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  • 4 Resolutions for Italians
    Find out what things those in Italy should change to start off 2012 right
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    by Francesca Di Meglio

    The new year can be more than Tombola time for the Italians. It is also the perfect time to improve one's self. After all, January means beginning with a clean slate, a fresh start. And the Italians, who are always looking to demonstrate the bella figura, can get down with improvement. But sometimes, just like the rest of us, they don't know where to begin, which is why the following list of resolutions for Italians might help give them some guidance:

    Resolution 1 – Save some money
    The Italians, along with much of the rest of Europe and the world, are in dire straights when it comes to their economy. This means the Italians are going to have to start saving more money. And it might also mean working harder with fewer vacation days. The point is that they're going to have to be more mindful of money. Considering the stupidity of the banks worldwide, perhaps, putting those bills under the mattress like the olden days will come back in fashion. Regardless, the Italians should resolve to watch their pennies and be more careful with their money.

    Resolution 2 – No more bunga bunga
    It's time for the Italians to put the bunga bunga parties of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi behind them. Besides getting to the bottom of the scandal, the Italians must all give up their figurative orgies. The casual, laid-back attitude of the people, which was exhibited everyday by the cruise director who was prime minister is over. Just think about what a joke Berlusconi really was to the rest of the world. He literally had been a singer on a cruise ship. He dyed his hair and had an eye lift while in power. There were zillions of conflict of interest cases brought against him. The cherry on top? He was actually B.F.F. with the late Moammar Gadhafi.

    The country simply can't afford that kind of leadership anymore. Those in charge need to be more than rich and good looking. They need to be smart and serious, too. They can't be driven by sex and money. And they certainly can't be close friends with dictators. So, if you're Italian and you have pals who are plotting to take over the world – or at least a small country or island – ditch them in 2012.

    Resolution 3 – Keep up the food tradition
    While the French might be the inventors of haute cuisine, Italian food is what most people crave. Dishes such as pizza, pasta, and prosciutto are like a warm hug. Other world cuisines are gaining on the Italians. Nowadays, with the rise of the Internet and travel, people are trying out new dishes. Wouldn't you know it? They like them, so there's a bit more competition. The Italians should kick things up a notch and start perfecting new dishes and re-inventing traditional ones. Granted, they should stick with their basics. But just as there's always room for Jell-o, there's always room for improvement.

    Resolution 4 – Be kinder
    One of the things I most admire about the Italians I know is their frankness. They will come right out and tell you why you're wrong, what you really look like, and what they think of you and your life. When you're the one doling out these messages, everything is hunky-dory; when you're on the receiving end of these lines, everything sounds way harsh. My advice and hope for Italians in the new year is to mind your business and keep these kinds ideas to yourself. Simply put, be kind in the new year and always.

    Di Meglio is the Guide to Newlyweds for About.com, and you can read about her life and work at the Two Worlds Web site.


    Article Published 12/12/2011

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