Family Life

5 Scientific Reasons to Feel Optimistic on a Rainy Day
5 Scientific Reasons to Feel Optimistic on a Rainy Day

Feeling blue during April showers? Here, surprising ways rainy days actually benefit your mood… >>

Dave Barry Proves Why Teens Should Be Banned From Driving
Dave Barry Proves Why Teens Should Be Banned From Driving

In this hilarious letter to his daughter, the harried humorist can't decide what's crazier: driving… >>

The Life-Changing Lesson I Learned After Spending 100 Days at Sea With My Family ... and 750 College Students
The Life-Changing Lesson I Learned After Spending 100 Days at Sea With My Family … and 750 College Students

Far from a pleasure cruise, our round-the-globe trip with Semester at Sea was a profound voyage of… >>

How a Boy and His Telephone Operator Formed a Lovely, Lasting Friendship
How a Boy and His Telephone Operator Formed a Lovely, Lasting Friendship

In this Reader's Digest Classic, originally published in 1966 as "The Voice in the Box," a little… >>

13+ Things Your Mail Carrier Won't Tell You
13+ Things Your Mail Carrier Won’t Tell You

Postal workers from around the country reveal the secrets of their profession and why mail is still… >>

Walking the Family Dog I Never Wanted Got Me Through My Husband's Cancer
Walking the Family Dog I Never Wanted Got Me Through My Husband’s Cancer

In the midst of her husband's fight with leukemia, Jill Smolowe's walks with Misty reminded her… >>

13 Secrets Ancestry Trackers Know About Your Family Tree (That You Don't)
13 Secrets Ancestry Trackers Know About Your Family Tree (That You Don’t)

Curious about your family tree? The country's top genealogists explain the tricks of the trade. >>

This Is My Mother's Bizarrely Simple 75th Birthday Wish
This Is My Mother’s Bizarrely Simple 75th Birthday Wish

For mom's big birthday, we were shocked by what she really wanted. >>

Finish This Sentence: My Childhood Nickname Was...
Finish This Sentence: My Childhood Nickname Was…

What was your childhood nickname? Finish this sentence below, then go to facebook.com/readersdigest… >>

This Is Why Zach Fike Reunites Purple Hearts With Soldiers Who Lost Them
This Is Why Zach Fike Reunites Purple Hearts With Soldiers Who Lost Them

Read these stories behind lost Purple Hearts, and the man who finds their owners. >>

How This Chance Meeting at the Ganges Changed 5 Lives Forever
How This Chance Meeting at the Ganges Changed 5 Lives Forever

An impromptu lesson in kindness inspires one man to give an incredible gift to a complete stranger… >>

My Daughter's Piano Recital and the Little, Lovely Life Lesson It Taught Me
My Daughter’s Piano Recital and the Little, Lovely Life Lesson It Taught Me

One father learns you don't always have to say the words "I love you" to get the point across. >>

The Awesome Power of 4 Tiny Family Traditions
The Awesome Power of 4 Tiny Family Traditions

No room in your family’s hectic schedule for “quality time”? These mini rituals make it… >>

This Photographer Is Saving Foster Kids One Photoshoot at a Time
This Photographer Is Saving Foster Kids One Photoshoot at a Time

Read about the incredibly generous way Seattle photographer Jennifer Loomis is using her… >>

How to Develop a Positive Attitude in 6 Easy Steps
How to Develop a Positive Attitude in 6 Easy Steps

Is your glass always half-empty? Retrain your brain to look on the bright side with these… >>

Is Your Dad Like This? A Comedy Writer's Awkward Phone Calls with Father
Is Your Dad Like This? A Comedy Writer’s Awkward Phone Calls with Father

No matter how much you love your father, certain phone conversations can be irritating … or… >>

13 Things Your Mother-in-Law Won’t Tell You
13 Things Your Mother-in-Law Won’t Tell You

Build a better relationship with his mother by remembering these things she'd like to say but won't… >>

5 Powerfully Simple Ways to Diffuse a Fight With Your Partner
5 Powerfully Simple Ways to Diffuse a Fight With Your Partner

Tell a joke. Sit on something soft. Ask this question. These weird-but-effective expert tips can… >>

America's Troops Speak Out: 43 Things They Wish You Knew About Shipping Out, Coming Home, and How Their Lives Change
America’s Troops Speak Out: 43 Things They Wish You Knew About Shipping Out, Coming Home, and How Their Lives Change

We treasure our soldiers for what they do and stand for, yet how many of us know more than the… >>

A Devoted Husband Confesses: Why I Wear Two Wedding Bands
A Devoted Husband Confesses: Why I Wear Two Wedding Bands

A man explains to a stranger how wearing a second wedding band has changed his life. >>