Gretchen Rubin on How a Life in Five Senses Leads to More Happiness & Creativity


How can you elevate your energy, joy and creativity by tuning into the present moment? Gretchen Rubin, NYT bestselling author, podcaster, and founder of Happiness Project is back to share what she discovered through writing her newest book, Life in Five Senses. She shares how to use your five senses to find gold in experiences that are normally taken for granted, how to enjoy the process and let go of the outcome, what’s the most important thing for our happiness, and how to choose the bigger life that’s meant for you.

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  1. The five senses can be the path to this richer, deeper appreciation for everything that we take for granted.
  2. Stop and look. The more you look, the more you see, the more you know, the more you notice. There’s gold if you actually have the space to be there.
  3. Lean into the mundane moment. You can find equanimity in a moment where you’re present.
  4. Enjoy the process. Don’t wait for the ending or the outcome. Have fun while it’s happening.
  5. It’s good to try to be as happy as we can be.
  6. The most important thing to our happiness is strong relationships. We need to have intimate, enduring bonds. We need to feel like we belong. We have to be able to confide. We need to be able to get support, but just as important for happiness, we need to be able to give support.
  7. Choose the bigger life. Only you have the answer that’s right for you.

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