How to be Smarter: When you feel stuck, write down a paragraph or two about what is bothering you (in third person) and email it to yourself. In an hour or so, open the email. Pretend you are a consultant who was hired to solve this person's problem. What innovative ideas could you suggest? What do you think they could do to make their life better? What might be something they need to do, but are scared to? Write a reply with your suggestions and send it back to yourself. Sometimes solving "someone else's" problem makes things much clearer in your own life. How to be Prettier: 15 Ways to Stay Active Around the Holidays.
How to be (less) Awkward: If you arrive at an event solo and are not sure who to approach first, asking the host "anyone here you recommend I talk to?" or "who should I meet?" will usually get your an introduction to someone friendly to chat with.