Jennifer Aniston's Happiness Plan
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.
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.