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You’ve got to read it to believe it! These true stories seem almost too good to be true, but we promise that we couldn’t make these up. From love to loss and from survival to unbelieavable coincidences—we’ve got the wildest stories to keep you informed, entertained, and inspired.

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How I Visited 20 Countries in One Year for $250 a Week

Country-hopping doesn't have to bring you to the brink of broke. You just have to know how to do it.

How Being Single for Years Made Me a Better Partner

Years of singledom teach us more than what we want in a partner—they also teach us how to be a...


Here’s How Climbers Are Ruining Mount Everest

Overcrowded with inexperienced climbers and polluted with waste, Mount Everest—one of the earth’s natural wonders—is in danger. How to fix...


A 92-Year-Old Avid Hunter Set Out Into the Woods—Until He Realized He Didn’t Know How to Get Back

It wasn’t the first time Bill McDonnell had 
blazed his own trail in the wilderness. But at 92, he 
had...


This Is How to Define the True Feeling of Success

A man reexamines his life and discovers 
some unappreciated moments of joy, hope, and success.

Gustavus, AK

This tiny Alaska town knows how to fundraise like no other, especially when it comes to their kids. With a...


Hope, IN

How do the residents of this small Indiana town show so much positivity and support in the face of devastating...

Oconto, WI

Wisconsin natives know how to handle snow, so when Oconto was hit with one of the nastiest blizzards in over...


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Yardarm Bar & Grill in Racine, WI

Yardarm is a place where the owners and staff know how to make you feel welcome, even when they have...


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Kettering Cancer Center in Kettering, OH

Doctors, nurses and all the staff at Kettering know how to make a patient feel good, even while they fight...


This Grandmother Has Been “Upcycling” Home-Sewn Gifts for 92 Years

Four generations of crafters know how to make beautiful handiwork from recycled scraps of cloth.

This Man Taught Himself to Play the Trumpet So He Could Honor Fallen Veterans

He didn’t even know how to play 
the bugle. But because he wanted to 
honor fallen soldiers, he learned.


Find a Moth Storytelling Event Near You

Reader's Digest is partnering with the Moth on live storytelling events around the country. Here's how to find us and...


After Her Son Passed Away Unexpectedly, Her Church Came Together to Make a Beautiful Stained Glass M...

Mahala Rankin wanted to create stained glass windows in remembrance of her son, but had no idea how to start....


18 Things I Learned From My Sister

Family is great, but there's something especially special about having a sister. Whether it's learning about love, sharing, giving, or...