HEALTHY LIVING
05/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Michelle Obama Oprah Interview: "My Happiness Is Tied To How I Feel About Myself"

This month's O Magazine features Michelle Obama on its first ever shared cover. Oprah sat down with Michelle in her new home to discuss to her brand new life. America's newest First Lady had some sage advice that we can't help but agree with.

On health:

When we first started running, my big concern was making sure we ate well on the road. So we started looking at our diet, trying to eliminate junk, getting seasonal fruits and vegetables that were grown locally. We walked the kids through reading labels. We talked about why one juice might be better than another.

On exercise:

Well, I just started thinking, if I had to get up to go to work, I'd get up and go to work. If I had to get up to take care of my kids, I'd get up to do that. But when it comes to yourself, then it's suddenly, "Oh, I can't get up at 4:30." So I had to change that. If I don't exercise, I won't feel good. I'll get depressed. Of course, it's easier to do it here, because I have much more support now. But I always think about women who don't have support. That's why work-family balance isn't just a policy conversation; it's about changing the expectations of who we have to be as women and parents.

Michelle Obama also prescribes to our vision that a good life is a giving life:

I know that all I can do is be the best me that I can. And live life with some gusto. Giving back is a big part of that.

She's been in the White House for less than 3 months, but she's already lent her spotlight to several different causes and stayed true to Barack's and her Service Initiative. On February 10th, she spent the afternoon with children and teens at a local community center, while on March 5 she dedicated her lunch hour to serving those less fortunate at a soup kitchen.

And lastly, Michelle summed up exactly what it means for her to be happy:

My happiness is tied to how I feel about myself.

Truer words have never been spoken.

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