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The Power of Family

This year, we asked readers a question: "When you think of 'family', what's the image you see?" The winning submissions, and the stories behind them, were all universal and remarkably moving.

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Reader's Digest US
July - August 2020

The Shirts Off Their Backs

Michael Todd wore the same clothes every day for the first three weeks of school.

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Reader's Digest US
July - August 2020

We Found a Fix

9 Tricks to Improve Your Life*

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Reader's Digest US
July - August 2020

Heroes of the Virus

As America continues to recover from the worst medical catastrophe of the past 100 years, one remarkable legacy will be the stories of the ordinary individuals who held us together

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Reader's Digest US
July - August 2020

Do We Really Need Sun Protection?

For years, we’ve been told to stay out of the sun and use sunscreen. Those guidelines may not only be unnecessary—they also could be harming our overall health.

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Reader's Digest US
July - August 2020

The Arrow That Saved My Life—Twice

After a freak backyard accident almost kills her, a Texas woman is taken on a miraculous medical journey

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Reader's Digest US
July - August 2020

A Life in Buttons

Bought at auction, a vintage cookie tin opens a window into a neighbor’s secreted heart

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Reader's Digest US
July - August 2020

13 Things: Get a Healthy Home

Most of us have spent more time at home recently than we ever imagined possible.

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Reader's Digest US
July - August 2020

When Mom Broke Her Leg

To her great surprise, everyone else stepped up

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Reader's Digest US
July - August 2020

“Don't Give Up”

Her heartbroken hometown needed a sign, so she gave them one

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Reader's Digest US
July - August 2020

WHY ARE MILITARY FAMILIES ON FOOD STAMPS?

Some of America’s bravest are going hungry. Why aren’t we doing more to help them?

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Reader's Digest US
April 2020

This Team Is a Disaster

Sports franchise names that make their fans want to call a mover

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Reader's Digest US
April 2020

THEY GOT AWAY WITH MURDER

Five whodunits that continue to confound the law

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Reader's Digest US
April 2020

THE RISK OF NOT TRYING NEW FOODS

There’s actually a scientific term for the fear of tasting unfamiliar dishes: food neophobia. It’s not just the name that can be scary. A study from Finland and Estonia found that people with this trait eat lower-quality diets overall and have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes—regardless of their age, sex, or weight. To add more variety to your diet, you’ll need to be persistent. “An individual may need to try a new food 10 to 15 times before getting accustomed to it,” says study coauthor Heikki Sarin.

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Reader's Digest US
April 2020

TAKING THE LEAP

A woman in search of a life with less fear confronts her three biggest triggers—all at once

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Reader's Digest US
April 2020

PIECE OF MIND

Jigsaw puzzles aren’t just fun. They can also relieve anxiety, especially when you put them together, well, together.

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Reader's Digest US
April 2020

New Help for Aching Backs

Old advice: Pain pills, high-tech tests, shots, and surgery. The latest science: Harness your brain, lace up your sneakers, and go low-tech.

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Reader's Digest US
April 2020

HEROES IN THE HEARTLAND

It has been 25 years since a truck bomb ripped through a federal office building in Oklahoma City. The tales of courage and survival amid the horror that day are as searing and inspiring as ever.

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Reader's Digest US
April 2020

A Very Special Tax Break

When a Detroit man heard a woman was about to lose her house, he opened his heart—and his wallet

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Reader's Digest US
April 2020

A Lifesaving Traffic Stop

Kemira Boyd had just jumped in the shower when she heard her stepmother, Tammy Boyd, banging on the door. Kemira’s 12-day-old daughter was choking.

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Reader's Digest US
April 2020

How I Know It's SPRING

It’s not the calendar that alerts me. In my small town, the telltale signs are the ones that melt my heart.

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Reader's Digest US
April 2020

What Pets Want You to know ...

Science continues to uncover your animal's most fascinating Secret

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Reader's Digest US
February 2020

How Is He Still Alive?

The skewer that impaled Xavier Cunningham below his eye must have sliced into vital arteries. Which left doctors asking ...

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Reader's Digest US
February 2020

WE FOUND A FIX

9 Tricks to Improve Your Life*

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Reader's Digest US
February 2020

Falling in Love, By the Book

Where do bibliophiles exchange sweet nothings? To find out, read on!

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Reader's Digest US
February 2020

THE FOOD ON YOUR PLATE

I Am Chocolate ... Sweet, But with a Dark Side

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Reader's Digest US
February 2020

Eye-Opening Facts About Tears

Humans make three different versions of tears. Basal tears lubricate our eyes, reflex tears form in response to irritants such as smoke and dirt, and emotional tears flow when we’re sad or overjoyed.

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Reader's Digest US
February 2020

Wake Up Your Brain

The secret to keeping everyday life from becoming boring is surprisingly easy

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Reader's Digest US
February 2020

Substituting Chicken for Beef Doesn't Lower Cholesterol

If you’re trying to reduce your cholesterol, cutting back on red meat is a good idea— but don’t replace it with white meat, says a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers compared LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels among three groups of people over a three-month period: one ate mostly lean beef, one mostly lean chicken or turkey, and one mostly plant proteins. Only the plant-based diet reduced LDL.

4 mins read
Reader's Digest US
February 2020

Say Goodbye to Procrastinating

If you’ve made a resolution to stop stalling on to-dos, read this—now

4 mins read
Reader's Digest US
February 2020

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