10 Heartfelt Stories From Around The World That'll Teach You Genuine Life Lessons

Team Interns , 29 Jan 2019

Life is nothing without ups and downs. There are times that make us feel uninspired and let down by the harsh realities of our lives. However, it is difficult times like these when we should have faith in ourselves and the people around us. These stories from around the world are super emotional, and will definitely warm your heart.

1. The Powerful Love Of Grandparents

This simple, heart-warming story really makes you think about how much our grandparents love us and want to cherish their time with us.

2. When Love Always Finds A Way

This bittersweet story is a lesson that no matter what difficulties we face in life, we should always love like we’ve never been hurt before. What is yours will always find you!

3. A Little Kid With Big Dreams

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“I was born in Venezuela. I moved here two years ago. I want to be President of Venezuela to change things and make better the world. Did you know that sometimes in Venezuela people shoot each other on purpose? I will change that. Also there will be rules against pushing people or thinking bad thoughts about people. I will make a rule so that there will not be too much cutting or killing of trees. And there will be a rule against killing too many animals because animals eat insects, and we can’t have too many insects. I will also make sure that we don’t waste water or food. Or if there is food left over, we have to be sure to put it in the trash. I can’t be president now because I’m only eight. But I did skip first grade.”

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This adorable kid with his hopeful dreams makes us confident of the fact that even though our world isn’t perfect right now, our future is definitely in good hands!

4. A Precious Love Story That Fought All Odds

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“I was working at a bank, when I got a call. The girl on the phone asked for my mom–I told her that it was the wrong number, but I asked her if I could help her reach the right person. She immediately said ‘Sorry, bhaiya’ & cut. So I called her to ask who it was… after that, I didn’t stop thinking about her. 15 days later, I called her again to get to know her. We started talking daily. In a month’s time, she told me, ‘I don’t think you should call again.’ I didn’t know why! So the next day, when I called for an explanation, she said her face was burnt. My immediate reply was, ‘So what?’ She said that I’d be scared if I saw her, but I wasn’t that kind of a man. I went to her house & saw her for the first time. I won’t act like a hero & say it didn’t affect me. It did. I was afraid first, but then I saw her smile… I realised that there was no one else I could marry. She later explained what happened to her. 5 years ago, she got into an argument with her cousin. He said ‘I’ll throw acid on your face!’ She brushed it off as a joke, but one day, when she was walking out–he came out of nowhere, pulled her hair & threw acid on her. She stood there, burning & was immediately rushed to the hospital. Treatments lead her to Mumbai where she started working at Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation & finally to me. People warned me with ‘how will you manage?’, ‘How will you show off your new bride?’ I just wanted them to let love be, so I simply smiled, because none of it mattered–it was her & me. So, you can’t always foresee where & how you’ll find ‘the one’. They don’t have to look stunning in someone else’s eyes. They just have to keep your heart beating & you know. You just know that this is the greatest gift you could ask for–our son & her are the greatest gifts I could’ve ever dreamt of. This girl, who is inspiring, honest & kind is also the most beautiful girl I’ve met…because I’ve seen her heart & that’s all that matters. She’s made for me.” –– HoB with Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga bring to you unexpected & heartwarming love stories of couples who show that love is love, & the world would be better if we just #LetLoveBe. Find the trailer link in our bio!

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Not gonna lie, this beautiful story had me sobbing like a baby! A love so pure and precious still exists and should inspire us to love with our heart, and not with our eyes.

5. This Incredible Family That Has Helped Over 12,000 Refugees

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“In the past four months alone, we’ve had twelve thousand refugees stop here. We know because we’ve counted the sandwiches that we’ve handed out. They show up battered and beaten. We set up this rest area along the road to hand out sandwiches, juice, and water. One night we had one thousand people here. You could see nothing but heads. We’re not professionals, just volunteers. The families break our heart the most. They show up with no money, no papers, and no hotels. Sometimes it’s raining and they have nothing but cardboard over their heads. They have nothing for their children, and we know how hard it is to raise kids even in standard conditions. Our son hasn’t seen very much of us recently. Even when we are together, the phone is always ringing and we are absent in mind. Recently he asked if we could build a big boat and send the refugees somewhere that there is no war.” (Lesvos, Greece) (1/2)

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“This is the man who inspired us to begin helping refugees. We met Father Stratis back in 2008, when refugees began arriving on the island from Afghanistan. We ran a minimarket at the time, and every day this priest would come in to buy juice, croissants, and other supplies to hand out. Eventually we began to follow his lead, and soon we were working side by side. I always joke that God punished me for my atheism by sending a priest to be my best friend. He was always pushing us to do more. The phone never left his hand. He was always looking for new ways to help. He died last month, but even in his final days, he was searching for diapers from his hospital bed. His final post on Facebook said: ‘God is love, without asterisks.’” (Lesvos, Greece) (2/2)

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This beautiful family has gone above and beyond to help a countless number of refugees in need. It really makes us think about what truly matters in our lives, and how we should be generous and open to everyone in need. After all, what are we without humanity?

