Relationships

12 Fun Conversation Starters for Your Thanksgiving Table

Get talking over the turkey. Tuck a question under each plate, or serve them up with dessert.

Your Dog Really Gets You

Whether happy or sad, your dog can read your mood, says a new study. 

The Only Marriage Advice You’ll Ever Need

At Real Simple, it’s part of our jobs to speak to experts on how to live better, easier, and more fulfilling lives. And perhaps nowhere is that more interesting than when it comes to the unique difficulty of maintaining a satisfying, healthy relationship long-term. Over the years, we’ve spoken to dozens of experts on what exactly makes happy couples tick. And while all of their advice is worth considering, we’ve distilled it down to the only 10 tips you really need to know.

Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Whether it’s the fifth or the 50th, honor your next milestone with a nod to its classic symbolism.

Happy People Make Their Spouses Healthier

They’re fitter, feel better and are less physically impaired.

9 Homemade Valentine’s Card Ideas

Send something unique with these out-of-the-box and easy projects.

Help for Overprotective Parents

How a helicopter mom changed her ways.

11 Ways to Deal With Your Kids’ Anxieties

Certain rites of passage―first day of school, first flushed goldfish―are stress-inducing. Here’s how to help your children deal with them.

Here Comes Trouble: 9 Bad Influences on Your Kid

Worried about the corrupting effects of certain companions? Find out which behaviors are contagious, and learn how to cope when your kids—or you—come up against them.