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Clean Up All the $&*!: Lessons From Jennifer Aniston

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Want some good life advice from Jennifer Aniston?

It’s simple: Clean up all the s**t.

During an interview for September’s issue of Glamour, Aniston shares the advice she’d give herself in her thirties, if given the chance — and the now 44-year-old actress ain’t holdin’ back.

Getting in therapy, learning to choose happiness, getting rid of all the “noise” — it’s all there.

Thirties. Go to therapy. Clean up all of the s–t. Clean up all of the toxins and the noise. Understand who you are. Educate yourself on the self. You can undo a lot of things. If you’re not happy, you can become happy. Happiness is a choice. That’s the thing I really feel. Like with friends who refuse to get happy, who refuse to rise above the discomfort of where they’re at.

As a 31-year-old woman, I strongly relate to this advice. Some people might think a person’s twenties would be a good time to learn these lessons, but really, in our twenties, I feel like we’re still sort of kicking and scratching around, trying to find ourselves or at least get some idea of who we want to be — then, in our thirties, we start working on becoming that person.

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Along the way, though, we’re exposed to a lot of crap. Our twenties is a time to try new things, learn new things, loathe new things. Make awesome choices, make not-so-awesome choices, and, eventually, learn from it all.

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Don’t get me wrong: I understand some people get married and start families in their twenties. I’m not discounting those folks, at all. I have friends my age who are married with two or three children. I have single-parent friends.

We all walk different paths; that doesn’t mean we don’t all go through the first several years after high school and college learning about life and what we want from it.

Glamour‘s September issue hit stands August 6. Want the full interview now? You can download a copy to your tablet today at

Think back to who you were 10, 20, or 30 years ago. What advice would you give yourself, if given the chance?

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Clean Up All the $&*!: Lessons From Jennifer Aniston

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2019). Clean Up All the $&*!: Lessons From Jennifer Aniston. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 26, 2020, from


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