True Stories

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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 Baby Who Refused to Die: 11 Hours in Room 407

Doctors said Austin Gerstenslager had zero chance of survival at birth, so his parents waited for… >>

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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. >>

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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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This Teen Will Revolutionize Smartphone Battery Life

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

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Editor’s Note: A Divine Accident

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

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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. >>

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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. >>