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How It Feels to Live in a Tiny Town Where Everyone Knows Your Name

When a town's motto is "Nice people live here," you can bet their hearts know no bounds when it comes to kindness.

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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8 Heartwarming Ways Teachers Have Gone Above and Beyond for Their Students

Lesson-planning is just the beginning for these incredible role models.


5 Incredible Old Women Who Are Awesome at Life

Age is just a number, and for these inspiring older ladies, life is just an adventure.


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Hometown Heroes: Control Over Chaos for Foster Kids

When young Noah Jones got a glimpse into the world of foster care, he created his own charity to help...


The Titanic Coat: One Family’s Legend

In an inspiring follow-up to the Titanic story, Reader's Digest national affairs editor David Noonan tells of a family heirloom...


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Boy on a Bike: How a Rwandan Teen Overcame a Legacy of Genocide

Far from home, in a war-torn land, a charity worker met a child who had every reason to hate—and yet...