The way that some thing or some place smells is key to our experience of that object or location. Rigorous scientific research has uncovered specific psychological reactions to particular scents. These responses are generally true for humans, but people who have had a significant (to them) experience while smelling a scent, may not have this most common reaction to a smell. An example: the smell of peppermint is generally physically energizing, but if your mom chewed peppermint gum as she rubbed the younger you's back to help you fall asleep, you will not respond to peppermint as your colleagues do.
Scientists have learned, for example, that:
For these scents to work their special magic, you don't have to consciously notice them.
Scientists have worked hard to learn about how the scents noted above, and a whole slew of others, influence us psychologically. Make your life easier by putting what they've learned to work.
Future posts will provide insights on how you can use smells to enhance life experiences.