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How to be a happy young woman

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OPINION: How do you give young women advice on happiness if you don't know happy women?

Last weekend I presented at Wahine Kakano, the young women's leadership festival, and I realised I'd hit a roadblock on advice for young women.

These things are always great fun. You're surrounded by hundreds of interested, sassy, vibrant young women between the ages of 16 and 22. It's like spending all day in a room of rambunctious, precocious puppies – all of whom are incredibly interested in the Government's plans to be carbon neutral by 2050.

They're all eager to know what it's like out there in the "adult world", and who doesn't love giving advice? However, I've struggled this year when it comes to answering the old "What advice do you have for the future?" nugget.

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