we live, as long as we’re together.”  MMT
  76. Today, I read countless articles about the slain soldiers at Fort Hood.  And it occurred to me that if these soldiers had been deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq and died there, their deaths wouldn’t have made the front page of the newspaper.  MMT
  77. Today, I was walking past a group of homeless men who live near my complex.  A cab pulled up next to the men and the driver opened up the rear door and pulled out two huge grocery bags full of food.  He set them down next to the group of men, got in his cab and drove off without saying a word.  MMT
  78. Today, for the four hours he was breathing, his father and I loved him for a lifetime.  MMT
  79. Today, as I watched my oldest daughter graduate at the top of her class from Harvard Medical School, my wife reminded me that we had her when we were only seventeen.  MMT
  80. Today, I stopped to chat with the office janitor like I do every Monday morning on my way into work.  And at the end of our conversation he grinned and said, “You know, you’re the only one who ever stops to talk to me around here, and you’re the President and CEO.”  MMT
  81. Today, exactly twenty years ago to the hour, I risked my life to save a woman who was drowning in the rapids of the Colorado River.  And that’s how I met my wife - the love of my life.  MMT
  82. Today, I’m in Iraq on my third tour of duty fighting for a cause I no longer believe in.  And I want to go home.  But ever since I caught my wife having an affair 6 months ago, I’m not sure I know where home is anymore.  MMT
  83. Today, as I stared down blankly at the $750,000 life insurance check, I couldn’t help but wish it had been me instead.  MMT
  84. Today, my wife checked herself into an alcohol rehab clinic after she glanced up at me while she was eating her breakfast and asked how I got a black eye and fingernail scratches all over my face.  MMT
  85. Today I found out that my high school friend I’d been meaning to get in touch with for the last year died last week.  MMT
  86. Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70’s – what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”  MMT
  87. Today, after spending the last ten years serving liquor to alcoholics all day every day I looked in the mirror and felt disgusted.  I’ve concluded that I am, in fact, a failure, even though all my friends call me a successful business owner.  MMT
  88. Today, as my grandfather (a military doctor, war hero, and successful business owner) rested in his hospice bed, I asked him what his greatest life accomplishment was.  He turned around, grabbed my grandmother’s hand, looked her in the eyes, and said, “Growing old with you.”  MMT
  89. Today, it’s just the six of us.  One was raped when she was fourteen.  Three come from abusive households.  Two were orphans.  Like me, one spent almost two straight years in a psychiatric facility as a kid.  But I wouldn’t trade a single one of them for all the perfect friends in the universe.  MMT
  90. Today, I was walking home from work in the pouring rain without an umbrella.  I was walking just behind an elderly man who had an umbrella.  As we both passed under the overhang to an apartment building, he stopped, turned around and handed me the umbrella.  He said, “This is my stop and you look like you need an umbrella.  Pass it along someday when the opportunity arises.”  MMT
  91. Today, my friend told me she didn’t mind being legally blind, with only 12% of her vision.  She said, “After it rains there’s usually a dew left on the grass.  And because of the way my eyes refract the light, I see rainbows in the grass.”  MMT
  92. Today, at a neighborhood BBQ my neighbor’s son - a 25 year old Marine – dropped to the floor and started crying when one of the other guests lit off a round of firecrackers.  MMT
  93. Today, the teenager I scream at almost every day for driving too fast in the neighborhood because it worries me that he’s going to run over my kids, ran across the street from his driveway to ours and grabbed my son off of his tricycle in the middle of the street just before a swerving drunk driver ran over my son’s tricycle and kept going.  MMT
  94. Today, I was in an accident that left me with a gash on my forehead.  The doctors wrapped a bandage around my head and said I have to keep it on all week.  I hate wearing it.  Two minutes ago my little brother walked into my room wearing a bandage on his head.  My mom said he insisted that he didn’t want me to feel alone.  MMT
  95. Today, when I tapped the side of my wheelchair and told my husband, “You’re the only reason I want to be free from this contraption,” he kissed me on my forehead and said, “Honey, I don’t even see that thing.”  MMT
  96. Today, I was jogging in Central Park when this lady started screaming for help.  Her husband was having a heart attack.  I ran over and checked his pulse.  He didn’t have one.  I gave him CPR and got his heart beating before the paramedics arrived.  I’ve done some bad things in my life, but today I saved a life.  MMT
  97. Today, I met a powerful businessman who is worth 100 million dollars.  In conversation he told me he regretted never making it to his son’s hockey games or his daughter’s dance recitals.  It made me smile because my dad is probably only worth as much as this man’s last paycheck, but he made it to everything.  MMT
  98. Today, at the food court in the mall, a beautiful girl about my age came up to me and hugged me with tears in her eyes.  Once she calmed down, I realized that I had pulled her out of a bathtub a month earlier, her wrists covered in slashes. I am an EMT, and her gesture of appreciation MMT.
  99. Today, my fiancé was in a head-on collision car accident.  He is currently in a coma.  And all I can think about is the argument we had this morning.  I screamed at him for screaming at me.  It was a petty argument.  But if he could scream now, I wouldn’t say a word.  I’d just listen to the sound of his voice.  MMT
  100. Today, I have two twin boys in my kindergarten class.  I have heard from other parents that they come from a very broken home in which their mother is in and out of rehab and their father is always away on business.  But their 16 year old sister never fails to get them to school on time or pack them a healthy bagged lunch with a smiley face on it.  MMT
  101. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”  MMT

