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Title: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on January 13, 2015, 09:42:09 PM
There are days when we all need a smile.  Let's share fun/heart-warming stories here so others can share the smile.

Here's one I just read that made me smile:  Black lab likes to take solo bus ride to her dog park stop (
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: The Howling Wolves on January 13, 2015, 11:03:46 PM
Went to Kaiser Clinic for some lab work for some stomach issues.  One must grab a numbered ticket in order to check in and while I was waiting an older lady sat down next to me saying she was light headed and didn't know if she could make it.  She has diabetes and was fasting before the lab work and then she could eat something afterwards.  I asked her to show me her ticket number, which was a lot higher than mine, so I gave her my ticket and told her she would be next to be called in.

She thanked me and was called in to have blood work drawn.  On her way out she looked for me, while eating her candy bar, and gave me a big hug and said I had made her day as she was feeling better and if I hadn't give her my ticket she would have lost it.

It made my day a little brighter showing me even little things we do reward us with a big smile and a warm tingling feeling in our hearts.

One doesn't have to look or go far to do something nice for someone else in need.  Put a smile on your face and get that warm tingly feeling in your heart.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on January 14, 2015, 06:46:51 PM
That was very nice of you Dennis.  :hug:
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DonnaB on January 18, 2015, 11:38:40 PM
Wow Dennis! What a sweet heart you are!   :flowers:

Here's my real life story that I encountered just yesterday while working.

I deliver mail for the USPS and one of my deliveries includes a 125 unit hi-rise apartment building for low income retired "seasoned" citizens. Just across the street is a gas station that many of the residents frequent to purchase necessities such as milk, bread, etc., though they have to cross a very busy 4-lane city road to get there. A few of the residents are disabled and in wheel chairs, but they do not let that stop them from going to the gas station to purchase these needs.

As I was walking across that 4-lane barely a block away from where they cross over to the gas station, I noticed one of the gentlemen who is a double (lower limbs) amputee in his wheel chair (not motorized) trying to cross the 4-lane to get to the other side, but he got his chair stuck in the snow at the curb. An east bound driver had stopped his SUV in the middle of the 2 east bound lanes to block traffic, his passenger got out and helped that man free his wheel chair and not only pushed him to the other side of the road to the gas station, yet waited for him and pushed him back across the road as the driver of the SUV pulled over, parked his truck and waited for his passenger to return and they went on their way.

The good people of the the world are out there and it's nice to know they are a part of my community.  :hug:
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: The Howling Wolves on January 18, 2015, 11:52:34 PM
Thanks for sharing DonnaB!

I just wish our daily newspapers, TV and other media sources would publish the good things that people do instead of all the negative garbage they print or talk about.  Sure would be a positive way to start the day. JMHO
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on January 19, 2015, 01:58:28 AM
That is a wonderful story, Donna! 

Dennis, at least we have this thread to share warm & fuzzy stories.

I think I'll make this thread a sticky so it doesn't get buried.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DonnaB on January 20, 2015, 12:27:28 PM
Here's another warm and fuzzy story from Russia:

Cat Saves Abandoned Baby Boy From Freezing to Death in Russia (

Animal instincts amaze me.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: The Howling Wolves on January 22, 2015, 02:35:31 PM
At my wife's Celebration of Life we had the Honor Guard present me the US Flag and play taps but not like this young lady.
Turn up the volume and enjoy this you tube.

Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on January 22, 2015, 04:26:03 PM
I saw that video before.  It gave me chills then and did again.  She is an incredibly talented young lady.  I like conductor/violinist André Rieu also.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on February 20, 2015, 04:23:25 PM
I think this fits the category of heart-warming! This dog thinks his owner is drowning, jumps in to save him (
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: The Howling Wolves on February 21, 2015, 10:16:49 PM
Here's an incredible youtube that will warm your heart and remove "I can't do this" from your vocabulary.

Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on February 22, 2015, 01:26:13 PM
About parents...

