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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    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.

    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...


    A 4-Week-Old Baby Was in Desperate Need of a Home. The Couple That Took Him in Knew He Was Meant to ...

    Sarah Mouracade thought she would never have a child—then a miracle happened.


    I’ll Have This Scar for Life—Here’s Why I Refuse to Cover It

    For this writer, a scar is a badge of honor, not something to be ashamed of.


    17 Reasons My Favorite Teacher Changed My Life

    It only takes one person to make a difference in the life of another—and teachers are often that person. Check...


    I Got Run Over By a Truck and Died—10 Months Later I Ran a Half Marathon

    She spent three months in the hospital 
after a horrific bike accident. Almost dying 
is nothing close to what you’d...



    After Seeing a Tourist Die from Dehydration, This Avid Hiker Now Climbs Over 2,000 Feet a Day to Han...

    When Mother Nature’s dangerous 
heat sneaks up on unaware hikers, this 
resourceful local comes to the rescue.


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    A Blind and Deaf Passenger Couldn’t Communicate with the Flight Attendants—Then a 15-Year-Old ...

    When she heard, “Does anyone on board know American Sign Language?” over the loudspeaker, she knew she needed to help.


    12 People Who’ve Had Life-Changing Health Makeovers

    WW—formerly Weight Watchers—now focuses on overall health, wellness, and adopting a balanced lifestyle. WW members are reaping the benefits; these...


    This Man Protected Wild Bears Every Day for 13 Years—Until He Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

    The bear was 20 feet away, head low, moving slowly but instead of retreating, it stared straight at them and...


    I Lost 149 Pounds on the Keto Diet—and Kept It Off

    After a lifetime of battling her weight, this woman finally discovered what was wrong with her—and the best diet for...

    After a Salon Turns Away a Physically Challenged Woman, a Stranger Makes a Beautiful Gesture

    "She’s a girlie girl. She wants to look pretty. So why can’t she?"


    How One Proud Man Saved the City of Detroit from Becoming Abandoned

    He fought to save his city, 
and a movement followed him.


    13 Times Fortune Cookies Literally Changed People’s Lives

    That fortune can be surprisingly accurate—or incredibly beneficial: Check out these amazing stories of fortune-cookie inspired luck.


    27 Amazing Miracles in Real Life

    From simple everyday joys to amazing new leases on life, readers share their most poignant moments of joy.


    10 Amazing Restaurants That Hire People with Disabilities

    These restaurants are making the world a more inclusive place.


    A Town Was Engulfed in Flames, but One Church Still Stands Today

    It really is a miracle that people can still worship here.