If you enjoyed these short stories from Makes Me Think, I highly recommend you also read PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives and Other People’s Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See.

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  • Most of those short stories really put life in perspective and should make us all be appreciative of life and the people we have near us.

  • I loved this. Really inspiring and breathtaking. :)

  • Amazing life stories. Thanks for sharing. Keep it up.

  • These are fabulous! I love reading your blog.

  • WOW, thanks! I will save these inspiring stories for reading later today. Great share!!

  • Awesome life stories!!!!

    Thank you for sharing!

  • I read these every morning to make sure I don’t take my lovely little life for granted. Frustrating kids, long work hours, minor illnesses, etc….they don’t mean a thing when realizing what other people go through.

  • I love the Made Me Think website! Awesome little stories that truly help you put life in perspective!

  • Hey Marc and Angel,

    Even though i know all of the MMT’s you posted i would like you to thank you for creating that site. I log on every day, and i am happy when i can get my portion of MMTs for the day. It gives me strength.


  • Marc and Angel Hack Life…simply put, “My favorite blog! And all their spin-offs such as MMT.” MC and HNY, Marc and Angel!

  • Marc and Angel, these stories were incredibly uplifting and heartwarming. Thank you!

  • WOW!!! This is so awesome. So inspiring…gives you perspective on your life! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • I read 10 stories, then cleaned up my house a bit, then read 10 more, and cleaned some more. Wanting to read more kept me motivated to get things done, but the best part is that I ended up with a tidy house and an inspired heart. Thank you.

  • Wow. Miracles happen every moment. So much passes us by unnoticed. Good to be reminded of how amazing life is.

  • Today I finally clicked the link to view these short stories. It made me wonder what I would say about today. Thank you for sharing these, and reminding me to put my life into a better perspective.

  • These stories made my day.

  • wow, these made me do all the things they promised. I never expected to cry at so many of these, thank you for posting. they really are heart-warming and make me think. thanks.

  • These touching stories reduced me to tears.

  • What an amazing collection. Time for us to link to this site as well as MMT!

  • These stories made me cry and smile today. Thank you for the reflective moment. I’m writing a hand full of close people in my life today just to say how much I appreciate them… Thank you.

  • I balled when I read these. We have so many things to be thankful for. I am thankful for you and all that you share.

  • Thanks, guys and gals! ;-) Angel and I are so happy you all are enjoying the life stories posted on MMT.

    Please feel free to submit your own story, either here or at MMT.

  • Wow, this was absolutely uplifting. Thank you so much for posting such an incredible list. It’s so nice to read blogs that are inspiring like this.

    Life is such a gift and so many times we just let it pass us by. Your blog inspires me to make the most of my life!!

  • These are all great reads. I like how they are kept to a single paragraph that gets right to the meat of the message they have to share.

  • Thank you for these wonderful, thought provoking stories. I came across these from you twitter tweet. I have read through and visited the page several times. I will be putting a link to this on my Week in Review posting this weekend. We all need stories like this sometimes to remind us how precious and special life truly is.
    Thanks again.

