Julia Roberts on the key to happiness

-Oct 11, Hannah Hargrave, Living -

Julia Roberts is preparing to celebrate her 51st birthday and she’s desired out some advice for the key to happiness in life. 
Julia Roberts is preparing to celebrate her 51st birthday and she’s dished out some advice for the key to happiness in life. 


The Hollywood icon is not only stylishly juggling a booming career and motherhood but she’s managing it healthily, with humour and a whole lot of style.

Julia has a down-to-earth outlook on the ageing process and says it’s just something everyone has to come to terms with.

But there has to be a little more to how she’s keeps that kilowatt smile so bright?


She eats carbs….and cookies


Julia insists that it’s all about moderation when it comes to diet, exercising and treating yourself.

”We definitely try to eat mindfully,” she says of feeding her family including her three children, 13-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and Henry, 11. “As I always say to my kids, ‘You have to eat the good stuff to get the good stuff.'”

And she sees no reason to steer clear of carbs either.

“Why is everybody scared of pasta? Pasta never did anything to you. Don’t be mean to pasta.”

She’s even got a weak spot for sweet treats too!

“I love a good cookie,” she admits.


She doesn’t enjoy working out


She doesn’t like it but she does do it! Julia certainly doesn’t live for exercise but she does realise the benefits of keeping in shape and so whether it’s swimming, circuits, pilates, yoga or running she manages to find time in her busy schedule to get moving in one way or another.

“I don’t love exercise, but I do love how I feel afterwards,” she says. ”Accomplishment, clarity, energy, strength, joy, these are all things I give myself through working out, and I can feel it in everything I do.”

She admits though that she’d “go crazy” if diet and exercise ruled her life and insists it’s also important to just “remain calm, drink your water, get your sleep and be joyful”.

She keeps her teeth white using baking soda


Her trademark smile helped make her a household name and she keeps her pearly whites so bright using an unexpected method.

“I brush my teeth with baking soda,” Julia reveals. “My grandfather would put a big heaping mound of it on his toothbrush. He had only one cavity in his entire life.”


She’s got a minimalistic beauty regime


Julia might have to glam up for the red carpet but for her every day look she keeps it super simple.

“I’m happy if I have on moisturiser and Chapstick,” she admits. “When you’re dressing three people besides yourself, something has to fall away.”

So what is her daily routine?

“On a regular day, I’ll just brush my teeth, wash my face and apply sunblock. I’m a busy mum and sometimes I just sunblock my kids and run outside and get my nose burned.”

Julia says marriage keeps her young


After 16-years of marriage Julia still adores her husband, cameraman Danny Moder and insists plenty of “kissing” and “fun” keeps them feeling young.

“He’s an awesome human being,” she says. “We have so much fun.”

“I mean every day my husband walks in the door and it’s like a recurring dream. I’m like, ‘Ah, he’s back!”

So in her eyes whats the key to living a happy life: “Marry the right person, give birth to a redhead, and have great girlfriends.”

She’s at peace with getting older


Accepting and embracing your age can be difficult but Julia says since it’s inevitable why let it get you down.

“Trying to have some peace with the aging process,” she says of how she deals with it. “Just realising that it’s going to happen whether I like it or not.”

So instead of hiding away when it comes to her big 5-1 she makes every birthday a celebration.

“I always love my birthday. I celebrate with open arms and gratitude. There’s nothing different about this birthday than any other one.”


If you enjoyed this, you might like to read about what Nicole Kidman had to say about turning 50 and how Davina McCall found her confidence.

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