Inspiring Stories

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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… >>

july aug 2015 hearing human voice
A Deaf Woman, a Risky Surgery, and the Chance to Hear for the First Time … At 39

"What if it goes wrong?" says Mom. But what if it doesn't? >>

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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
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
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
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
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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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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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
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
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
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
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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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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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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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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Ari & the Cello Chair

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

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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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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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A Frustrating Plane Delay, and the Simple Baggie of Cookies That Made It All Better

My delayed flight led to to a life-changing interaction. >>