  • I was deeply touched by many of those stories! They speak straight to the heart! Thank you so much for sharing!
    I’ve blogged about them and linked back here:

  • I had to pause half way through, because I almost couldn’t hold back the tears.

  • This was amazing…thank you.

  • Hey Marc!

    Fantastic stories and a great website (MMT) :)

    I hope 2010 was fantastic and that 2011 will be even better! May you achieve everything you set your mind to!


  • Thank you for putting this up….. It may just be the reason my New Year turned better…

  • Stumbled onto the site and I must say, this is quite the post/stories/whatever it is… it’s fantastic. Will come back.

  • Lovely, and it really MMT too.

  • This list of short stories were inspiring and precious to the core. It makes you realize the things we take for granted. The one I could relate to is # 30 because I do miss the times when my family had no televisions, game systems or computers but all we had was each other; living in a one bedroom apartment, sharing stories about our day, and plans for the future.

    Happy New Years everyone!

  • I had been in this phase of hating my life, dwelling and sulking all day long for what i don’t have…but today fate brought me to open your blog(i do visit it, but it’s not a frequent thing..something i regret) and it just made my day, these little stories, makes me feel like, omg(tears still on my cheeks, hehe)
    <3 <3
    thank you very much

  • I got the link to your blog from stumbleupon.

    And.. wow the posts are breathtaking and inspiring, i love all of them.

    Thx for introducing me to MMT.

  • Beautiful and inspirational post! Thanks for sharing these stories, it’s an excellent way to inspire and motivate someone, as well as stimulate reflection, in such a short space of time.

    Take care :-)

  • I love the MMT’s.

    Keep them flowing. 2011 is going to be a good year.

    Keep growing…

  • People can be such beautiful beings. Lets never forget that.

  • Reminds us that life is a GIFT! Use it wisely…

  • I still have tears streaming down my face. I kept saying “Stupid website for making me cry…” but I couldn’t stop reading… and thinking! Thank you posting these incredible moments in other people’s lives.

  • Reply to #9:
    You’re welcome. I recently suffered through the unexpected loss of my aunt. She was young, 59, healthy. A 3rd grade teacher, a wife, a mentor. She died of a massive aneurism, after 6 days of being brain dead. Her organs were healthy, and she was an organ donor. Her bones and organs were delivered to other patients in dire need. Although I am deeply grieving the death of someone extremely important to me, I am glad that other families now have the happiness of healing and recovery for those who received the organs. Remember that a part of her, and us, will be a part of you. I wish you the best in your endeavors, and a full recovery for your loved ones who are sick.

  • #38 is a favorite of mine. I used that example in my (very small) blog too!

  • OMG moments! Beautiful!

    What i can do ?

    I just click that ‘thumbs up’ button on stumble bar so that more people see this. :)

  • my favorite is…. everything.

    thank you for sharing such wondrous stories… that reminds me of my not-so-wondrous life to be happy every morning i woke up.

  • Very intriguing. Thanx for sharing them.

  • Wow, most of these put tears in my eyes.

  • #32 - hit home. Many times we do not share how we really feel with those that we love and cherish — until it’s too late.

  • This is sincerely incredible. It’s intriguing to be reminded every now and again how perfect my life is, how little I have to complain about, and how easily we can change other people’s lives and outlooks, but often we don’t even waste the energy in an attempt.

    Amazing post. I’m floored.

  • Today was the time I stumbled pon this site. I think I’ll put my suicide off for another day.

  • I just came upon your site through someone’s tweet, and I’m instantly hooked and will subscribe. Many of these are important reminders that there is still plenty of good in the world. A couple of these particularly hit home - I lost my best friend this year through an outrageous disagreement. I see him often as we frequent the same gym. We now, very strangeley, ignore each other when all I want to do is hug him.

  • Tears streaming down my face, as i’m realising how much of my life i have already wasted, but how much more i still have to life, i want to live it to its full potential. Thank you so so much for posting these.

  • ..amazing and inspirational.
    ..thank you for posting!

  • I visit MMT often. Especially after losing my father to cancer a few months ago. I realize that although we all lose things in life, we tend to find just as much-if not more.

  • I actually can’t stop crying. Definitely a new reader for MMT - I feel inspired! Thank you so much.

