20 Photos That Will Break Your Heart And Make You Thankful



Sometimes life gives you lemons, so that you can have some lemonade and cool off. Sometimes the best way to realize that your life isn’t so bad is to look at how bad other people have it. Life is a gift, treat it that way. Below are 20 photos that just might break your heart. Hopefully they inspire you to be thankful for what you do have and maybe even help you treat even the strangers around you just a little bit kinder.

Mom Fights Cancer

This mom, Mary Ann Manning, wanted to dance with her son at his wedding so badly that she fought cancer for 3 years to do so, and died 3 days after her dreams were fulfilled.

Shell Shock

War isn’t an easy thing and a trauma while in the field can cause shell shock. This man has a crazed look in his eye, but with all the things he’s seen who blames him?

Life In Concentration

This young girl has no concept of home after growing up in a concentration camp, as that is what she is supposed to be drawing.

Will Work For Kidney

Most people you see with signs on the road are either selling something or they are trying to get you to give them your spare change. This man loved his wife so much he asked strangers to donate their kidney to her.

Welcome Home

This is a familiar scene for any military families. That is joy and relief on her face that she made it home to be with her little one again.

A Boy Becomes A Man

Not all military reunions are joyful ones, and in this photo a young man receives the folded flag from his father’s sacrifice to the U.S.A.

The Hand Of A Stranger

In this photograph, hurricane survivors of different races and ages come together to help one another.

Living With Harassment

Dorothy Counts was the first black student to be accepted into her school in North Carolina, but after four days of non-stop harassment, her parents pulled her out.

Exhaustion Sets In

This doctor spent 23 hours doing a heart transpant. After a successful surgery he finally gets a chance to sit, while one of his nurses sleeps in a corner.

When Death Is Around The Corner

This shocking photos shows a young child dying of starvation while a vulture waits.

Love Never Dies

Even five years after the death of his spouse, this man still has lunch with her every day.

Hours Before You Die

Mere hours before he would be shot by the man, John Lennon signed his autograph for Mark David Chapman.

Job Hunting Efforts

This is a simple yet poignant testimonial to what the world was like during the Great Depression.

A Chilling Reminder

This is the image left by one person after being struck down when the Hiroshima atomic bomb engulfed Japan.

Before The War Began

This is a photo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, taken on the same day they would be assassinated, sparking the beginning of WWI in 1914.

Standing For What You Believe

During a government protest in South Vietnam in 1963, a Buddhist monk burns himself death, and shockingly sits still and quiet the whole time.

A Wedding To Remember

The volcanic activity on Izu Islands causes there to be a lot of sulfur in the air, so this wedding party donned gas masks for safety on their special day.

Saving Lives

In tragedy, it isn’t just human lives that matter. During bushfires in Australia in 2009, a friendly firefighter helps save the life of a Koala.

Mourning A Master

There is a reason they are called man’s best friend. This dog shows the heartbreaking way that pets rely upon us and miss us if we’re gone before them.

I Want To Go Home

Sometimes the saddest things to see are animals that are hurting or out of place, like this poor little giraffe attempting to eat the leaves from a mural.