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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.

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.

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.