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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.

7 Secrets for Launching a Business You Care About

When lawyer Reshma Saujani lost a primary bid for Congress in 2010, she didn’t miss a beat: She wrote a book about how fear of failure holds women back and founded Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that has taught computer science to thousands of kids. She’s on a mission to build the next generation of female tech leaders. Saujani, 39, spoke with Real Simple about closing the gender gap and the value of a “try, try again” attitude.

A Helpful Guide to Pinterest

Start here to learn how to use the social pinboard site. Plus, find great ideas, recipes, and tips to pin to your boards.

5 Ways to Change Someone's Mind

Few tasks feel more Sisyphean than trying to convince people to reexamine their beliefs. Here, five deft practitioners of the art of gentle persuasion explain how to make anyone think twice.

The Amazing Healing Powers of Mashed Potatoes

There are some things you never grow out of: Naps. Pixar movies. And a home-cooked
dinner, especially when Mom makes it. Jenny Rosenstrach recently learned how comfort food could soothe her tweens when words simply couldn’t.

6 Office Wardrobe Malfunctions to Avoid

A wardrobe fail doesn’t have be as spectacular as a popped zipper to affect how others view your work. Even loose threads can raise suspicions of loose ends on your report.

The One Who Changed Me

One summer more than 20 years ago, a handsome stranger fell in love with Alexander Chee's letters—and traveleled across the country to meet him.

7 Nonfiction Books for Kids That Are Cooler Than Fiction

True story: Nonfiction books can bring history, science, and nature to life right in your child’s room. Educators share favorite books published in 2013 or 2014.

9 Back-to-School Apps That’ll Make Your Life Easier

Heading back to school? There’s an app for that! Streamline the fall chaos with these nine lifesaver tools, all available on your smartphone.