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:  …

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 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…

Love is…

Maybe you haven’t got a giant nose and don’t need sunscreen to protect it: a hat will suffice. Maybe your nose is so dainty that you don’t even need a hat: your quiff is enough. Or maybe you’ve already applied sunscreen yourself. Whatever your nose’s status, what are the little gestures that, perhaps in an…

What’s The Worst Advice Your Mum Gave You?

Mums are usually wonderful and wise but they can make mistakes and give some bad advice. “Don’t wash your hair during your periods.” This is an old Italian belief, together with a ban on having showers and on touching plants – which would die. Hey, lady gardeners, it’s time for weeding! “Never contradict your husband,…

How To Argue With Your Partner

Move away from fragile items. Stick to the original topic. If your started off about dirty laundry and, after a while, you find yourselves arguing over money, unless you’ve mentioned a launderette along the way, you’ve gone off topic. Mentioning in-laws, each other’s friends or pets grants an instant penalty shoot to the adversary. An…

Dating Advice #2: Respect His Elders

The percentage of 20 to 34 year olds in UK living with their parents has gone up from 21% in 1996 to 25% in 2016, with men more likely than women to be living with their parents (31% of men compared to 20% of women in this age group  – Office for National Statistics) This…

Dating Advice #1: Don’t Fake

A friend once told me that a friend of a friend (this probably means it was her) went on date with a boy. Being flat-chested, she decided to wear not just any old push-up bra, but one with gel inserts bigger than what nature had actually given her. During the date things got hotter, the…