  • Today, at a specific but irrelevant time and place, I realized that I had a very narrow perspective on life when a person pointed out to me how life goes on for them despite experiencing a hardship. The hardship was tragic so I expected the person to be self loathing, but instead the person acted candid and unapologetic. MMT

  • Scotteo123 -
    I was there at that irrelevant time and place, and I heard that person point out to you how life goes despite hardship. However, you were wrong about the person being candid and unapologetic. I saw the pain behind his eyes, and what I thought was the callous indifference behind yours. You see, I am that person, and reading how I gave you a better perspective on life…MMT

  • tears man. tears. sadness never makes me cry, but sincere happiness gets me everytime - and I’m a guy.

  • thanks

  • Wow these stories are just breathtaking! i just read all of the in a row!

  • Today, I saw a homeless man wearing a short sleeved t-shirt out in the cold covered with what seemed to be carpet padding. I was driving in my heated car wearing a warm jacket, socks, boots. I pulled up next to him and asked if he would like a jacket, took it off and handed it to him. The look in his eyes filled me with more warmth than that jacket ever could.

  • These stories are breathtaking and most gave me hope. I haven’t cried for a long long time, but these stories made me tear up and made me really appreciate what I have. Every day I complain about stuff that I shouldn’t, and I take for granted so many things in my life. Thank you for these stories. They are inspiring.

  • each one made me cry….beautiful

  • Simply awesome

  • i read through all of these. i mean, i dont even know what to think, this made me break down and cry. dont take anything for granted, take those risks, dont pass on something youll regret for the rest of your life, make sure your family knows how much you love them, live life to the fullest, treat others how you’d want to be treated. i love this.

  • Thank you so much for these stories. Makes one realize that there’s so much more to life, than the petty everyday issues.

  • As I was reading this story it made me realize more that God (regardless of your specific religious faith) is in every single one of these stories and and that we must be thankful for what we have been given.

  • I’m a freshman in college, and it’s 230 am, and me and my roommate are both up reading your blog on our laptops and crying. Your blog MMT.

  •,i thought of printing them all and giving them to friends..we really just have to look around to see how wonderful life is…

  • This is the news I’ve always wanted to read in newspapers and see on television. And that more than anything MMT. Thank you so much!

  • I am so thankful to have stumbled upon this. This really put things into perspective for me. Thank you.

  • 78 & 92 were almost more than I could take. Thank you.

  • A few nights ago I was at the bar with my ex boyfriend and saw friends I used to be really close with. After catching up for a while, one of my guy friends pulled me away from the table and gave me an enormous hug. He told me that before we met he had been suicidal and after the three years we had been friends, I saved his life. MMT

  • I love reading these Makes Me Think stories. Keep em coming guys.

  • These incidents in their real life is what drives people. i am thankful i stumbled upon this amazing post. no words how i am feeling now after reading such amazing motivational stories. Thank you again !

  • Number 85 really get’s me thinking. I have a HS friend who moved to Japan 8 months earlier. I wonder is they’re doing alright…

  • Jessica Lester
    May 6th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    This was incredible to read. Really overwhelming with all the stories at once…but I still want to read more. I laughed, I cried.. I feel great by reading these stories.

  • Awesome. Amazing. Incredible. Inspiring.
    Thank you.

  • Beautiful, just beautiful… Thank you.

  • Today, My mom carries my new baby brother in her hands,My 17 yr old sister is in her new apartment with her 1 year old baby with no dad around,my 11 year old brother has a purple eye my dad gave him before leaving to Mexico angry and depressed.My mom’s boyfriend is outside the house smoking.I am in my room wishing my dad had never cheated. MMT

  • Oh man, I can’t stop crying. These stories are unbelievable.

  • I cried for like 5x today by reading all of this. Life is beautiful

  • I can’t stop crying. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  • Absolutely amazing <3

  • I cried the whole way through! I love things like this that remind you how truly important certain things are.

  • All 25 stories brought tears to my eyes and truly made me think about life and all it holds for us, including its consequences and it’s joys.

  • OMG! What beautiful and amazing life stories. I cried, laughed and thought about how simple acts sometimes change people’s lives. :)

  • Avinash Yachamaneni
    July 12th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I can relate to many of these inspiring stories.

