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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    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.



    This Hero Opened a Home to Help Women That Have Been Sex Trafficked

    A random chat on an airplane led to a life-changing idea.


    This Man Only Adopts “Unadoptable” Animals—And He Now Has 21 Pets

    After the death of his beloved dog Wolfgang, Steve Greig started rescuing older dogs and giving them forever homes in...


    This Family Keeps Their Community Warm by Chopping Firewood for Those in Need

    A family tradition of chopping wood together 
warms the hearths of others.


    I Was Adopted at 13, and Now I Dedicate My Life to Helping Others in Foster Care

    After growing up in the foster care system, Shanté Elliott is working to help others transition out of it.


    15 Stories That Prove It’s Never Too Late to Change Your Life

    Get inspired by these determined doers who refused to sit back and let life pass them by.

    12 Untold Stories of Native American Heroes

    These 12 Native American heroes achieved epic greatness as warriors, writers, artists, and scientists. Here are little-known stories of vast...


    This Artist Painted the Burned Home of a Wildfire Victim—And Transformed a Community

    An artist fights a devastating forest fire, 
one can of spray paint at a time.


    How One Second-Generation American Is Empowering Immigrant Girls Around the Country

    Why aren't more immigrant girls going to college? This woman knows—and she has a solution.


    How a Former Victim of Domestic Violence Is Protecting Young Girls from the Same Fate

    "These are girls who felt thrown away and lost and we are there to show them that is not true."


    Watching My Father Get His Citizenship Taught Me What It Means to Be an American

    He found honor in learning the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to the Constitution. But he didn't trade in...

    How a 17-Year Old Is Helping to Feed 12,000 Homeless People

    "We have 1.5 times the amount of food needed to feed everyone on the planet, it's just a matter of...


    Here’s How a 78-Year-Old Gambler Brought One Woman Humanity

    An unlikely friendship teaches one woman the importance of taking a chance on others.


    A Car Accident Paralyzed Her from the Waist Down, but That Didn’t Stop Her from Fulfilling Her...

    A pioneering dance troupe is 
proving that you can chase your 
dreams—even in a wheelchair.


    When this Rabbi Needed a Kidney, a Methodist Minister Came to the Rescue

    In what sounds like a case of divine intervention, this reverend and rabbi found each other in the nick of...


    Community Health Hero: People’s Health Clinic

    This zero-cost health-care destination is helping the uninsured.


    Community Health Hero: Nano Corona

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