It's in Greek, but it has English subtitles.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: The Howling Wolves on March 14, 2015, 04:39:29 PM
OR A GENERAL TRUTH      1.The nicest thing
about the future is . . .
      That it always starts tomorrow.
       2. Money will buy a fine dog .. . .
      But only kindness will make him wag his tail.
       3. If you don't have a sense of humor . .. You probably don't have any sense at all.
>       4. Seat belts are not as confining . . .
      As wheelchairs.
       5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is . . .
When you're in deep water.
       6. How come it takes so little time for a child
who is afraid of the dark . . .
      To become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?
       7. Business conventions are important . . .
      Because they demonstrate how many people a
company can operate without.
       8. Why is it that at class reunions . . .
      You feel younger than everyone else looks?
      9. Scratch a cat (or dog) . . .
      And you will have a permanent job.
       10. No one has more driving ambition than the
teenage boy (or girl) . . .
        Who wants to buy a car.
       11. There are no new sins . . .
      The old ones just get more publicity.
       12. There are worse things than getting a call
for a wrong number at 4 a.m. . .
Like, it could be the right number.
       13. No one ever says "It's only a game" . . .
      When their team is winning.
       14. I've reached the age where . . .
      'happy hour' is a nap.
       15. Be careful about reading the fine print . . .
        there's no way you're going to like it.
       16. The trouble with bucket seats is that . . .
           Not everybody has the same size bucket.
       17. Do you realize that, in about 40 years . . .
          We'll have thousands of old ladies running
around with tattoos?
      (And rap music will be the Golden Oldies!)
       18. Money can't buy happiness . . .
      But somehow it's more comfortable to cry in
a Cadillac than in a Pinto.
       19. After 60, if you don't wake up aching
in every joint . . .
      You're probably dead.
       20. Always be yourself because the people that
matter don't mind . . .
      And the ones that mind don't matter.
       21. Life isn't tied with a bow . . .
      But it's still a gift. 
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DonnaB on July 06, 2015, 07:35:22 PM
Sarasota Florida installed "public pianos" throughout downtown. This homeless man now has the opportunity to be something other than "just a nuisance" to all the people downtown. His playing just took my breath away. Wow. The video has gone viral.....  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on July 07, 2015, 01:08:15 PM


A businessman will fly half way around the world next week to pay the pension of an old family friend who has become the face of Greece's economic crisis.

James Koufos, a finance CEO based in Sydney, told Daily Mail Australia he will fly to Athens in the coming days after he tracked down Giorgos Chatzifotiadis - the 77-year-old man who was photographed last week weeping uncontrollably outside a bank in Thessaloniki, thanks to social media.

Since the photo was published around the world, Mr Koufos learned Mr Chatzifotiadis was a friend of his late father, George Koufidis, and that the two went to school together in the same Greek village.

More, here:
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on December 02, 2015, 06:01:08 PM
A video that touch me...
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on December 02, 2015, 06:22:09 PM
Me too, Panos.

Here's one I've seen several times and is being shared again:

They told me the big black Lab's name was Reggie, as I looked at him lying in his pen. The shelter was clean, no-kill, and the people really friendly. I'd only been in the area for six months, but everywhere I went in the small college town, people were welcoming and open. Everyone waves when you pass them on the street.

But something was still missing as I attempted to settle in to my new life here, and I thought a dog couldn't hurt. Give me someone to talk to. And I had just seen Reggie's advertisement on the local news. The shelter said they had received numerous calls right after, but they said the people who had come down to see him just didn't look like "Lab people," whatever that meant. They must've thought I did.

But at first, I thought the shelter had misjudged me in giving me Reggie and his things, which consisted of a dog pad, bag of toys almost all of which were brand new tennis balls, his dishes and a sealed letter from his previous owner.

See, Reggie and I didn't really hit it off when we got home. We struggled for two weeks (which is how long the shelter told me to give him to adjust to his new home). Maybe it was the fact that I was trying to adjust, too.
Maybe we were too much alike.

I saw the sealed envelope. I had completely forgotten about that. "Okay, Reggie," I said out loud, "let's see if your previous owner has any advice."
____________ _________ _________ _________
To Whomever Gets My Dog:

Well, I can't say that I'm happy you're reading this, a letter I told the shelter could only be opened by Reggie's new owner. I'm not even happy writing it. He knew something was different.

