This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 125,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

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You can now purchase audio downloads of individual essays!

Did you know that you can download your favorite This I Believe essays as audio files? There are hundreds available for instant download, including many of the most popular essays from Edward R. Murrow's original 1950s radio series. You can find them at our This I Believe Store.

Podcasts

Sign up for our free, weekly podcast of featured essays now airing on The Bob Edwards Show. You can download recent episodes individually, or subscribe to automatically receive each podcast. Learn more.

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Grief

The Blessings of Step
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At times of loss, feelings of grief can be overwhelming. But from the crucible of that pain, we can learn more about ourselves, and about how we want to continue living in the world. Click the links below to read what these essayists discovered about the grief they experienced.

  1. A Way to Honor Life
  2. Motherhood Is a Sacred Gift
  3. The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do
  4. The Give-and-Take of Grief
  5. Peaceful in My Grief

In Your Community

This I Believe in Your Community

A group of faculty, staff, and students at Penn State New Kensington selected This I Believe: Life Lessons for their 2014 Summer Reading Program. Students received a copy of the book over the summer, then came to campus prepared to discuss the essays on core beliefs. This fall, students are encouraged to write their own essays as part of a campus-wide essay contest. Dan Gediman, co-editor of the book, will visit campus later this week.

Click here to explore activities in other communities.

Learn more about This I Believe resources available to your school or community.