Special Features

June 11, 2019

Fatherhood

In honor of Father's Day, we offer this selection of essays about fatherhood—from the fathers who influenced us, to the fathers we hope to become. Click the links below to read how fathers and fatherhood have inspired some of our...
June 3, 2019

Lost and Found

It was J.R.R. Tolkein who wrote "Not all those who wander are lost." And we might add that not all those who are lost need to be found. For some, getting lost is just an unexpected opportunity for something new...
May 20, 2019

Stand by Your Man… or Woman

The wedding vows encourage the couple to remain faithful through good times and bad, in sickness and in health. The bonds of love between spouses can offer strength and hope regardless of the challenge a marriage may face. Click the...
May 14, 2019

Asian-Pacific Heritage

May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month—a celebration of the rich history of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Click on the links below to read more from those whose Asian heritage has formed a foundation for their core beliefs....
May 6, 2019

Mother’s Day

In honor of mothers everywhere—new mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, adoptive mothers, and mothers-in-law—we say thank you. As it turns out, a lot of people write This I Believe essays about the mother-child relationship, and we are happy to feature a handful...
April 23, 2019

Simplicity

Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Some people choose to downsize their lives for spiritual reasons or out of concern for the environment. For others, the decision may be out of economic necessity. Whatever the reason, living...
April 15, 2019

Simply Say Hello

It's a very simple greeting, a way to break the ice, or a way to acknowledge someone's humanity. With what other word can we do so much? Click the links below to learn what these essayists have found about the...
March 25, 2019

Women In Activism

The original This I Believe and our revival of the series have featured a number of high-profile women working for progress in justice, equal rights, and other social issues. In honor of Women's History Month, click the links below to...
March 11, 2019

Dancing

The human body in motion is one of our oldest forms of creative expression. Whether it’s the grace of a pirouette, or the energy of breaking, popping, and locking, dancing can entertain and inspire. Click the links below to read...