Inspiring Stories

The Fantastic Folded Art of Isaac Salazar
The Fantastic Folded Art of Isaac Salazar

Isaac Salazar's book art has appeared in magazines and advertisements across the globe, but it all… >>

Boy on a Bike: How a Rwandan Teen Overcame a Legacy of Genocide
Boy on a Bike: How a Rwandan Teen Overcame a Legacy of Genocide

Far from home, in a war-torn land, a charity worker met a child who had every reason to hate—and… >>

Hometown Hero: A Sailor's Savior
Hometown Hero: A Sailor’s Savior

When worried mother Marianne Naslund saw her 16-year-old neighbor Andy Livasy was in trouble, she… >>

a grandmother's tale, Anne Lamott
A Grandmother’s Tale: When Anne Lamott’s Teen Son Became a Dad

What would you do if your teenager had a child? For author Lamott, it was a crash course in the… >>

The Best Life Stories
The Best Life Stories

Listen to the $25,000 winner of the best life story contest read his winning entry. Plus, read our… >>

Liz Vaccariello
Editor’s Note: Father Time

A note from Reader's Digest editor-in-chief, Liz Vaccariello. >>

The Twins Teaching a Coastal Town to Clean Up Its Act
The Twins Teaching a Coastal Town to Clean Up Its Act

Between ballet lessons and tae kwon do, these twin sisters rally to protect the earth. >>

We Hear You America: Collingswood, NJ Declares
We Hear You America: Collingswood, NJ Declares “Holiday” to Be Heard

On January 11th Collingswood, NJ celebrated "Get Out the Vote" Day. Currently the town is in 16th… >>

Holiday Stories: The Gift of Possibility
Holiday Stories: The Gift of Possibility

It was Christmas in Boston. Everyone, it seemed, was accompanied by someone else smiling or… >>

Holiday Stories: All I'm Asking For
Holiday Stories: All I’m Asking For

Rick Bragg reflects on Christmas as a boy, a seesaw of gloom and glee. As an adult, however, he… >>

Holiday Stories: Some Assembly Required
Holiday Stories: Some Assembly Required

A father ponders what it means to assemble a Barbie Townhouse, and shares a fond memory of his… >>

Holiday Stories: Sharing the Sweetness
Holiday Stories: Sharing the Sweetness

As hard as you try to break with family tradition, your heart remains at home on the holidays. >>

Holiday Stories: Merry, Silly Christmas
Holiday Stories: Merry, Silly Christmas

A tribute to Randy, who the family of Jenny Allen will never forget. A man who taught them a lesson… >>

We Hear You America: Mayors of the Week
We Hear You America: Mayors of the Week

Meet some local leaders are working to make their towns even better -- and maybe earn a WHYA prize… >>

Standing Tall: The Memorial Garden Miracle
Standing Tall: The Memorial Garden Miracle

Hurricane Irene almost destroyed the last remaining connection Patti and Scott had to their son, a… >>

To Serve and Protect
To Serve and Protect

Daniel Hernandez doesn't see himself as a hero. The people of Tucson, Arizona, and the nation, beg… >>

The Birth of a Family
The Birth of a Family

What's a single white guy doing with three Mexican kids? Making a loving family — and showing how… >>

An Interview With Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee
An Interview With Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee

Novel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee speaks with Reader's Digest in an exclusive interview. >>

Jacob Rice: Shoe Giver of Tampa
Jacob Rice: Shoe Giver of Tampa

Jacob Rice is making sure the kids in East Tampa don't go barefoot by working to provide them with… >>

Giving Dogs and Love to Kids With Cancer
Giving Dogs and Love to Kids With Cancer

The Stink Bug Project pairs dogs from the Colorado Correctional Industries Prison Trained K9… >>