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In commencement speech, Jennifer Garner gives 8 tips for living your best life

Garner’s commencement speech this weekend at her alma mater, Denison University, was a veritable guide to happiness.

In commencement speech, Jennifer Garner gives 8 tips for living your best life

According to Jennifer Garner, you have a 65% chance of living a happy life. “That’s a big win and a likely score,” Garner said during her commencement speech at her alma mater, Denison University, this weekend. “That is fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.”

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“At some point you will realize there is no finish line to cross,” she said. “There is no moment when you’re just supposed to be happy. While you wait for those moments, while you wait for the perfect job, MCAT score, the engagement ring, your life is happening—and isn’t it enough? Happiness is your own responsibility, so attack it.”

While you sit in the here and now of your happiness, Garner also put forth her top 8 pearls of wisdom that will help you fully live your best life.

  1. “Don’t walk down the Grand Canyon to see what it looks like from the bottom. It’s great from the top–you should do that. But when you get to the bottom, it’s just a big hill, and it’s a pain in the ass to climb back up.”
  2. “Don’t smoke and don’t vape. We know, vaping smells like maple syrup or pineapple or cotton candy, whatever it is. But now that you’re going to be adulting, it’s not cute–just don’t do it.”
  3. “I’m going to say this because everyone says it, but you won’t listen because nobody does: Nothing looks better in your 50s than sunscreen in your 20s.”
  4. “When it comes to Halloween costumes, go funny over sexy. Why would you dress like a flirty nurse when you could be a mailbox?”
  5. “Mixed signals are not mixed signals–they’re a no.”
  6. “Impose self-discipline around three things: Have a book on your bedside table at all times–and read it, obviously. Be in charge of your consumption of social media. And foster a sense of humor about yourselves because otherwise you run the risk of being boring.”
  7. “If you’re a woman and—pardon me for being binary for just a second. The stage has been set. The world is yours to grab. Go out and get it, girl.”
  8. “Finally, stay close to your friends from college. You’ve just spent four years hanging out with them. That history is invaluable. Work friends, you talk to them about work. Lovers, you talk to them about love and dinner reservations. But friends from college, you can talk to them about everything and you can do nothing with them and still be happy. My friends from Denison mean the world to me, have gotten me through everything possible. And without them I wouldn’t know any Republicans.”

Watch Garner’s full speech below, which starts at the 1:03:10 mark:

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