Mindy Kaling reflects, celebrates and gives back to mark milestone birthday

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Mindy Kaling celebrated her 40th birthday listening to Elvis Presley’s “Graceland,” “weeping my eyes out,” and “reflecting on the joys and heartbreaks of my life.”

And she gave back, to 40 charities, corresponding with her big 4-0. Kaling announced her plan — and invited her fans to get involved — via Twitter on June 24 morning.

“I’m so grateful to have my wonderful, peaceful life w/ my daughter Katherine,” she tweeted. How lucky am I to turn 40? I would love to express my gratitude by donating $1000 to 40 different charitable orgs that help others. Pls suggest some! I will kick it off by giving $1000 to @RAICESTEXAS,” a Texas-based nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants.

Kaling followed her original tweet by approving donations to several charities suggested by users. Kaling’s tweets on her birthday showed her resilient nature. "Today I look back, tomorrow I look forward. Happy birthday to me — I worked hard these 40 years," she wrote.

That evening, she was also spotted marking the big 4-0 with friends, most notably B.J. Novak

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