· By Hannah Wolloch
Scent Psychology: How Good Smells Cause Good Moods
We love to brag about the smell of our Hand Soap. Washing with Gelo will leave you refreshed and squeaky clean, but can it also leave you feeling more productive?
Science says that the relationship between what we smell and how we feel is all in our heads -- literally! From the time we’re born, we are constantly linking scents to emotions, and storing them together as memories. Later, when we encounter those smells again, our brains reintroduce the feelings that go along with it. It might sound like a lot of work, but it’s totally involuntary.
So, where does productivity fit into this puzzle?
Rachel S. Herz, a Brown University Assistant Professor of Psychology, provides the proof in an article for Scientific American. She cites a study that examined the link between fresh scents and professional performance; it found that “people who worked in the presence of a pleasant smelling air-freshener...reported higher self-efficacy, set higher goals, and were more likely to employ efficient work strategies than participants who worked in a no-odor condition.”
If you’re wondering which scents work best, we’ve got you covered. According to Entrepreneur, there are plenty of mood-boosting fragrances you’ll want to have on hand.
To help you supercharge your routine, here are 5 productivity-enhancing scents, and why they work:
Lemon promotes concentration and clarity, and is particularly beneficial when you’re feeling anxious or angry.
Lavender contains soothing properties that release nervous tension and aid in decreasing emotional stress.
Jasmine produces feelings of confidence, optimism and revitalized energy.
Rosemary improves memory retention while fighting physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue.
Cinnamon improves concentration and focus.