How to be Smarter: How to deal with stress about others reaching relationship milestones before you. [My latest Why Don't You Ask Molly Ford? column]. How to be Prettier: Cool tip from Real Simple: "Quickly clean the interior of your purse by running a lint roller over the lining."
How to be (less) Awkward: When you see someone do something nice for someone else, let them know you saw and appreciated the action, even if it did not benefit you. ("It was really nice of you to give that tourist directions," "Your sister is so lucky you proofread her papers," "You are such a cool co-worker to bring your office donuts," etc). Someone does not have to be helping you for you to compliment them on their kind ways.