How to be Smarter: If you are upfront about what you want in the beginning, the middle and ending are usually a lot more pleasant. How to be Prettier: If you are tempted to eat too much of a friend's dessert, instead of asking for a bite right when she gets her food, ask to have a nibble when she is almost done. Even if you are tempted to eat more, there will be none left for you to mindlessly snack on.
How to be (less) Awkward: If you find yourself being very ticklish during a pedicure, repeat to yourself, "she will touch my feet, she will touch my feet, she will touch my feet." This takes the element of surprise out of the nail technician's massage and will make you squirm less in your seat.