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How to Fix Red, Puffy Eyes After Crying

You’ve let it all out. Now it’s time to pull yourself together. These expert tips will take your face from blotchy red to ready for work, whether you have 10 minutes or 10 hours.

9 Things Your Handwriting Says About You

Use this primer to analyze it, then improve your style with five troubleshooting tips.

10 Ways Color Affects Your Spending

Find out which colors are subconsciously associated with certain feelings, and how that affects how much you spend at the mall.

What to Put in an Emergency Preparedness Kit for Hurricane Irma

Here’s everything you need to pack in an emergency kit for a peace of mind.

9 Back-to-School Apps That’ll Make Your Life Easier

Heading back to school? There’s an app for that! Streamline the fall chaos with these nine lifesaver tools, all available on your smartphone.

9 Ways to Get the Kids to Bed On Time    

You’re ready to hit the hay; your child is anything but. What to do? Experts share advice on how to get your kids to sleep at night.    

5 Small Ways to Show Compassion

It’s sometimes hard to sympathize with your spouse, much less the cashier who is fumbling with your change. But that’s compassion—caring about another’s suffering and trying to help (even if that means just waiting patiently). Experts, including the vice president of a hospice organization and a prison minister, show how a little love goes a long way.

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.