"In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip" -- Daniel L. Reardon

How to be Smarter: There are ways to have serious conversations without yelling. If you don't know any of these ways, this might be a good year to learn them. How to be Prettier: New year, new hair brush. Stylists recommend that you get a new hair brush at least once a year to keep the bristles strong and hair product build-up down.

How to be (less) Awkward: Everyone--from your grandmother to your brother to your co-worker--likes to know when they are missed. "I miss you!" is one of the most under-valued, sweetest things to say. Other variations can include: "I missed you at the event last night!" "It was fun but everyone kept asking me where you were!" "Starbucks coffee tastes better when I drink it with you!"