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....
| How to Get Lucky |
You can influence your own destiny. Step one: Smile.
| Storybook Ending |
Edwidge Danticat finds new meaning in a childhood book.
| The Timeline |
We compiled a brief history of fateful meetings.
| Meeting Maggie |
Franz Lidz meets his soul mate on a city bus.
| Tightly Knit |
One stunning coincidence shows how intertwined our lives have become.
| Snow Angels |
Elizabeth Strout shares a light and a moment
Have you had a chance encounter? We want to hear about it—tell your story in the comments area on this page.