Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World
Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World, featuring Gretchen Rubin and Olga Khazan.
This event is suitable for youth 12+
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SPECIAL BOOK GIVEAWAY: FAN is distributing 225 free copies of Life in Five Senses, some to attendees randomly drawn from the Zoom attendance report.
For more than a decade, Gretchen Rubin had been studying happiness and human nature. She has written about these topics in her five New York Times bestsellers and talks about them on her wildly popular awardwinning podcast with sister Elizabeth Craft, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. However, a visit to her eye doctor made her realize that she’d been overlooking a key element of happiness: her five senses. This epiphany lifted her from a state of foggy preoccupation into a world rediscovered by seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. In her latest book, Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World, a revelatory journey of self-experimentation, Rubin explores the mysteries and joys of the five senses as a path to a happier, more mindful life. Drawing on cutting-edge science, philosophy, literature, and her own efforts to practice what she learns, she investigates the profound power of tuning in to the physical world. From the simple pleasures of appreciating the magic of ketchup and adding favorite songs to a playlist, to more adventurous efforts like creating a daily ritual of visiting the Met and trying ayahuasca, Rubin shows us how to experience each day with depth, delight, and connection. The book is an absorbing, layered story of discovery filled with thoughtful insights and hands-on suggestions about how to heighten our senses and use our powers of perception to live fuller, richer lives—and, ultimately, how to move through the world with more vitality and love. Rubin will be in conversation with Olga Khazan, a staff writer for The Atlantic who is working on a book about personality change. Her first book, Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World, came out in 2020.