Relationships

How to Love the Hard-to-Love People in Your Life

You know who they are. The needy friend. The bothersome great-aunt. Teenagers (yours sometimes, everyone else’s all the time). These aren’t people you can cut out of your life. So how do you foster some affection for trying people? Start with these strategies.

What Your Birth Order Says About Your Personality

Why do the stereotypes exist? And are you a match for yours? Here’s how to find out.

How to Recover From Emotional Exhaustion

A big fight. Or a day of parenting fails. Or maybe (yay!) an engagement. No matter the high or low from the day before, it can be hard to wake up and carry on as usual. So don’t. Here is some expert advice on how to react, restart, or return to earth after an emotional event. Ready? Let’s rise—and shine.

5 Times It’s Hard to Say No (And How to Do It Anyway)

Chances are, you’ll find common ground—and useful lessons—in the following scenarios from Real Simple readers and staff.

5 Unique Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

There’s no dinner-and-a-movie on this list.

11 Heartwarming Quotes About Love

In love with love? Whether you’re attached or still looking for that special someone, these quotes will fill your heart this Valentine’s Day.

7 Secrets to Saying No (And Not Feeling Guilty About It)

The goal is to convey two things: I can’t accommodate that request and I still value this relationship. These seven tips will help you master a good no.

Your Most Pressing Relationship Etiquette Questions, Answered

Real Simple’s etiquette expert, Catherine Newman, offers her best advice on your love quandaries.