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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13 Times Fortune Cookies Literally Changed People’s Lives

That fortune can be surprisingly accurate—or incredibly beneficial: Check out these amazing stories of fortune-cookie inspired luck.


The 17 Most Inspirational Kids of 2017

They've created life-saving innovations, founded nonprofit organizations, and raised money for important causes all before reaching legal age. The future's...


How to Find More Meaning In Your Life, According to 5 People Who Did

Living a meaningful life can be different for everyone, but in these five incredible people found that what really matters...


4 First, Humble Jobs of CEOs That Will Remind You Anything Is Possible

When we encounter top industry leaders it seems as though they were always successful. The truth is everyone has to...

Lessons About Living from People Who Spend Time with the Dying

Encountering death so closely every day leads to serious life inspiration that we all need to hear.


A Groundbreaking New Water Park for People with Disabilities Just Opened—and You Have to See It

Morgan’s Inspiration Island is the first water park of its kind. Thanks to its amazing technology, it's both inclusive and...

This Little Girl’s Love of Elderly People Will Melt Your Heart

When a four-year-old bumps into a widower at the grocery store, the karma is instant—and everlasting.


He Was Left with Nothing in the Slums of India. Then He Met Someone Who Taught Him a Powerful Lesson.

Leon Logothetis swapped his office job for a trek across America on five dollars a day, but even after his...



Her Teacher Was Long Dead. Here’s Why This Student Wrote a Touching Thank-You Note Anyway.

This teacher not only taught his class about the periodic table, but also inspiration and curiosity.

Try Not to Cry While You Watch This 10-Year-Old Girl Get a Doll With a Prosthetic Leg Like Hers

If this little girl's tears of joy don't warm your heart, nothing will.



This 9-Year-Old Girl’s Walk to School Was Filled With Homeless People. So She Raised $14,000 f...

Donating to Khloe Thompson's charity could help hundreds of people in need.


A Store Clerk Offers Wisdom to an Impatient Customer: Cherish Your Mother

"It's the little moments that'll come back to you. Moments like this. I know."


This Choir Sings to People on the Verge of Dying, and It’s Just Beautiful

How one extraordinary group provides comfort through music to those on the threshold of life.

Meet The Woman Who Throws Birthday Parties For Homeless Kids

The Birthday Party Project is a nonprofit devoted to providing special days for the kids who need them most.


A Depressed Mother, A Lonely Daughter, and Mrs. Reese, the Neighbor Who Changed Their Lives

My mother refused to let me play next door. Breaking the rules made all the difference.


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....