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Inspirational stories

In this collection we’ve gathered our favorite inspirational stories from around the world, told over six years of publishing true stories on Narratively. Human beings are much more complex than we sometimes admit, and these inspirational stories from ordinary people prove exactly that.  

Inspirational stories

In this collection we’ve gathered our favorite inspirational stories from around the world, told over six years of publishing true stories on Narratively. Human beings are much more complex than we sometimes admit, and these inspirational stories from ordinary people prove exactly that.  

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After Years of Tumors, Growing a Baby Instead

Doctors said I probably wouldn't live to see my child grow up, but I still wanted to be a mom.

This Boy From Mumbai Became the World’s Unlikeliest Crossword King

As a teenager, Mangesh Ghogre was obsessed with decoding puzzles filled with foreign references. Now he’s the only non-American to ever create them for The New York Times.

How a Chinese Farmer’s YouTube Videos Help My Mom Through Cancer

Chemo left her exhausted and depressed, but Mom found comfort in an obscure vlogger who reminds her of home.

The Holocaust Survivors Who Take Care of Their Own

As the children of the war reach old age, one group of survivors is teaching nursing home workers how to treat a type of trauma that only they can understand.

Searching for the Woman Who Saved My Immigrant Family from Homelessness

In this time of Islamophobia and hatred, I needed to understand what made a white stranger open her home to us.

40 Years Ago, an Alabama Jury Proved White Supremacists Could Be Brought to Justice

The long-delayed trial of the KKK bomber meant white southerners like me—and my aunt, who was on the jury—could no longer ignore the evil around us.