Your Ultimate Summer Reading List

If you hate to be seaside (or lakeside or poolside or anything -side) without a book in hand, you’ve landed in the right place. Here, great beach reads recommended by notable authors and experts. 

5 Lessons You Can Learn From Classic Movies

Confucius, Deepak Chopra…Ferris Bueller?!? Turns out, the gurus in John Hughes flicks can be just as influential. Real Simple asked an expert panel of cinephiles to share their favorite movie teachings—and Principal Ed Rooney plays a starring role.

What Never Fails to Make Real Simple Staffers Laugh?

Sophisticated, Noël Coward–esque humor? A witty New Yorker cartoon? A good pratfall? You’d be surprised.

8 Small Steps Toward a Healthy Lifestyle

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

3 Ways to Stop Robocalls

If your ears are ringing from pesky automated calls hawking everything from low-interest loans to vinyl siding, here’s how to get some peace and quiet.

5 Ways to Let Someone Down Easy

Every day, we have to say no to people. Yet turning folks down never seems to get any easier, even if all we’re declining is a simple movie invitation. Here, five experts share their best outs.

3 Ways to Replace a Lost or Stolen Gift Card

If a gift card goes missing, does that mean the money on the card is gone forever, too? Not necessarily. Here’s what to do.

5 Friends Everyone Should Have

Jerry had George, Kramer, and Elaine. Carrie had Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte. They knew, as you do, that one person can’t fulfill every friendship function. Here, experts weigh in on the key personalities you shouldn’t be without.

5 Ways to Get Along Better With People

Your coworker may drive you up the wall, but you’ve decided you’ll no longer rise to her bait. Try these tips for improving your relationship with her—and anyone else who pushes your buttons.

What Is a Great Gift for the Person Who Has Everything?

Maybe Mom finally realized that she has all the kitchen utensils she needs. Or you can’t bear to add (again) to Aunt Matilda’s compact collection. It’s time to think out of the gift box. Try one of these clever suggestions, courtesy of Real Simple readers.