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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    Two Bikers Discovered an Abandoned Dog—What They Did Next Saved His Life

    When Jarrett Little and Chris Dixon were biking outside of town, they saw something they weren't expecting to see: a...

    10 Nicest Things Strangers Have Done to Say ‘Thank You’ to Veterans

    You can't help but smile (and maybe shed a tear) at some of the heartwarming ways strangers have given back...

    The Small Town That Gave Rise to Hurricane Harvey Heroes

    Nothing tests a town’s spirit like one of the worst natural disasters residents have ever seen.

    This Small City Made a Huge Promise That’s Keeping Hope Alive

    “I’ve been to nice places, but there’s nothing like Kalamazoo.”

    The Way This Cowboy Plays Music for the Dying Will Move You to Tears

    Freddie Fuller, also known as the Singing Cowboy, performs dozens of musical last wishes. But one performance stands out as...

    Stealing a Wallet Changed This Teenager’s Life for the Better

    A bar owner’s determination to find a lost wallet helps turn a young man's life around.

    After Meeting Someone Just Like Him, This Boy Learned to Accept His Disability

    A teen helps a younger boy see that their shared difference is no handicap to success.

    This Doctor Turned Down a High-Paying Career to Treat the Homeless

    When his homeless patients can’t get to 
a physician, he goes to them.

    You Won’t Believe What These Dads Invented to Make Life Better for Their Kids

    Necessity may be the mother of invention—but change the word "mother" to "father" here, because these amazing dads saw a...

    This Soldier Died in Afghanistan, but His Legacy Lives on Through His Friends

    Sgt. First Class Carlos Santos-Silva died the way he served—right beside his men. This is their story.

    11 Stories That Prove the Life-Changing Impact of Take Your Daughter to Work Day

    Visiting a parent at work can open up all sorts of career possibilities. To find out just how powerful this...

    A Judge Sentenced a Fellow Vet to Jail—Then Joined Him in His Cell for the Night

    “We are one big team—we are all ­veterans—and when one of us screws up, the rest of the team says,...

    This Entire Town Helped Save a Farm from a Historic Flood

    When floodwaters threatened our farm’s harvest, dozens donated their time and trucks to help out.

    How One Community Came Together After 4 Tornadoes Ripped Through Their Town

    Friendly neighbors are alive and well in this Midwest mecca.

    Meet the Librarians Who Are Saving Their Communities from Drug Overdoses

    As the drug epidemic invades 
even the nation’s reading rooms, 
an unlikely group of first responders 
is joining the battle...

    This Cop Had an Extraordinary Response to a Noise Complaint—and It Changed a Community

    A tense confrontation turns into a game changer for one officer and the teens in the community he serves.

    7 Miraculous Stories About the Power of Healing Prayers

    Religions throughout history have sought to heal through prayer. Read on for stories of sick individuals who offered up their...

    How One Women Got Six-Pack Abs—in Her 30s

    How do you get rid of the layer that’s hiding your abs? This woman’s story tells you exactly how.

    How One Woman Lost 100 Pounds—and Has Kept It Off for Years

    Charlene Bazarian tried everything to lose weight. And this is the only thing that worked for her.

    5 Incredible Ways Drones Are Helping Save Lives

    Drones can dust crops, spy on the neighbors, and even drop bombs 
in a war. Now engineers are looking for...

    A Teenage Girl Voluntarily Went Into A Septic Tank to Save a Little Boy

    She was the only one who could fit through the septic tank's small hole. Without hesitation, she went in to...

    The Book I Found Under Some Floorboards in My Attic Saved My Soul

    One girl thought she'd hit gold. She had no idea how right she was.

    How One Pair of Socks Led to a Movement That Helped 350,000 Homeless People

    When a college student took the time to listen to a homeless man, she's started a revolution that even celebrities...

    The 17 Most Inspirational Kids of 2017

    They've created life-saving innovations, founded nonprofit organizations, and raised money for important causes all before reaching legal age. The future's...

    The 14 Most Heartwarming Acts of Kindness of 2017

    2017 was a challenging year, filled with headlines we'd rather forget. It was also a time when people rose to...