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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How One Community Came Together After 4 Tornadoes Ripped Through Their Town

Friendly neighbors are alive and well in this Midwest mecca.

The 57-Year-Old Sweet Tradition That Turns an Entire Town into One Big Family

In Waterford, OH, apple butter is far from just sauce in a jar; it's a movement, bringing an entire town...


When Police Violence Threatened to Tear This Town Apart, What Happened Next Will Restore Your Faith ...

A saying goes, "When something terrible happens, it's how you react to it that really determines who you are." That...



This Restaurant Owner Hands Out Hundreds of Dollars to Stranded Travelers

Jim Oliver's Smoke House, Lodge, and Cabins in Monteagle, TN, has a knack for helping stranded travelers. Is he running...

This Small Town Raised $54,000 for a Couple’s Troubled Pregnancy

When word got out about baby Archer's condition, the town of Wall rallied. Donations poured in from friends, neighbors, colleagues,...


After the Country’s Deadliest Mudslide, This Town Came Out Stronger Than Ever

“I don’t know that the Red Cross had ever encountered a community that would dig right in and take care...

This Police Officer Bought a Shoplifter Pizza for the Best Reason

It was his first week on the job, but the officer couldn't punish a 12-year-old shoplifter after seeing where she...


This Woman Is Raising Money to Open a Salon Accessible to People with Disabilities

Cat Rongitsch, whose stepdaughter has spina bifida, dreams of a place where anyone can feel safe and comfortable getting a...