6. The Power Of Acceptance

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“In school when boys would objectify girls, I’d be disgusted–they’d think I was a nutjob. On the other hand, my first crush was Adam Levine–so I knew I was different. Today, when a young person from the LGBT community researches online, there are so many helpful websites. But when I was young, all the internet had was porn! So the whole ‘oh yes! I might be gay!’ was difficult to come around. In school, nobody dared to mess with me. I was the sports captain. So I was covered on the ‘protecting myself against bullies’ bit. In college, I started working in the industry as a VJ for a well known channel & was confident about my sexuality. On set, jokes were cracked at my expense. But I always knew how to give it back. I’m a diva–I say what’s on my mind. Once, I was in drag costume & a man whispered to his friend & laughed. I went up to him & asked him if he had something to say to me. It scared the living daylights out of him. I was scared when I first came out to my friends. Some didn’t believe me while others said I didn’t have to tell them, they knew. But, one girl didn’t come to college for 2 days! I later found out she had a crush on me! At home, my brother found out & asked me about it. I agreed–suddenly he started feeling overprotective. My macho brother who couldn’t keep his trap shut, mentioned it to my father. I had no choice but to come out to him too! He was supportive & asked me if I’d like to tell my mother alone or if he should help. I said I’d like to do it alone. And ‘foolish me,’ I tried to talk to her during her TV serial. In between the breaks, I tried to get a word in. She told me ‘if it was about me being gay, I should wait till the next break–she already knew!’ When I asked, she gave me the old ‘I’ve given birth to you’ dialogue. My coming out story is about acceptance because of the people around me. Once, I was working on a show & a guy said really shitty stuff about me. The director heard & asked him to resign. She went on to become my mentor. And that’s what I believe in, people treat you like how you think you deserve to be treated & I’m a certified diva who speaks his mind, so I should be treated like the fucking Queen that I am.”

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Acceptance is powerful and shouldn’t be denied to anybody, regardless of how they identify.

7. Leaving An Abusive Relationship Isn’t Easy, But Necessary

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“I moved here from Kenya with my husband. He became very abusive when we arrived. He made sure I didn’t have any friends. If anyone came to visit me, he’d immediately say: ‘I don’t like them.’ I was scared all the time. When my mother came to visit from Africa, she could tell something was going on. A mother can always tell. She saw how he spoke to me. When she left for the airport, she seemed so worried about me. It broke my heart. So the next time he hit me, I called the police. And I’ve never looked back. I have a great new boyfriend now. The kids are happy. I’ve got a job and I’m back in school. Things are really perfect. But I beat myself up a lot. I think: ‘If I’d only left earlier, I’d have been here so long ago.’ But I did leave. I’m here now. And that’s the important thing. Sometimes I need to remember to pat myself on the back.” (Melbourne, Australia)

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The hardships that people in abusive relationships face are horrible and no one should ever have to go through that. Leaving one may be incredibly difficult at first, but it will only reward you with happiness and peace.

8. You Don’t Always Need To Have Child To Be A Parent

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“My wife and I were in our late thirties when we met. Kids just weren’t in the cards for us. I always thought I would have been a good dad, but time just went by and it never happened. So we raised a little family of dachshunds instead. We got Ozzie and Eva shortly after getting together. They both lived for thirteen years. Having two extra lives in the house was a wonderful thing. They needed to be cared for. They gave and received love. I imagine that it’s a little like having a kid. When Oscar passed away, I was so distraught that I passed out on the floor of the vet. Eva lived for another year, and after she died, we decided to wait before adopting again. We lasted about a year. Pepper came from a high kill shelter in Los Angeles. She was terrified for the first few weeks and wouldn’t come near us. But she trusts us now. She is definitely a Daddy’s girl.”

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This heartfelt story perfectly describes the precious love between pets and their owners and the sheer heartbreak of losing one.

9. The Power Of Listening

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“A few years ago my marriage was breaking down. I was depressed. I wanted to leave. But when I tried speaking to my friends about it, most people told me to ‘suck it up.’ They told me not to be selfish, and to think of my children. Church members told me that I’d go to hell. Family members told me that an unhappy marriage was better than being alone. Above all, everyone told me to keep quiet. There’s a taboo in our culture against ‘airing dirty laundry.’ Therapy is stigmatized. So I had nobody to talk to. During that time, I’d lock myself up for days and cry. Luckily there was Qwarme. We grew up together. We’ve been friends since high school. He understood me. But most of all, he just listened. The experience gave us an idea to start a listening channel for other people who needed to talk. I bought a new phone number. We put out a call on social media, inviting anyone to call in anonymously and share their problems. I do most of the listening. But if they’d rather speak to a male, then Qwarme steps in. We’ve helped almost seventy people in the last three years. It’s become a round-the-clock job. Some people call us every day. Others will call once a month but talk for hours. Occasionally we’ll recommend a therapist if it seems like professional help is needed. But other than that, we just listen. And for most people– that’s enough.” (Accra, Ghana)

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Not talking about our problems is a toxic behaviour that does more harm than good. This inspiring story proves that sometimes all you need people to do is listen.

10. Even Difficult Times Can Be Made Easy With Love

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“I didn’t get accepted into any of the universities that I wanted, and I ended up going to a lesser quality school. I hated being there. On the first day, I thought about buying a plane ticket and going home. I felt like I had nothing in common with the people around me. I felt like they belonged and I didn’t. My plan was just to survive– get through six lectures a day, keep to myself, and get back to my dorm room as soon as possible. I didn’t even talk to my own roommate. I’m ashamed of it now. I was so rude and self-centered, and it ended up making me lonely and miserable. I felt depressed. I was barely sleeping. Then one night I overheard my roommate talking on the phone with her mother. And I could tell she was having family problems. After she hung up, we stayed up all night talking. I told her that I was having a hard time too. She became my best friend after that night. We’d have dinner together. Whenever I left the room, she’d ask me where I was going. It felt so good to have someone worry about me. It’s been an important six months for me. I’ve realized how much I need other people. By not valuing the people around me, I was only hurting myself.” (Mumbai, India)

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Closing yourself off from love only creates trouble. This inspiring story portrays how we only end up hurting ourselves by not valuing the people around us, and how our circumstances can change by taking simple but meaningful steps.

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