Life Strategies

What Is a Great Gift for the Person Who Has Everything?

Maybe Mom finally realized that she has all the kitchen utensils she needs. Or you can’t bear to add (again) to Aunt Matilda’s compact collection. It’s time to think out of the gift box. Try one of these clever suggestions, courtesy of Real Simple readers.

10 Ways to Be Happier

How happy are you―really? If there’s room for improvement, try one of these suggestions.

6 Party Questions You’ve Always Had (But Didn’t Want to Ask)

Answers to everything you’ve been secretly wondering about.

This Is Why It’s So Hard to Say No

And why you should do it anyway. 

How to Conquer the Martyr Complex

Whether you’re the self-sacrificing soul who takes on too much or the poor resented schmuck on the sidelines, this dynamic is bad news. Ingela Ratledge found a way out.

One Woman’s Embarrassing Beauty Secret

And how she finally overcame the destructive habit. 

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Early in a Relationship

Whether your mind is speeding ahead after one great date or you’re on the cusp of getting serious with someone you’ve been seeing for a while, find your footing with these queries.

Meet the Woman Running a National Nonprofit at Just 37 Years Old

When Lisa Lucas took over as executive director of the National Book Foundation in 2016, she was the youngest person ever to hold the role. But her fearless attitude and hunger to have an impact made her ready to succeed. Lucas, 37, spoke with Real Simple about being propelled by passion—and open to learning at every turn.

The 10 Happiest, Healthiest States in the United States

A new poll reveals which states have the highest quality of life—and which have the lowest.