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Your True Stories, in 100 Words
Everybody has a story to share. What's yours? Tell us here for the chance to...
Not My Father’s Boy: A Terrorist’s Son Speaks Out
His father was behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, but Zak Ebrahim rejected hatred and...
How a Password Changed My Life
With the simple repetition of unlocking his computer, the author was able to make incredible...
“I Went From Scrooge to Santa”: A Magical Tale of Transformation
Charles Edward Hall got the part of a lifetime when he was cast as Scrooge...
6 Unexpected Animal Heroes
Some of these exceptional creatures are cuddly, some are courageous, but all share an extraordinary...
A Neighbor’s Generosity Spreads Beyond Original Gift
The Reader's Digest classic, originally published as "Effie's Compound Interest," explores how one woman’s...
Saying Goodbye to My Father and the Closet He Left Behind
I struggled to let it go until I got one final look.
Quick Thinking Saves a Couple Stalled in a Train’s Way
Chris Ihle, a former mortgage consultant, received a Carnegie Medal for his act of courage.
Everyday Hero: Neighbor Rescues Toddler Who Disappeared in Hole
“Alyson fell in the hole!” the girl's sister cried to Luz. Luz peered down the...
The Inspiring Story of Sicily and Her Tiny House
If these walls could talk, they’d tell the story of a family tragedy—and...
She Was Abandoned in the Woods as a Baby. He Was Her Guardian Angel.
"It's like a fairy tale with a very bad beginning and a wonderful end."
When I Met the Pope and Saw Him Burn with Joy
He used to be a man who rarely smiled. Then something astonishing happened.
The Storm and the Tide: From Football Champs to Tornado Heroes
After a tornado devastated Tuscaloosa, a coach and his team became the lifeline for an entire town.
My Weekend With Uncle Gutta at the Renaissance Faire
How a Saturday at the Renaissance Faire taught me that kindness starts with "kin."
Feel-Good Story: Social Worker-Mechanic Gives a Lift
Social worker-turned-mechanic Cathy Heying provides affordable car repair to those in need.
Hero Barber and Customer Risk Their Lives for a Stranger
When a woman screamed, the two men sprinted into the line of fire to help.
Remembering September 11: How America Has Changed
"Nothing will ever be the same" was our constant refrain after the terrorist attacks. But...
Judging Jack: When a Teacher Finally Understands a Student
I thought my student was ordinary. I came to learn he was just too busy being brilliant.
Teen’s Invention to Help Injured Veterans
An electronics whiz uses his robotics knowledge to make life a little easier for returning veterans.
RD Interview: Robin Williams, in His Own Words
Robin Williams was unscripted and uncensored—and you could always expect the unexpected, as in...
Incredible: This Son’s App Saved His Mother’s Life
Inspired by his grandfather's ingenuity, Andrew Josephson developed a stethoscope app that worked better than...
10 Inspiring Stories of Extreme Forgiveness
We can all learn from these remarkable people who, after suffering devastating tragedies, were able...
What It’s Like to Be a Deaf DJ
Music is not all about hearing.
Can This Man Save Africa’s Lions From Doom?
Wild lion populations are being decimated, and yet life is worse for those in captivity...
The Dramatic Rescue of Bärle, the Circus Polar Bear
For 13 years, a female polar bear endured neglect, scorching heat and near-starvation as one of...
Bob Hope’s Emotional USO Memories: “I Get a Lot More Than I Give”
A look back at the inspiring hard work entertainer Bob Hope put in for our...
The Girl Whose Strength Was Beyond Her Years
When her grandfather falls ill, a fearless little girl comes to the rescue.
How Mrs. Clarence’s Kindness Saved My Life
In my family’s desperate hour, my fifth-grade teacher knew just what to do.
The Cook Who Chased and Caught a Kidnapper
This man's break from work became a race to save a little boy.
Me and the Supreme Court
Moments like this create the memories of a lifetime.
The Pig Who Loved People
He wasn’t what you’d expect in a pet—or even in a pig.
What I Learned in the Shoe Store
Mr. Hill taught me more than just selling.