"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him" -- Abraham Lincoln

How to be Smarter: Labeling theory essentially states that what you call people is what they become. Call a kid kind, she will share her toys more. Call a boyfriend sweet, he will rub your back when you feel sick. Call a sister a good friend, and she will become a better one. Compliment people on what you want them to be more of, instead of demanding they act differently. How to be Prettier: An extra layer in the winter over a long-sleeved tee shirt dress, or over a sundress in the sunshine of May. It looks like it was taken out of your Mom's closet, and is already soft and worn-in.

How to be (less) Awkward: Nobody says your socks need to match to be respectable, or that you have to lose five pounds to be attractive, or that you need to go to an Ivy League to succeed. Well, some people say it, but I find the happiest people are the ones who don't make dumb rules like that for other people to follow.