Gayle King on the Importance of Finding Your Fun

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Photo credit: CBS Photo Archive - Getty Images
Photo credit: CBS Photo Archive - Getty Images

I am a big believer that having fun is an important form of self-care. I was just away on vacation with my family and had a lot of fun. Interestingly, we just did a story on CBS Mornings about how to get the most out of your vacation. The number one thing? Don’t look at work emails.

If I am being honest, that is very hard for me. Even still, I know how important it is to take time away from work so you can do other things you enjoy. I’m also a big believer in the idea of work hard, play hard.

There are so many ways to have fun that go beyond taking a vacation. You have to really think about what is fun for you. I remember years ago, talking to Oprah about a big party and saying how much fun it was going to be. She goes, “You and I have very different ideas of fun.”

To her, fun is staying home with a good book. I like that too, but going out and socializing really energizes me. Even when I go to the store, I don’t use the self-checkout lane. I wait in line so that I can have that human interaction. I like my fun to involve other people!

We know that happier people live longer—and you can’t be happy if you’re not carving out a little time for letting loose. So, I encourage everyone to figure out what your fun flag is and let it fly!

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