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Uplifting Stories

True Tales to Inspire You to Take Action

Read by Ione Butler

This collection of inspirational narratives, curated by the popular founder of Uplifting Content, is sure to change your perspective—and maybe even restore your faith in humanity.

If you can’t bear to watch the news lately, you’re not alone. Luckily, Ione Butler is here to offer you an alternative—and maybe even restore your faith in humanity. As the founder of Uplifting Content, a social media platform followed by over 1.4 million people, she has interviewed some of the most inspiring people in the world. Here, she shares their remarkable stories and the lessons they’ve learned to help you through life’s many challenges.

Among the amazing folks you’ll meet is Kyle Maynard, a motivational speaker and the first quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics—thanks to his “no excuses” attitude. You’ll also meet Destiny Watford, a high school student whose passionate activism helped save her town, once dubbed “the most polluted zip code in America,” and Kouhyar Mostashfi and Greg Smith, two men from Ohio with completely opposing political views who have done the seemingly impossible and set aside their differences to become great friends. At the end of each story, you’ll also find exercises to help you take action in your own life—whether by asking deeper questions about what’s important to you, forging new connections and nurturing existing relationships, or reflecting on the contributions you wish to make in the world.

The stories explore themes like human connection, service to others, and the pursuit of passion. Butler, who struggled with depression herself, firmly believes that focusing on the good in the world helped bring her back from the brink. Uplifting Stories reminds you that the world is still full of great people—even if their voices sometimes get lost in the noise.

Photograph by Damu Malik

Ione Butler is a British actress, host, voice-over artist, and entrepreneur, and the founder of Uplifting Content. Based in Los Angeles, Ione can often be found traveling for work or fun.

Photograph by Damu Malik

Ione Butler is a British actress, host, voice-over artist, and entrepreneur, and the founder of Uplifting Content. Based in Los Angeles, Ione can often be found traveling for work or fun.

"The stories in this remarkable audiobook are about the best in humanity: our desire for connection with others, our determination to pursue dreams, and our generosity in serving others or a greater good of some kind. The author/narrator offers these stories as a model for our higher angels to follow, a remedy for the pernicious news and argumentative social climate that confront us every day. For such a mission, the calmness and propriety of Ione Butler's British accent is perfect. She says that by focusing on the good, we can learn the joy of moving ahead with life rather than feeling immobilized. With her experiences with depression never far from the surface, she communicates determination and resilience with a humanitarian fervor that will make listeners believe her message is worth considering."

– AudioFile Magazine