Inspiring Stories

elephants
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… >>

purple hearts
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. >>

illustration of hands
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… >>

toefu
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… >>

pile of pencils
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… >>

swimming in ganges river
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… >>

Sun clouds and rays
6 Stories of Divine Signs

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

deon
This Photographer Is Saving Foster Kids One Photoshoot at a Time

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

airplane passengers
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… >>

effies apples box
A Neighbor’s Generosity Spreads Beyond Original Gift

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

everyday heroes collin smith
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… >>

two wedding bands
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. >>

Jo Anne holding horse
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… >>

half ripped photo of boy
Chilling Reincarnation Stories: Meet 3 Children Who Lived Before

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

maya angelou
My Most Unforgettable Character: Maya Angelou

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

couple
A Courageous Cancer Story: The Day I Started Lying to Ruth

A cancer doctor on losing his wife to cancer. >>

George Haley
George Haley: The Man Who Wouldn’t Quit

A look back: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Haley tells the story of a man who overcame… >>

WWII ring
The Epic Journey of a WWII P.O.W.’s Gold Ring

A ring traded in desperation in a German prison camp comes home to a veteran's family in this… >>

everyday heroes michael sulsona
A Disabled Vet’s Wheelchair Broke in the Middle of Lowe’s. What These Employees Did Next Is Just Incredible.

How a group of Lowe’s employees restored Vietnam veteran Michael Sulsona's faith in people. >>

woman carrying luggage
My Family Abandoned Me. Then A Stranger’s Simple Kindness Changed My Life

In a random act of kindness, strangers turned around one writer's awful day by lifting her suitcase… >>