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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30 Stories About the Touching Kindness of Strangers That’ll Make You Tear Up

We asked readers for firsthand accounts of compassion. Here are 30 stories on kindness that touched your lives—and our hearts.

21 Extraordinary Stories of Generosity That Will Stay with You

These acts of kindness—big and small—speak to the generosity of the American spirit.




A Football Player Decided to Donate Bone Marrow—He Never Imagined That It Would Save a Little Girl&#...

When Mike Mushaw decided to donate bone marrow, he not only saved a life but also made a lifelong friend.

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21 Moving Photos of Kindness in the Time of Coronavirus

Tough times can truly bring out the best in people.


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...

Community Health Hero: Nano Corona

After fighting off cancer himself, Nano created a unique charity to help fight the disease.


Community Health Hero: Camp Sweeney

Get an inside look at this inspiring community-building center dedicated to children with type 1 diabetes.



20 Real-Life Heroes That Are Changing the World

There is still a lot of good in this world.

10 Nicest Things Strangers Have Done to Say ‘Thank You’ to Veterans

You can't help but smile (and maybe shed a tear) at some of the heartwarming ways strangers have given back...


The 14 Most Heartwarming Acts of Kindness of 2017

2017 was a challenging year, filled with headlines we'd rather forget. It was also a time when people rose to...


This Heartbreaking Story Will Remind You Just How Much Kindness Really Matters

Her moving story will stay with you long after you finish reading.


10 Inspiring Stories of Extreme Forgiveness That Will Lift Your Spirits

After suffering devastating tragedies, these remarkable people were able to put aside their anger and blame to find mercy in...


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...



New York Launches Its First Girl Scout Troop for Homeless Girls

The first-of-its-kind troop in the state is helping the homeless find a community while inspiring them to reach for the...


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8 Heartwarming Ways Teachers Have Gone Above and Beyond for Their Students

Lesson-planning is just the beginning for these incredible role models.


The Heartwarming Reason This Small-Town Mechanic Gave His Car to a Man He Only Knew for 10 Minutes

A random act of kindness turned a lousy day into a beautiful one.


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...


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This Woman Picking Up Garbage on a Country Road Will Inspire You to Protect Your Corner of the Earth

I thought she had stopped on the side of the road because of mechanical problems. The real reason was so...


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.


Beyond Inspiring: How One Woman’s Poem Saved an Entire Forest

Can a few lines of verse rescue 
thousands of redwoods? That depends 
on who reads them.


These Hero Pilots Volunteer to Fly the Very Sick to Help Save Their Lives

How heroes take flight to lift others in their most difficult moments.


How a City Bus-Turned-Shower Station is Helping the Homeless Regain Their Dignity

Doniece Sandoval convinced the city of San Francisco to donate four old buses and she raised money to turn them...


So I Let My Daughter Play With a Stranger at the Beach. And Then Learned This.

My misguided fear about my child interacting with strangers led to a heartwarming discovery.