"There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them" -- Claire Boothe Luce

How to be Smarter: The quickest way to feel trapped is to become dependent on someone else for something you know you can do yourself; the quickest way to feel free is trusting in your ability to learn new tasks (whether the new tasks are as simple as managing the monthly household cable bill or as complicated as raising your self-esteem). How to be Prettier: I am seeing a lot of feathers and feather prints this spring: in one-shouldered tops; in turquoise earrings; and in cobalt-blue tops.

How to be (less) Awkward: If a group picture is posted on Facebook, commenting on the attractiveness of just one person in the picture can make the others feel left out. Either compliment the entire group ("what a gorgeous group of ladies!"), or write on the Facebook wall individually of the person you would like to compliment.