Close your eyes and imagine walking into a home where fresh baked cinnamon bread was just pulled from the oven. That sweet aroma makes me swoon.
The wafting scent of a fresh brewed cup of coffee soothes my soul.
Scent absolutely affects our emotions.
Many people tend to take their sense of smell for granted – but it may be one of the most important ones. After all, smell was the very first sense to evolve and can have the most direct impact on how we feel.
Experts tell us scents can help energize us and transform our way of thinking. This effect can be immediate or spontaneous, affecting how we interact with the world around us.
Let’s go on another scent vacation…
Think about taking a whiff of:
A decadent dessert made of pumpkin and melted caramel with subtle notes of sparkling ginger and nutmeg – delicious.
Tempting scents of spicy cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon as you step foot into a hidden café – exotic.
Patchouli and blossoms intermingling with the smell of your cherry-red leather jacket on a crisp autumn day – romantic.
Did these scents bring out feelings of exhilaration and temptation or perhaps create a longing for the upcoming autumn season? Leading world expert on the psychology of smell and professor from Brown University and Boston College, Rachel Herz, Ph.D., understands the powerful impact our sense of smell has on our emotional state. Herz says, “Of all our five senses, our sense of smell is most strongly and directly linked to the part of the brain that processes emotions and memories. None of our other senses have that power, which is why it’s so important – it affects our day-to-day behavior and the way we interact with others.”
I was able to chat with Dr. Herz about the importance of fragrance and emotion and learn more about how fragrance can help encourage us to step our of our comfort zone this season.
I was so inspired, I decked out my mantel with autumn decor and scents! Feels like autumn to me – cozy and comfortable.
Stacey, you have invoked so many great memories that are associated with scent. Your words did a great job of reminding me what those scents are like. I love having something in the oven baking, it is so comforting.
Thanks, Cynthia! I love the scent of fresh baked goods! So comforting.
I was just craving the smells of of Pumpkin Spice. Fall scents are starting to permeate and I embrace them just like the cooler evenings. I love fall – it’s my favorite season.
Monica, after summer – fall is my favorite season. I love the colors and smells of autumn as well!
I agree, scents have a powerful affect on our memories and emotions. My dad used to wear old spice cologne as I was growing up. If I walk by a man today who is wearing it, I am instantly transported back to when I was a child, and the warm, protected feeling I had back then. I bring out the pumpkin spice, and apple pie candles when Fall arrives too, as they remind me of my mom, who worked so hard to cook everything from scratch, baking pumpkin and apple pies on chilly Fall days. Good memories. 🙂
April, I love the memories that you shred with me! I have similar feelings about Old Spice as well, as it was a favorite of my dad’s for years.