• If you don’t see yourself as downtrodden then you always have the possibility of offering a helping hand.

      Life is Not a Desert
    • A smile is an important gesture for opening up friendliness in a foreign land.

      Just a Smile
    • An expensive electronic planner is returned without ask for gain.

      Lost, Found, and Returned
    • One voice cries out over a chorus of boos, turning a disastrous game into a favorite day.

      The Voice in the Crowd
    • The Golden Egg comes back and teaches a lesson about honesty and integrity.

      Book Return
    • Cooking for someone is about serving their needs, not your own.

      The Pie
    • The knack of doing something, because it just needs to be done, is a special gift.

      A Little More Time Together
    • A chance meeting with a boxing champion reveals the power of deep, unbridled love.

      The Mark of a Champion
    • A tough as nails uncle steps up to the plate every time helping his family through college.

      Tough on the Outside
    • Standing in a long line, in the rain, brings out the best in people.

      In Awe of Kindness
    • On a cold winter’s evening a nicely dressed couple help two youngsters stay warm while help arrives.

      Going Out of Their Way
    • Sometimes the finest specimen of a human being comes in the form of a taxi driver!

      A Mensch
    • 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

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.