So let me tell you about my Lab in the hopes that it will help you bond with him and he with you.

First, he loves tennis balls. The more the merrier. Sometimes I think he's part squirrel, the way he hoards them. He usually always has two in his mouth, and he tries to get a third in there. Hasn't done it yet. Doesn't
matter where you throw them, he'll bound after them, so be careful. Don't do it by any roads.
Next, commands. Reggie knows the obvious ones ---"sit," "stay," "come," "heel."

He knows hand signals, too: He knows "ball" and "food" and "bone" and "treat" like nobody's business.

Feeding schedule: twice a day, regular store-bought stuff; the shelter has the brand.

He's up on his shots. Be forewarned: Reggie hates the vet. Good luck getting him in the car. I don't know how he knows when it's time to go to the vet, but he knows.

Finally, give him some time. It's only been Reggie and me for his whole life. He's gone everywhere with me, so please include him on your daily car rides if you can. He sits well in the backseat, and he doesn't bark or complain. He just loves to be around people, and me most especially.
And that's why I need to share one more bit of info with you...His name's not Reggie. He's a smart dog, he'll get used to it and will respond to it, of that I have no doubt. But I just couldn't bear to give them his real name. But if someone is reading this ... well it means that his new owner should know his real name. His real name is "Tank." Because, that is what I drive.

I told the shelter that they couldn't make "Reggie" available for adoption until they received word from my company commander. You see, my parents are gone, I have no siblings, no one I could've left Tank with .. and it was my only real request of the Army upon my deployment to Iraq, that they make one phone call to the shelter ... in the "event" ... to tell them that Tank could be put up for adoption. Luckily, my CO is a dog-guy, too, and he knew where my platoon was headed. He said he'd do it personally. And if you're reading this, then he made good on his word.

Tank has been my family for the last six years, almost as long as the Army has been my family. And now I hope and pray that you make him part of your family, too, and that he will adjust and come to love you the same way he
loved me.
If I have to give up Tank to keep those terrible people from coming to the US I am glad to have done so. He is my example of service and of love. I hope I honored him by my service to my country and comrades.

All right, that's enough. I deploy this evening and have to drop this letter off at the shelter. Maybe I'll peek in on him and see if he finally got that third tennis ball in his mouth.

Good luck with Tank. Give him a good home, and give him an extra kiss goodnight - every night - from me.

Thank you,

Paul Mallory
____________ _________ _________ _______

I folded the letter and slipped it back in the envelope. Sure, I had heard of Paul Mallory, everyone in town knew him, even new people like me. Local kid, killed in Iraq a few months ago and posthumously earning the Silver
Star when he gave his life to save three buddies. Flags had been at half-mast all summer.
I leaned forward in my chair and rested my elbows on my knees, staring at the dog.

"Hey, Tank," I said quietly.

The dog's head whipped up, his ears cocked and his eyes bright.

"C'mere boy."

He was instantly on his feet, his nails clicking on the hardwood floor. He sat in front of me, his head tilted, searching for the name he hadn't heard in months. "Tank," I whispered.

His tail swished.

I kept whispering his name, over and over, and each time, his ears lowered, his eyes softened, and his posture relaxed as a wave of contentment just seemed to flood him. I stroked his ears, rubbed his shoulders, buried my
face into his scruff and hugged him.

"It's me now, Tank, just you and me. Your old pal gave you to me." Tank reached up and licked my cheek.

"So whatdaya say we play some ball?" His ears perked again.

"Yeah? Ball? You like that? Ball?"

Tank tore from my hands and disappeared into the next room. And when he came back, he had three tennis balls in his mouth."
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on December 02, 2015, 06:35:36 PM
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DonnaB on December 06, 2015, 12:54:43 AM
Bittersweet. Beyond speechless.........  :'(
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: ComicsLover on December 14, 2015, 08:52:47 PM
Should have paid attention to my intuition and stopped reading before things went south.  Now I'm typing by memory because...something in both eyes.   :'(
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on December 14, 2015, 09:41:38 PM
Yes, I know what you mean.  Whether true or not, it will do that to a person.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DonnaB on December 20, 2015, 01:06:30 AM
Why This “Santa” Is Laying On The Floor Will Leave You In Tears (

“Santa” Knew He Couldn’t Fulfill This Request So The Two Kneeled In Prayer To JESUS! (
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on January 17, 2016, 03:16:18 PM

A woman took in a dog who was in such bad shape that she thought she was giving him a dignified place to die. But all the pup needed to survive was a little bit of love.