  • Truly amazing stories. I hardly ever shed a tear at things like this and I’m crying right now. Thank you.

  • I’ve read stories like these plenty of times, but for some reason reading these this time, especially when I got to number 59 I actually started crying. Thanks you so much for these.

  • All I can say is that I am smiling with tears in my eyes! Thank you all for sharing.

  • These were the most touching stories I’ve ever read, and they were only a few sentences each. I cried, especially because of number 78.

  • wow. just wow. all day long i have been wallowing in self pity. stumbling upon this has made me realize how selfish I have been. thank you so much for sharing these, they are so inspiring and motivating and will definitely cause me to look at life differently. i cried through the whole thing and will save this forever!!!! God bless, all these people are in my prayers

  • the one about the little girl going up to the military women and asking about her dad made me cry.

    that was so touching.

  • Thank you for these stories. And for the work you do. Some days, to some people, positivity like this makes all the difference in their world.

  • Speechless!

  • The best bite-size stories I have ever read. Inspiring and truthful. Thanks a lot.

  • Really inspiring! I loved ‘em all :-)

  • This was one of the most amazing things I have ever read, I had goosebumps the whole time and now have a lot more appreciation for my life.

  • OMG… These stories are just amazing! I printed them all and have read them over and over.

  • I am sitting in my bed at 2:30 am because I can’t sleep, sobbing, and just thankful to be alive and well.

    Thank you for sharing these stories.

  • I didn’t think I would like MMT when I first heard about it, but this post is really awesome. Thanks for this!

  • #32 really hit home for me. The things people take for granted.

    And #4. Just wow. I can’t even imagine. Holy geez.

    Most of these made me rather sad though.

  • This post is really awesome!

    Thank you for sharing these stories. Really inspiring!

  • Thank you for these stories. Just reading them is making me a better person… motivating me to be more thankful for all that I have.

  • Wow! Great stories! They make me think so much!

  • very enjoyable read for me, reminded me of a memory i almost forgot. When i was in high school, one of my best friends Andrew Nietzl died in a car crash on the way to prom our senior year, at his funeral hundreds of people packed the streets many kids i saw who never even said a word to him throughout highschool. The very next day after his death, i found a metal money clip in the sand, with the picture of an angel on it, and the words “never drive as fast as your guardian angel can fly”.

  • I once believed in the good things people do…..then i saw some bad things and i didn’t believe in good anymore.

    Now i want to believe again.

  • After learning that one of my closest friends backstabbed me and ruined my realtionships he apologized about everything he has done and now we are closer than ever

  • Lovely stories, made me smile and even cry.

  • These stories made me grateful and optimistic once again. I read all one hundred of them in a row and all of them touched my heart. Thank you for such scintillating entries, Marc.

  • I love this page! These stories are wonderful gifts. Thank you.

  • I loved them ! <3

  • every single story is just simply amazing !!!xoxo

  • i made it to 15 before i started crying. I am a 25 year old man. these stories are incredible

  • These are so inspiring and very touching. I just couldn’t hold the tears back.

  • i loved them. they made me cry and MMT. very inspiring.

  • When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, the doctors said I would never lead a normal life. I have been a successful musician and business person for 15 years, with my husband for 19 years, own a home, a car and 2 cats, and this weekend I rode on my first zipline, and did a walk for charity. 20 years out, my life is wonderful! MMT

  • probably the best thing ive read in recent time! thanks.

  • Made me tear up so many times. Literally holding back the tears… So beautiful. <3

  • Made me cry like a little girl and inspired me to sort out a problem that’s been holding me back. It’s time for me to start living life.

  • So touching. I stopped reading at the first entry… i started crying.. sitting here bawling my eyes out.

  • Today after being unresponsive for 3 days my grandfather opened his eyes looked at my grandmother reached up and pulled her into his embrace kissed her head and slipped away. MMT

  • I had tears in my eyes throughout…… Brought out emotions that i thought i had lost.

  • What an inspiring entry. Made my day :) In fact, I’ll read these everyday.

  • When i started to read the first story, I said to my self ” This is breathtaking and I will just read 2 more” . Then, I realize that I’ve finished them, and my tears washing my heart.

  • Such lovely stories. So touching.

