You'd be hard-pressed to find a millennial who didn't come home from school, settle in with an after-school snack, and tune in to The Oprah Winfrey Show before starting her homework. Spanning 25 seasons, Winfrey's self-help-oriented daytime talk show consistently brought in millions of inspired viewers daily and received a whopping 47 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Yes, Oprah is extraordinary, and the reasons go far beyond her popular, soulful talk show. Before self-help was a widely understood genre, Oprah was giving viewers their daily dose of ideas for inspiration, compassion, and self-improvement. In honor of her 64th birthday, here are four reasons Oprah started so many on a path to self-help.