Inspiring Stories

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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. >>

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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… >>

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Inspiring Story: Swimming in Socks

Sportswriter Joe Posnanski strikes a deal with his noncompetitive daughter—and they both win. >>

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These Inspiring Photos Helped a Child with Muscular Dystrophy

An amateur photographer helps a boy with muscular dystrophy achieve his dreams. >>

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How One Deejay Became a Community Hero

A deejay takes the stage to lift the spirits of a community in need. >>

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5 People with Real-Life Superpowers

You won't believe the superpowered feats these real men and women have pulled off. >>

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Words of Wisdom From Those Who Have Lived a Full Life

The greatest gift from one generation to the next? It’s wisdom gained from experience… >>

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9 Nelson Mandela Quotes That Inspire

On December 5, Nelson Mandela, the South African politician and champion of anti-apartheid, passed… >>

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Who Is Nelson Mandela? A Reader’s Digest Exclusive Interview

In 2005, Reader's Digest spoke with Nelson Mandela about his life, the strength of mind that helped… >>

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The Stranger Who Changed My Life: The Taxi Driver and the Doctor

When a taxi driver asked one simple question, he transformed his family's future. >>