  • I should not read these at work…but they were wonderful and I couldn’t stop myself until I’d read them all. It’s inspired me to get in touch with my former best friend, who I cut out of my life without explanation and have regretted it for the last 5 years. It’s one of my few regrets in life, and if I died tomorrow, I wouldn’t want to have never said anything. Thank you.

  • This made me cry and realize that I have not been living true to myself lately. Today, I just thanked my sister for supporting me throughout my unemployment. I told her that not all brothers and sisters would do that and that she is special. Thanks for inspiring me to do this.

  • All stories are beautifull, but number 66 and 78 really made my cry.

  • I’ve been thinking really selfishly for the past 24 hours, being very envious of the things people have around me. It took me a few hours reading all 101 of these on and off throughout the day, but I don’t feel envious anymore.

    Great read. Thank you.

  • Thank you for sharing these stories. Very touching… Shows just how beautiful life is.

  • Wow, at a time of year like this, I am so happy I took the time to read all these stories. I will give everyone I love a massive hug when I see them next. Life is gift, and the people who choose to share it with you, the most important things in it. Love to the World, enough with the hate and fighting.

  • Thanks for the share. Super touching! I was holding my tears in office while reading this!

  • Thank you very much for sharing these stories with us!!! This definitely makes me appreciate everything I have in my life. I will definitely check MMT from now on!! Love It!

  • Thank you - Your stories are amazing and made my day.

  • Amazing short stories! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Great post… a life’s lesson taken. Thanks for sharing!

  • Thank you for these stories. Very inspirational! They really make you think.

  • I stumbled upon this article on Google as I was crying about troubles in my life. These stories are so inspirational and really put my life and how I see life into perspective. Thank You!

  • Today I read all of those 101 stories and my ADD never kicked in. ;)

  • I’m still reading these stories over and over again. These stories are great, honesty i cant say anything that hasn’t been said already, but after feeling terrible all day it was nice to shuffle through these and just realize… life is a miracle.

    Everyone keep living. And never forget to love, no matter what.

  • I love reading things like this. It makes me aware of the things in life I forget to appreciate. I believe we shouldn’t live in yesterday, nor worry about the future, but live today like there’s no tomorrow.

  • Wow. These are amazing. I cried, I laughed and I realized how good my life is and how petty my worries really are. If I’m ever feeling down or depressed I can read this and suddenly I feel better! :)

  • 102. 4 months before Christmas, my Mom died because of Cancer. And before the Christmas Eve, I told my 5 years old nephew that this is the first Christmas that Mom isn’t with us and there will be no person who will cook the best spaghetti for the Christmas dinner. But I guess, innocence is beauty. He just told me,”But is Christmas in Heaven looks better and feels good than here?”

  • Loved this. I cried and then hugged my 2 little boys for as long as the would let me. Thanks. I needed it.

  • Wow, I absolutely loved these stories!

  • This left me smiling and in tears.

  • I decided to stay with my mother in hospital that nite, 5hrs later her heart stopped! 5 days later i attended her funeral. I still remember every second of that “5hrs”. One of her wishes was that whenever she died, she wanted me to be around her.
    It’s 43 months now since she left. Now i have 8 month old daughter. It feels like that she’s back in my life! MMT

  • This made me sob. When I was done reading I had mascara all over my face. I loved this. Thank you so much for sharing these. I will always look at this when I’m having a hard time.

  • Thanks for sharing these short but great stories. They make us realize that how small things can make a difference in our lives.

  • So today I Stumbled onto the Marc and Angel Hack Life website, 101 Short Stories that Will Leave You Smiling, Crying and Thinking. It was true. The one paragraph, some just one sentence, short stories did make me smile, cry and think.

    I wondered what it would be that I would write if I were invited to the “Make Me Think” site. This is what popped into my thoughts:

    Modeling Deceit

    Friday I lied to the theatre cashier about the age of my grandson, now twelve. At the time my nine year-old granddaughter looked up at me, and stayed silent. I felt pleased that she chose not correct me and embarrass me in front on the cashier. Once inside the theatre and after we purchased our snacks, she asked, “Why did you say my brother is eleven?” I told her, “It is less expensive if he’s eleven than if he’s twelve. Thank you for keeping silent.” Now I feel like a looser role model that sold my worth for only a few dollars and, at the same time, modeled the action to my precious grandchildren. I’ll never do that again. It’s not worth it.

