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Self-help quotes on Facebook? Oprah OWNs it!

  • Oprah's OWN TV page a factory for motivational memes
  • Depending on your taste, either the most uplifting or most schmaltzy place on Facebook
Self-help quotes on Facebook? Oprah OWNs it!

Oprah may be the Queen of All Media, but since when did her kingdom expand to include the Successories franchise?

Right now, the ever-expanding number of gauzy, life-affirming .jpgs and bucolically framed motivational quotes on the Facebook page for Winfrey's OWN cable channel is threatening to put every self-help publisher and inspirational author out of business.

And while probably unintentional, I think the deodorant company logo at the bottom helps to perfectly reinforce the message that stress is undesirable. And just in case you thought these were all merely recycled pearls of wisdom from someone else's skull sessions, well, check the attribution:

That's right. One of America's busiest people still has time to craft your daily affirmation. Indeed, you could say she is flawlessly executing her own flower-adorned advice. Feels good, doesn't it? Giving.

Sure does.

But Oprah Winfrey isn't the only star here, despite what you may be led to believe by something that's called the Oprah Winfrey Network. Sprinkled into the mix of inspirational, backlit quotes are photos of and insights from Mike Tyson, Jane Fonda, Joel Osteen, a lot of Deepak Chopra and, of course (?), LaToya Jackson.

Though for anyone who finds celebs a bit too inaccessible -- and receiving advice from any of them not named "Oprah" kind of off-putting -- you can make the self-helping much more personal with inspiring, inspirational homework assignments to inspire more inspiration:

In a social media landscape exploding with toxic comments and beautiful, jealousy-inducing photos of your old high school friend perched beachside with her perfect family and perfect tan while stroking her perfect pet tiger, this may just be the most uplifting place on the web -- or most schmaltzy, depending on your taste.

One thing that's indisputable, though, about Oprah's Feel Good Emporium and Self-Help-palooza is that it keeps OWN's graphic design team very, very busy.

Follow Jonathan Anker on Twitter @JonFromHLN


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