Life Strategies

The 10 Most Popular Jobs For Recent Grads

Yes, assistant did make the list.

6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 17 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.

How a Patient Renewed My Faith in Medicine

What was your “a-ha!” moment? In the first runner-up of this year’s Life Lessons essay contest, a voice from the past reminds Yasmine S. Ali, MD, why she chose the increasingly difficult path of being a doctor.  

Our Social Media Obsession Is Making Us Seriously Unhappy

A new survey reveals that posting just to accumulate “likes” can be emotionally taxing (and sometimes downright dangerous).

Selma Director Didn’t Always Want to Go Into Film—Now She’s Behind the Biggest Movie This Season

The force behind the new civil-rights drama Selma is also the first African-American woman to have won best director at the Sundance Film Festival. Ava DuVernay took some time to speak with us about creativity, changing careers, and maintaining grace under pressure.

5 Steps to Mastering the Coffee Interview

Whether you’re seeking advice or giving it, you’re probably no stranger to the question “Can I take you for coffee and pick your brain?” Here, some rules for handling informational one-on-ones considerately, efficiently, and with aplomb.

8 Small Steps Toward a Healthy Lifestyle

Think little alterations to your lifestyle won’t get you anywhere? Think again.

The Truth About Lying

From big whoppers to little white lies, almost everyone fibs on occasion. Here, experts reveal why.

7 Things Pros Wish Parents Knew About Discipline

Good cop. Bad cop. How about better cop? We asked experts: If you could change anything about the way parents approach discipline, what would it be? Here’s the tough love.