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What is a life-changing realization you wish you had sooner? (2017 ed.)

This question is my favorite AskMefi post of all time and I find myself revisiting it every year or so. As I've since graduated college and entered the adult world some of these realizations have become much clearer. It's been years since that post and there are a lot of new official Mefites here, myself included. So, wise people of the green, what are some life-changing realizations you've had as you've aged? [more inside]
posted by hexaflexagon to Human Relations at 1:35 PM on Dec 22, 2017 - 147 answers [210 favorites]

What are your best daily, tiny habits?

What good can you do in less than 5 minutes a day? I'm reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. He challenges readers to adopt six tiny, daily good habits. What things do you do daily that take very little time, and have provided significant life improvements? [more inside]
posted by angiep to Grab Bag at 7:42 AM on Mar 8, 2018 - 51 answers [167 favorites]

How to buy happiness.

Do you own something that is a little bit (or a lot) more than the basic or the practical, and it's just the best? Please, tell me about it! Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by rodneyaug to Grab Bag at 11:55 AM on Mar 16, 2018 - 75 answers [162 favorites]

Experiences similar to total eclipse

What other experiences could I seek out that are on par with the wonder of seeing a total solar eclipse? [more inside]
posted by GoldenEel to Travel & Transportation at 1:41 PM on Aug 22, 2017 - 63 answers [159 favorites]

Share your Instant Pot love here!

I think I want an Instant Pot. If you love yours, what model/size do you have and why do you love it? What do you make in it the most? Do you have a favorite cookbook that you find helpful? Possibly relevant details—I only cook for myself, but love bulk-cooking ahead and freezing single servings. No dietary restrictions.
posted by bookmammal to Food & Drink at 5:17 AM on Nov 25, 2017 - 44 answers [155 favorites]

Easy delicious meals for depressed, fatigued spinster

I'm looking for recipes that are remarkably delicious and sophisticated given the low effort required to make them. No-knead bread would fit into this category, and so would this red cabbage salad. [more inside]
posted by bunderful to Food & Drink at 5:44 AM on Dec 21, 2017 - 35 answers [150 favorites]

Meta Gift Guide

What are you favorite gift guides? I know about Cooltools, Wirecutter and NYTimes, so I guess I'm looking for something a little more out of the ordinary. I ask because I can't find the guide from a couple of years ago that led to the pet portrait on our wall.
posted by donpardo to Grab Bag at 11:17 AM on Nov 25, 2017 - 19 answers [147 favorites]

What is your favorite dish from your country?

I’d like to try food of the world, and I’d like to make it myself. Please give me recipes for the favorite food from your country. Preferably something I can make without having to order ingredients online, or burying a fish for six months; but I’m open to that as well if the dish is worth it. Main courses preferred, but again I am open for anything, and I do not mind several suggestions from the same country. Thanks!
posted by Agent X9 to Food & Drink at 12:18 PM on Sep 29, 2017 - 56 answers [146 favorites]

What is worth paying a *little* more for?

The other day I bought a bottle of bleach at the market. Normally for this kind of item I'd look for the cheapest generic version. However, the Clorox brand has a no-splash pour spout that works well, and for that my clumsy butt is willing to pay an extra 70-80¢. We've had questions about worthwhile splurges on the higher end. What are some practical* examples of features that are a relatively cheap upgrade? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A to Grab Bag at 8:20 AM on Sep 1, 2017 - 118 answers [144 favorites]

tell me about most amazing place you've ever swam!

I want to know about the most amazing places to swim and/or soak. Specifically, that I could someday go visit. (So if it was the lake on your grandpop's land 30 years ago that's gone now, that's not so helpful.) But otherwise, let er rip. Swimming holes? Crazy pools? Underground rivers? Hot springs? I want to hear about it. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes to Travel & Transportation at 1:02 PM on Jan 21, 2018 - 73 answers [142 favorites]

Feel-good movies that are also good?

