Inspiring Stories

Fireflies
The Year of the Firefly

This mysterious creature illuminates one man’s past and makes his present even sweeter. >>

Diana Nyad
The Unsinkable Diana Nyad

At 61, Diana Nyad attempted to swim 103 miles against three-foot waves, the threat of sharks, and… >>

Two Great Americans: The Senator and the Actor
Two Great Americans: The Senator and the Actor

It would seem at first that Charles Durning and Daniel Inouye, who died this month within a week of… >>

Video: Million Motorcycle Memorial
Video: Million Motorcycle Memorial

This Memorial Day weekend, it's not just about an extra day off from work—these 6 small towns… >>

5 Great Reads To Take You Inside the Inauguration
5 Great Reads To Take You Inside the Inauguration

While second presidential inaugurations tend to lack the fireworks of the first—it will be hard… >>

'No Excuses': 19 Photos That Will Inspire You
‘No Excuses': 19 Photos That Will Inspire You

Need a shot in the arm to help push you through the work week? Put down the coffee mug and  take a… >>

Where Hope Begins: Teens Gain Strength Through Writing
Where Hope Begins: Teens Gain Strength Through Writing

An interesting thing happens when you take 14 troubled teens and help them write their stories:… >>

Wounded Warriors Ride to Rehab
Wounded Warriors Ride to Rehab

Toby Montoya had made a promise to his best friend, Sgt. Kenneth Rahm of the Illinois National… >>

'Thanks, Mom!' Comic Artist Captures Special Power of Gift-Giving
‘Thanks, Mom!’ Comic Artist Captures Special Power of Gift-Giving

We've all got gifts on the mind this time of year, but when's the last time you gave (or received)… >>

'Oh, Sandy:' Views to a Hurricane
‘Oh, Sandy:’ Views to a Hurricane

News reports, tweets, and status updates about Hurricane Sandy—the big, bad storm that's now… >>

Ione Kleven
Everyday Heroes: Fearless on the Front Lawn

A woman defends her turf—and saves a boy’s life. >>

Brittany Wenger
9 Names to Know in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, there is a 1 in 8 chance of a woman having invasive… >>

Clover
Believe in Luck? These 9 Ordinary People Sure Do

Coincidence? Divine intervention? A really good day? Whatever way you define luck, these people got… >>

Fire
Everyday Heroes: The Man Who Ran Toward Fire

A stranger saves an elderly woman and her dog from raging flames. >>

Google illo
Feel-Good Story: Touching Tribute to a Veteran Dad

Sabrina Brady’s heartwarming "best day ever" won a high-stakes Google design contest. >>

Art Bouvier and Jhaqueil Reagan
Everyday Heroes: The Boss Who Took a Chance

Meet a teen who hoofed it for miles, desperate for a job and a way to feed his family. >>

Miele
Joshua Miele: Inspiration from an Unthinkable Crime

Joshua Miele's sight was stolen from him when he was a child. Forty years later, he's giving the… >>

Reader's Digest, August 1976
Would You Have Taken this Picture?

On the scene of a tragic accident, a photographer faced a decision that would stick with him for… >>

Vivienne Palmer
How a Devastating House Fire Set Me Free

What might've been a massive loss for blogger Vivienne Palmer turned into an inspiring opportunity… >>

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6 Mother Teresa Quotes to Live By

Find daily motivation in this curated collection of quotes from Mother Teresa that celebrates her… >>