Inspiring Stories

Secrets of SEAL Team Six
Secrets of SEAL Team Six

An elite unit of Navy SEALs took out Osama Bin Laden in May — and made it look easy. A peek… >>

Charlie Starbuck: The Lou Gehrig of Tree Planting
Charlie Starbuck: The Lou Gehrig of Tree Planting

Charlie Starbuck has been a volunteer of Friends of the Urban Forest for 30 years, and it's… >>

Erin Hurley: Rehabilitating Former Racehorses
Erin Hurley: Rehabilitating Former Racehorses

South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue & Adoption has rehabilitated and trained hundreds of retired… >>

California Teenager Grants Wishes to Terminally Ill Patients
California Teenager Grants Wishes to Terminally Ill Patients

Inspired by the movie Patch Adams, Caitlin Crommett founded Dream Catchers to grant wishes to… >>

Farmers' Friend: Bill Gross
Farmers’ Friend: Bill Gross

UPS pilot Bill Gross's organization Farm Rescue has helped almost 150 farm families in North and… >>

Raising Money for Food Banks: Carolee Hazard
Raising Money for Food Banks: Carolee Hazard

Carolee Hazard's 93 Dollar Club has raised thousands of dollars for food banks and is a true… >>

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… >>

Inspiring Children at the Urban Studio Café
Inspiring Children at the Urban Studio Café

At the Urban Studio Cafe in St. Louis, Missouri, kids gain work skills, a chance to express their… >>

Charlie Starbuck: Planting City Trees
Charlie Starbuck: Planting City Trees

Every week for nearly 30 years, San Francisco resident Charlie Starbuck has planted trees with… >>

Growing the School Garden Movement: Pam Sloane
Growing the School Garden Movement: Pam Sloane

Teacher Pam Sloane started the Green Initiative for Vegetables in Education (GIVE) to inspire… >>

Saving African Cheetahs: Laurie Marker
Saving African Cheetahs: Laurie Marker

Laurie Marker has worked for decades to help save Africa's endangered cheetahs. Now based in… >>

The Power of Flowers: Nancy Lawlor
The Power of Flowers: Nancy Lawlor

Nancy Lawlor's nonprofit organization, FlowerPower, collects bouquets of flowers from weddings and… >>

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… >>

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… >>

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. >>

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… >>

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… >>

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. >>