Here’s a selection of 25 short stories recently submitted to our sister site, Makes Me Think, that not only made us think, but made us smile too. We hope they do the same for you. Enjoy.
- Today, my son turned 7 and I turned 23. Yes, I had him on the day I turned 16. The choices I made when I was a teenager were foolish, and sometimes I get worried I’m bringing my son up wrong. But today I took him to the park to celebrate our birthdays. He played for hours with a girl who has burn scars that cover most of her face. When my son took a break to eat, he pointed to her and said, “She’s so pretty and cool!” Which left me thinking, “I must be doing something right as a mom.” MMT
- Today at 1AM, my grandma, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, got up, got into my dad’s car and drove off. We contacted the police. But before the police could find her, two college kids pulled into our driveway with my grandma. One was driving my dad’s car and the other was following in their car. They said they overheard her crying about being lost at an empty gas station 10 miles away. My grandma couldn’t remember our address, but gave the kids her first and last name. They looked her up online, found our address, and drove her home. MMT
- Today, my 8-year-old son hugged me and said, “You are the best mom in the whole entire world!” I smiled and sarcastically replied, “How do you know that? You haven’t met every mom in the whole entire world.” My son squeezed me tighter and said, “Yes I have. You are my world.” MMT
- Today, my dad turned 91. He barely has enough strength to speak. But every time my mom (she’s 84) walks into the room to check on him, he says, “Hello beautiful.” MMT
- Today, when I went to pick-up my daughter from preschool she was sitting on the ground in the corner of the after-care area with 3 blind students. All of them had smiles on their faces. The after-care instructor told me my daughter has been spending time with these 3 students every afternoon this week, answering questions and explaining to them in vivid detail what different objects, people and animals look like. MMT
- Today, when she woke up from a six month coma, she kissed me and said, “Thank you for being here, and telling me those beautiful stories, and never giving up on me… And yes, I will marry you.” MMT
- Today, I found an old hand written note my mom wrote when she was a senior in high school. On it is a list of qualities she hoped she would someday find in a boyfriend. The list is basically an exact description of my dad, who she didn’t meet until she was 27. MMT
- Today is my 18th birthday. Just over 18 years ago a woman was faced with the harsh fact that she had already had 4 miscarriages and 1 stillbirth. As she was pregnant for the 5th time, doctors informed her that her pregnancy was risky. They said there was a good chance either the baby or her wouldn’t make it. She chose to give the baby a chance anyway. My mom and I both made it and are still healthy to this day. MMT
- Today, my grandpa keeps and old, candid photo on his nightstand of my grandma and him laughing together at some party in the 1960’s. My grandma passed away from cancer in 1999 when I was 7. This evening when I was at his house, my grandpa caught me staring at the photo. He walked up, hugged me from behind and said, “Remember, just because something doesn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.” MMT
- Today, a week after I donated three bags of clothes to a local homeless shelter, I saw a homeless woman sitting on a park bench wearing a tye-dye shirt I made when I was a teenager. I walked by her and said, “I love your shirt!” She smiled and said, “Thank you! I really do too!” MMT
- Today, I sat down with my two daughters, ages 4 and 6, to explain to them that we have to move out of our 4 bedroom house and into a 2 bedroom apartment for awhile until I can find another job that pays well. My daughters looked at each other for a moment and then my youngest daughter turned to me and asked, “Are we all moving into the apartment together?” “Yes,” I replied. “Oh, so no big deal then,” she said. MMT
- Today is the 14th day in a row that my nursing home patient’s grandson has come to visit her. Two weeks ago I told him that the only time I see his grandmother smile all week is when he visits her on Sunday mornings. MMT
- Today, as I pulled into my apartment complex I noticed my neighbor, who’s about 8 months pregnant, struggling with her groceries. I stopped and helped her bring them up the stairs into her apartment. This evening, when I got home from the gym I found a freshly baked apple pie sealed in Tupperware sitting on my doorstep with a note that said, “I used the ingredients you helped me carry to bake this. Enjoy!” MMT
- Today, a man came in to apply at my restaurant. He seemed charismatic, kind, knowledgeable, and friendly. Later, when I went to call him to extend a job offer, I noticed he had written “ask for me” under his number. The number belongs to a homeless shelter. But I’m gonna take a risk and hire him anyways. MMT