  • Cried like a baby on some of these stories.. tears of joy & saddness.. makes you stop & think.. thank you!

  • Thank you for sharing these moments of your life. I was crying for some and others made me smile. These kinds of things like your Grandmother said these MMT moments are signposts of a successful life. You have inspired to look back at my life and write them down! Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Terry Walley
    Mr Webinator

  • I seriously underestimated how accurate the title was for these stories. I was fighting tears at the fourth one…

  • Today I read these stories and I realized I cannot just keep crying & hating myself, but actually do something about my situation. I am not the only one. Thanks for reminding me.

  • So truly beautiful. These stories made me happy to be alive. Thank you.

  • After reading all 101 of these stories, I wrote the word “love” on my hand to remind me of these people as I continue on with my day.

    Thank you for these stories…

  • Thank you to these people who managed to change a lifetime’s perspective within a fraction of a moment. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences.

  • This is the most accurate article heading. I smiled, cried, and thought on almost all of these even though I didn’t expect to. Just shared some of them with my roomies already and even saved my favorites in a microsoft file. Thanks for coming up with this it is a lot better than all that crap I usually read on the internet!

  • I read them all :) and loved them.

  • These stories were amazingly touching. Thanks for sharing them. :)

  • Gives a new vision for life. Thanks for the lovely, inspiring stories.

  • For the first time in a long, long time; i feel hopeful. Articles like this make me realise that life’s too short to berate yourself for the choices and mistakes you’ve made in err. It’s up to you to turn those mistakes into lessons. Thank you.

  • WOW hard not to shed a few tears…

  • So emotional after reading these, hard to stop my tears… but loved every short story.

  • I cried so hard so hard reading these. Thanks for sharing such amazing stories. Never thought they could happen in real life =]

  • It’s nice to know that there’s still some good in the world…

  • Wow, really good stories. Some are kinda sad, but super good!

  • Thank you for reminding me . I used to read MMT on my phone and somehow i forgot about this site.

    And oh gosh! I just realized that MMT is also yours. Thank you!

  • This made my day.

  • This gives me hope.
    Thank you.

  • I was literally sobbing by the end of all these stories, and I’m not sure why

  • “Everything about growing old says I will not one day find God or Love or Happiness. No. It looks like what will happen is, slowly, I will be beat down, over and over. So many times I will eventually give up on my beliefs, my principles, my goals and my dreams.

    One day I will settle for being alive, for what I have, and spend the rest of my life clawing onto it and never letting go because I will have learned how shitty life is and how important the few fleeting moments of perfection (happiness) we get, are.”

    I wrote that while extremely depressed, and reading these reminded me of that. For the most part they were enjoyable to read, however you really could get away without the one about the dog licking his owners tears off his face before he died. Reading that one helped me to relate to every super villain who ever wanted to destroy the planet, and before there motivations had always baffled me.

  • Truly nice articles. I enjoyed reading this articles and really all of the stories are thought provoking. Truly speaking there are a lot of short stories of this kind in our life. But we never think about it. If we start thinking about them carefully, we will surely learn a lot of things from our own life.

  • These stories genuinely left me sobbing. I’ve been so depressed lately and I wasn’t sure why I was crying so much. But now I think about it, these tales have helped me put my life in perspective…

  • I am so grateful that through the thoughts of others we can understand what life is really about, interaction with others and being present in mind, body and soul to appreciate them.

  • These stories are wonderful. Made me think about my actions. Thank you.

  • It’s so amazing!
    I can’t quit on reading even though it was quite long!
    Definitely I will share these inspiring stories with my friends, and for sure they will feel great too…

  • Faith in humanity has been restored. thank you.

  • Truely touching stories. I must say they got me thinking.

  • I didn’t realize what the MMT stood for throughout reading, I didn’t even realize what I was reading… but I couldn’t stop, in my head it was: ‘Made My Today’
    But they Made Me Think too and MMC and MMS


  • Number 37 had me crying for like 10 minutes. This site is probably the best part of my day.

  • These stories make me think there is hope after all.

  • These stories just made me cry so much. It’s not that I don’t appreciate life, I just forgot to show it and I need to show everyone how much I appreciate them <3

  • These stories gave me courage to face life.

