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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    Jesse Owens: My Greatest Olympic Prize

    In this RD Classic from our archives, American athlete Jesse Owens tells his stunning Olympic story about putting differences aside...


    Celebrities Who Inspire Us: Josh Duhamel

    A Hollywood-but-hometown hero: Josh Duhamel recently told us about his love of his adopted dogs, how taking care of his...


    How 6 Small Towns Honor Veterans

    Inspiring: Throughout the year, these small towns honor all United States veterans in unique ways, from "Boots for Our Troops"...


    Hometown Heroes: The Dirty Dozen

    How a group of former sorority sisters found peace, purpose, and carpentry skills in New Orleans.


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    Paula Lucas: International Angel

    Paula Lucas dreamed of being able to help battered women living overseas. In 2001, she started Americans Overseas Domestic Violence...


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    Hometown Heroes: Control Over Chaos for Foster Kids

    When young Noah Jones got a glimpse into the world of foster care, he created his own charity to help...


    The Titanic Coat: One Family’s Legend

    In an inspiring follow-up to the Titanic story, Reader's Digest national affairs editor David Noonan tells of a family heirloom...


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    Hometown Hero: A Sailor’s Savior

    When worried mother Marianne Naslund saw her 16-year-old neighbor Andy Livasy was in trouble, she opened up her heart and...

    Digest Diet: Adrienne’s Weight-Loss Success Story

    After the first phase of the Digest Diet, Adrienne's weight loss was seven pounds; then she went on to shed...


    A Wife Gives her Husband the Gift of Life

    There's no way to top this present.


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    The Birth of a Family

    What’s a single white guy doing with three Mexican kids? Making a loving family — and showing how foster adoption


    The Power of 1: Celebrating Inspirational People

    The Power of 1 Project celebrates brave, compassionate, and committed hometown heroes who have given their time, invested their talent,...


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    California Teenager Grants Wishes to Terminally Ill Patients

    Our hero: Caitlin Crommet, 17 Where she lives: Rancho Santa Margarita, California How she helps: Grants wishes to terminally ill


    Digest Diet: Annette’s Weight-Loss Success Story

    People told Annette when she hit menopause, she would stop losing weight, so she teamed up with her daughter Dana...


    5 Stories That Celebrate the Spirit of Giving

    Ten-year-old Riley Christensen and her mother, Lynn, were huddled in front of the family computer, checking out models and prices...


    Hope for Deaf-Blind Triplets — Light in the Dark

    How parents of triplets found hope in a dismal situation.

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    Michael Oher: Homeless Hero Becomes Academic Success

    The New Kid When Sean Tuohy saw the new kid sitting in the high school gym, he saw a boy


    RD on TV: Gracie’s Choice

    An inspirational story about a teen hero found a way to keep three brothers from being separated.


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    Everyday Hero: Jeff May

    The ninth-graders in Missy Dodds’s seventh-period study hall were restless that Monday afternoon, March 21, 2005. It was the last