Due to Greece’s financial issues, the country has a lot of stray dogs. Valia Orfanidou of Athens follows several animal rescue groups on Facebook in order to foster some of these pups. On any given day, Orfanidou sees so many pictures of needy dogs online that she's almost become desensitized.

But one day in November 2014 she was scrolling through her feed when a picture of a stray struck her to her core. He was cowering over, and so starved that his ribs were visible.

Read more here:

Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DonnaB on May 16, 2016, 05:29:37 PM
Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were... A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day at the mall.

When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must have stung quite a bit.

The complaint:
'Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:

Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A.M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune! Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyn's early bird special?

Any response would be appreciated.

The response:

Regarding 'A wake-up call from Luke's jets' On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m. , a perfectly timed four-ship fly by of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt. Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.

At 9 a.m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend. Based on the letter writer's recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured..

A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.

The letter writer asks, 'Whom do we thank for the morning air show'? The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.

Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you....Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DonnaB on July 17, 2016, 09:52:57 PM
Xena Warrior Kitten ~ A heart warming story from a day in the life of Donna...

Monday, July 11th 2016. First day back to work after a week's time off to get away from the normal stresses in life and spend time with family.  Left office late to begin my daily mail deliveries, which turns out to be a really good thing for one little feral kitty the world could care less about. I had just left the Bank after dropping off their mail and was walking back to my mail truck when I noticed a lady walking with her hands cupped kind of crouched over. She disappeared behind my truck and I couldn't see what she was doing till I got over to the driver door side and noticed she had dropped to her knees looking at the ground. Honestly, I thought she was sick and went over to her hoping to help her in any way I could. As I got closer I noticed she was looking down at a little kitten she had laid there in the grass. The kitten was in severe distress, mouth open barely breathing, and the lady told me she had just watched the kitten get hit by not only a car, yet a semi trailer truck. She couldn't bare to leave the kitten in the road so she picked it up and placed it gently in the grass next to the church. The lady was very distraught wanting to get up and walk away saying she couldn't bear to stay and watch the kitten die. I asked her to touch and comfort the kitten then walked back over to my mail truck to grab my phone. I called my Supervisor and told him what had happened and asked if I could use my 1/2 hour lunch to deviate from my route and run the kitten half way across town to the VCA County West Animal Hospital to put the kitten down so it wouldn't suffer. He allowed me the opportunity to do so, so I grabbed a tray that was full of mail, took the mail out and ran over to put the kitten in the tray and rushed the kitty over to the Hospital (they know me very well). As I rushed through the door I told them what happened and if the kitten could be saved and lead a normal quality life to do what they could to save it at any cost and the lady at the desk (her name is Patty) did not waste any time getting the kitten in the back so Dr. B. could size up the situation as I signed papers up front to have it euthanized, if necessary.  Patty came back a couple minutes later and said there were no broken bones and they would do an x-ray to verify this assumption and keep me informed to the kittens progress or if they had to put it down, so I left knowing the kitten was in good hands.

Later in the day I got a text message from Dr. B. that said she put her (yes, she was a girl which I did not know till I got the text) on meds for swelling in the brain which is the only trauma the kitten had experienced. By the end of the day she was awake and biting the Dr. as she was being examined and receiving more meds though she was not able to stand or sit but as Dr. said, "We are not out of the woods yet. Thinking that a name would make her stronger I allowed the girls in the office to name her. They chose Xena Warrior Kitten. They aged her at 6 weeks of age and she weighed about 1 lb. The vet tech (Mel) took her home for over night observation and so she could be re-examined again by Dr. B. on Tuesday, which happened to be my regular day off though I had to run up near Chicago, so they kitty sat her and I picked her up when I returned and even though she was in guarded condition there was hope for a full recovery. By this time she was able to stand. sit and take food with a syringe. Unfortunately I had to work on Wednesday the 13th so my daughter kept an eye on her in my absence though I was called at 1pm and told that she was having seizures, so when I got off work we headed back to the Vet and Dr. B. put her on steroids to help ease the swelling in her brain and said she would contact a neurologist friend of hers to ask for more advice since we may have to out her on phenobarbital if the seizures persisted. I am very happy to say that she has not had a seizure since we started her on the steroid and my fingers are crossed that when she is taken off the drug that all will be well for her. She is now eating on her own, using the litter box and playing like nothing had even happened.

Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on July 18, 2016, 12:54:59 AM
To top it off, Xena is a cute little darlin'.  I have the distinct feeling that you have other stories much like this one about rescued cats/kittens.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DonnaB on July 18, 2016, 10:34:00 AM
I do Corrine, though most do not turn out so well. :(  The sad part is that the lady who saved her from the inevitable and laid her in the grass has no idea she survived and I did not think to get her name so I could let her know the good outcome. This really bothers me... Poor girl is going to go through life thinking the worse.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DonnaB on January 13, 2017, 09:53:37 PM
You might want to grab a tissue before clicking on the link below... On second thought, you might want to grab two..

20 Heartwarming Stories That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity. (
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on January 13, 2017, 10:40:11 PM
 Sweet stories. 
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on February 06, 2017, 03:20:10 PM
Let's be like childs...

Please, watch this video:

Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DonnaB on February 07, 2017, 12:43:56 AM
I remember few evenings growing up when my family didn't eat dinner together as a family. That gathering was the "glue" that bonded us a family unit. Dinner was the time for slowing down, sharing stories, discussing the day's events and talking about tomorrow. We'd laugh, we'd listen, we'd encourage each other. As a child, it gave me a sense of unity and stability in that present time, and memories that I carried with me for the rest of my life. I did my best to pass along that tradition when I got married and had a family of my own.

Thanks for sharing Panos. :hug:

Donna :)
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DonnaB on March 21, 2017, 03:38:38 PM
Faith ~ It's all about believing.

You don't know how it will happen, but you know it will.

Keep your faith alive!
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: rvijay07 on December 12, 2017, 08:06:07 PM
About 6 weeks ago I rescued a pigeon, now he is very glad and doesn't wish to leave.
The entire experience is recorded here:
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on December 12, 2017, 11:08:11 PM
Wow!  That has certainly been quite the experience.  I wish Paul well. 
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on December 28, 2017, 04:50:42 PM
Well, I know that this is out of the blue, but I was thinking a lot these days... No fun or heart warming stories in real life. I mean among people. They are so few, one in a million to happen. When you are in a difficulty, no one cares. People become so bad when they want to hurt you. Heart warm stories? Only in fairy tails.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: plodr on December 28, 2017, 05:30:05 PM
We had a nice news story right before the holidays.

A 6 year old little boy kept telling his mother he didn't want anything for Christmas that all he wanted was to help others. (This isn't the first time this little boy has done this. We met him at some event we were out a year ago and donated something because he was collecting to help others at that time). If my memory serves me correctly, he was collected money and donated it to something like the Red Cross, that helps victims in disasters.

Six-year-old Jermaine Edwards set out to collect coloring books and crayons for sick children.
He collected more than 800 coloring books, which he and some volunteers dropped off at one of the local hospitals.

Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on March 06, 2018, 01:00:41 PM
Two posts above, I expressed an opinion about heart warming stories. I was angry about something happened to me, so ... I wrote that thing!  :o  I'm taking it back and you can delete that post! Today, I will write about a story that I think is heart warming enough, to make every one smile. It's about an old friend of mine. I had months to hearing from him. He was not answering my calls, he was not replying to my emails. He sent me an email a few days ago. I post a part of it, having my friend's permission as no personal data are included. I tried to do my best with the translation.

