True Stories

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… >>

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Inspiring Stories

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… >>

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Survival Stories

She Was Studying in Her Room. Then a Stranger Fastened a Bomb to Her Neck.

When a man in a ski mask invaded Maddie Pulver's home and attached a bomb collar to her neck, it… >>

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Inspiring Stories

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… >>

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Inspiring Stories

Ari & the Cello Chair

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

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Inspiring Stories

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… >>

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Inspiring Stories

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… >>

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Survival Stories

This Guy Punched an Alligator to Save His Son

With fearless determination, Joe Welch warded off a vicious reptile to protect his 6-year-old son. >>

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Inspiring Stories

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… >>

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Survival Stories

6 Proven Skills for Any Emergency, From a Reader’s Digest Staffer Who’s Edited 30+ Survival Dramas

As the editor of many of Reader's Digest's survival stories, I've learned a lot about how to stay… >>

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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… >>