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… >>

soldiers no more
What Happens When Soldiers Become Civilians Again?

Three men fought together on the front lines in Iraq, but faced new perils and different fates when… >>

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:… >>

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… >>

Hometown Heroes: Saving a Neighbor’s Life
Hometown Heroes: Saving a Neighbor’s Life

There was no way he was going to listen to his neighbor scream and die in the burning house, so he… >>

A Marine’s Arab Spring: Josh Rushing of Al Jazeera
A Marine’s Arab Spring: Josh Rushing of Al Jazeera

Josh Rushing, a 14-year veteran of the Marine Corps, explains why he resigned from a top job at the… >>

Josh Duhamel Slideshow
Celebrities Who Inspire Us: Josh Duhamel

A Hollywood-but-hometown hero: Josh Duhamel recently told us about his love of his adopted dogs… >>

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… >>