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 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.

    Community Health Hero: Camp Sweeney

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

    22 Incredible Things People Have Done to Help Out Their Neighbors

    These kindhearted people take being a "good neighbor" seriously.

    After a Car Went Up in Flames Outside His Home, This Man Climbed in To Save the Driver

    “I feel like I just did what had to be done,” says Languell.

    This Sixth-Grader Brings Joy to Seniors One Wish At a Time

    "If you could have any three things, what would you want?”

    20 Real-Life Heroes That Are Changing the World

    There is still a lot of good in this world.

    This Carpenter Built Memorials for Victims of Violence—Then Tragedy Struck Close to Home

    A carpenter’s memorials have appeared after 
countless tragedies around the country. 
This time, the tragedy struck very close to home.

    11 Real Life Kids with Actual Superpowers

    These kids must have superpowers because there's literally no other way to explain it...

    How a TV Doctor Saved the Life of a Man with Special Needs

    A man with cerebral palsy was determined to 
meet the star of his 
favorite medical drama—and no one could've expected...