- Today, I found out that my mom and dad have been working second jobs at night so they can continue to financially assist my twin sister and I who are both sophomores in college. My dad said, “You two will be the first in our family’s history to receive college diplomas. Two jobs is nothing! I’d work three if I had to to see you two graduate.” MMT
- Today, my 12-year-old son, Sean, and I stopped by the nursing home together for the first time in several months. Usually I come alone see my mother who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s. When we walked into the lobby, the nurse said, “Hi, Sean!” and then buzzed us in. “How does she know your name?” I asked. “Oh, I swing by here on my walk home from school all the time to say hi to Grandma,” Sean said. I had no idea. MMT
- Today, my mom has been blind for 15 years. She lost her vision in the same car accident that took my dad’s life. I am 18 years old now. She has raised me as a single mom since I was 3, without her vision. And yes, she did a heck of a job! MMT
- Today, I met the prettiest woman on a plane. Assuming I wouldn’t see her again after we made our connections, I told her how pretty I thought she was. She gave me the most sincere smile and said, “Nobody has said that to me in 10 years.” It turns out we’re both in our mid-30’s, never married, no kids, and we live about 5 miles away from each other. We have a date set for next Saturday after we return home. MMT
- Today, my mom received the surgery she needed to remove a malignant tumor. My family has been struggling without medical insurance since my dad lost his job last year. My sister and I have been openly discussing my mom’s medical dilemma on Facebook. Last week, a friend of a friend, who’s a veteran cancer treatment surgeon who owns his own practice, saw our comments on Facebook and volunteered to help my mother for free. MMT
- Today, I’m a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 4. At 17 I got pregnant with twins. When my boyfriend and friends found out I wasn’t going to abort them, they turned a cold shoulder to me. But I pressed forward, worked full-time while attending school, graduated high school and college, and met a guy in one of my classes who has loved my children like his own for the last 50 years. MMT
- Today, as I was sleeping, I woke up to my daughter calling my name. I was sleeping in a sofa chair in her hospital room. I opened my eyes to her beautiful smile. My daughter has been in a coma for 98 days. MMT
- Today, on our 10th wedding anniversary, she handed me a suicide note she wrote when she was 22. It was dated the exact day we met each other. And she said, “For all these years I didn’t want you to know how foolish and unstable I was back when we met. But even though you didn’t know, you saved me. Thank you.” MMT
- Today, at 8AM this morning, after four months of lifelessness in her hospital bed, we took my mom off life support. And her heart continued beating on its own. And she continued breathing on her own. Then this evening, when I squeezed her hand three times, she squeezed back three times. MMT
- Today, the homeless man who used to sleep near my condo showed up at my door wearing the business suit I gave him nearly 10 years ago. He said, “I have a home, a job, and a family now. 10 years ago I wore this business suit to all my job interviews. Thank you.” MMT
- Today, when I opened my store at 5AM there was an envelope sitting on the floor by the door. In the envelope was $600 and a note that said, “Five years ago, I broke into your store at night and stole $300 worth of food. I’m sorry. I was desperate. Here’s the money with 100% interest.” Interestingly, I never reported the incident to the cops because I assumed that whoever stole the food really needed it. MMT
And, of course, be sure to check out Makes Me Think for more stories like these.
Photo by: Garry Wilmore
Just found these stories on valentine’s day… indeed they warmed my heart and made me smile… thanks for sharing 🙂
I smiled and cried, is that ok?
i am in the office right now..and feeling bored..i typed inspiring stories on google and i saw this…
if you come to think of it..these are simple stories but these are the stories that will really move your heart and will really inspire you..thanks i will definitely share these to my family and friends on facebook..i wish i could do it right now but facebook isn’t allowed here in the office 🙂
Inspiring stories worth reading…
Love the stories a lot. They really made me smile. 🙂
Beautiful stories. Being pregnant is not good while reading this cause I’m a crying mess now. 🙂
I loved every minute of each story. Its so much drama and demise in the media these days. Its refreshing to read about miracles and just plain ol good people
These stories me think that we still have a chance in this world.
