"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." -- Dalai Lama

How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day by Cali Williams Yost. This book focuses on helping the reader create and execute achievable goals, or "tweaks," so that your day-to-day life best represents what you want to focus on in the long-term. I loved the way the book integrated a plan for identifying tweaks to make in your own life with expert advice on a huge variety of topics and real case studies (of people from many different backgrounds) to show the huge variety of ways to structure your day so that it matches your values. A focused, helpful read. How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: SP&A readers will get 20% off your entire purchase at the jewelry shop Ever + Ever with the discount code SPA20. I have my eye on the amazingly priced initial birthstone necklaces – so sweet and would make a great gift. Enjoy! [Expires on 10/31/13].

How to be (less) Awkward: An easy pick-me-up is to watch the trailers of your favorite, beloved movies. Since you already know the plot line, the movie trailer can produce the same happy feeling that watching the whole movie would create, in less time. Two of my favorites trailers to re-watch are You’ve Got Mail and Notting Hill, and, if I'm feeling nostalgic, It Takes Two.