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.

The Summer I Had a Crush on Emma Thompson

When Daniel Smith was 15, his peers were swooning over supermodels. But he had someone else on his mind.

40 Classic Children’s Books Even Adults Love

The most formative books may be those of your childhood: Dozens of Real Simple readers remember beloved children’s books that turned them on to reading. They reveal why in their own words.

The One Who Wasn’t Interested

In the summer of 2004, Teddy Wayne learned a lesson—when he can't have something (or someone), he just wants it more.

How I Learned I'm My Real "Other Half"

Shortly before her 50th birthday, the man Margaret Overton loved broke her heart. Here's how she moved on—and went from a so-called cougar to a "mountain lion."

How I Loved—and Lost—the House of My Dreams

Home is where the heart is: There’s a reason why this saying has been cross-stitched onto pillows generation after generation. For most of us, no other place is as warm with meaning and memories or as devastating to leave behind. Stephanie Booth shares her family’s own difficult loss—and their struggle to move on.

The Summer I Fell in Love With the Ice Cream Man

The year Sarah McCoy turned 18, she fell for the boy behind the counter at the local Baskin-Robbins. Seven summers later, she married him.