KATIE Piper has revealed her secrets to living a happy life – from embracing emotion to being playful.

The author and presenter, 37, said she feels privileged and is grateful for her beautiful family, million Instagram followers and very successful career.

In an exclusive chat with The Sun, Katie told us how she keeps upbeat anddeals with the not so good times too.

She said: "I never worry about things that haven’t yet happened because that is just a waste of energy. There’s enough problems in the world to not worry about things that haven’t yet arrived.

"I don’t like to spend a life wanting and wishing. I like to live in the present moment. I’m really grateful for my present moment."

The mum-of-two takes inspiration from her girls Belle, seven and Penelope, three, when it comes to keeping young at heart.

She said: "As adults we sometimes forget how to play and be playful and have fun and that’s another thing we can learn from kids.

"Never think you can’t learn from somebody younger than you. Never think a child has less knowledge than you, they’re out there living in the modern world now and they're dealing with challenges on a daily basis."

Katie's latest project has seen her team up with snack brand KIND to record the Kids Live KIND podcast, where children teach adults how we can all be more kind. 

Each episode features year five and six pupils sharing their views and advice on what it means to be kind, and how they'd tackle some of today's biggest issues at the forefront of Britain’s cultural agenda such as mental health and bullying.

Katie said: "Kids have kindness in abundance and yet as we get older and our priorities change, our everyday experiences can sometimes cause us to forget to be kind, both to ourselves and those around us. After a year where we’ve learnt to be more considerate and compassionate to each other, there’s an opportunity to continue this momentum and inspire and encourage us all to live kind, especially as adults.

"Teaming up with the children to explore themes of kindness gave a clear and stark reminder, that kindness can be, and is, very simple. We just need to make kinder choices. I’m delighted to be hosting this podcast and discussing a topic I feel so strongly about. I hope the insights provided by the children, will inspire adult listeners to recognise the power of kindness, and keep it front and centre of everything they do.”  

Throughout lockdown Katie shared uplifting daily affirmations with her followers and she will release a new book later in the year, A Little Bit of Faith: Hopeful affirmations for every day of the year, featuring some of her favourites.

While her Instagram page is full of joy, Katie says it's important to show the down days too.

She said: "I think it’s important to be transparent and authentic, you don't have to put it down the throat 'look at me, I’m happy today so you should be too'. I think it’s just about showing a reflection of your real life. I think then people don't think they are failing at life.

"Nobody is happy all the time, that would be robotic. If you allow yourself all emotions on the spectrum, when you have the difficult days you release them and process them rather than cover them up with positivity. Then that naturally means the good ways do outweigh the bad because you’re not harbouring them and keeping them inside."

Katie's career has been incredibly varied from being a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing to presenting hard-hitting documentaries following a life-changing acid attack in 2013.

The balance has allowed Katie to flourish and she urges people to not to neglect the things that bring them joy too.

She said: "As much as all the serious campaigns, it’s really important to have fun, and have joy and frivolous things in your life too."

Kids Live KIND is available to download now on Spotify, and all major streaming services: https://open.spotify.com/show/189pYjSmpaoNS3XGKapC1y  

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