''...The last couple of years were difficult for me for many and different reasons. OK, I know that my difficulties are not as big as others, and perhaps bigger problems are going to occur in the future, but the fact is that I had to struggle. Anyway... For two months, I got into a strange condition. No mood for doing anything or talking to anybody. Feeling useless, unsafe, and as the cause of others unhappiness. No one of my family and friends realized what I was passing through. For them, I was the one who reads all the time, trying to finish something. I was drinking every morning, just to start the day without remembering anything (although this is a lie, because the more you drink, the more you remember everything), then sleeping, then trying to talk to my computer. No courage for asking for help. And no one knew. Except from one person. She was an internet friend. I started talking with her, for another thing, and she didn't need more than one message to realize that I was not OK. What are you doing these days? she asked. It seems that you are still depressed from all that happened and you make me very concerned... You are too young to shut your self off the world... You need an outlet, something to take your mind off what happened [...] I'll be fine, I said, as I started seeing that someone was there for me. And her answer: You better be fine or I will reach across the waters and slap you, silly! Get off that track right now and find yourself! That was a shock for me. I cried a lot that day. Her words are still in my ears. I felt God's Love, in that woman's concern. And decided that I had to do my best to get out of this condition, before it was too late. I scared in the thought of the possibility of passing a depression. And I stopped thinking that the world goes around me. Now, two weeks after, I feel much better. I found my outlet, but it's better to say that ... the outlet came and found me! There are still really difficult times, because a fact is a fact and doesn't change, but at least I understood that things sometimes just happen. We may make mistakes, people do mistakes, but the life is going on. It's up to us to correct the mistakes, if we can, and keep building. It's strange, because often we advise others to go out and find real friends, but a virtual real friend helped me to start the recovery procedure. And I'm sure, she did not understand anything of what she did! Wish me luck for now and on!''

Well, this is my friend's story, and I wish I was the one he helped him. I share it with you, because you are my virtual friends, and I would like to say that every message, every good thought, every word of what we say to others, matters, even though the communication is taking place through a computer. Have this in mind. :)

P.S. My signature below, is my friend's conclusion.

Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on March 06, 2018, 02:02:09 PM
It seems to me that your previous post needs to stay in order to get the full impact of the story about your friend, a story that I believe most assuredly impacted you and changed your outlook as well.  It is indeed heart-warming that your friend was able to find an outlet and that a "virtual friend" was able to help him.  ❤
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on September 03, 2018, 12:56:39 PM
This is an old video (2012) I found as I was looking for something else. I find it very powerful, so I considered that it could have its position here. Some people have really an amazing power inside them.

Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal -- until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.

A broken body isn't a broken person | TED Talk (
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on September 03, 2018, 02:52:58 PM
Saying "WOW!" after watching that video just isn't anywhere near close to enough.  Powerful, inspirational, influential, emotional . . . What happened to her and what she accomplished applies not only to people in related circumstances but also to people who have fallen on hard times due to job or family situations. 

Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Ria on September 03, 2018, 03:37:00 PM
I have read all these stories here. They are really heart warming. Especially the last one teaches me not to complain about small and insignificant problems I often have to pass through... There is always someone with bigger problems than you and there is always someone who despite his difficulties can inspire and give you lessons for a whole life. This girl is a hero of life, but she is a human like me, like all of us. We all have something to take from her story...
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on September 03, 2018, 03:44:39 PM
We all have something to take from her story...
You are so very, very right, Ria.  When I followed the link and saw how long the video was, I thought to myself that I'd probably listen to a couple minutes of it and then close the browser tab where it was playing.  Those initial thoughts were so very wrong and your words captured it completely, "We all have something to take from her story..."  It is definitely worth less than 20 minutes to listen to her.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on December 12, 2018, 12:41:33 PM
The short film, entitled "My Brother", shows how inhospitable Greek cities are to people with disabilities. But it starts somewhat ... upside down. In the first few minutes, the protagonist is a young man who holds a crow and breaks what he finds in his path. On the contrary, people drink their coffee, they are hurrying, cars are passing quickly in the light of Christmas scenery. The young man ends up to the police station.

Watch what caused his reaction.

My Brother (

I think that the story becomes heart warming at the end, as the hug between the two brothers is everything.

