Inspiring Stories

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The Little Boat 
That Sailed 
Through Time

A simple hand-carved ship binds five generations of family together. >>

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Your 100-Word True Stories: Contest Winners

More than 7,000 people entered our contest and gave us the Reader's Digest version of their lives… >>

Carmen Tarleton
The Woman Who Had a Face Transplant

Carmen Tarleton survived a brutal attack from her estranged husband, but her painful journey was… >>

the waiting reunion
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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6 Moments When Our Flag Was Larger Than Life

Members of the Armed Forces honor Old Glory in these inspiring pictures. >>

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A Heartwarming Salute to Soldiers and Their Hero Dogs

On battlefields across the globe, servicemen and women rely on their dogs for safety, comfort, and… >>

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How Bunker Roy and the Barefoot College Plan to Light Up the World

A social activist taps one of our planet’s greatest power sources: grandmothers. >>

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The “Lost Boy” Who Built a Family

One of the lost boys of Sudan, Peter Ter came to America with nothing—except a remarkable gift… >>

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The Stranger Who Changed My Life: The Boy Who Saved the Senator

Just when his condition threatened to devastate him completely, he received a letter from an… >>

everyday heroes janitor
Janitor Rescues 19 Seniors From Abandoned Center

“I’d never want to see my parents or grandparents go through anything like that.” >>