It’s true! Scent can affect your mood immediately, so identifying smells that positively change your mental state can be a powerful tool. Some scents are very personal. For instance, an odor that brings back happy childhood memories can make us feel happier. That nostalgic aroma might be kids’ play clay, fresh air, trees or even hay.
Other scents have more universal effects. Smelling green apple or cucumber can help reduce anxiety. Vanilla, lavender and baby powder scents are known for their soothing properties. Simply inhaling a scent for a second or two can have effects that last for far longer.
To use scent to your advantage, think strategically. A mixed floral scent has been shown to increase productivity by 17 percent, so consider keeping a sachet in your desk at work. Or add a few drops of lavender oil to your favorite scarf so you can take a sniff when you’re in need of a little relaxation.