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By Dana Flax

What does gigglepuss Cameron Diaz credit as the key to her rosy outlook? Oh, just a little old-fashioned self-love.

The star of the upcoming thriller "The Box" sat down with Parade.com and chatted about tabloid drama, what's really illing our world and the life lessons she learned from Cheerios. Read through to catch some highlights from the interview, and then go to Parade.com for the rest of the coverage.

Cheerios doesn't just lower cholesterol, it teaches you lessons about fame (surprise!):

"I remember when I was a kid, I got a box of Cheerios and I was like, 'Mom, we got a free prize inside.' And my mom said, 'Sweetheart, that prize wasn't free. We had to buy that box of cereal to get that prize. It may have come in that box, but you don't get that without buying the box.' And I kind of went, 'Oh!' I realized that goes across the board for anything. It's like people want to be famous, but they don't ask themselves what they want to be famous for. They just want to be famous. So people end up finding out that fame costs them something."

Cameron Diaz believes in Cameron Diaz, and that's all that matters to Cameron Diaz:

"I don't think that self-deprecation is healthy for people. I think you should have a healthy relationship with yourself. We all have our up days and our down days. But I'm not going to walk through this world hating myself because somebody doesn't like me or doesn't think I'm pretty or that I should be ashamed that people think that I'm pretty. How am I going to live my life trying to figure out what everybody else feels about me? All I can do is know how I feel about myself."

No worries, Kate Gosselin, Cameron isn't looking to steal your In Touch territory:

"Love lives of the famous are distractions from people's own love lives. There are some celebrities who like to sell their own experiences, who are just out front with it. And that's something that people can buy. And there are other people who have their moments stolen from them by the media and by the paparazzi. Then millions of readers and TV viewers occupy their time with those stolen moments. If I'm missing from the pages and the blogs and the shows, I don't think that's such a devastation."

Congresswoman Diaz campaigns for half-size restaurant portions:

"The truth of the matter is that there's more people on the planet than ever, and we are using more of our natural resources than ever. Everybody knows you recycle and reuse but our consumption of food is a major, major problem. We waste a lot of food. Just be aware when somebody puts a big plate of food in front of you that you can't eat, you shouldn't try. Everybody wants to know, 'How can I lose weight?' How about putting a little less food on your plate?'"

Cameron looks at life, and the next minute, through rose-tinted glasses:

"I'm in a completely different place in my life now and I'm very comfortable where I'm at. I'm looking forward to the future. I'm looking forward to this afternoon and tomorrow and the next day and a month from now."

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