3 Reasons Oprah Is an OG of the Wellness Movement
Oprah Winfrey has been changing lives ever since she first captivated the world on her talk show back in the '80s—and even now, years later, that hasn't changed a bit.
This Sunday at the Golden Globe Awards, Winfrey is being honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for—as Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna says—being "one of the most influential women of our time." But she hasn't just made an impressive impact on the entertainment industry by killing it with major #girlpower roles in films like The Color Purple and the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time; she's been using her platform for decades to promote healthier and happier ways of living, too.
Here are 3 pearls of wellness wisdom you probably learned from Oprah first.
1. Therapy as self-care
Winfrey was all about self-care before it even became a buzzword—and therapy was a huge part of that conversation. She quickly became known for helping people deal with problems in their lives on her talk show, and in turn, it helped her out too.
"I had never gone to a therapist, ever," Winfrey told People. "But I had so many therapists sitting in the chair across from me that I just sort of took it in. The Oprah Winfrey Show was my greatest therapy."
2. The power of gratitude (and journaling!)
If anyone knows the power of gratitude, it's Winfrey. In fact, she's been spreading the message for years. One way she's mastered the art has been through journaling.
"I kept a gratitude journal for a full decade without fail—and urged you all to do the same. Then life got busy. My schedule overwhelmed me. I still opened my journal some nights, but my ritual of writing down five things I was grateful for every day started slipping away," she wrote on her website a few years back. "[Now] I'm back to journaling—electronically—and whenever there's a grateful moment, I note it. I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you're aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots."
3. The importance of generosity
Winfrey quickly became known for spoiling her guests, whether through the freebies given from her list of favorite things or through her book club. And, let's be real, because of her generosity, you probably can't read "You get a car!" to this day without hearing it in her voice. But material objects aren't the only things she's been generous about.
The more Oprah gave, the more powerful she became, which allowed her to make a difference in a huge way with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a girls-only boarding school in South Africa that teaches young women leadership skills so that they too can make a difference in the world someday.
Yep, when it comes to wellness OGs, this lady is definitely one of them—and she'll for sure look killer at the Globes, no matter what color dress she chooses.
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