Inspiration & Motivation

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.

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.   

10 Dinnertime Conversation Starters

Tired of the monosyllabic grunts? The silent pea-pushing? Spin this handy cutout wheel for a question guaranteed to perk up your table talk.

16 Ways to Start the Day Off on the Right Foot

It’s not easy to begin your morning on the right foot when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed. This month, Real Simple readers share the A.M. rituals that help them rise and shine.

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.

11 Fitness Motivation Secrets That Actually Work

Nearly a dozen research- and expert-backed tips you haven’t heard before.

5 Ways to Conquer the Impostor Syndrome

Ever feel like a fraud at work? You’re not alone, says Valerie Young, the author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women. She offers tools for upending this mind-set to beat insecurity and own your achievements.

Gifts That Give Back—That Your Friends Actually Want

There was a time when you had to choose between delighting a recipient and making a small move for social good. But now you can win on both counts. Here’s a batch of handpicked beauties your friends and family will love that also happen to boost really worthy causes. Read, get inspired, click, give... and collect the hugs. Everybody wins.

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.