Inspiring Stories

Gina DeJesus
Everyday Heroes: From Captive to Caretaker

A timely adoption gives two abused souls a fresh start. >>

Mark DeBruyckere
Everyday Heroes: Bringing Down a Bank Robber

A former boxing champion takes a repeat offender off the streets. >>

Project Happiness
Project Happiness: How One Parent Inspired Optimism

Melissa Fay Greene’s adopted son was angry and depressed—until a science fair project they… >>

Brittany Wenger
9 Names to Know in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, there is a 1 in 8 chance of a woman having invasive… >>

Diana Nyad
The Unsinkable Diana Nyad

At 61, Diana Nyad attempted to swim 103 miles against three-foot waves, the threat of sharks, and… >>

Fireflies
The Year of the Firefly

This mysterious creature illuminates one man’s past and makes his present even sweeter. >>

Clover
Believe in Luck? These 9 Ordinary People Sure Do

Coincidence? Divine intervention? A really good day? Whatever way you define luck, these people got… >>

Google illo
Feel-Good Story: Touching Tribute to a Veteran Dad

Sabrina Brady’s heartwarming "best day ever" won a high-stakes Google design contest. >>

Miele
Joshua Miele: Inspiration from an Unthinkable Crime

Joshua Miele's sight was stolen from him when he was a child. Forty years later, he's giving the… >>

Reader's Digest, August 1976
Would You Have Taken this Picture?

On the scene of a tragic accident, a photographer faced a decision that would stick with him for… >>

Vivienne Palmer
How a Devastating House Fire Set Me Free

What might've been a massive loss for blogger Vivienne Palmer turned into an inspiring opportunity… >>

Art Bouvier and Jhaqueil Reagan
Everyday Heroes: The Boss Who Took a Chance

Meet a teen who hoofed it for miles, desperate for a job and a way to feed his family. >>

Fire
Everyday Heroes: The Man Who Ran Toward Fire

A stranger saves an elderly woman and her dog from raging flames. >>

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6 Mother Teresa Quotes to Live By

Find daily motivation in this curated collection of quotes from Mother Teresa that celebrates her… >>

Dorothy Custer adorable
5 Incredible Old Women Who Are Awesome at Life

Age is just a number, and for these inspiring older ladies, life is just an adventure. >>

Eesha Kare
This Teen Will Revolutionize Smartphone Battery Life

Supercharged smartphone battery life might be 30 seconds away thanks to a young woman's clever new… >>

Liz Vaccariello
Editor’s Note: A Divine Accident

One simple fall on a city street leads to a miraculous discovery. >>

Manal al-Sharif
Inspiring Stories: Driving My Own Destiny in Saudi Arabia

Manal al-Sharif once bought into a Saudi Arabian system that said women should have no face, no… >>

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The True Story of Two Men Who Found Fatherhood on the Subway

An abandoned baby and a judge with a hunch turned two New York men into parents. >>

Liz Vaccariello and family
Editor’s Note: The Night I Met the Sky

Reader's Digest Editor-in-Chief Liz Vaccariello recounts an inspiring summer night spent gazing at… >>