  • These are sweet and are less depressing than “PostSecret.” Also, for my teacher-friends, discussing these stories would be a great activity to do in class.

  • Really beautiful. laughed, cried and cried more :)

  • Most amazing stories. You made me cry in such a good way. I can’t believe how many things I have taken for granted in my life. I appreciate these stories.
    Thank you.

  • These stories are great; they made me cry and laugh. It’s really special moments and it shows that life is too short for letting the small things get you down.

  • I found this on the app StumbleUpon. I can’t believe that one click of a button had such an impact of my perspective of life. I like to think I’m a good person but these stories make me wish I was a great one.

  • This is sincerely incredible. It’s intriguing to be reminded every now and again how perfect my life is, how little I have to complain about, and how easily we can change other people’s lives and outlooks, but often we don’t even waste the energy in an attempt.

  • Really loving these stories! Thanks for them.

  • these stories made me cry so hard, but i enjoyed every tear :)

  • Made me think that life is not just about living, its about feeling it. No day can be a celebration if you dont feel life and every day is a festival if you make your life more meaningful for others.

    Thanks for the stories. Loved them

  • These made me think about me and I’m just a sulky teenager but this is so inspirational and admiring. It really does make you think :)

  • Thank you. I needed that.

  • You should warn people not to read the entire list in one sitting. I can’t stop the tears, man! And I only made it to #13!

  • Made me realize how beautiful life is…if only we are grateful for what we have.

  • This is amazing! I could not stop reading it! This truly brings out my deepest aspirations, and makes me believe there is good to be found in everything.

  • Love the 101 stories…being a church secretary I found so many I want to share. However, there were 3 that were cut short: #20 - #48 - #98. I thought I would bring it to your attention for future visitors to your site. Absolutly loved them all and yes, tears were shed.
    Thank you for being there!

  • These stories are great. I love stuff life this! Reminds me of the storyteller, Kenny Young.

  • My dad just finished building his own house with his own hands after carving out a hillside to do it, took him three years to do.

    He’s 74 years old.

  • Reminds me of Earnest Hemingway’s six word sad short story. “For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never worn”. Tears were shed.

  • After finishing these, part of me hates myself for not shedding a tear through this. The other part of me is thankful, because I now know that there is still so much unbelievable kindness and compassion in this hate-filled world. I was having a bad day, but this made it so much better.

  • I had tears running down my cheeks the entire time. Very inspiring and emotional stories. Makes me guilty looking back on those things I take for granted every day.

  • I sat here reading all of these and sobbing.
    I finally got up and filled out the mothers day card I ment to mail off a year ago. I’m sending it tomorrow.
    It really made me realize how much I take for granted.

  • Wow! Each story is beautiful and makes you think about your life; things & people you take for granted, moments you miss to cherish or notice. Awesome collection! Thank you very much for putting it together.

  • One day, I went to the bakers and there was a delicious looking cake with a strawberry on top. I badly wanted this cake, but it turns out that it was being saved for an elderly man called Frank who was sitting on a chair, because he was tired. He really wanted the cake. So did I, but I decided to let him have it instead. He was very grateful and as a gesture of his appreciation, he kindly paid for a big chocolate cake that we had bought, even after I refused to let him pay. I nearly had tears of joy in my eyes. The next Sunday, I went to the bakers again, and I found out that he had reserved one of those cakes with the strawberries on top and paid for it for me. Such kindness as this is rare to find nowadays. But it makes you think, that if you do something nice for someone else, then the favour will surely be returned to you, and in this case it was returned straight away.

  • Thanks for sharing these amazing, inspiring stories. It’s been a long day for me, but these absolutely make my day! Thanks again!

  • These stories are just so beautiful.

  • To think that this list of 101 moments don’t even begin to fill the cup of motivation/love/desire/goodness that’s going on every second of every day.

    Truly amazing.

  • This was amazing! I sent it to everybody in my class!

  • This is very inspiring to change a bad attitude. These stories are awesome and made me cry all the way through.

  • I cried the whole time while reading this. Thank you!

  • Maria-Victoria Llamas
    May 26th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I shared my teary, touching favorites with my ESL student who I’m sure will appreciate them, too.

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