How To Live To 100

I’m just about to fly to Sicily to celebrate my grandmother’s 100th birthday. I’ll ask her how does it feel to be a centenarian and, of course, I’ll ask her what do I need to do to live that long. In the meantime, I’m making some guesses, and here are my grandma-inspired longevity tips:  …

5 Tips To Be Successful At Work

  1. Be cheerful. Everyone loves to work with a cheerful person. Cheerfully greet your colleagues, cheerfully perform your duties, cheerfully decline the extra work that your bosses will dump on you as they think that, if you’re smiling, you’ve not been given enough work. 2. Be honest about your limits. ‘If I try to…

Why Would I Want To Write A Book?

Carissimi Friends, I’m taking my foot off the pedal of blogging for a couple of months because I’m busy writing a novel. Why would I (or anyone) want to write a novel? To be rich? – No. It’d be more likely by playing the lottery To be famous – No. YouTube would work better To…

How To Be More Attractive

In movies, the ugly heroes/-ines turn into stunning beauties just by changing outfit and ditching their bottle-thick glasses. The actors haven’t changed, they’ve just switched to ‘acting attractive’ (and wearing better make-up). If they can make themselves more attractive, can we too? Attractive is as attractive does. Act attractive and you’ll be attractive. People who…

There’s a Solution to Everything

‘There’s a solution to everything, except death,’ goes an Italian proverb (A tutto c’è rimedio, tranne alla morte). My Grandma used to repeat it to me every time I despaired about something. Below you’ll find some remedies to common problems. Problem Solution Constipation Sicilian remedy: stewed apple Diarrhoea Sicilian remedy: grated apple. The ultimate pampering…

How To Be Happy

Ultimately, we all want to be happy. Here are my top tips for you to live a happier life:  1.       Surround yourself with people less fortunate than you: poorer, uglier, generally unluckier. Comparing yourself to them will make you happy. 2.       If you’re in a relationship, your happiness will be intimately connected with your partner’s….

How To Choose A Husband

There is no such thing as ‘The Perfect Husband’ because perfection doesn’t hang around with humans. There is no such thing as a universal good husband, just like there is no universal key for every lock in the world (sexual innuendo not intentional). Although every woman needs a husband suited to her, there are still…

Beauty Fades, Kindness Stays

My grandmother had been a very beautiful young woman. Unfortunately, by the time I was born (and she was only 46) the battering of a lifetime’s worth of sunshine and seas salt had etched deep wrinkles in her face. But the Sicilian proverbs she had inherited from her own grandmother were also etched in her…

You Can Only Fit In A Weekend What You Can Do In 2 Days

The easiest way to feel down at the end of a weekend is to plan too many things and not be able to do them all. According to new research, we’re far happier spending 30£ on a cleaner than on a new pair of shoes (assuming we’ve already got all the shoes we actually need)….

How To Argue With People Less Wise Than You (i.e. teens)

Conflicts are important because they can lead to solutions, treaties and hugs (always welcome here). But arguing well is a skill that needs regular practice. The following guide is for arguments between you and somebody less wise than you, i.e. a teenager. It’s not meant for controversies with small children, though. Disputes with jumping-up-and-down-toddlers with…

The Bikini Test

We Italians spend lots of time and energy getting our bodies ready for the infamous ‘bikini test’. With 3400 km of coastline, most Italian end up on the beach at some point or other during the summer. I remember looking at shop windows and saying to myself: “I’ll buy that swim suit and get rid…