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One thing to make a better life?

I recently gave up alcohol, and WOW do I feel better. I was not even a heavy drinker, but I just have more energy and feel more positive during the day. I'm looking for other small things that I could do that could make things even better. What one thing have you done to make a change in your life that has made the largest impact on your quality of life?
posted by Toddles to Health at 7:37 AM on Apr 8, 2017 - 57 answers [153 favorites]

In need of a book to be obsessed with

It's another book recommendation question! MeFi, I need a book that is completely engrossing; something to fall in love with, something I can't put down, something that makes my heart feel like it's expanding not un-painfully. Notable reads that scratched this itch for me in the past include The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Black Jewels Trilogy (Anne Bishop), Freedom (Franzen) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Help! [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes to Media & Arts at 1:47 PM on Apr 14, 2017 - 64 answers [130 favorites]

Best advice from an old fogy

What's the best advice you ever received from someone who you thought was really being a "stick in the mud" or an "old fogy" when they gave the advice, but later you realized - they were totally right! [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Grab Bag at 10:21 PM on Apr 15, 2017 - 54 answers [110 favorites]

Please recommend your soothing and friendly TV / games / films

All of a sudden, the on-screen emotional human drama and violence and general human nastiness is really affecting me, I think real life is giving me my quota of horrid things at the moment - please can you recommend some certified non-pointy things that don't take me to the mental Bad Place? [more inside]
posted by eastboundanddown to Media & Arts at 12:00 PM on Apr 16, 2017 - 88 answers [98 favorites]

How Do I Food?

I CONSISTENTLY struggle with everything involved in the realm of feeding myself: meal planning, grocery shopping, preparing/cooking food, making healthy food choices, getting the right nutrients into my body… all of it. I am a grown up and should have this sorted, but I just don’t and it’s time to admit it. How do I get this basic life skill? [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane to Food & Drink at 8:03 AM on Apr 4, 2017 - 50 answers [91 favorites]

What are the Muppets?

By which I mean, in the Jim Henson Universe, are there any hints/explanations about how Muppets occur? [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo to Media & Arts at 7:30 AM on Apr 20, 2017 - 66 answers [88 favorites]

on a plate or in a hill?

Often for lunch I rinse a can of beans and throw them in a container with some other ingredients to make a salad, like chickpeas + lemon juice + Parmesan. It is quick and easy. What other simple can of bean "recipes" should I try? No dietary restrictions.
posted by chaiminda to Food & Drink at 9:08 AM on Apr 25, 2017 - 22 answers [85 favorites]

Books that shaped your viewpoint on relationships?

What books have you read that changed how you think about your relationships? [more inside]
posted by graphtheory to Human Relations at 11:11 AM on Apr 16, 2017 - 30 answers [83 favorites]

Best Local Radio Stations - TuneIn

I got an Echo Dot and it has basically solved all my radio problems! (i.e., that my two local NPRs switched to all-talk and put jazz and classical on internet-only substations.) Now I am super-excited that I can listen to "local" radio from anywhere in the world! Tell me your best stations, preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Media & Arts at 2:32 PM on Apr 5, 2017 - 27 answers [69 favorites]

Children's books that encourage questioning everything

There's a new baby in our family, and I'm building a library so he'll have interesting things to read when he's 5, 10, 15... What children's books pack a powerful intellectual punch for their size? I'm looking for ones that make the reader question everything (e.g. social norms, traditions, their identity, even consensual reality). Kind of like a Philip K Dick book but for children. Also good: anything which encourages precociousness (like Matilda). A few that came to mind: 1) Eat Now, Pay Later. Short story I asked about here years ago: 2) The Sneeches, by Dr. Seuss 3) Matilda, Roald Dahl
posted by daniel.poynter to Education at 8:13 AM on Apr 26, 2017 - 44 answers [64 favorites]

Things to do alone on your birthday

Just that - if you've had a particularly pleasurable solitary birthday, what made it so? [more inside]
posted by knownfossils to Grab Bag at 11:50 AM on Apr 18, 2017 - 58 answers [62 favorites]

"You Got This" songs

I'm going through a really tough time at work. I stood up to my boss about something and got threatened with disciplinary action for being "disrespectful". All that to say, I need some music to make me feel better about standing up for myself and taking care of myself. What songs inspire you to feel that?
posted by aclevername to Media & Arts at 6:23 PM on Apr 26, 2017 - 52 answers [61 favorites]

Opinions are like pizzas: everybody has one, and they're all great

Well, I'll eat just about anything on a pizza. Corn, pineapple, anchovy, you name it. The only limits are my imagination, but lately I worry my imagination is not up to the task. Tell me, mefi: what is your favorite VERY UNUSUAL or RARE topping where you've been surprised by how good it turned out to be? Bonus points if you can tell me where/when you first had it! [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog to Food & Drink at 5:55 AM on Apr 12, 2017 - 141 answers [59 favorites]

Dear Susan - Under Neat That - We will Miss you

I just got bought a book based on the "cake-wrecks" blog - it has brought me so much joy. If I like smbc/xkcd/cakewrecks - what other books would fulfill that niche (that I can just pop them open and laugh) - and that are possibly also based on an internet-project with some backstory (but that's not a necessary boundary condition).
posted by mathiu to Writing & Language at 8:17 AM on Apr 19, 2017 - 30 answers [59 favorites]

What 1 product would you recommend to a pale dude with undereye circles?

I'm not a dude, but I am an incredibly lazy and picky woman who will never spend more than the time it takes to quickly shower and air dry my short hair on a morning routine, so work with me here. If a stereotypical 30something cis white guy with otherwise ok skin asked you for just one lightweight makeup product that he could buy and then apply in 30 seconds (or less, 10 seconds would be ideal) to reduce the impact of dark undereye circles in photos and in person, what would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:09 PM on Apr 17, 2017 - 32 answers [52 favorites]

Yr favorite niche podcast

Give me your diamond-in-the-rough podcasts that you've never been able to recommend to anyone because the subject is too specific. [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano to Media & Arts at 12:47 PM on Apr 22, 2017 - 32 answers [52 favorites]

How do you make your brain change gears?

Like a lot of people, I'm time poor and would like to get more stuff done with what free time I have: make that art, play that instrument, write that thing, etc. I don't waste much time per se, but in what I do have, the time it takes to switch between tasks and into the appropriate mental mode often negates actually getting much done, and this pattern can often discourage me from even trying. Do you have any tips/tricks for expediting switching between headspaces? [more inside]
posted by threecheesetrees to Grab Bag at 7:33 AM on Apr 2, 2017 - 19 answers [51 favorites]

Apple App Store Apps: 2017 Edition

Which Apple App Store apps come recommended by you MeFites? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart to Computers & Internet at 8:19 PM on Apr 6, 2017 - 21 answers [51 favorites]

I need to keep track of all the culture I wanna experience

You know when a friend says "You should watch the tv show X", or you read a music review of an album and think to yourself "I should really listen to that album Y". How do you guys keep track of that stuff so you don't forget it? I feel like a need an app or something. [more inside]
posted by gkhan to Media & Arts at 4:26 AM on Apr 3, 2017 - 20 answers [42 favorites]

Pillow Talk

How do I find the pillow(s) of my dreams? [more inside]
posted by Champagne Supernova to Shopping at 7:55 PM on Apr 10, 2017 - 20 answers [41 favorites]

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