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Kristen Bell: Couples therapy is healthy

Kristen Bell says she’s happy to “advertise a healthy marriage” by admitting she and husband Dax Shepard have had counseling together.

The Veronica Mars actress has been married to fellow actor Dax Shepard for a year and a half, and together they have two children. She says the key to maintaining a happy relationship is being open to assistance from a third party.

"You do better in the gym with a trainer; you don't figure out how to cook without reading a recipe. Therapy is not something to be embarrassed about," Kristen, 34, told American magazine Good Housekeeping.

"I don't mind advertising a healthy marriage. I'm trying, just like everyone else."

She and Dax welcomed their second daughter Delta into the world in December 2014, to join their firstborn Lincoln who has just turned two. To Kristen, having children was truly euphoric.

"Having kids feels like that first seventh-grade crush that overwhelms every molecule in your body, but it's permanent," she gushed, adding her friends had told her becoming a parent was an “unmissable” experience.

Now she’s a mother, Kristen also has firm views on what she’ll do to maintain the health of her little ones. The issue of vaccination is straight-forward to her.

"Kids with autoimmune diseases, kids who are receiving cancer treatments—they can't be vaccinated because their immune systems [can't handle it]. If your kid has leukemia, he can't get vaccinations; if he then goes to school with my kid and I chose not to give my kid vaccinations, I'm putting your kid at risk," said the star.

"To me, that's unacceptable. There are the weak among us whom we have to protect. As moms, our responsibility is not just to our kids—it's to all the other kids, too."

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