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10 Things French Women Know

1.  If something looks too good to be true, it usually is.

2.  Remember that happily ever after is for fairy tales, not real life.

3.  Become a professional sensualist and garden-variety bon vivant

4.  Worry less about your hair and make-up and more about your state of mind and body.

5.  Trying too hard to be happy can make you miserable. (Or, as French writer Colette once put it: “Happiness is poor preparation for human contact.”)

6.  Trying too hard to be perfect is imperfect.

7.  Smart is sexy.

8. Sexy is not always smart.

9.  Accept age with inspired realism.

10. The myth of the soul mate is just that: a myth

Adapted from “What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind " with permission from the author and Penguin Random House.

November 10, 2015