Chance encounters

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.

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