Inspiring Stories

Nate Berkus on the Things That Matter
Nate Berkus on the Things That Matter

The loss of his partner in the devastating 2004 tsunami underscored for Nate Berkus a guiding… >>

Brave Vets, Great Cause, Cool T-Shirts
Brave Vets, Great Cause, Cool T-Shirts

A new initiative from Threadless Causes, a philanthropic offshoot of the internet t-shirt vendor… >>

Top Photographers Choose the Pictures that Make Them Happy
Top Photographers Choose the Pictures that Make Them Happy

We asked photographers to send us the one image that most says "happiness" through their lens;… >>

A Movie That Sings, From a Member of the Dave Matthews Band
A Movie That Sings, From a Member of the Dave Matthews Band

When I trace back the events that have led to my greatest happiness, inevitably I arrive at this… >>

Must-Read Book: 'Bringing in Finn'
Must-Read Book: ‘Bringing in Finn’

Most births don't make headlines unless the mother is, say, Snooki. But the arrival of Chicago mom… >>

Remembering 9/11: Amazing Stories in Pictures
Remembering 9/11: Amazing Stories in Pictures

With no shortage of ways to remember the terrible events of September 11th, 2001, I'd like to… >>

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:… >>

Artist Christopher Sickels' Fantastic, Miniature World
Artist Christopher Sickels’ Fantastic, Miniature World

The Reader's Digest contributor produces wholly original work, combining painting, photography… >>

A Deaf Person's Favorite Music
A Deaf Person’s Favorite Music

As my co-workers can attest, I spend a good part of most work days with ear buds firmly in place… >>

Meet the Superhumans of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team
Meet the Superhumans of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team

As we prepare to kick back over the long Labor Day weekend, 227 American athletes are in London to… >>

Meet My New Hero: Triple Amputee Todd Love
Meet My New Hero: Triple Amputee Todd Love

If you're like me and you need the occasional shot of pure inspiration, say hello to Marine Cpl… >>

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Q&A with Joe Vaux: Surreal Art and Puzzle Design

Seattle-based Artifact Puzzles specializes in artistic jigsaws, with laser-cut pieces designed by… >>

Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride: Flying Pioneers
Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride: Flying Pioneers

One day after the announcement that Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut in space, had died, there… >>

Where Are They Now: Life After Olympic Gold
Where Are They Now: Life After Olympic Gold

These celebrated Olympic champions from decades past wrote sports history, but what are they up to… >>

The Brave Few: Olympians from the Smallest Delegations
The Brave Few: Olympians from the Smallest Delegations

Over 50 nations are sending three or fewer athletes to compete in the Olympics this summer: Which… >>

Greatest Olympic Prize Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens: My Greatest Olympic Prize

In this RD Classic from our archives, American athlete Jesse Owens tells his stunning Olympic story… >>

11 Older Olympians Still Going Strong
11 Older Olympians Still Going Strong

These Olympic athletes are out to prove that when it comes to the Games, age only means one thing:… >>

we hear you america, movies Higginsville, Missouri
We Hear You America: Higginsville, Missouri

Without a modern projector so residents can watch digital movies, the Davis Theatre, a fixture in… >>

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… >>

Running for Vets: 100 Miles Left to Go!
Running for Vets: 100 Miles Left to Go!

Each of us has our own way of celebrating July 4. Retired Marine Jamie Summerlin will pay… >>