3 Heartwarming Life Lessons We Learned from Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders

Hello from the West Coast, Birchboxers! I’m happy to report that the cross-country move was successful, and I’m (mostly) settled in back here in San Francisco. As much as I miss New York and Team Content, there are plenty of other amazing perks that I’m enjoying now that I’m home in the Bay Area: Amazing hikes, my beloved 49ers, delicious gelato, and super-easy access to Los Angeles. I love me some Santa Monica sunshine and lazy days on the beach!

In honor of this month’s theme, More Good, and reveling in the joys of more giving, more thoughtfulness and more everything, I had the chance to head down to L.A. earlier this month to meet with the cast of feel-good flick Delivery Man, which hits theaters this Friday. Vince Vaughn plays lovably underachieving gent David who, thanks to a ridiculous sperm bank error, discovers that he’s the father of 533 kids. The movie follows Vaughn as he finds unexpectedly charming ways to connect with his now grownup children—all while maintaining his relationship with his girlfriend, How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders. (The very adorable Chris Pratt, of Parks and Recreation, plays Vaughn’s friend and guiding light of a lawyer.)

Suffice to say, the stars—who are all parents themselves—shared some heartfelt life lessons about parenthood, relationships, and giving yourself some good old T.L.C. just in time for the most thankful holiday of the year. Take a peek below for their wisdom:

Becoming a parent helps you appreciate the little things

“I’ve got a whole new window through which to see the world. Things that I took for granted are exciting again—the way something feels or smells or tastes—even how drawers open. I’ll [say to my son], ‘Look at that, it’s actually really cool! It’s just a wall, with a knob, and then you pull it and there’s a bunch of junk in there.’ I wouldn’t have taken a minute to appreciate a drawer before my son.” —Chris Pratt

You can’t plan everything. Sometimes it’s better to just go with the flow

“One of the things that I’ve fought for a long time is thinking that what you grew up with or how you grew up is what you believe is right. For a long time I was trying to recreate that, but [then I learned] to just be able to go with it and do the best for your child in each moment instead of trying to make it something else.” —Cobie Smulders

Stop knocking yourself down all the time—you’re pretty darn awesome

“A lot of the movie is about learning to accept who you are. [We all] have the pressure to be a bunch of different things, and we don’t all have all the skills. But learn to be okay with yourself, forgive yourself, and you know, love yourself.” —Vince Vaughn

Can’t get enough Vince Vaughn? The star shared even more pearls of wisdom with Birchbox Man.

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