For Goldie, it was a deliberate decision not to marry. That the decision is there for the couple on a daily basis, she says, is empowering. Also important to both Goldie and Oprah is—married or not married—being with a person who loves you, wants what's best for you and won't restrict you.

"If you're with somebody who's going to restrict you from becoming who you're supposed to be in the world, then you're with the wrong person," Oprah says.

"Absolutely," Goldie agrees.

Watch more of Goldie and Oprah's conversation about relationships   

Now, Goldie is on a mission to teach people to be happier, something she's had to learn how to do herself. From her happiness initiative with The Hawn Foundation to sharing laughs with her friends, she's devoted to helping both children and adults experience optimum happiness.

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