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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    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...


    This 26-Year-Old Woman Launched an App That’s Helping Soup Kitchens Feed Thousands Every Day

    After Komal Ahmad gave a homeless veteran a meal, she was inspired to do something about food waste in her...


    How to Find More Meaning In Your Life, According to 5 People Who Did

    Living a meaningful life can be different for everyone, but in these five incredible people found that what really matters...


    This Man Taught Himself to Play the Trumpet So He Could Honor Fallen Veterans

    He didn’t even know how to play 
the bugle. But because he wanted to 
honor fallen soldiers, he learned.


    This Heartbreaking Story Will Remind You Just How Much Kindness Really Matters

    Her moving story will stay with you long after you finish reading.


    4 First, Humble Jobs of CEOs That Will Remind You Anything Is Possible

    When we encounter top industry leaders it seems as though they were always successful. The truth is everyone has to...


    Lessons About Living from People Who Spend Time with the Dying

    Encountering death so closely every day leads to serious life inspiration that we all need to hear.


    These 8 Unsung Heroes Will Restore Your Faith in Our Country

    From an Arkansas woman who feeds the town on her pension to the Ferguson, Missouri librarian who rallied a torn...


    10 Inspiring Stories of Extreme Forgiveness That Will Lift Your Spirits

    After suffering devastating tragedies, these remarkable people were able to put aside their anger and blame to find mercy in...


    The 57-Year-Old Sweet Tradition That Turns an Entire Town into One Big Family

    In Waterford, OH, apple butter is far from just sauce in a jar; it's a movement, bringing an entire town...


    When Police Violence Threatened to Tear This Town Apart, What Happened Next Will Restore Your Faith ...

    A saying goes, "When something terrible happens, it's how you react to it that really determines who you are." That...


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    You’ll Never Believe What This 11-Year-Old Invented to Save Babies Left in Hot Cars

    Tragically, many children die in the summer after accidentally being left in hot cars. But this young inventor is determined...


    The Powerful Story Behind This Photo Will Move You to Tears

    The landscape could humble anyone, but it holds particular meaning to one dad.


    You’ll Never Believe What These 12 Teen Girls Created to Battle Homelessness in Their Community

    These 12 girls from the San Fernando Valley saw homelessness first-hand, and found a chance to help in the best...


    The Greatest Gift This Dad Ever Gave His Daughter Will Definitely Make You Cry

    One woman's father's fondest expressions of love flowed not from his words, but from his hands.

    A Groundbreaking New Water Park for People with Disabilities Just Opened—and You Have to See It

    Morgan’s Inspiration Island is the first water park of its kind. Thanks to its amazing technology, it's both inclusive and...


    These Athletes Are Living Proof That Age Should Never Hold You Back

    Yes, you can get—and stay—healthy at any age, and these senior athletes show you how.



    This Single Mother Feeds Thousands Every Month—and It Costs Her Next to Nothing

    The secret ingredient is quite simple, really—anyone can do it.


    Meet the Modern Dr. Dolittle, Who Creates Prosthetics for Animals

    Consider your spirits lifted after you take one look at these precious photos.


    The Power Of Not Looking Away

    The story of how a woman dying from AIDS changed Melinda Gates' life.


    This Restaurant Owner Hands Out Hundreds of Dollars to Stranded Travelers

    Jim Oliver's Smoke House, Lodge, and Cabins in Monteagle, TN, has a knack for helping stranded travelers. Is he running...


    This Small Town Raised $54,000 for a Couple’s Troubled Pregnancy

    When word got out about baby Archer's condition, the town of Wall rallied. Donations poured in from friends, neighbors, colleagues,...


    The Tattoo Artist Covering Up People’s Dark Past

    Tattoo artist, Dave Cutlip, is working to erase hate from the world one tattoo at a time.


    After the Country’s Deadliest Mudslide, This Town Came Out Stronger Than Ever

    “I don’t know that the Red Cross had ever encountered a community that would dig right in and take care...