Jennifer Aniston Chose Happiness and Knows She Deserves a Family

Jennifer Aniston

Courtesy Glamour

07/30/2013 AT 9:45 AM ET

Life doesn’t always go as planned. But in the end, you can simply choose happiness over sorrow – and family over isolation.

That’s the hard-won wisdom espoused by Jennifer Aniston in a candid conversation with guest interviewer and We’re the Millers costar Jason Sudeikis in Glamour’s September issue, on newsstands Aug. 6.

“You can undo a lot of things [as you get older],” the actress, 44, says. “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.”

At a certain point, Aniston says, you realize that “you actually deserve to have a family. And once you meet yourself, and truly love yourself, then you attract that. And look – I mean, the two of us have found these two, beautiful, loving, open people.”

Jennifer Aniston

Courtesy Glamour

To which Sudeikis, 37, who is engaged to Olivia Wilde, replies: “We both went through the same thing. I mean, I would hear you talk about [guys you were dating], and I’d be like, ‘Oh, f–k. I don’t want to be like that to somebody else.’ ”

“Yeah. Yeah,” says Aniston. “And look how far we’ve come! High five!”

On the subject of kids, Aniston says she and fiancé Justin Theroux are both naturally drawn to them.

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