Writing a contract about every part of your relationship — from sex to money, housework to the dog — may sound clinical or calculating, but the practice has been transformative for author Mandy Len Catron and her partner.

Storytelling allows us to take events that are exceptional, unforeseen or out of the ordinary and convert them into meaningful, manageable chapters in our lives. Author Bruce Feiler shares three tips to help you tell a more effective life story:

Want to get your creative juices flowing? Filmmaker and writer Wanuri Kahiu and sci-fi author Charlie Jane Anders know more than a thing or two about finding inspiration — and they’ve curated this list of recommendations to fire you up. 

Author and podcast host Dylan Marron explains 4 challenges complicating our online conversations — and shares 4 solutions to help you overcome them.

Have you been rethinking the way you work, your values or your place in the world? Before you plunge headlong into your next big thing, podcast host and author Manoush Zomorodi suggests trying this instead.

Do you find yourself not remembering where you put your phone? (Been there.) Or blanking on the name of the cafe in Friends?(Central Perk!) Author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova tells you which memory blips to shrug off and when you may want to talk to your doctor.

Contrary to what your parents told you, we all need to get good at interacting with strangers, says author Julie Lythcott-Haims. Here’s why, and how to do it.