There's no doubt about it: Judge Judy is one tough, no-nonsense, awesome woman.
She, of course, has handled countless courtroom cases on national television — consistently laying down the law and telling it like it is — for nearly 20 years.
So it's no surprise she's picked up a few life lessons along the way.
"When you look down at people, and you're insulting them, usually [for] the entire time, do you lose faith in humanity?" Ellen DeGeneres asks Judge Judy in a recent interview on The Ellen Show.
To which she elicits an awfully wise response:
"As you get older, you realize that there are very few really important things: your health, your family's health, the world around you..."
"And when people fight over minutia, and ruin ... a period of their lives fighting over whether or not a button came back wrong on the shirt ... and that takes control of your life, I think it's a ridiculous mistake."
The takeaway? Stop holding grudges towards things that don't matter. Life is too short to be unhappy.
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