Summer has a flavor like no other. Always fresh and simmered in sunshine.

This season I've been more mindful of every precious moment. In past years I was always aware of how little time I had to enjoy myself before returning to work.

Now work and pleasure are intertwined. As I write this, I'm about to film two Super Soul Sundays (my favorite show on OWN)—one with the brilliant author of Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, whose new book is A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World; the other with Gretchen Rubin, who recently followed up The Happiness Project with a primer on happier habits, Better than Before.

I get to talk to the leading thinkers of our time about ways to enhance our lives, cooking up food for the soul right in my own backyard.

It's a joy. It's a gift I've been given—and one I love to share.

For me, this earthly existence is enhanced in the warmth of summer, whether I'm roasting tomatoes and corn on the grill; making recipes from whatever the garden yields; or romping barefoot in the grass with Sadie, Sunny, Lauren, Luke and Layla.

What I know for sure: I'm enjoying the time of my life.

Oprah's Next Chapter: To read excerpts from Daniel Goleman's A Force For Good and Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before, download the O app.


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