Inspiring Stories

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Editor’s Note: The Night I Met the Sky

Reader's Digest Editor-in-Chief Liz Vaccariello recounts an inspiring summer night spent gazing at… >>

The Deejay
How One Deejay Became a Community Hero

A deejay takes the stage to lift the spirits of a community in need. >>

The Artist
These Inspiring Photos Helped a Child with Muscular Dystrophy

An amateur photographer helps a boy with muscular dystrophy achieve his dreams. >>

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5 People with Real-Life Superpowers

You won't believe the superpowered feats these real men and women have pulled off. >>

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Words of Wisdom From Those Who Have Lived a Full Life

The greatest gift from one generation to the next? It’s wisdom gained from experience… >>

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Top 3 Picks: The Best of America Photo Contest 2013

For our Best of America Photo Contest we invited you to send an image that conveyed what you love… >>

Nelson Mandela
Who Is Nelson Mandela? A Reader’s Digest Exclusive Interview

In 2005, Reader's Digest spoke with Nelson Mandela about his life, the strength of mind that helped… >>

The Stranger Who Changed My Life: The Taxi Driver and the Doctor

When a taxi driver asked one simple question, he transformed his family's future. >>

They Came Running: Heroes of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombings, these everyday heroes joined together to help at… >>

Best of America 2013: Inspiring Stories

Need more reasons to love America? Add these touching moments, inspiring stories, and good deeds to… >>

War Stories: My Dad’s Private Struggle After Combat

Dale Maharidge's angry father left few clues as to what happened to him during World War II. So… >>

9 Tiny Moments of Optimism in Post-Tornado Oklahoma

When Americans face tragedy, sometimes there's solace in even the smallest of gestures. >>

Animal Stories: When Beasts Act Like Humans

They practice yoga, drive cars, and comfort their closest friends. These twelve animal stories show… >>

All I Really Need to Know I Learned...
All I Really Need to Know I Learned…

Playful essays by Mel Brooks, Ozzy Osbourne and others celebrating the Robert Fulghum best-seller… >>

Inspiring Stories: 9 Ordinary People Who Changed History
Inspiring Stories: 9 Ordinary People Who Changed History

On the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks' birthday, we honor everyday men and women whose brave… >>

6 Ways Social Media Made the World a Better Place
6 Ways Social Media Made the World a Better Place

More than cat pics: A brief look at social media history and the most significant ways networks… >>

How 6 Lost Pets Found Their Way Home
How 6 Lost Pets Found Their Way Home

Getting a second chance at love? Priceless. >>

5 Amazing Stories of Things Lost, Then Found
5 Amazing Stories of Things Lost, Then Found

Thanks to the kindness of strangers, these precious lost objects were returned to their rightful… >>

The Stranger Who Changed My Life: An Anonymous Kidney Donor

You never know when a chance encounter will transform you. >>