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The Guide to Happiness

Quick tricks for instant bliss, and the secrets of staying happy long-term.

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30 Ways to Get Your Energy Levels Zooming
These energy-boosting changes to your daily routine will leave you feeling recharged.

10 Children’s Books That Will Still Enchant You
They’ll delight―and surprise―you all over again.

16 Kid Films That Grown-Ups Love, Too
Try one of these crowd-pleaser picks chosen by Entertainment Weekly's Bill Keith.

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9 Surprising Things That’ll Make You Happy

Not only will these tasks themselves increase your happiness, but the mere fact that you’ve achieved some concrete goals will boost your mood.
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9 Easy Ways to Be Happier

Try these simple tips to help lift your spirits. You'll be happy you did.
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The Psychology of Happiness

Learning to be grateful for the ordinary things in life.
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25 Easy Instant Energy Boosters

Simple strategies to perk up when you run out of steam.
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Small Pleasures

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What One Small Thing Makes You Happy?
Everyday moments and objects pack a powerful emotional punch. Here, Real Simple readers share the little stuff that brings them joy. 

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Stay Healthy and Happy
Real Simple readers share their tried-and-true tricks for maintaining good health.

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Vacation Home Rental Checklist

How to find the perfect holiday home away from home.

  • Envision your ideal property. How many bedrooms do you need? Bathrooms? Do you want a house within walking distance of town? On a waterfront? Must it accept pets?
  • Determine your price range. Rates vary from roughly $1,000 a week for a two-bedroom in the United States to up to $10,000 a week for a staffed villa in Europe. Remember: Cleaning charges and security deposits may be tacked on.
  • Consider calling an agency. Renting through an agency is generally more expensive than booking online, but it guarantees that the property has been officially screened.

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