Motivational Stories

Motivational stories stay with you, coming to mind when you are faced with a challenge. Stories that motivate are stories that show you the way toward success, improvement, happiness, and connection. Turn to motivating stories whenever you need a boost on your life journey.

Erie Canal

Happy 100th to the Erie Canal

An ancestor and “Father of Civil Engineering” inspires a can-do attitude.

Millie kept up her workouts with her trainer, Sam, by her side.

She Thought Obesity Was Her Destiny—Her Trainer Disagreed

At 350 pounds she thought she'd never lose weight. Her trainer helped change her mind and her body.

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Millie and two friends smile after taking part in a triathlon

9 Ways to Make Exercise Fun

Need encouragement to move more? Follow these easy exercise tips.

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Farmer Michael Hayden stands proudly on the grounds of Folklore Farm in Cherryfield, Maine

He Shares His Love of Farming—and His Crops—with Local Schoolchildren

A Maine farmer shares his love of the land—and the food that comes from it—with local schoolchildren.

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Sizing up a problem

Putting a Problem in Perspective

Big feelings do not necessarily equal big problems.

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Amazons in Wonder Woman

Meet the Athletes Behind the Amazons in 'Wonder Woman'

Three athletes who played Amazons in the superhero film reveal what they hope people can learn from Wonder Woman's story. 

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Steven conducts the Patriotic Brass Ensemble

He Plays Patriotic Music to Pay Tribute to Military Veterans

A horn-playing graduate of the Manhattan School of Music devotes his time and energy to a brass ensemble that plays patriotic songs for veterans.

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Vietnam vet William “Tommy” Taylor and his new friends, Jacob and Jordan

Vietnam Vet Says, 'Thank You for Saying Thank You'

Michigan school children embrace a veteran—and he embraces them right back.

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Dreaming big with God's help

Don't Give Up on Your Big Dreams

Hard work and blessings on a writer’s journey.

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julia cameron

Julia Cameron: How Creativity Enhances Your Spiritual Life

Best-selling author of The Artist's Way is back with a new book, Life Lessons: 125 Prayers and Meditations, and shares tips on how to connect to God through creativity.

Former Olympic pentathlete Tom Lough

This Olympian Thrives on Positive Thinking

Setting new goals has helped 1968 Olympian Tom Lough overcome setbacks brought on by aging, injuries and even cancer.

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Gail Bindewald by the water

The Bible Verse That Helped Her Lose Weight

Losing weight is hard. This Scripture gave her an idea...

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Living life with focus

Living Life with Total Focus

A 5-year-old grandson’s homerun shows what it’s like to concentrate on a goal.

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Take life one step at a time.

The Wisdom of Taking One Step at a Time

We don’t need to add tomorrow to our worries.

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