• A lonely girl discovers her creative side from the encouragements of a friend.

      Positive Reverberations… For Decades
    • Two young boys escort a young woman to safety after a frightening experience in the park.

      Chivalry Rides Again
    • Actions done with love can transform people – especially when food is involved!

      Touched with Love
    • He said, “If you are going to make a mistake – make it a good one!”

      He Gave Us a Song
    • A fundraising bike ride becomes a heroic gesture from a wife to her ill husband.

      Riding South
    • When a small purse flies off the hood of a car two kind travelers come to the rescue.

      Good Turn on Waimea Canyon Road 
    • Terrible shrieks coming from the yard let us know something was wrong!

      Courageous Feet
    • A couple of small wrecks end up giving a teenager the confidence for a full, positive life.

      A Gesture of Confidence
    • A small gesture of confidence, from a successful actor to a shy high school girl, changes a life.

      Making Time For A Teenager
    • There are unlimited opportunities in each person’s life to “pay it forward” to future generations.

      A Debt to the Future
    • A small gesture of thanks makes a breakfast taste great and dissolves a day of problems.

      Their Two Simple Gestures
    • The gift of an umbrella comes just in time during a torrential Florida rainstorm.

      Mother to Mother
    • A caring touch can make all the difference.

      A Caring Touch
    • Buying a set of wheels that do not fit turns into positive life lessons for an 18 year old.

      Wheels, Tires, and Wisdom
    • Free peaches are a small bonus from an encounter with a warm hearted farmer.

      The Peach Farmer
    • A positive twist to the Golden Rule.

      Someone Else’s Child
    • Getting relief after a fire is very damaging to a proud spirit until a helpful supervisor steps in and restores dignity.

      Summer of Fire
    • A single mother in Alaska learns a positive lesson from an Auschwitz survivor.

      The Survivor
    • Chivalry is not dead when a young man helps a mother and her child with a flat tire.

      Modern Chivalry
    • A lesson in positive thinking comes after a sandstorm in the middle of the desert.

      Life is Not a Desert

HeroicStories’ mission is to use the power of the Internet and existing media to bring diverse, international voices to the world to explore the idea that people are good, that individuals and individual action matter, and that regularly showing examples of people being good to each other will inspire similar actions in others.

Begun in 1999, HeroicStories brings diverse, international voices to the world – reminding us that people are good, that individuals and individual action matter. We’ve published over 800 stories like the following:

  • Klansmen burn a cross in the yard of a Mississippi civil rights worker. She scares them off… then brings her children out to toast marshmallows over the burning cross.
  • A construction worker laments his painful winter-cracked hands until he sees a man delivering newspaper bundles… a man with no hands.
  • A retiree spends his time assisting grade-schoolers. Not until his memorial service did his family learn of the magnitude of the difference he made in the lives of others.
  • A grandmother remembers her childhood Christmas Eve in a home with no heat. On Christmas morning she found a tree, gifts for all the kids… even heat.
  • A driver’s headlights quit on the highway at night. Another driver slows, turns on his brights, lights her way for over an hour to her exit… then turns around to drive back to his original destination

Our mission is to publish examples of people being good to each other, to inspire similar heroic actions in others.

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American Anthropologist


Note: HeroicStories aims to be a place of positive energy in what sometimes feels like an increasingly negative world. Our goal is to highlight good things done by good people that make the world a better place.

To that end your comments are not only welcome but encouraged. However, comments that simply find fault or otherwise complain about some aspect of a story will not be published. There's simply no need to find fault here - there are plenty of places on the internet for those discussions if you really feel the need to go negative.

Instead, look for the good. It really is everywhere.