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Jennifer Aniston's Happiness Plan

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3. Know the value of a splurge...

And savor it! A life of moderation is a good thing, but there also has to be room for some spontaneous fun. Aniston is clearly a woman who knows that occasional treats can add a little jolt of joy to daily life. For instance, she usually eats three healthy, low-carb meals a day; salmon is a favorite source of protein. But she indulges in a decadent treat every once in a while. She'll tuck into a double cheeseburger with onions from L.A.'s legendary fast-food joint In-N-Out Burger. Or whip up a batch of her signature guacamole and a margarita. The other cocktail Aniston admits a fondness for? "Dirty martinis. I can manage about three," she's confessed.

Aniston's sense of balance has impressed her coworkers: "She absolutely has a body to be envied by us all, but I find it very refreshing to not be able to count ribs, because that's something very prevalent in L.A.," says Ginnifer Goodwin, who costars with Aniston in He's Just Not That Into You. "An actress's diet can be coffee and cigarettes...that is not Jennifer Aniston's regimen."

Aniston isn't afraid to splurge in other ways, too. She knows that little pick-me-up gifts can be good for the soul. Although she is the rare A-list star who has said she "hates to shop," she does get a thrill from snagging some new jewelry now and then. In fact, Aniston launched her favorite jewelry designer, Jennifer Meyer — wife of Spider-Man's Tobey Maguire — to fame by wearing her signature 18-karat-gold leaf pendant in 2006's The Break-Up. When it comes to retail therapy, Aniston clearly knows that it's good to be good to yourself.

4. You've got to have friends.

Jennifer Aniston Good Housekeeping Happiness Plan
Aniston didn't just play a loyal friend on TV: "I've always wanted good friendships, and I was inspired to create them by watching my mom with her girlfriends," she's noted. Aniston has achieved her goal — her friends formed a tight and supportive circle around her during her tough times, and they are there to celebrate the good with her, too.

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