Inspiring Stories

Galesburg, IL: Funding Youth Programs
Galesburg, IL: Funding Youth Programs

In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes… >>

San Jose, CA: Keeping Kids Away from Gangs
San Jose, CA: Keeping Kids Away from Gangs

In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes… >>

Rancho Cordova, CA: Making the Holiday Season Special
Rancho Cordova, CA: Making the Holiday Season Special

In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes… >>

Crescent City, CA: Restoring a Devastated Harbor
Crescent City, CA: Restoring a Devastated Harbor

After its harbor was devastated by the tsunami in March 2011, this California town used its prize… >>

Fairbury, IL: An Upgraded Library
Fairbury, IL: An Upgraded Library

How a small Illinois town is using its Reader's Digest We Hear You America prize money to bring its… >>

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… >>

vietnam memorial
Never Forgotten: At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

On the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial endures as a symbol of… >>

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… >>

heroes of the hurricane, Seaside Heights, NJ
Inspiring Stories: The Heroes of Hurricane Sandy

When Sandy hit the East Coast, these American heroes sprang into action, proving that spirit can… >>

letter from a free man, Jourdon Anderson
Slavery in America: Letter From a Free Man

A former slave sends his “Old Master” fierce words, dry wit—and a bill. >>

Dr. Phil Shares
Dr. Phil Shares “The Holiday I’ll Never Forget.”

A secret father-son pact still delights TV show host and author Phil McGraw decades later. >>

magic in the mind, Teller card trick
Magic Tricks Revealed, By Teller: 7 Ways to Fool the Brain

How do magic tricks work? Teller, of Penn & Teller, pulls back the curtain on human perception. >>

The Year in Miracles: Inspirational Quotes
The Year in Miracles: Inspirational Quotes

Grab a tissue: These miracle stories inspired us with their incredible heroes, amazing acts of… >>

Thank You for Your Service: How Everyday Americans Help Veterans
Thank You for Your Service: How Everyday Americans Help Veterans

We asked for your stories of gratitude big and small that show how America helps its own returning… >>

Hometown Heroes: Building Homes for Disabled Veterans
Hometown Heroes: Building Homes for Disabled Veterans

Back from war, two injured soldiers help other vets rebuild their lives. >>

Hometown Heroes: Facebook Friends Save Teen from Suicide
Hometown Heroes: Facebook Friends Save Teen from Suicide

Friends use Facebook to avert a student’s suicide. >>

12 Most Artful Presidential Campaign Posters of All Time
12 Most Artful Presidential Campaign Posters of All Time

In its new book, the Library of Congress celebrates the past two hundred years of presidential… >>

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… >>

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;… >>

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… >>