True Stories

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Feel-Good Story: Touching Tribute to a Veteran Dad

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

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. >>

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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… >>

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The Slave in the Garage

Sold by her parents and smuggled into the U.S., one young girl did a family's dirty work for two… >>

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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… >>

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The Sailor and the Whale: Survival at Sea

A 40-ton gray whale lunges onto the deck, and Max Young seems sunk. What follows is the fight of… >>

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Inspiring Story: Swimming in Socks

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

Liz Vaccariello
Editor’s Note: What My Tree Saw

Reader's Digest editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello finds inspiration in an American elm with deep… >>

Liz Vaccariello
Editor’s Note: Father Time

A note from Reader's Digest editor-in-chief, Liz Vaccariello. >>

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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. >>

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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… >>

The Deejay
How One Deejay Became a Community Hero

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

The Artist
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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5 People with Real-Life Superpowers

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

Juliane Koepcke
Survival Stories: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

When she was 17, Juliane Koepcke dropped 10,000 feet into the Amazon rain forest. She describes how… >>