Call it coincidence, destiny, fate, kismet—in one moment, lives can collide and change forever. Yet chance encounters aren't necessarily accidental; in fact, you can make your own luck by opening yourself to the world. Ben Sherwood investigates the science behind a chance encounter .
And, as proof, we offer up stirring examples of paths crossed and possibilities realized....
Have you had a chance encounter? We want to hear about it—tell your story in the comments area on this page.
From the February 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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