"In nature there are few sharp lines." -- A. R. Ammons

How to be Smarter: Elizabeth Gilbert's answer to how she deals with criticism really made me think. How to be Prettier: I have written about how much I love coconut oil before, and as the weather gets colder I want to recommend it again as discovering it last year has helped my skin so much in winter. I buy it from Amazon in this big tub and put it on my hands and sometimes my face before bed, and my normally very dry skin has never felt better.

How to be (less) Awkward: When hosting a party, always answer the door to greet guests with a smile on your face and a drink in your hand to set the welcoming, celebratory mood.