How to be Smarter: To become better at something, whether it's a skill or a character trait, simply: 1. do it over and over and over again and 2. be open to hearing suggestions on how you could improve. Nobody ever got worse at something by practicing and asking someone trusted for feedback on their performance. How to be Prettier: When video-chatting or Skyping with far-away friends and family, putting on "stage makeup"--slightly brighter lips and cheeks--helps to keep from looking too washed out "on-camera." (Even if there is only one other person seeing you!)
How to be (less) Awkward: A positive, fun site: Daily Pep Talk From a Best Friend.