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What do you always recommend to people?

In any category...whether it's a book or movie, habit or piece of advice, product, whatever, the thing you tell people about whenever you get a chance because it has improved your life so much. [more inside]
posted by lgyre to Society & Culture at 1:44 PM on Jan 27, 2021 - 123 answers [191 favorites]

What tiny purchases have disproportionately improved your life?

I bought some silicone spatulas recently. It has made me realise that trying to cook everything with that one slightly janky fishslice I has was suboptimal. What small things have you recently bought that have unexpectedly made your life unexpectedly easier? (Please do not limit your responses to kitchen things, these were just examples that came to mind). [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know to Grab Bag at 4:11 AM on Nov 1, 2020 - 112 answers [170 favorites]

Life hacks for the psyche and emotional wellbeing

What's a good habit that you introduced in your life and has since made all the difference? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind to Human Relations at 11:03 PM on Jul 28, 2020 - 37 answers [141 favorites]

Greatest podcast episodes of all time

There are simply too many podcasts these days and not enough time in the day. I would like to create a curated playlist of single podcast episodes. Please share with me what you consider to be your favorites. Any genre will do. Any emotion arising after listening will do. All that matters is that I optimize the little time I have and fill my ears with amazing single podcast episodes.
posted by jasondigitized to Computers & Internet at 6:27 AM on Jan 13, 2021 - 34 answers [130 favorites]

Looking for more kind TV

2020 has ruined my ability to enjoy TV that is anything other than gentle and kind. I’ve watched all the great British baking show that Netflix has to offer, same with Queer Eye and Schitt’s Creek. I’m looking for more shows in the same vein - ones that leave me with a smile on my face after watching. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass to Media & Arts at 6:45 AM on Jan 2, 2021 - 77 answers [129 favorites]

What are some things that make you laugh every time you think of them?

I'm looking for things that for one reason or another surge to your memory occasionally and every time you think of them, you laugh -- out loud, or at least in your mind. It could be a joke or a comic or an incident. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches to Grab Bag at 10:43 AM on Jan 7, 2021 - 125 answers [128 favorites]

I want a book I can't put down

In the past few years, I've found it harder to concentrate on reading for pleasure- I keep making it only halfway through books. But I miss my voracious reading days! So I need a recommendation for a book that's so engaging that I'll actually look forward to picking it back up. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote to Media & Arts at 11:06 AM on Jun 21, 2020 - 46 answers [125 favorites]

Vegetarian/Vegan meals that make you happy

I'm looking for simple meals that invoke a feeling. I have access to your average, middle America grocery store. Let's say you're spending a few days alone at a cabin in the woods. The weather is beautiful, you're in your comfiest PJs and all is right with the world. What simple vegetarian/vegan meal do you make for yourself?
posted by ChodenKal to Food & Drink at 6:24 AM on Jun 23, 2020 - 52 answers [110 favorites]

things that make you go huh?

Looking for recommendations for documentaries that leave you feeling that old "truth is stranger than fiction" vibe. This is subjective, so below are some examples of docs I've seen that gave me that feeling.. [more inside]
posted by RobinofFrocksley to Media & Arts at 3:26 PM on Mar 18, 2021 - 46 answers [108 favorites]

How many ways to do rice and beans

Looking for interesting, fun, preferably easy but not necessarily, ways to do rice and beans. Any good ones? [more inside]
posted by knownfossils to Food & Drink at 2:39 PM on Jul 3, 2020 - 27 answers [107 favorites]

recommend me more books like this....

one of my favorite non-fiction books of the past few years is "salt: a world history." recommend to me books in that vein that i will love just as much!
posted by megan_magnolia to Media & Arts at 5:54 PM on Jan 21, 2021 - 43 answers [107 favorites]

RecommendationFilter: Deep secrets slowly revealed

I love books and shows where a minor mystery leads to a major mystery - especially if the major mystery turns out to be far deeper, weirder and more sinister. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront to Media & Arts at 1:49 PM on Jan 15, 2021 - 55 answers [106 favorites]

Looks for books featuring women + folk tale/myth retelling

I've found a formula that really works for me in fiction: strong women characters + a retelling of mythology or folk tales. Some good examples include Circe by Madeline Miller and Spinning Silver and Uprooted by Naomi Novik. What else should I try? Other elements I'm into but are of secondary importance to what I listed above: witchcraft (women coming into their power), a story that weaves together separate narrative threads mid-way through the book, and longitudinal looks at people's lives. I'm not into hetero romance so much, but I'll put up with a little bit of it if I must. I don't want it to be the main event. Whatcha got?
posted by sugarbomb to Grab Bag at 1:58 PM on Jun 30, 2020 - 48 answers [104 favorites]

What's your non-Amazon online retailer of choice?

In an attempt to retrain my shopping habits, I'm looking for retailers that cover a decently broad category (i.e. Chewy for pet needs, Powell's for books) rather than item-specific sellers. Product reviews & fast shipping are important to me. Not being owned by Jeff Bezos is also important to me.
posted by frizzle to Shopping at 3:28 PM on Mar 26, 2021 - 29 answers [96 favorites]

Science Fiction Beach Reads

Please share all the books and series you haven't been able to put down! I am in dire need of some fun reading and would love recommendations from the Green as you all have suggested books that have become favorites over the years. I'm looking for science fiction (please feel free to interpret the genre broadly) that's engrossing and fun but not completely retrograde or badly written. More details within. [more inside]
posted by snaw to Media & Arts at 4:38 AM on May 6, 2021 - 55 answers [95 favorites]

You can thank me later!

What things do you do to make things easier for future you? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving to Grab Bag at 3:54 PM on May 30, 2020 - 63 answers [94 favorites]

yoga makes me homicidal. what else helps flexibility & balance?

My doctor told me I'd better figure out a yoga practice, or I'll be sorry in just a few years. I think she means I need something for flexibility and balance, and I agree, 100%. But skinny ladies telling me to hold uncomfortable poses, and think calm thoughts and visualize or whatever, drive me into a hulk-smash rage. What else can I try? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes to Health at 8:19 AM on Apr 7, 2021 - 34 answers [93 favorites]

Dinner inspo

Link me to the most delicious recipe you’ve made recently! Anything goes. Think “delicious”—not necessarily “easy” or “fast” or whatever (although those qualities are welcome too).
posted by HotToddy to Food & Drink at 10:30 AM on May 5, 2021 - 54 answers [92 favorites]

'Amiably peopled' novels

What are your favourite low-stress, enjoyable literary novels about people just hanging out? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser to Media & Arts at 4:41 PM on Aug 26, 2020 - 29 answers [90 favorites]

True stories of emotionally supportive men

Do you, a heterosexual woman, receive verbal emotional support from your partner? Can you provide a typical example with specifics (preferably including what was said)? I'm not looking for that one heroic time they really came through but more what you've come to expect day to day. The point of this question is to better understand the range of possibility in real life.
posted by HotToddy to Human Relations at 4:44 PM on Apr 10, 2021 - 23 answers [90 favorites]

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