Thank you…this was just what I needed! 🙂
Heart touching!!!!!!!! thanks for sharing these inspiring, heart felt stories.
I love reading things that are so uplifting and inspiring…Great stories and big smiles to all who told them..
I smiled through them all…but when I got to 25 I cried.
Kesha C. says
LOVE the first story. All teen mothers aren’t insane – as MTV’s hit series would make it seem.
I have been going through a lot of hard times over the past year. Some have made me feel like all hope is gone and that my life is nothing but one big struggle. Reading these stories inspired me more than you can possibly know. Thank you!
Sarah Jackson says
Smileeeeeeeeeeee 🙂 Thank you for these stories.
saroj singh says
really impressed with these stories. I visited this site when I was disappointed, but now I’m charged up with lots of enthusiasm. thanks a lot. have a nice day.
One of your stories bought tears to my eyes i can relate to the young girl who wrote a suicide letter on October 31 2010. I wanted to do the same after leaving home when I was young, but I pushed through, and then a few years later I met the love of my life and happy to say we are getting married next year.
Simply… Thank you!
I have been blessed by this, now lets go out and give some of what we have gathered here!
Simply out of this world 🙂 Inspiring stories!
Chelsea Williams says
Great post, glad I found this 🙂
nick catricala says
Very inspiring stories, and I thank you very much for sharing and making it public for others, to help them think and smile…
Beautiful, very moving stories. Thank you so much for sharing .
I am speechless after reading this 😐 Thank you for posting these stories… Keep posting like this. To make some one to feel good… and do good…
Dr Kur says
Thanks for posting. I really needed something to lift my spirit! And it did!
Thanks for the great article. Surely did make me smile. 🙂
I smiled ..and glad to found this stories :)..it makes me smile 🙂 thank u very much
I have my own story from just yesterday.
A foreign woman with burn scars on her body head to toe, just knocked on my door after driving completely across town, and had her sons translate to me that she found my wallet outside the dentist office and wanted to return it to me. Beauty comes in all different packages. She got a REALLY big hug!
Great stories that made my day… thank you.
Wow! Really heart touching stories, loved it. I had a big smile on my face after reading them all. Thank you.
Thank you so much for this stories… they really make you put things in perspective and certainly made my day 🙂
Really uplifting stories, thank you 🙂
Great life stories. Truly inspiring. Thank you
Thanks a lot for sharing such Inspiring stories.
Stories like these are very helpful in realizing that there’s more to life. Hope and Love. 🙂
Great stories. Life is a spectacular thing and it really is the small things that we as individuals do that can make a difference.
I love to read these heartwarming stories that make me smile,
Lilian Idia says
All of these stories are truly inspiring and amazing. Good to know that you can’t do good in vain. Bless you all and keep being the best.
This was the most beautiful n touching write-up I’ve ever read. Thank you for sharing it. You made smile for 5 minutes straight. Loved it.
It was very much inspiring to read these stories… they indeed made me smile. Thank you for sharing.
Really inspiring stories…Thank you for sharing with everyone…
A great post. It put a smile on my face and joy in my heart. Thanks for sharing.
That whole thing made me cry in a good way… I don’t remember the last time that happened. Thanks.
SO INSPIRING! Loved these stories.
Very inspiring stories. Love it. Thanks for sharing 🙂
All these wonderful stories brought tears to my eyes… they made me smile too 🙂
Bunty James says
Thank you for sharing these stories!
The story about your Grandmother, who has Alzheimers was a lucky one, too many elderly people get out and wind up hurting their own self or others, so it was very fortunate the kids found her and got her back home safely.
Chad Jones says
Inspiring and sweet.
Thanks for sharing! Really inspiring..that’s what Christmas should be: loving each other this way!
PS. Can I have your permission to translate this stories in Italian and publish them on my blog? (With credits to your website, of course.)
These are amazing and inspiring stories that brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing them.