Better in Every Sense

How the New Science of Sensation Can Help You Reclaim Your Life


By Norman Farb, PhD

By Zindel Segal, PhD

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Renowned neuroscientists Dr. Norman Farb and Dr. Zindel Segal reveal how to break out of negative patterns by engaging your senses.

For many of us, daily life has stopped making sense. Super-efficient routines that once served us well now stress us out. Patterns of judgment and negative thinking lead to downward emotional spirals. For others, life has simply lost its spark. Where does change come from when habit lets you down?

When we’re struggling with a problem, a bad habit, or life in general, we often think we need to be resilient by “toughing it out” or “trying harder.” But when we do that, our brains double-down on the thinking patterns that got us stuck in the first place—even when they clearly aren't working for us. Fortunately, the science of sensation provides the key.

In Better in Every Sense, neuroscientist Norman Farb and clinical psychologist Zindel Segal explain that the brain has two networks—the rapid problem-solving (habit) network and the sensory network devoted to fresh insight. By tuning into new and everyday sensations—from the feeling of your feet on a crowded street to the sound of birdsong in the park—we can engage our sensory network. When we’re stressed or stuck, we can pause to notice and feel the dynamic, vibrant world around us and boost our resilience, well-being, health, and creativity wherever we are, in the moment.

Grounded in decades of scientific research, and filled with simple exercises and practical mental techniques for mastering “sense foraging,” Better in Every Sense explores the power of sensory experiences to liberate us from our ruts and dead-ends—and help us successfully handle all of life's challenges.


  • “A brilliant, user-friendly, and easy-to-implement framework explaining why intentionally tuning in to our senses and learning how to trust them and expand their repertoire in outside-the-box ways—what the authors call ‘sense foraging’—is profoundly liberative and healing, revolutionary, and yet totally commonsensical.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and author of Coming to Our Senses and Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief
  • "When you are feeling stressed or stuck, how do you relate to your life? In Better in Every Sense the authors take us through the science of tools to get out of the 'house of habit' and offer ways to re-engage with your life. 
    A wonderful new book by Norman Farb and Zindel Segal. Fascinating, thought-provoking, and so useful in these trying times." —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Life
  • "These two highly trained and highly skilled professionals have got the chops — and the goods — to help you genuinely upgrade your life."—Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier

On Sale
Jan 23, 2024
Page Count
288 pages
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Norman Farb, PhD

About the Author

Norman Farb is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, where he directs the Regulatory and Affective Dynamics laboratory and the Psychedelics Studies Research Program.
Zindel Segal is Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto. He co-developed Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a psychological treatment that prevents relapse in clinical depression on par with antidepressant medication.

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