Great American Family actress Danica McKellar celebrated her birthday this week by celebrating her "newfound faith" and encouraging her fans to live a life of selflessness.
McKellar, the former Hallmark actress, observed her 48th birthday by posting a "no makeup" picture on Instagram and thanking her fans for their support. McKellar starred in two Great American Family movies in 2022: Christmas at the Drive-In and The Winter Palace. The new network released 18 original Christian movies during the holiday season and this week posted new data calling itself the "fastest-growing network in all of cable television."
McKellar's birthday was Jan. 3.
"[T]hank you so much for being on this journey with me, both with my movies on @gactv and with @mckellarmath, and of course also with my newfound faith, for which so many of you have been so encouraging!" she wrote, referencing Great American Family and her math books."
A positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle, she wrote, are key to joy.
"If there's any secret I've found to youth, it's in the attitude... and a healthy, clean lifestyle, of course," McKellar wrote. "Our minds and bodies are inextricably connected. I've found when I eat well and get enough rest and exercise, I have so much more access to that inner joy that makes life fun! And when I discipline myself to see good (and laugh at the absurdities) in the world, resisting the seduction of outrage addiction, I find I'm more likely to stay in gratitude and make healthy choices … like going to bed early instead of staying up late to scroll through... all the things there are to be outraged over.
"The other secret to life? Taking all that gratitude and giving back to the world in as many ways as I can," she wrote. "My grandmother always said, 'The way to be happy is to make other people happy.' Spread it around."
Last year, McKellar said she was attending church again thanks to an invitation from fellow Great American Family actress Candace Cameron Bure.
Great American Family is available on major cable and satellite outlets as well as on streaming platforms such as FRNDLY.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.