• Who is that odd looking beggar with the clean clothes and upbeat attitude?

      The Odd Beggar
    • One piece of popcorn can hold the utmost delight!

      A Long-Lasting Smile
    • When friendship is forced on a young girl it literally transforms her life.

      She Saved Me
    • The power of being “one of us” is demonstrated by a five year old girl in Japan.

    • Sometimes all you need is to be told how beautiful you are.

      Still Looking for Ramona
    • Sometimes if you look closely at a bad situation you can find a loophole to do the right thing.

      The Ethical Loophole
    • When a baby is born with multiple problems one amazing doctor helps the family through recovery.

      The Amazing Doctor
    • A community steps forward in a small emergency and gives a life lesson in how to care for others.

      Boating Home at Sunset
    • Diphtheria as a child inspires this boy to become a doctor in South Africa.

      Dr. Bhamjee
    • Now I know it is all right to let others help until I can help myself again.

      Out of the Darkness 
    • After a panicked search for a child a step-mom learns she was trusted all along.

      I Knew You’d Find Me
    • If anyone is inclined to judge Muslims by the actions of a few people – why not these two?

      Why Not These Two?
    • It’s true love when a father steps beyond expected roles to help a young woman learn her craft.

      The Heart of a Father
    • Paying forward a small gift still brings joy.

      A Fist Full of Dollars
    • How big a gift it is to sit and listen to someone – even if it is the same stories over and over!

      The Listener
    • A stranded motorcyclist is aided through the night by the kindness of the road – and then passes it forward.

      The Kindness of the Road
    • A creative way to lay off an employee helps a young man create a lucrative career.

      The Best Boss
    • Watching his daughter care for some children in need gives a father a deep respect for his daughter.

      Way Beyond Babysitting
    • A simple act of kindness in Barcelona gives an American student a lifetime of grateful memories.

      Conquering Fear in Barcelona
    • Beth looked down into the water and saw something that would haunt her forever…

      Whoever Owns That Face

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.