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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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“I Wish My Teacher Knew”: One Teacher’s Brilliant Plan to Give Underprivileged Stu...

It's as simple as encouraging her students to write notes saying, "I wish my teacher knew..."


These 3 Teachers Gave Life Lessons You Can’t Find In a Textbook

Readers remember their most influential teachers who continue to impact their lives long after graduation.


A Man Is Released From Prison After 4 Years. This Is the Incredible Story of How He Reunited With Hi...

In this classic bit of folklore reprinted from the January 1972 issue of Reader's Digest, a released prisoner rides a...


A Fire, A Grieving Family, and the Kind Strangers Who Saved Photos—and Memories

When photos are all that remain after an unthinkable tragedy, a team of experts cleans away the ashes.

14 Short Stories About the Kindest, Bravest, Wisest Dads in the World

In 100 words or less, readers share their poignant tales of the bond between father and child. Have a story...


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.


How a Boy and His Telephone Operator Formed a Lovely, Lasting Friendship

In this Reader's Digest Classic, originally published in 1966 as "The Voice in the Box," a little boy forges a...


This Photographer Is Saving Foster Kids One Photoshoot at a Time

Read about the incredibly generous way Seattle photographer Jennifer Loomis is using her photography talents to help foster children find...


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....


The Inspiring Story of How Frank McCourt Won a Pulitzer

From his students, the teacher learned his lessons slowly but well.


Inspiring Story: Swimming in Socks

Sportswriter Joe Posnanski strikes a deal with his noncompetitive daughter—and they both win.


Inspirational Stories: How 5 Extraordinary People Beat All Odds to Graduate

When these strong, powerful people set their minds on higher learning, they wouldn't let everyday challenges get in their way....

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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