Inspiration & Motivation

How I Dealt With an Unexpected Death in the Middle of My Busy Life

After losing his younger sister to cancer, novelist Kristopher Jansma thought he would reach the end of a chapter. But then life got in the way.

8 New Self-help Books That Actually Help

Whether you want to get healthier, save money, or simply kick back for some belly laughs, these recent releases deliver.

How to Conquer Clutter Once and For All

Her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, made
 Marie Kondo an unlikely house-hold name. To celebrate
 her new book, Spark Joy, Kondo demystifies her cult methods.

16 Things to Be Totally Unapologetic About

Free yourself—and stop saying sorry for these things. 

11 Fitness Motivation Secrets That Actually Work

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

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.

New Barbie Commercial Encourages Girls to “Be Anything”

Mattel’s new ad inspires them to “imagine the possibilities.”

“You Can’t Change Women’s Roles Without Changing Men’s Roles”

Anne-Marie Slaughter on why we need to celebrate and support stay-at-home dads, the one question men and women should ask their employers, and why she hates the term “work-life balance.”

My Neighbor Burned Down My Apartment Building. I Wish I Had Been Kinder to Her.

When the troubled woman in the apartment upstairs started a lethal fire, writer Lisa Gornick found herself without a home—and wondering if a few small kindnesses might have made a difference.

Question Everything

Real Simple editors seek out the answers to life’s debatable moments—both big and small. For more thought-provoking debate, visit sister sites, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, and Sports Illustrated

6 Surprising Facts About Women in the Workplace

Spoiler: They’re still not getting the top jobs.