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Virtual: Gretchen Rubin, "Life In Five Senses" in conversation with Bruce Feiler

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Join us on April 17 at 7 p.m. ET for Random House Studio Sessions: Gretchen Rubin Presents Life in Five Senses, as the author of Outer Order, Inner Calm and The Happiness Project virtually launches her new book, Life in Five Senses. In conversation with Bruce Feiler, Rubin will discuss the surprising path she discovered that led to a life of more energy, creativity, luck, and love: by tuning into the five senses.

Life in Five Senses

For more than a decade, Rubin had been studying happiness and human nature. Then, one day, a visit to her eye doctor made her realize that she’d been overlooking a key element of happiness: her five senses. She’d spent so much time stuck in her head that she’d allowed the vital sensations of life to slip away, unnoticed. This epiphany lifted her from a state of foggy preoccupation into a world rediscovered by seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching.

In this 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 such as making daily visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and attending Flavor University, Rubin show us how to experience each day with depth, delight, and connection. In the rush of daily life, she finds, our five senses offer us a way to cheer up, calm down, and engage with the world around us—as well as a way to glimpse the soul and touch the transcendent.

Life in Five Senses is a layered story of discovery filled with profound insights and practical suggestions about how to heighten our senses and use our powers of perception to live richer lives—and, ultimately, how to move through the world with more vitality and love.

Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential observers of happiness and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Outer Order, Inner Calm; The Four Tendencies; Better Than Before; and The Happiness Project. Her books have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. She hosts the top-ranking, award-winning podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, where she explores practical solutions for living a happier life. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Gretchen Rubin
Bruce Feiler

BRUCE FEILER is one of America’s most popular voices on family, faith and survival. He writes the “This Life” column about contemporary families for the Sunday New York Times and is the author of five consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham and Where God Was Born. He is the writer/presenter of the PBS series Walking the Bible and Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler.


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Monday, April 17, 2023 - 7:00pm EDT
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Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World By Gretchen Rubin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593442746
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Published: Crown - April 18th, 2023

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