True Stories

july aug 2015 everyday heroes

Inspiring Stories

“I Won’t Let You Die”: This Teen Saved a Woman After She Was Shot and Pinned Against a Guardrail

On a dark night, Caleb Martin's car headlights signaled hope for an abused woman. >>

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Survival Stories

These 13 Truths About Shark Attacks May Surprise You

Women are safer from sharks than men, punching a shark isn't the best defense, and most shark… >>

july aug 2015 buried alive miners

Survival Stories

33 Miners, Buried Alive for 69 Days: This Is Their Remarkable Survival Story

Almost half a mile underground for 69 grueling days, a group of Chilean miners hangs on to hope… >>

july aug 2015 going home

Inspiring Stories

A Man Is Released From Prison After 4 Years. This Is the Incredible Story of How He Reunited With His Family.

In this classic bit of folklore reprinted from the January 1972 issue of Reader's Digest, a… >>

july aug 2015 everyday heroes

Inspiring Stories

A Fire, A Grieving Family, and the Kind Strangers Who Saved Photos—and Memories

When photos are all that remain after an unthinkable tragedy, a team of experts cleans away the… >>

july aug 2015 send in the weathermen

Survival Stories

Forecasting War: The Military’s Weathermen Heroes You Never Knew About

They swing like Tarzan, climb like Spider-Man, and think like Einstein. Inside the secret world of… >>

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Inspiring Stories

Extraordinary America: 13 Unsung Heroes Who Will Restore Your Faith in Our Country

From an Arkansas woman who feeds the town on her pension to the Ferguson, Missouri librarian who… >>

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Inspiring Stories

14 Short Stories About the Kindest, Bravest, Wisest Dads in the World

In 100 words or less, readers share their poignant tales of the bond between father and child. Have… >>

july aug 2015 give a girl a fish

Inspiring Stories

So I Let My Daughter Play With a Stranger at the Beach. And Then Learned This.

My misguided fear about my child interacting with strangers led to a heartwarming discovery. >>

june 2015 evans family

Inspiring Stories

Her Husband Was Murdered. Then a Community She Hardly Knew Saved Her Family.

When she had nowhere else to turn, the young widow's community rallied to help. >>

june 2015 everyday heroes

Inspiring Stories

This Chicago Woman Selflessly Saved a Bus of 38 Passengers From Crashing

When Jill Bien found the driver of her bus unconscious, she leaped into the driver's seat and took… >>

june 2015 everyday heroes

Inspiring Stories

This Pittsburgh Cop Saved Two Boys from Abuse—Then Adopted Them

Jack Mook, a veteran detective who volunteers at a boxing gym for inner-city kids, calls adopting… >>

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Inspiring Stories

These 12 Endangered Baby Animals Making a Comeback Will Give You Hope for the World

In recognition of Endangered Species Day, here's good news: Adorable babies from a dozen endangered… >>

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Inspiring Stories

12 Short, Sweet Stories About Moms (That Will Make You Want to Call Yours)

In 100 words or less, readers share their poignant tales of the bond between mother and child. Have… >>

may 2015 everday heroes strangers who came running

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. >>

may 2015 story of henry

Inspiring Stories

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… >>

may 2015 telephone operator

Inspiring Stories

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… >>

may 2015 WOLI stop whining

Inspiring Stories

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. >>

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Inspiring Stories

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… >>