Inspiring Stories

May 1994 RD Classics
When Curtis Pride Heard the Stadium Cheer

In the history of baseball, few players with his handicap had made it to the Major Leagues. But… >>

January 1997 RD Classics
The Day I Finally Understood My Father

Dad didn't expect much from the new dog, but he had definite plans for me. (Originally published as… >>

November 1997 RD Classics
The Inspiring Story of How Frank McCourt Won a Pulitzer

From his students, the teacher learned his lessons slowly but well. >>

March 1994 RD Classics
The Day We Planted Hope

I tucked five seeds into the dirt, then sat down and waited for a watermelon. >>

June 1970 RD Classics
Standing on the Dunes and Calling His Name

For first time, I had met an adult on terms that were in balance. (This Reader's Digest classic… >>

March 1995 RD Classics
The Find of a Lifetime

Ever since my grandmother had opened to me the world of the distant past, I'd wanted to find a… >>

March 1993 RD Classics
When Summer Found Its Place in My Heart

The cottage had been in our family for decades. But common sense said it was time to sell. >>

July 1995 RD Classics
The Glorious Day I Learned to Swim

In an exquisite instant I felt terror turn to exhilaration. Originally published in Reader's Digest… >>

November 1970 RD Classics
A Reader’s Digest Classic: Professor Terry and the Lady in Brown

Strangely enough, Professor Ter­ry's uncompromising pressure, which often seemed tinged with… >>

February 1974 RD Classics
A Reader’s Digest Classic: Washington’s Prayer at Valley Forge

No let­ter or diary survives to give eye­witness testimony that George Washington prayed that… >>

July 1941 RD Classics
A Story About My Larger-Than-Life Uncle from the 1940s

A distinguished portrait of an unquenchable humbug, in the sprightly Leacock manner. Originally… >>

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Jeff Bauman: One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing

We spoke to the survivor on how his life has changed since April 15, 2013. >>

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These Are the Neighbors You Always Wanted

On this California block, help and hope are always free of charge. >>

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The Reunion That Took 77 Years to Happen

A teenaged Minka Disbrow was forced to give her newborn daughter Betty Jane up for adoption in… >>

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Why This Heroic Boy Scout Went Over a Waterfall

When a ten-year-old saw a little girl in danger, he dived in to save her. >>

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Everyday Heroes: The Blind Firefighter

A blind man rescues a woman from a fire. >>

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Why We Forgive, by Desmond Tutu

Anger may be justified, but "getting even" won't make you feel better >>

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The Day Robert Downey Jr. Saved My Grandma

At the height of an emergency, the actor turned into a real-life superhero. >>

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26 Secrets of Happiness: Quotable Quotes

Find inspiration and joy from these leading thinkers. >>

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What It Was Like to Be Rosie the Riveter During WWII

Three women share their stories of the American war effort—and prove that the real Rosies were… >>