More Life Strategies

How to Be a Better Decision Maker

Find it hard to make up your mind—even about little things, like what to eat? Barry Schwartz, a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College and the author of The Paradox of Choice, says the answer is... there’s no right answer.

A Simple Way to Calm Down Before a Big Event

When there’s an anxiety-producing event looming—an important presentation, dental surgery, a first date—you can start to calm your nerves the day before with this exercise.

5 Smart Ways to Help Your Kids (and You!) With Homework

These five quick tips won’t solve every problem, but they’re a start.

The Secrets to Reading People’s Emotions in Person and Online

“Empathy.” “People skills.” “Catching vibes.” Social intelligence, or the ability to recognize other people’s emotions—and to use this intel to navigate relationships—has been called many things. But even if you think that you are fairly good at dealing with people, social competence is something you can—and should—continue to cultivate throughout your life. Here’s how to do it.

5 Things You Shouldn't Do When You're Tired

The biggies are obvious: perform surgery, operate heavy machinery. But what if you aren't an M.D. or a crane operator, just a sleep-deprived new parent? "Been there, done that" experts offer some eye-opening advice.

10 Essential Pieces of Advice for Grads (and the Rest of Us)

Adulthood is confusing. We seek coping strategies where we can find them: the Tao Te Ching, Yoda, The Rules According to JWoww. (OK, maybe not that last one.) We've put together a few more smart ideas for making your way in the world, from 10 truly impressive women. Take a few for the road.

8 Habits of Highly Productive People

You know those people who always seem to accomplish more, in less time, than the rest of us? Experts say they follow simple strategies that we can all adopt. Here’s how.