Inspirational Stories

Reader’s Digest has the stories to lift your spirits and fill you with hope in your darkest moments. We’ve promised to be a source of joy, and these stories deliver. From everyday heros to reunited long-lost siblings, we’ve got the stories to inspire you.

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5 Times Adopting a Homeless Animal Saved the Owners’ Lives Too

Because pets are the emotional, physical, and spiritual gift we didn’t know we needed.

This Woman Gives Free Haircuts to Those Less Fortunate and Her Simple Act of Kindness is Starting to...

Wheeling her red chair and scissors around 
the city, a salon owner gives out-of-luck strangers the gift of visibility—one free...


The Greatest Gift This Dad Ever Gave His Daughter Will Definitely Make You Cry

One woman's father's fondest expressions of love flowed not from his words, but from his hands.


This Military Mom Was Murdered in Afghanistan. But the Final Gift She Left Her Daughter Will Last Fo...

With a handful of videos, Lt. Florence Choe helped shape her daughter’s life–even after she lost her own.


How This Chance Meeting at the Ganges Changed 5 Lives Forever

An impromptu lesson in kindness inspires one man to give an incredible gift to a complete stranger and his family....

A Wife Gives her Husband the Gift of Life

There's no way to top this present.