Inspiration & Motivation

How to Be Productive When You’d Rather Be Anywhere But Work

The sun is beaming, your Insta feed is filled with beach shots, and—cue the violins—you’re stuck at work. Productivity experts share their top tricks for staying focused and motivated when you feel really (really) distracted.

This Company Pays For Its Employees’ Weddings

Chieh Huang, the CEO of Boxed, has announced that he will pay for his employees’ weddings and their children’s college tuition.

How to Let Go of Books With Sentimental Attachment

Parting with books is hard. Here are the questions I asked myself to pare down.

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. 

Father’s Day Quotes

Find the perfect sentiment for your Father’s Day card.

This Is Your Summer Bucket List

Need inspiration for summer fun? Check out our list and see how many you can cross out before Labor Day hits.

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.

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.  

8 Small Steps Toward a Healthy Lifestyle

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