Love is a powerful thing. It can bring people together, it can drive them apart, and it can reunite them once more. At least this is what happened with Kjeld Preisler 82, and Lotte Preisler 75, who remarried 31 years after they got divorced. Their 55-year-old marriage story is rare and beautiful, and certainly worth knowing.
Same Date, Same Church, Same Bride & Groom, 5 Decades Apart
Lotte and Kjeld said, ‘I do,’ on April 3rd in a church in Copenhagen, Denmark, before a sea of empty pews. This happened exactly 55 years after they did the same thing on the same date at the exact same place. On April 3, 1965, the couple — then 20 and 27 years old — got married for the first time. That marriage didn’t survive long.
A Series of Hardships Ended the First Marriage
Kjeld and Lotte had four children together. They both were artists and owned a small pottery business together. Things were good for a while, but then they hit a rough patch. Kjeld was diagnosed with cancer and was bedridden for a long time, while Lotte was trying to run the business and look after the children. Things quickly went south. Kjeld nearly lost the fight to the disease, but he eventually got better. And then another hard blow — their entire home burned to the ground.
They Couldn’t Stay Apart for Long
There’s only so much a family can take, and when the shared pain between Kjeld and Lotte grew too much, they decided to go their separate ways. Being apart, however, turned out to be harder than staying together. In just two years of their separation, they found their way back to one another. It wasn’t all smooth sailing from then on with Lotte’s declining health leaving her in a wheelchair. Still, when the pandemic broke out, the couple decided they didn’t want to leave this world without getting officially married a second time.
And so, Kjeld asked Lotte for her hand in marriage once more. Yet again, she said ‘yes.’ The rest is history.
45 Times the Universe Gave People a Reason to Smile
The Best Surprise
There’s nothing that puts a smile on someone’s face like a delicious meal. For many people, this means throwing a pizza in the oven while they prepare to relax for the night.
This person surely had a smile on their face when they opened this box of pizza as they got ready to toss it in the oven. Instead of one pizza, a beautiful mistake in packaging made sure that this person had a spare pizza. They probably only had to pay for a single pizza!
Just Checking In
Once people start to get older, they may need a little extra help. After all, seniors are more prone to health issues and regular visitors can go a long way for morale.
When this person visited their grandmother, they had the chance to meet this child who made them smile. They made sure to visit this person’s grandmother every day to check on her and keep her company. If that alone doesn’t make you smile, the picture of the two of them together definitely will.
What Great Pals
It isn’t just humans that can perform acts of kindness for one another. Animals, even across species, can help each other out in their time of need.
This picture is already cute enough to put a smile on someone’s face. It only becomes more heartwarming when you hear the story behind it. The rabbit is 10 years old and has started to struggle with cleaning himself, so the cat, Colby, stepped up to help a friend out!
Twice as Big
There is a lot of focus in the world on professional or lucrative accomplishments. However, it’s the surprises in everyday life in casual pursuits that often put a smile on someone’s face.
This grandfather is already smiling and his story gives us a reason to smile as well. This picture was taken after he made an exciting discovery: the massive cauliflower that he’s holding! At the end of the day, who couldn’t be happy for this man and how thrilled he is with his cauliflower yield?
Thank You, Jacket!
Sometimes, it’s the little things that ruin a day. For instance, dropping your end-of-the-day snack on the floor. On the other hand, sometimes a little thing can save your day as well.
This person was just trying to enjoy a donut when it slipped out of their hand. Luckily, their jacket was there to save the day! Before their snack could reach the floor, it got caught in their jacket, saving it from its grim fate on the floor, probably offering plenty of relief.
There’s nothing quite as touching and heartwarming as animals who get along. This story of two passing companions definitely puts a smile on our faces.
The owner of the blonde lab explained that they talk their dog for a walk every day and they always have to stop to greet the neighbors husky. It’s even cuter to think about the fact that these two are so hell-bent on seeing each other even if they only met through a fence.
Creating Your Own Art
There’s a concept that to create your own tattoo art, you have to be a stellar artist. Yet, all you really have to do is get your point across and find a tattoo artist that makes it work.
This person was happy to announce that they got a pair of tattoos to match a couple of quick doodles they did. It makes us smile not only because they got what they wanted but they turned out great as well! Both of the tattoos are beautiful and well-executed.
