Inspiring Stories

WHYA Lake City
We Hear You America Winners

Congratulations to these communities: Their townspeople cast the most votes, winning our prizing… >>

The Gratitude Club
The Gratitude Club

For 50 years, Woody Davis was the ultimate good neighbor. Now he's getting the send-off of a… >>

oil and ice, Edward Itta
The Cost of Drilling: Oil in Alaska

To drill or not to drill? As debate over energy rages, one inspired leader fights for balance. >>

Rebuilding After the Tornado
Rebuilding After the Tornado

When an uncommonly vicious tornado stamped its way through Greensburg, Kansas, efficient and green… >>

Hometown Heroes: The Dirty Dozen
Hometown Heroes: The Dirty Dozen

How a group of former sorority sisters found peace, purpose, and carpentry skills in New Orleans. >>

How an Amazon Tribe Used Google to Save Their Land
How an Amazon Tribe Used Google to Save Their Land

Brazil's Surui tribe fought the loggers and developers threatening their lands for years, but… >>

Paula Lucas: International Angel
Paula Lucas: International Angel

Paula Lucas dreamed of being able to help battered women living overseas. In 2001, she started… >>

Hometown Heroes: Neighbors Battle the Bank
Hometown Heroes: Neighbors Battle the Bank

When Belva Davis lost her job and fell behind on her mortgage, her Detroit neighborhood rallied… >>

sound and vision, pipe organ
Photo Essay: Sound and Vision

Ever been inside a guitar? A team of German art directors and photographers commissioned to make an… >>

Hometown Heroes: Control Over Chaos for Foster Kids
Hometown Heroes: Control Over Chaos for Foster Kids

When young Noah Jones got a glimpse into the world of foster care, he created his own charity to… >>

what it's like to... Josh Ferrin
What It’s Like to Find a Stash of Cash…and Return It

Money can't buy happiness, but as one Utah man learned, the act of giving it can make an… >>

the Titanic coat Michael O'Brien
The Titanic Coat: One Family’s Legend

In an inspiring follow-up to the Titanic story, Reader's Digest national affairs editor David… >>

The Night I Met Einstein
The Night I Met Einstein

This Reader's Digest Classic of "My Most Unforgettable Character" offers a lesson in life—and… >>

Bob Gruen
Famous Photographers Speak on Their Famous Photos

In "Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends," Tim Mantoani shot over 150 famous… >>

The Best Medicine: A Lesson About Love For Everyone
The Best Medicine: A Lesson About Love For Everyone

Each time the Breinholts want to see their daughter, they travel 30 minutes to the Blythedale… >>

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… >>

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… >>

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… >>

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… >>

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. >>