"You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent them making a nest in your hair" -- Chinese Proverb

How to be Smarter: In relationships, the ability to factor the other person's interests and personality into your own idea of the future, without causing problems in the present, is important. If you have spent your whole life imagining being with a laid-back reader, and you fall in love with an outgoing hiker, you don't need to pout and cause a fight each time reading quietly on Saturday afternoons is turned into an all-friends-included trip outdoors.  But you can ask yourself: is this the type of Saturday afternoon I'd like to have forever? The idea is to accept the other person for who they are presently, while reconciling this person's lifestyle choices with your own vision of the future life you'd like to have. From there, it is easier to determine how long the relationship should last. How to be Prettier: It's November, so if you're planning on having an appropriate dress to wear to your own or a significant other's Thanksgiving meal, now's the time to start looking. Some of my favorites: here, here and here.

How to be (less) Awkward: iPhone corrections.