Here's my latest contribution to Australian online publication The Punch - full article can be read here.
Want to be Happy? Oprah Holds the Key
Oprah Winfrey (depending on which figures you believe) has anywhere between 25 and 45 million people tuning in every week to watch her uplifting combination of positive thinking and self-acceptance.
Happiness takes a lifetime, unless you meet Oprah. Photo: Getty.
This “Oprah Movement” love Oprah and they hang on her every word – if Oprah says Australia is a nice place then somewhere between 25 and 45 million people are going to believe it.
That is why Julia is so keen to be on the show and give Oprah a warm Prime Ministerial hug.
However, while we should be grateful for Oprah’s endorsement it might pay to pause and consider what it is that we might be endorsing in return.
The Oprah Movement might best be summarized as the search for a shortcut to happiness except that Oprah and her followers are convinced she has already found it.