They Come Bearing Truffles
Everyone is used to their pets doing odd things once in a while. Dogs and cats are especially interesting in the sense that they could bring you anything that they find outside.
What puts a smile on our face about this, though, is more than just this dog proudly presenting their find to their owner. It’s also the fact that they found what’s generally considering a pretty pricey ingredient: a truffle! Not to mention, this pup might put those truffle hogs out of business!
Toothbrush Carrying the Weight
It’s a basic consideration that people don’t like it when their things are broken. They especially don’t like it when those things break at random, often when they need it most.
Walking into the bathroom, this person saw a sight that surely gave them pause. One of the panels of their mirror had fallen down but, surprisingly, it didn’t meet its end in a pile of shards. Instead, their toothbrush saved the day by just stopping the mirror before it hit the hard countertop.
Reading for Discounts
There are some great advantages to giving kids an incentive to learn. Not to mention, praising kids to share what they learn is a good way to encourage them.
This picture is an example that’s sure to make you smile. This barber encourages children to read while he cuts their hair by offering discounts when they do that. Not only does it keep these kids looking sharp and studying but it also offers a relaxing environment for nervous early-life haircuts!
Waiting on a Friend
Animals can be endlessly kind and loving. There are even times that they seem to show an unconditional concern for the humans they love than other people might.
In a more melancholy event, a homeless man in Brazil had to be taken to the hospital. The part that does make us smile is this picture taken at the hospital entrance. A group of dogs that the man spent a lot of time with stood waiting for news about their friend.
What a Kind Client
Working at other people’s homes is often an awkward situation. Not to mention, contracted jobs are often on serious time constraints, making it hard to find time to step away.
This person was working on a client’s house when they pulled a long day. It was closing in on the end of the job and they were cleaning up when the client came out. She told him that they’d been working too long without eating and served up this spread to keep their spirits up.
Communication is key to helping interactions go smoothly and developing relationships. Sometimes, though, this is made more difficult by obstacles like communication differences and language barriers.
These interactions with barriers can go a number of ways. Few make us smile as much as this one, though. This barista went the extra mile and let this customer know that she was learning ASL to help this deaf customer have an experience that was direct and stress-free in a language they used.
Growing Up Nearby
You can develop a connection with an animal the same way you might make friends with another person. Be kind to them and over time they might even return the favor.
For this person and duck, the relationship started when the person kept leaving food on their porch for the duck. Later on, when she had ducklings, she brought them up to the porch since she felt safe there. This left the person who lived there with a smile while they watched them grow.
Free Onion Rings
There are few things that put a smile on people’s faces as quickly as free content. Whether that’s an intentional free sample or an accidentally included freebie, it’s a great feeling.
This person had the chance to experience something we all hope for when we order fast food. They pulled out their order of french fries and if that didn’t put a smile on their face, the stray onion ring that made its way into the order surely did.
Friends from the Start
When it comes to kids and pets, there are few ways that you can go wrong and not put a smile on people’s faces. After all, both of these factors are already pretty cute on their own.
In this photo, everyone has something to smile about it. Not only is there a friendship here between this child and their pet but they’re even costumed! Even better, this picture actually came from the family that the dog was rehomed to after a rescue.
Packed with Flavor
This example seems like it would be a great day for some people and would leave a smile on their face. For others, this might just leave you puzzled.
For this person, this was an exciting discovery as they described it as “hitting the jackpot.” When they opened their snack, they noticed a large piece inside. As it turns out, they were gifted with a chunk of the flavor for the snack, giving them a tasty bonus.
Plenty of Chocolate
There is plenty of potential in foods that use multiple star ingredients. For instance, the basics like cookie dough ice cream or peanut butter and jelly are classics for a reason.
In this case, this person was getting ready to dig into some mint chocolate chip ice cream. That is, it was supposed to be chocolate chips. Instead, it seems like this person happened upon a chocolate boulder in their ice cream, surely causing them to crack a smile.
It may not seem like a professional order but this cake actually has a touching story behind it. While it’s bittersweet, it still made us smile and bask in a wholesome moment.
This person’s mother worked hard to make them a cake every year for their birthday and did so for 44 years. Once she passed away, their father stepped in and tried to keep the tradition alive even though they’d lost their mother. This was the resulting product.
Failed: Too Friendly
While we often think of animals like dogs as pets, they can serve important practical jobs as well. Guide dogs are just one example of the professions they could enter.
