Life Strategies

5 Ways to Relax Already      

When the going gets tough, chill yourself out.

10 Ways to Cope With Anxiety

Need help managing your worries? Follow this psychologist’s advice.

5 Ways to Cope With Uncertainty

According to Dante’s Inferno, Limbo is the first circle of Hell. And you know why: It’s not easy to face an ambiguous future. So lean on these smart strategies, courtesy of experts ranging from a brain scientist to an Olympian.

How to Slow Down and Enjoy Life

Sometimes it seems as though days have two speeds: hurried and breakneck. Want to learn how to hop off the roller coaster? Five savvy experts who know all about the fast track—including a website founder and a race-car driver—share their strategies.

How to Deal With Passive-Aggressive In-Laws

Is there any other kind? (Sorry, sorry, we’ll be nice.) But honestly, how often has your mother-in-law paid you a compliment that somehow feels like criticism? Or your sister-in-law makes a comment that sounds innocent but feels judgmental? Here’s how to handle those jabs—and these often tricky relationships—with grace.

How to Deal With Passive-Aggressive Coworkers

Believe it or not, that person on your sales team didn’t just forget to invite you to the meeting. It was intentional, and it’s a form of passive aggressive behavior that we often miss in the workplace. Here’s how to recognize it and—nicely—fight back.

3 Ways to Break Bad Holiday Shopping Habits

’Tis the season of temptations. No wonder you end up busting your budget every December. Learn how to resist your worst buying habits and your favorite retailers’ enticements, from free hot chocolate to, yes, even “Jingle Bell Rock.”    

Inexpensive Gifts Everyone on Your List Will Love

Real Simple readers share the most useful gift ideas.

An Introvert’s Guide to Holiday Parties

Can we loop you in? Your next round of holiday cocktail parties will be less awkward with these strategies for asserting—and inserting—yourself.

Why 1 Mom Decided to Raise Her Children Around the World

Despite spending a year in Nice, Emma Donoghue never mastered French. But she learned a more important lesson: The places you go show you all the weird in the world (and that’s a good thing).