Let's stand for a minute and think of all those people with disabilities, especially these days of happiness.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on February 02, 2019, 01:34:43 PM
I have been sent this link, about this man's wedding dance. I think it has a place here.

No Facebook account required.

Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Corrine on February 02, 2019, 02:02:20 PM
Yes, it definitely has a place here, Panos!
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on May 18, 2019, 12:47:34 PM
Jazz, a special needs cat, is also a therapy kitty in training, for a therapy program for kids with complex trauma:

Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: xrobwx71 on April 18, 2020, 01:32:36 PM
Temple Grandin's story is awesome. If anyone hasn't seen the movie, I highly suggest it. She also gives TED Talks frequently.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Ria on July 13, 2020, 08:26:35 AM
I’m watching this thread for a long time now. The stories are really heart warming and inspiring. I read some of them many times. I was thinking that most of the time we are searching about such stories somewhere else and forget that everyone of us, in our families, in our environment we have at least an example of someone who has such a story to tell.
Today I would like to share with you a story from my family, specifically my younger brother. He had a very bad accident exactly  two years ago, he was 28, that left him with a limited mobility and many other serious health problems. He is very vulnerable in infections, next month he has another surgery and at least twice he reached too close to death last year (this is just a two words description).You can understand that our lives changed since then as we are all trying to accept the new reality. Especially for him this is not easy, he is young and he has every right to complain and be desperate.
Well he is not. Yesterday I was with him and my daughter asked how he feels these days. My daughter had some difficulties at school this year and talking with her uncle makes her good.
His answer:
“I’m trying to transform the difficulties into an opportunity. That is how you should see it too. If any difficulty can make me a better person then I’m a winner. Don’t let difficulties get over you, keep on. Find one or two people to hold on them and always be a winner not a looser. “

My thoughts: if all were thinking like that, the world would be much better. I’m proud of my brother.


Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: plodr on July 13, 2020, 01:19:50 PM
Thanks for sharing Ria. Transform your difficulties into opportunities is a good way to think because no one gets through life without encountering difficulties.  What we do with them determines what kind of person we become.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on August 16, 2020, 07:27:02 AM
The story of our life...

It's not always a warming story, but we can make it as such...

RIP Robin Williams...
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: Ria on August 17, 2020, 12:42:17 PM
The video is beautiful and it does motivate. The thing is when you have difficulties to find the courage to remember all these and react brave. Unfortunately Robin Williams didn’t make it for the one reason or the other. I hope you, me, everyone can make it when the time comes. That could be a live and true example not just a beautiful video.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on October 18, 2020, 10:34:02 AM
Another one here: This disabled man finds the courage to dance with his soul, not his legs, a Greek dance called zeimbekiko.

Yes, we can beat it.

Some of the song lyrics:

Like a wounded eagle on the ground,
I'm looking for the strength to keep on.

My God, if I knew which day I would die
I would do my death's birthday and beat it.
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: icotonev on October 18, 2020, 02:10:59 PM
By the way Zeibekiko is a dance from Cyprus ...!  :)
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on October 18, 2020, 04:12:43 PM
By the way Zeibekiko is a dance from Cyprus ...!  :)

Actually it is a Greek dance, coming from the Asia Minor. Since Cyprus is an independent Greek island, the dance is well known there too.

From Wikipedia: "The Zeibeikiko, as an old dance, is strictly for males. Due to the movements of the dancer, it is sometimes known as the "eagle dance". The dance has no set steps, only certain figures and a circular movement. It takes place in an area little surpassing one square meter and mostly consists of improvised movements."

Have you been in Greece or Cyprus? Your name makes me think of Balkans? :)
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: icotonev on October 18, 2020, 04:14:52 PM
Yes ..I have been to Greece and Cyprus..and otherwise I am from Bulgaria ..!  :)
Title: Re: Fun/Heart-warming Stories
Post by: DR M on October 18, 2020, 04:18:06 PM
Да ..бил съм и в Гърция и в Кипър..а иначе е съм от България ..!  :)

Καλά το κατάλαβα! Εύχομαι να έχεις καλές αναμνήσεις. Δεν πήγα ποτέ στη Βουλγαρία. :)