Just like a human applying for a job, dogs need to have the right skills to get the job they’re aiming for. This pup was trying to be a guide dog when he failed out of the job for being too friendly. The good news is that being a disability support dog suits him well!
What a Lucky Person
When you’re traveling somewhere by flying in a plane, there are certain things that you expect. For instance, the average airline tickets aren’t going to include a lot of leg room.
This person probably cracked a smile when they were seated on this flight. Rather than the usual fare of their knees in the back of the person ahead of their’s seat, they had the chance to stretch their legs a bit. What a lucky break!
Safe and Sound
There are certain things we expect from the people around us and then there are things they do that go above and beyond. Neighbors can be particularly surprising since you may not have a relationship at all.
These neighbors proved to be closer to one another than many people are with their inner circle of friends. When this older man, Mr. C, experienced a housefire, the younger neighbors in this picture jumped in to help. They saved his life without hesitation.
It’s a Big Day
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and that’s true. This particular image tells a whole story in a single still.
The people included in this photo alongside this judge are a couple and two young boys. These kids were adopted by the couple and the picture was taken on the day when the adoption was officially and legally finalized. The smiles on all of these people’s faces show what a touching moment this was.
We’ve touched on the fact that one of the basic facts of life is that there’s nothing quite as good as free food. Who doesn’t want to have an extra tasty snack at no cost to them?
You can see the smile on this person’s face in the photo of their haul. When they went out to grab some takeout, they received a surprise: two burritos instead of one. This happy mistake means not only does this person get more than they originally ordered but it was free.
What a Good Boy
We’ve covered already that there is something to be said for a good dog doing their best to help out. After all, nothing’s cuter than a dog who’s trying to protect us like we’re compelled to protect them.
After a wildfire in a Chilean forest, it was important to consider how to get the forest back up and thriving. The solution? Border collies like this one were trained to run through the devastated ecosystem with special backpacks that released native plant seeds as they ran.
Just Stopping By
Having your own pet is great but it isn’t always practical. The good news is that there are plenty of other ways to make sure that you spend time around the animals that you love.
For this man, he and his wife decided they were too old for a puppy but couldn’t handle the heartbreak of losing a senior dog so soon. As a way to spend time with the animals he loves, he makes frequent visits to the groomer.
Sometimes the things that make us smile aren’t the wholesome moments or touching news stories. In these moments, sometimes it’s just the simple pleasure of a perfectly executed plan.
In this case, an interior design plan. After moving to a new house, this person was hoping that their entryway mat would fit where they wanted it to go. It turned out that the mat not only fit into the space but did so perfectly, creating a satisfying scene to smile at.
Just Too Narrow
If there’s one thing that won’t put a smile on most people’s faces, it’s a mess. No one wants to clean when they don’t have to, especially at the end of the night.
As this person was enjoying a late-night snack, they made a wrong move and dropped the bowl of food. Most of the time, this would definitely mean delaying your rest to clean up the mess. Luckily, they had the chance to smile and breathe a sigh of relief.
While a sad animal story usually isn’t something to smile about, this animal story comes with a happy ending if you stick around long enough.
The sad part of this story is that the full-grown horse in this picture lost her foal and the foal lost their own mother shortly thereafter. They were introduced to one another in the hopes that they’d both help each other. An hour after this introduction, this picture was taken of them.
Bringing Cheer to the ICU
Normally, there isn’t much cheer in the ICU. Instead, it’s often filled with patients in their families under an understandable amount of stress. This ICU nurse wanted to offer some levity.
While it may not completely relieve the stress of hospitalization, her eccentric, holiday-themed hairstyle surely put a smile on a few faces – including ours! We also have to admire that for someone as hard-working as an ICU nurse, this seems like a major extra step before her shift.
Once the winter months come around, yard decorations for Christmas become a common sight in many places. This family got a bit of a surprise when they put theirs up for the year.
To match the season but not quite fall into cliche, they pulled out this cute fox decoration with a Santa hat. Before long, they had an admirer on the back porch. This wasn’t the average onlooker, though. It seems like their new fox decoration had the admiration of an actual fox!
As Perfect as a Painting
There’s a lot to be said for a happy coincidence. Whether it is just a happy accident or meaningful, the right set of surprising circumstances can make anyone smile.
