Inspiring Stories

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… >>

Ubuntu Africa: Helping Children with HIV
Ubuntu Africa: Helping Children with HIV

Ubuntu Africa (UBA) is a nonprofit organization intended to provide services for HIV-positive kids… >>

Troy Yocum: Walking for War Vets
Troy Yocum: Walking for War Vets

Troy Yocum collects donations through his website and delivers checks to needy military families… >>

Helping the Orphans of Democratic Republic of the Congo
Helping the Orphans of Democratic Republic of the Congo

Richard Kitumba rescues orphans from the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo through his… >>

To Honor Those They Lost--9/11 Ten Years Later
To Honor Those They Lost–9/11 Ten Years Later

A decade after the devastating attacks, family, friends, and colleagues of terror’s victims are… >>

back to school stories
Amazing Life Stories: Back-to-School Edition

Tell us your story for a chance to be published in Reader's Digest and win $25,000. >>

The Power of 1: Celebrating Inspirational People
The Power of 1: Celebrating Inspirational People

Reader’s Digest features its picks from the Power of One. Read remarkable stories of noteworthy… >>

Laura Miller: Agent of Anonymous Acts of Kindness
Laura Miller: Agent of Anonymous Acts of Kindness

Making people smile is Laura Miller's passion. Learn how she anonymously brings kindness to the… >>

Paul Stamets and the Healing Power of Mushrooms
Paul Stamets and the Healing Power of Mushrooms

Paul Stamets uses a love of mushrooms to drive home the notion that small, individual actions have… >>