Inspiring Stories

Photo Essay: A Surfer Makes Waves With Post-Hurricane Relief

After Superstorm Sandy devastated coastal communities in New York and New Jersey, professional… >>

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The Day I Felt the Richest

We asked and you answered: here are four incredible moments when our readers felt their richest. >>

Everyday Heroes: The Lottery Winner’s Legacy

Looking to help a young woman with cancer, a lottery winner gave one burger-flipper the tip of a… >>

Editor’s Note: My Heart’s in Yosemite

Grappling with the Yosemite Rim fire, Reader's Digest editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello reflects on… >>

Breast Cancer Heroes You’ve Never Heard Of

These grassroots groups have made it their passion and mission to give survivors the best life… >>

Everyday Heroes: From Captive to Caretaker

A timely adoption gives two abused souls a fresh start. >>

Everyday Heroes: Bringing Down a Bank Robber

A former boxing champion takes a repeat offender off the streets. >>

Project Happiness: How One Parent Inspired Optimism

Melissa Fay Greene’s adopted son was angry and depressed—until a science fair project they… >>

Inspiring Stories: Driving My Own Destiny in Saudi Arabia

Manal al-Sharif once bought into a Saudi Arabian system that said women should have no face, no… >>

The Year of the Firefly

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

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… >>

Everyday Heroes: Fearless on the Front Lawn

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