Inspiring Stories

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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These Are the Neighbors You Always Wanted

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

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Everyday Heroes: The Blind Firefighter

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

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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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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… >>

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My Most Unforgettable Character: Maya Angelou

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