Inspiring Stories

When a Car Plunged Into a Philadelphia Creek, These Strangers All Ran to Help

This extraordinary group of Samaritans worked together to save a woman from drowning. >>

A Stroke, A Coma, A Revelation: How a Quadriplegic Man Helped Pioneer His Own Life-Changing Robot

After a paralyzing stroke, Henry Evans went from feeling suicidal to full of optimism with help… >>

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… >>

Roxane Gay Makes a Case for Why We Should All Quit Whining

The professor and author was the queen of complaints—until she realized what she was missing. >>

I Learned This Most Valuable Life Lesson … From a Meal With an Amazing Waiter

In a theater basement 20 years ago, Emily Winslow learned a lesson in generosity that she'll never… >>

In Spite of Cerebral Palsy, One Man Made a Furious Climb Up Mount Kilimanjaro

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, Bonner Paddock had no shortage of rage. With braces on… >>

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… >>

Ari & the Cello Chair

A chance encounter with a music teacher filled me with passion and purpose. >>

5 Stunning Medical Miracles That Doctors Can’t Explain

Most people don’t survive a dying heart or a brain-eating amoeba. 
These five patients were… >>

She Lifted a Car Off Her Dad and Saved His Life

Lauren Kornacki's father was working on a car when it fell of the jack, crushing him and knocking… >>

How 2 Elephants Used Strength—and Smarts—to Save a Bridge

When massive logs and a rushing river threaten a bridge, these two elephants did something… >>

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. >>

Read One Teacher’s Genius Response to the Question “What Do You Make?”

Teacher Taylor Mali's unforgettable, searing retort to a thoughtless question certainly put a… >>

After Unimaginable Cruelty, How Toefu Became a Dog Whisperer to Help Others

Can dogs learn from their misfortune? Here’s the story of Toefu the spaniel, who overcame her own… >>

This Photographer Is Saving Foster Kids One Photoshoot at a Time

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

Hoda Kotb, a Stranger on a Plane, and His Simple Advice She’ll Never Forget

On one of the Today show cohost's darkest days, her seatmate’s wise words about breast cancer… >>

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… >>

This Kind Stranger Helped a Paralyzed Teen Finish High School (And More)

Despite a tragic accident, Collin Smith was determined to succeed at school. He got an extra push… >>

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. >>