This person had a painting – as seen on the left – in their house for a long time. Later on, they took this picture with their companion in front of a similar scene while they were on vacation. It wasn’t until later that they realized the scene matched down to the bird in the sky.
A New Santa
There are few things quite as heartwarming as someone demonstrating true altruism. The concept of doing something purely to brighten someone else’s day is touching.
This bus driver was responsible for safely transporting elementary school students but he definitely went the extra mile in doing his job. After asking all of the kids on his bus what they wanted for Christmas, he made sure to get each of them something that they could open before the holidays.
Most Popular Dog Around
The great thing about a wholesome image is that you don’t necessarily need a long list of details to have a reason to smile at what you’ve seen.
This picture is an excellent example of this in effect. While it isn’t an image that tells a story, it does demonstrate how well-loved its subject is. On top of that, while a picture showing one cow and dog is cute, the heartwarming nature of the photo is multiplied by the whole herd of cows.
A Little Bit of Both
When you’re ordering something, you’ll need to confirm the specifics. For example, what color do you want your item to be to match your decor?
While this person was ordering a frame online, they had the choice of either a black or white frame. After they made their choice, a mix-up by the company led to something that made them smile. By some mistake, they received a frame in each color shipped with their order.
Happy to Be Here
Earlier, we took a look at how heartwarming adoption can be. Well, adoption into a loving family can be a huge deal for pets as it is for everyone else.
In the first image, the pups are looking rather sad in a kennel at the shelter they were adopted from. The second picture shows their reaction after they got to go home with a loving family and start their new life with people who love them. Plus, they were adopted as a pair!
Just for This Pig
One of the best things about taking your pet on errands is that you can run through Starbucks to get a drink for you and some whipped cream for your pet.
Of course, most people bring their dogs to get this special treat. That’s probably why this barista was so surprised and excited to give one to this person’s pet pig. Not to mention, they said the barista fully climbed out of the drive-thru window to accomplish this.
A Stray Diamond
Going scuba diving means that you’ll get to see the sea in a way you can’t on land or even just swimming. Yet, you may still find something that surprises you and makes you smile.
After this person noticed something uncomfortable stabbing in their wet suit, they pulled out this small item. Later, they got it appraised and were told that this is actually a diamond that they came across. While it’s likely from a discarded piece of jewelry, it’s still an interesting find!
Moms Helping Moms
While it’s overall a rewarding position to be in, being a parent to young children definitely poses a variety of distinct challenges. It can be incredibly difficult to handle alone.
During a shopping trip, this mom was getting a little worn down by her toddler and newborn who were having some meltdowns. Even though this wasn’t making anyone smile, the second mother who showed up to help her calm the kids down shows us that there are plenty of caring people out there.
Can You Blame Them?
There are some things in the world that probably aren’t intended to provide the reaction to people that they end up causing. That doesn’t necessarily mean the effect is bad.
While perusing an art gallery, this person was with their child when they happened across this painting. Of course, this painting has something about it that could put a smile on anyone’s face but it’s amplified by thinking about a five-year-old laying eyes on the painting and breaking into hysterics.
One Happy Janitor
The kids at this school all knew and took a liking to their janitor who also happened to be a diehard Red Hot Chili Peppers fan. When he heard the news that the band was performing nearby, he tried to get a ticket but unfortunately, the price was too high.
He was devastated that he couldn’t go, so the students came together and purchased a ticket for him. This snap was taken when he heard the news he was going to the concert… We’ll be right back, our hearts are currently exploding!
The Celebration of a Century
While Barbados is known to be a beautiful island country to visit, it also happens to have a beautiful custom for its elderly citizens. When a person gets to 100 years of age, they are celebrated by getting a portrait picture of themselves printed on postal stamps.
We are blown away with utter happiness at this honor. In fact, we propose that more countries follow in this tradition. After all, once someone reaches that age, they are indeed deserving of an accolade.
Romance never has to die, no matter how old you are or how long you have been with someone. Just take a page out of this romantic man’s book, who lays out bird food in the shape of a heart every morning for his wife to wake up to. Are you also smiling from the cuteness of this?
His daughter snapped the scene for us all to see and hopefully, a few men out there will get inspired and carry on the tradition… We’re blatantly hinting here!
