Inspiring Stories

This Photographer Is Saving Foster Kids One Photoshoot at a Time

Read about the incredibly generous way Seattle photographer Jennifer Loomis is using her… >>

Hoda Kotb, a Stranger on a Plane, and His Simple Advice She’ll Never Forget

On one of the Today show cohost's darkest days, her seatmate’s wise words about breast cancer… >>

A Neighbor’s Generosity Spreads Beyond Original Gift

The Reader's Digest classic, originally published as "Effie's Compound Interest," explores how one… >>

This Kind Stranger Helped a Paralyzed Teen Finish High School (And More)

Despite a tragic accident, Collin Smith was determined to succeed at school. He got an extra push… >>

A Devoted Husband Confesses: Why I Wear Two Wedding Bands

A man explains to a stranger how wearing a second wedding band has changed his life. >>

A Tragic Accident, Then One Woman’s Bold Fight to Make Horse Racing Safer

Jo Anne Normile discovered a dark side to Thoroughbred racing that most fans don't know about. What… >>

Chilling Reincarnation Stories: Meet 3 Children Who Lived Before

Professor Jim Tucker thinks that past lives are possible. Here are three startling accounts of… >>

My Most Unforgettable Character: Maya Angelou

Thirty years after meeting her, I can still feel the electricity that fizzed through my body as I… >>

George Haley
George Haley: The Man Who Wouldn’t Quit

A look back: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Haley tells the story of a man who overcame… >>

The Epic Journey of a WWII P.O.W.’s Gold Ring

A ring traded in desperation in a German prison camp comes home to a veteran's family in this… >>

A Disabled Vet’s Wheelchair Broke in the Middle of Lowe’s. What These Employees Did Next Is Just Incredible.

How a group of Lowe’s employees restored Vietnam veteran Michael Sulsona's faith in people. >>

My Family Abandoned Me. Then A Stranger’s Simple Kindness Changed My Life

In a random act of kindness, strangers turned around one writer's awful day by lifting her suitcase… >>

Not My Father’s Boy: A Terrorist’s Son Speaks Out

His father was behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, but Zak Ebrahim rejected hatred and… >>

My Weekend With Uncle Gutta at the Renaissance Faire

How a Saturday at the Renaissance Faire taught me that kindness starts with "kin." >>

a grandmother's tale, Anne Lamott
A Grandmother’s Tale: When Anne Lamott’s Teen Son Became a Dad

What would you do if your teenager had a child? For author Lamott, it was a crash course in the… >>

How a Password Changed My Life

With the simple repetition of unlocking his computer, the author was able to make incredible things… >>

“I Went From Scrooge to Santa”: A Magical Tale of Transformation

Charles Edward Hall got the part of a lifetime when he was cast as Scrooge in the Radio City… >>

6 Unexpected Animal Heroes

Some of these exceptional creatures are cuddly, some are courageous, but all share an extraordinary… >>

The Dramatic Rescue of Bärle, the Circus Polar Bear

For 13 years, a female polar bear endured neglect, scorching heat and near-starvation as one of the… >>