Reese Witherspoon Shares Best Life Advice She’s Ever Received

The actress offered up some positivity on her social media pages.
Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon.

Academy Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon took the time to offer up some sage wisdom to her social media followers earlier this week, and we’re sure glad we tuned in. In an Instagram reel on Nov. 29, the Legally Blonde star divulged some life advice that she noted is “a principle I live my life by” and it originated with her grandmother.

“People are either radiators or they’re drains, and you need to spend time around the radiators—the people who radiate goodness and light and positivity,” she explained. “Not the drains—the people who drag you down.”

Witherspoon stated that when she shared the concept at a recent speaking engagement, the crowd totally loved it, so she figured it was worth passing along on Instagram and TikTok, too.

While her comments are turned off on the post, we can only imagine that The Morning Show star’s 29.9 million IG followers and 8.8 million TikTok fans were just as inspired by her motivational words as we were. We enjoy when the actress, producer and entrepreneur takes the time to share her hard-earned wisdom with others, like when she offered up some solid career advice at the beginning of this year that still rings true today.

“Also, don’t you want to be someone in people’s lives who radiates goodness and positivity and creativity and opportunity and optimism and humor and not a drain?” she concluded with a thought-provoking question. “O.K., be somebody’s radiator today.”

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