Inspiring Stories

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Quick Thinking Saves a Couple Stalled in a Train’s Way

Chris Ihle, a former mortgage consultant, received a Carnegie Medal for his act of courage. >>

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Everyday Hero: Neighbor Rescues Toddler Who Disappeared in Hole

“Alyson fell in the hole!” the girl's sister cried to Luz. Luz peered down the hole in… >>

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The Inspiring Story of Sicily and Her Tiny House

If these walls could talk, they’d tell the story of a family tragedy—and of a girl, her mom… >>

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She Was Abandoned in the Woods as a Baby. He Was Her Guardian Angel.

"It's like a fairy tale with a very bad beginning and a wonderful end." >>

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When I Met the Pope and Saw Him Burn with Joy

He used to be a man who rarely smiled. Then something astonishing happened. >>

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The Storm and the Tide: From Football Champs to Tornado Heroes

After a tornado devastated Tuscaloosa, a coach and his team became the lifeline for an entire town. >>

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My Weekend With Uncle Gutta at the Renaissance Faire

How a Saturday at the Renaissance Faire taught me that kindness starts with "kin". >>

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Feel-Good Story: Social Worker-Mechanic Gives a Lift

Social worker-turned-mechanic Cathy Heying provides affordable car repair to those in need. >>

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Hero Barber and Customer Risk Their Lives for a Stranger

When a woman screamed, the two men sprinted into the line of fire to help. >>

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Remembering September 11: How America Has Changed

"Nothing will ever be the same" was our constant refrain after the terrorist attacks. But how… >>

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Judging Jack: When a Teacher Finally Understands a Student

I thought my student was ordinary. I came to learn he was just too busy being brilliant. >>

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Teen’s Invention to Help Injured Veterans

An electronics whiz uses his robotics knowledge to make life a little easier for returning veterans. >>

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RD Interview: Robin Williams, in His Own Words

Robin Williams was unscripted and uncensored—and you could always expect the unexpected, as in… >>

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Incredible: This Son’s App Saved His Mother’s Life

Inspired by his grandfather's ingenuity, Andrew Josephson developed a stethoscope app that worked… >>

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10 Inspiring Stories of Extreme Forgiveness

We can all learn from these remarkable people who, after suffering devastating tragedies, were able… >>

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Malcolm Gladwell on the Late Bloomer Phenomenon

If you haven't discovered your exceptional gift yet, you're in good company. Mark Twain, Alfred… >>

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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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What It’s Like to Be a Deaf DJ

Music is not all about hearing. >>

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Can This Man Save Africa’s Lions From Doom?

Wild lion populations are being decimated, and yet life is worse for those in captivity who often… >>

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The Dramatic Rescue of Bärle, the Circus Polar Bear

For 13 years, a female polar bear endured neglect, scorching heat and near-starvation as one of the… >>