Recently there was a thread on Metafilter about A League of Their Own, and I re-watched it and realized it hits the perfect tone of being feel-good, but also good quality. I'm looking for other movies like this! [more inside]
posted by bearette to Media & Arts at 5:27 PM on Jul 10, 2017 - 79 answers [136 favorites]

What are your favourite subtle emotions?

For example, some of mine are reading a beautiful or insightful or somehow otherwise earth-shattering passage in a book and having to stop and re-read it because it is so good, and the mind-blown-wide-open and appreciative feeling that comes with it. [more inside]
posted by unstrungharp to Human Relations at 9:03 AM on Feb 26, 2018 - 76 answers [130 favorites]

What product(s) changed your life?

I'm interested in products that will help make my life easier. Hit me! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 to Grab Bag at 8:45 AM on Jun 28, 2017 - 61 answers [126 favorites]

Paths from my couch to EVERYWHERE

I loved Couch to 5K, the program designed to take a person from being a sedentary non-runner to being a 5K-runner. I'd like to find other programs which take you from zero to being a solid beginner. These could be in sports (Couch to Yoga/Weights/Swimming) or other fields (Couch to Cooking/Being Well Read/Meditating/Political Activism/Gardening/Woodwork/Birdwatching/Having a Clean House/Whatever), and they could be free or paid. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger to Education at 11:58 PM on Jan 2, 2018 - 10 answers [126 favorites]

What is the Snowcrash of today?

What is the Snowcrash of today? In my youth, the novel Snowcrash was quite a phenomenon: it was a fun, exciting read, with crazy ideas, and you didn't have to be into sci fi to enjoy it. People who were into literary fiction, or who didn't even normally read books, had read it. What book holds a similar sort of place nowadays? It doesn't have to be sci fi.
posted by surenoproblem to Media & Arts at 1:34 AM on Nov 7, 2017 - 52 answers [124 favorites]

Chapman Reflexes Releasing Piriformis Pain. What is this Magic?

Having accidentally stumbled across Chapman Reflexes and completely dissolving my decades-long piriformis pain in 15 minutes, I have SO MANY QUESTIONS but basically, what is this magic? What else don't I know? [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes to Health at 2:45 AM on Jan 2, 2018 - 15 answers [124 favorites]

Women's clothes made to last

Two years ago I pared down my wardrobe to two tees, two long sleeved tees, one blouse, two jeans, leggings, a sweater, a funeral/wedding dress and work clothes. I love it but my ten-year-old j. crew stuff is finally disintegrating. I need new clothes but I want something built to last. I am willing to pay a little more for a quality item, but the brands I once thought built-to-last (J crew, Gap, Banana Republic, even LL Bean) are kind of shitty. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:45 PM on Aug 27, 2017 - 23 answers [121 favorites]

Suppose I never changed my clothes again

A few years ago I bought this Athleta dress from a consignment shop for $11, and it's become one of the most versatile items of clothing I own. It doesn't wrinkle, it still looks (and smells!) good after I've worn it for a week straight in a pinch, and it's washable. I can wear it to work, I can stuff it in my bag when I'm traveling, and it's neutral enough that I can easily dress it up or down. Help me find more clothes like this! [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 4:56 PM on Jul 27, 2017 - 17 answers [110 favorites]

Repair my fractured attention and concentration!

Over the last several months, I've noticed a drop-off in my ability to focus on large, difficult projects. My attention seems easily fractured (devices + internet = probable cause). I need to repair and grow back my ability to concentrate for long periods of time so I can complete a massive project. Have you re-engineered your focus (using non-pharmacological means)? What were your tactics and strategies? [more inside]
posted by Mystical Listicle to Health at 7:51 PM on Nov 8, 2017 - 24 answers [110 favorites]

What songs does everyone recognize, but not know?

I'm thinking of things like the brilliant Opus No. 1 by Tim Carleton and Darrick Deel, which I'd imagine most people that have made a phone call in the last twenty years have heard (but never knew what it was). There must be other songs like this. What might they be?
posted by stillmoving to Grab Bag at 1:04 PM on Mar 4, 2018 - 74 answers [109 favorites]

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