15 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Our readers weighed in with their best advice for catching some Zs.

What’s Your Secret to Hosting a Great Thanksgiving Meal?

Your answer may appear in the magazine or on RealSimple.com. Even better, the author of our favorite letter each month receives a special gift.

The Best Inexpensive Party Glasses

Raise the bar (heh) at your next gathering with a stash of affordable drinkware that will make the room—and your guests—sparkle.



The Surprising Way My Marriage Changed When the Kids Left Home

Eat like slobs? Yes. Walk around the house naked? Sure. Swear like sailors? 
Of course! After tearfully bidding good-bye to 
their college-bound kids, Ann Leary and her 
husband discovered that 
the empty-nest syndrome was, well, for the birds.

Why I Refused to Get a Nose Job—But Then Did It Anyway

After decades of being teased and rebuffed because of her nose, Rachel Hager found herself considering plastic surgery in her 50s. But was she caving to cosmetic conformity or taking control?

Ninth Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest

What was the most dramatic change you ever had to make?

Santa’s Dead?

After David McGlynn told his son that Mr. Claus was based on a real person, the boy decided to take matters (and a bit of childhood magic) into his own hands.

The Surprising Way a Movie Brought Me Closer to My Mom

Growing up in a family that prized toughness, Megan Abbott loved gangster movies, gum­shoes, and gun molls. But one enduring 
influence could always bring her to tears.