Friday, June 26, 2015
Enjoy your sense of smell and use it to enhance the quality of your life. Take time to literally “smell the roses” and other flowers.
Enjoy the smell of a wonderful Italian or Chinese meal, or whatever foods and spices you like. Bask in the fragrance of a freshly baked apple pie. Take time to get into nature and enjoy the fresh clean air for the sense of smell has a powerful impact on us.
You might have noticed that stores use special odors that trigger emotions thus encouraging customers to buy and spend more money.13
For instance, customers smell the fragrance of pumpkin pie or evergreen trees as they shop for seasonal gifts or décor. You might be surprised to discover that the leathery smell of a new car is actually an artificial scent put into leather through a process called “re-tanning” to enhance the buyer’s satisfaction.14
Using scents in casinos has been shown to increase gambling.15 London’s Heathrow Airport reportedly used the scent of pine needles to reduce stress and tension for passengers.16 In contrast, bad odors have been found to make people more aggressive.17
A vanilla-like odor helped to reduce anxiety by 63% in patients going for a closed MRI scan (a closed scan can make people feel claustrophobic).18
These examples show that our sense of smell has a powerful impact on our mood and mindset. Because smell signals are projected into the limbic area (emotion center in the brain), smell can also affect memory. This is where the field of aromatherapy comes in. It seeks to use this nose-limbic connection to enhance our sense of well-being.