Short Heartwarming Life Stories

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There are times throughout our lives when we all experience situations that can touch our hearts, teach us lessons or remind us how precious our lives are. The following are some very short stories, collected from numerous people, that will warm your heart.

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.


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.


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 with the most sincere smiles said, “on 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”


Today, in downtown San Diego, I watched a blue collar Mexican get harassed for being Mexican. It was blatant act of discrimination. And the man actually started crying. As he left the office building, he took off his jacket. His t-shirt underneath read, “I love the USA!


Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said that 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.


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.


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 sister.


Today, my blind friend explained to me in vivid detail how beautiful his new girlfriend is.


Today, I was stopped at a traffic light when a middle aged homeless woman asked me for change. I usually don’t give out dollars to the homeless because I assume they are going to buy booze. But I gave her some money anyway. I saw her 45 minutes later at a 7-11 buying bread and peanut butter. She was happy to see me.


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 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.


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 at him again, I noticed that he had a bowl of cherries (my favorite) in his hands. He said, Sorry, I just wanted to share these with you.


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.

What is YOUR story?

13 Comments on “Short Heartwarming Life Stories

  1. Great stories Coach. I especially was touched by the first one about the dog and the one further on about the 5 year old girl whose daddy isn’t coming home. Wow!


  2. Did you get these from givesmehope? I adore that website! The story of the 72-hour shift especially resonated with me. Twelve years and some things just don’t fade away.


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