True Stories

Grandpa Wrestles a Gator to Save His Dog
Grandpa Wrestles a Gator to Save His Dog

Florida retiree Steve Gustafson stops at nothing to rescue his dog Bounce from the jaws of a… >>

What Are You Afraid Of?
The Stranger Who Changed My Life: Merlin and His Slackline

The man is doing something on his lawn that I don’t understand. As I pass, he’s cleaning a… >>

Man Risks Life to Save Boys Floating Out to Sea
Man Risks Life to Save Boys Floating Out to Sea

"They were floating out to sea": How an everyday hero rescued two boys in dire circumstances. >>

6 Inspiring Stories: You're Never Too Old to Dream
6 Inspiring Stories: You’re Never Too Old to Dream

These people prove that we can all definitely get better with age. >>

Motivational Quotes from Eternal Optimists
Motivational Quotes from Eternal Optimists

Meet six people who look on the bright side of life, and find inspiration in their unique… >>

Bombshell: Documents Throw New Light on Marilyn Monroe’s Death
Bombshell: Documents Throw New Light on Marilyn Monroe’s Death

44 years after Marilyn Monroe's tragic death, just released government documents raise new… >>

Why I Took My 14-Year-Old Wedding Dress Shopping
Why I Took My 14-Year-Old Wedding Dress Shopping

A mom takes her daughter on the trip of a lifetime: "What do you do when you glimpse a moment you… >>

Barefoot Teen Braves Fire, Saves Neighbors
Barefoot Teen Braves Fire, Saves Neighbors

“I’d never seen smoke like that,” he says. “My glasses immediately turned black from the… >>

unsinkable Titanic departing
13 Things You Didn’t Know About the Titanic

For the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, we bring you surprising bits of trivia and… >>

Editor's Note: My Father Was the Kind of Dad Who...
Editor’s Note: My Father Was the Kind of Dad Who…

Reader's Digest editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello on life lessons learned from her father. >>

Celebrity Love Letters
Celebrity Love Letters

Let these smitten scribes, from Johnny Cash to F. Scott Fitzgerald, inspire your own Valentine's… >>

Angel in an Apron: Baker Saves Couple from Plane Crash
Angel in an Apron: Baker Saves Couple from Plane Crash

Read how a couple survives a fiery plane crash thanks to a baker and his buddy in this gripping… >>

We Hear You America: Mayors of the Week
We Hear You America: Mayors of the Week

Meet some local leaders are working to make their towns even better -- and maybe earn a WHYA prize… >>

We Hear You America: How the 2011 Campaign Made Winning Towns Better
We Hear You America: How the 2011 Campaign Made Winning Towns Better

Find out how lucky winners of Reader's Digest We Hear You America prize grants used their funds to… >>

America's most interesting town Coleman, MI
Do You Live in America’s Most Interesting Town?

What makes your town fascinating? Tell us and share for a chance to be on our cover. So far we love: >>

Kivalina, Alaska: A Disappearing Town
Kivalina, Alaska: A Disappearing Town

At the tip of a barrier island 80 miles above the Arctic Circle, the town of Kivalina, Alaska, is… >>

veterans Chillicothe, IL
How 6 Small Towns Honor Veterans

Inspiring: Throughout the year, these small towns honor all United States veterans in unique ways… >>

Manchester, NH: Refurbishing a Community Art Gallery
Manchester, NH: Refurbishing a Community Art Gallery

In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes… >>

Jacksonville, IL: Celebrating the Fourth of July
Jacksonville, IL: Celebrating the Fourth of July

In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes… >>

St. Johns, MI: Setting Up a Spray Park
St. Johns, MI: Setting Up a Spray Park

In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes… >>