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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    12 LGBTQ Activists Who Have Changed American History

    It's hard to imagine where gay pride would be without the work and efforts of these LGBTQ leaders and countless others who are still fighting for equality today.

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    10 Extraordinary Ways Kids Are Giving Us Hope in the Time of Coronavirus

    These ten examples will inspire you and the children in your lives to shake off the pain of the pandemic...

    Students Noticed One Boy Was Wearing the Same Clothes Every Day, so They Stepped in to Help

    "They went home and hunted through their own drawers and closets."

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    I Rescue 100 Cats a Year—Here’s What I Want You to Know

    Each day a cat is rescued is an emotional rollercoaster of heartache and triumph, and Denise wouldn't have it any...

    16 Photos That Celebrate the Good in All of Us

    As we navigate through this unprecedented time, the number of people who need help continues to grow.

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    Read One Teacher’s Genius Response to the Question “What Do You Make?”

    Teacher Taylor Mali's unforgettable, searing retort to a thoughtless question certainly put a dinner companion in his place—and can make...

    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.

    A Toddler Was Playing on Train Tracks as a Train Approached—The Conductor’s Quick Action Saved Her Life

    The engineer could never stop the 6,200-ton train in time. So when the conductor saw a little girl on the...

    After Living on the Streets, This Man Takes Every Opportunity to Help Others

    An imperfect man finds the perfect way to give back.

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    During the COVID-19 Crisis, This Man Helped People in Need Get Toilet Paper

    When Jonny Blue realized that people were hoarding toilet paper, he set out to make sure the people who needed...

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    11 Ways Teachers Are Going Above and Beyond During Coronavirus

    Teaching isn't just a profession—it's a calling. No one embodies this more than these inspirational, innovative teachers, who are doing...

    14 Nurses Share Stories of Positive Moments Behind-the-Scenes of COVID-19

    These frontline workers spend lots of time bedside—bringing joy to patients and fellow nurses. Here's a glimpse at how they've...

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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 Lovely Little Story Proves Why You Should Always Be Nice to Drive-Thru Workers

    A "tomato fairy" I met as a drive-thru worker inspired me to pass along the good stuff that I grow.

    A Cop Just Happened to Be in the Right Place at the Right Time to Save a 12-Day-Old Baby’s Life

    “Do not let this baby die in front of her mother and grandmother.”

    A Man Heard an Elderly Woman Was About to Lose Her House, So He Gave Her the Money to Keep It

    When a Detroit man heard a woman was about 
to lose her house, he opened his heart—and his wallet.

    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.

    14 Years After a Fatal Diagnosis, This Man Ran His 18th Straight Marathon

    After experiencing a slew of potentially deadly heart problems, Randy Lazer always had a new finish line in mind to...

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    A UPS Driver Rescued a Dog from a Frozen Pond Without Hesitation

    He heard a cry for help and immediately tracked it down.

    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...

    13 Times Mail Carriers Were Everyday Heroes

    Their job often puts them in the right place at the right time, but it's their hearts that made these...

    A Man in His 60s Working Towards His Masters Proves That You’re Never too Old to Learn

    At 63, Jerry Valencia was determined to get his 
college degree—and his master’s too.