Inspiring Stories

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… >>

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. >>

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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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. >>