Special Features

A Walk in the Woods


Photo by Robert Rossel via Flickr

As fall is around the corner with cooler days and turning leaves, it’s a perfect time for a hike among the trees. Whether for pleasure, exercise, or solitude, a walk in the woods can also inspire belief. Click the links below to learn what our essayists discovered out in nature.

  1. Forty Acres Of Freedom
  2. Living Life With ‘Grace And Elegant Treeness’
  3. To Disappear Into The Woods
  4. Walking With Trees
  5. Fully Immersing Ourselves In Nature

A Look into the Cosmos


NASA/JPL image

As the spacecraft rover Curiosity sends us new photos of Mars, humanity is pondering the nature of life and the origins of the universe. By making a study of the heavens, these essayists also found inspiration for their beliefs. Click the links below to learn what they discovered.

  1. Science Nourishes the Mind and the Soul
  2. An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man
  3. We Are All Stardust
  4. Why Are We Here?
  5. The Power of Mysteries

Second Chances


Whether you call it a do-over or a mulligan, the philosophy of the second chance has saved many a sports endeavor, homework assignment, career, or relationship. To move beyond the mistake or failure and start fresh is an opportunity for redemption at its most fundamental level. Click the links below to read how these essayists have benefitted from a second chance.

  1. The Choice to Do It Over Again
  2. Thank You for This Day
  3. A Second Chance to Redeem Ourselves
  4. Take-Backs and Do-Overs
  5. Getting the Copy Right

Murrow’s Boys


The Murrow Center at Tufts University

Throughout his storied career at CBS, Edward R. Murrow hired a number of acclaimed producers and reporters, including William L. Shirer (pictured here with Murrow). This group came to be known as Murrow’s Boys. Several of these journalists also contributed essays to the 1950s This I Believe series. Click the links below to read statements from these esteemed newsmen.

  1. A Reporter Quotes His Sources
  2. Faith Springs from the Soul
  3. The Armor of Cynicism
  4. Action Is the Measure
  5. At the Frontier

Making Music


Photo by Fabiano Kai via Flickr

Many people say that listening to music is a very important part of their lives. And those who make music feel even stronger about its power to move them. For both famous musicians and the person sitting in the cubicle next to you, music can inspire some powerful beliefs.

  1. The Artistry In Hidden Talents
  2. A Musician of Many Cultures
  3. Music Makes Me Come Alive
  4. Doing Things My Own Way
  5. Amazing Grace

Essays from China


Photo illustration by snowyowls via Wikipedia

Just like in the United States, teachers in China have asked their students to write This I Believe essays. The hopes and passions of these students are evident, even as they write in a second language. Click the links below to learn what these Chinese students believe.

  1. Caring for Others
  2. The Happiness of Memories
  3. A Small Change Is Enough
  4. Time Is the Best Medicine
  5. The Passion of Art



photo by Ed Yourdon on Flickr

Some may choose to dwell on the unfortunate evils of existence, but others — these writers among them — prefer to note the essentially good and decent side of humanity. Whether it be found in the simple gesture of holding a door open for someone or the gracious admittance of a stranger in need into one’s home, these individuals manage to find decency in many places, even unlikely ones (compiled by This I Believe intern Colin Hanna).

  1. The Presumption of Decency
  2. The Universe Is Conspiring to Help Us
  3. Untold Stories of Kindness
  4. Our Noble, Essential Decency



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The hot, thick air of summer provides the perfect breeding ground for thunderstorms. And in the driving rain and brilliant lightning, some people find the flash of inspiration. Click the links below to read what these essayists believe about summer storms.

  1. Discovery in a Thunderstorm
  2. Behold the Power of Storms
  3. The Storms That Define Our Lives
  4. Heaven’s Light
  5. A Part of the Magic

Lessons From Our Parents



What do parents hope to teach their children? Not the “sit up straight” or “eat your vegetables” messages, but the deeper lessons for a life well-lived. Click the links below to read the messages these parents are passing from one generation to the next.

  1. A Legacy Of Integrity
  2. To Be The Best Humans We Can Be
  3. Being Yourself
  4. Leave the Light On
  5. Lessons From A Full And Useful Life



Photo illustration by Yetto via Flickr

Monty Python’s Michael Palin has said, “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected for the rest of my life.” There’s nothing like a good trip to see the sites, meet new people, and generally refresh the spirit. Click the links below to discover what these essayists believe about their travels.

  1. Travelling into the Lives of Others
  2. I Have to See the World
  3. Mapquest
  4. Yankee, Go Home
  5. Inviting the World to Dinner