I am a generous soul. Believe me. And I love to give. Especially advice.
It's free, and yet it is invaluable.
This is one of my favorites:
Ask for things.
If you ask for nothing, you get nothing.
If someone says no, then ask again.
You may need to ask a second time to make sure they heard you properly. Try batting your eyelashes or squeezing out a tear to drive home your point.
If they then say no, then oh well. I suggest searching on Google.
If they say yes, however, then you’re farther ahead than if you’d kept your mouth shut all along.
This logic applies in endless situations.
Ask your sweetheart to take you out. (If he says no, then demand you go out. Or demand a raincheck at a nicer place than the one you had in mind.)
Ask your sweetheart to give you a back rub.
Ask your boss for a raise.
Ask for more vacation time.
Ask if there are freebies or deluxe samples.
Ask for a discount.
And so on.
When someone says yes, then you come out ahead.
Get the picture?
Plus, they learn what kinds of things you like, which ultimately makes their lives easier should they be searching for a gift for you down the line. That's the gift that keeps on giving, let me tell you.
I must add, however, in light of the sexual harassment scandal pouring out of Hollywood in recent weeks:
If you're a man and want to show a woman your penis, do not do it, especially if she is a stranger, an acquaintance, a co-worker, an employee, or anyone who you are not in a committed relationship with. Even if you're in a relationship, whipping it out isn't always a good idea.
Trust me; it's good advice.
And for you ladies, I've been flashed a few times and laughing and pointing has always worked well for me, but not everyone is as adept with a swift kick to the family jewels and not everyone can curse a man so his little friend remains permanently shriveled and shy. As a result, I also suggest mace or pepper spray.