Real Life Stories

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.

View More in:

Add Filter

Tout icon

17 Short, Sweet Stories About Moms (That Will Make You Want to Call Yours)

In 100 words or less, readers share their poignant tales of the bond between mother and child. Have a story of your own? Tell us here for the chance to be published in Reader's Digest.

How My Mother’s Lipstick Ritual Is Bringing Me Strength During Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many in a state of uncertainty. However, I've found solace and strength in my mother's...



My Mom Never Once Used the Mother’s Day Present I Bought Her—And I Couldn’t Be Happier

During the Great Depression, a 10-year-old boy bought his mother the perfect gift for Mother's Day—or so he thought.


Confession: Why I’m Stealing My Mother’s Things

What I took from Mom—and what she kept from me.

This Is My Mother’s Bizarrely Simple 75th Birthday Wish

For mom's big birthday, we were shocked by what she really wanted.