Our five senses determine how we experience everything. So when Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, wanted to better understand other people and herself, she began to research how sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste shape our relationship to the world.
Blast from the Past
Most adults vividly remember experiences from ages 15 to 25. That means you can often revisit the past by recreating sensory input from that time in your life. For instance, Rubin drank a Snapple Diet Peach Tea that instantly transported her back to her law school days. (It’s not Proust’s madeleine, but it worked for her.) Learn more in our Instaread on Rubin’s latest bestseller, Life in Five Senses.