True Stories

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Survival Stories

An Ohio Couple Was Trapped in a Flooding Basement. Their Dramatic Rescue Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity.

The Hammondses were trapped in their flooded basement, with the water line rapidly rising above 8… >>

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Inspiring Stories

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. >>

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Inspiring Stories

Your True Stories, in 100 Words

Everybody has a story to share. What's yours? Tell us here for the chance to be published in… >>

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Inspiring Stories

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… >>

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Inspiring Stories

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… >>

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Survival Stories

This Is What It’s Like to Survive 93 Days as a Hostage of Somali Terrorists

American aid worker Jessica Buchanan recounts her horrific three-month ordeal as a prisoner of… >>

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Inspiring Stories

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… >>

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Inspiring Stories

6 Stories of Divine Signs

When our loved ones leave this world, does our connection with them end? >>

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Inspiring Stories

This Photographer Is Saving Foster Kids One Photoshoot at a Time

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

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Inspiring Stories

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… >>

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Inspiring Stories

A Neighbor’s Generosity Spreads Beyond Original Gift

The Reader's Digest classic, originally published as "Effie's Compound Interest," explores how one… >>

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Survival Stories

The Baby Who Refused to Die: 11 Hours in Room 407

Doctors said Austin Gerstenslager had zero chance of survival at birth, so his parents waited for… >>

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Love Stories

14 Mini Essays That Prove the Meaning of Love in 100 Words or Less

Readers share their most romantic moments in these short, sweet tales of love, both young and old… >>

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Inspiring Stories

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… >>

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Inspiring Stories

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. >>

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Inspiring Stories

A Tragic Accident, Then One Woman’s Bold Fight to Make Horse Racing Safer

Jo Anne Normile discovered a dark side to Thoroughbred racing that most fans don't know about. What… >>

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Inspiring Stories

Chilling Reincarnation Stories: Meet 3 Children Who Lived Before

Professor Jim Tucker thinks that past lives are possible. Here are three startling accounts of… >>

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Survival Stories

This Quick-Thinking Kid Saved His Dad After a Snowmobile Accident

In the Lake Tahoe backcountry, 9-year-old Bode Beirdneau rode for miles in the snow to find help… >>

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Inspiring Stories

My Most Unforgettable Character: Maya Angelou

Thirty years after meeting her, I can still feel the electricity that fizzed through my body as I… >>