How to be Smarter: Only focusing on a tiny brushstroke of your life, whether it be 'do I have a boyfriend?,' "is my job high-paying?', or 'am I thinner than her?' makes you lose appreciation for the entire painting. Brushstrokes work together to form a complete beautiful painting; different parts of your life work together to form a complete beautiful life. And an incomplete or unfinished brushstroke doesn't make the painting ugly. How to be Prettier: Being photographed against snow makes you look tanner (to illustrate this point: my photo in this interview).
How to be (less) Awkward: If you wouldn't be sassy with a perfect stranger, then there is certainly no reason to be fresh or harsh to a significant other.