The Sweetest Pensioner
Meet Brian, a retired Dublin man who spends his evenings preparing 50 tubs of warm curry to feed the homeless in his area. Brian lives humbly on his pension fund and yet still finds the resources to cook up these meals every day.
If this story doesn’t make you warm with happiness, then nothing will. We suggest cooking yourself up some curry to heat up that icy heart of yours! We’re totally kidding but let’s come together and give a round of applause for Brian.
One Happy Camper
This sweet old lady makes it her daily routine to venture to this store and read the latest books off the shelf whilst standing there. She was such a regular that the manager knew her personally and decided to do an ultimate act of goodwill for her.
He placed a cute and comfy bench next to her usual spot so that she could sit whilst reading the books. If you’re not smiling from this story then you really need to work on becoming more in tune with your emotions.
While this next snap isn’t exactly a tear-jerker, it should make you smile from seeing these grown men swing on the playground during their work break time. Plus, it’s extra cute because these men are garbage collectors so they’re wearing special green suits.
We don’t know if it’s just us but this picture is giving us ninja turtle nostalgia. Do you see it too? Well, if not it’s still just amusing to watch men act like little boys.
A Loving Husband
Sometimes just looking at a stranger’s sweet smile can make you smile. Take this man’s one, for instance, and how genuinely happy he looks. When this Snapchatter asked him if he was smiling like that from video chatting someone, he replied that he merely got this excited from seeing his wife’s name on his screen.
Have you ever? This loving husband takes the cake for being the sweetest. His love for his wife truly makes us smile from joy.
If in the event that you are feeling sad or are in need of a pick-me-up, just google cute baby animal pictures on the internet. That usually does the trick because their faces are adorable.
Take this baby kitten as an example, just look how happy her owner is with her. He looks like a father holding his newborn for the very first time. We actually don’t know what is cuter, the kitten, or her happy owner…Let’s take a vote, shall we?
A Random Act of Kindness
Seeing how kind strangers can be to one another makes us feel more optimistic about our world. Just look at this old man helping out this young guy with his tie at the train station… our hearts truly feel fuller just from seeing this picture.
We are so happy that a person passing by thought to snap this moment because it’s just precious. If more strangers did things like this, then our future is guaranteed to be brighter.
Firefighters Are True Heroes
Not only do firefighters risk their own lives every time they’re on a job but sometimes they do it even when it’s not in their region. Take this example of these selfless Arizona firefighters doing their part to help put out a bad fire in Mexico.
While the imagery of the smoke is frightening, we can’t help but smile. Due to this act of kindness, many people and homes were saved from the fire. Let’s all give it up for the true heroes that are firefighters!
Reunited Once More
We’ve stated before that some of the most touching moments are when a smile finally graces your face after a moment of tension. The build-up is what makes the moment a big deal.
This man and his dog lived together in Paradise, California but were separated when wildfires raged in the area. It was surely an intense stretch of time when they couldn’t find each other. The good news is that this picture is the exact moment the happy pair were reunited safe and sound.
Art with Meaning
This image has an upsetting backstory but a wholesome conclusion. The preface to it is that this girl’s mother passe away when she was three months old.
As such, she didn’t have a picture of the two of them together, especially considering the fact that she was never with her mom past her infancy. This artist set out to give her something special by painting a portrait of her and her mother together based on a couple of separate photos.
There is plenty of evidence that when children see someone like them – like a movie star or even a doll – it gives them a boost that they might not experience without seeing someone like them around.
That’s why there’s been so much backlash to children’s toys that lack diversity. This grandfather was set to change that. Having vitiligo himself, he wanted to make sure that children with vitiligo had dolls that reflected them. So, he got to work making dolls with vitiligo.
There are certain things you can watch and certain people you can turn to for a guaranteed as a wholesome pick-me-up. One such person is a painter and television host, Bob Ross.
All of Ross’s content was geared toward a more wholesome wavelength. He was encouraging and made sure that all his viewers knew anyone could paint. To further prove this point, in an episode that made everyone smile, Ross took the words of one viewer to heart and made a colorblind-friendly painting.
An Extra Boost
If there’s one thing that will always put a smile on someone’s face, it’s when someone goes to the effort of trying to cheer someone up when they need it most.
This person was heading home from school one day to see their little sister putting Skittles in their medicine organizer. When they asked what she was doing, she responded, in a child-like explanation, that because the medicine was to make their sibling happier, she added Skittles because they make her happy.