According to a Brown University study, scents affect mood, work performance and behavior. It is not because odors act on us like a drug, but because we associate them with past experiences.
Here are 5 examples that are productivity boosters, that could be useful for your meetings and beyond:
It’s the perfect tip for brainstorming: the cooling smell promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking. Research has shown that exercisers run faster and do more push-ups when exposed to the scent.
Japan-based Takasago Corporation lead a research to find out how smells affect the accuracy of typists. It turned out that 54% made fewer errors when they could smell lemon. Lemon has also antiviral properties and is proven to calm anxiety.
The scent of lavender can decrease heart rate. It is also used to treat headaches and migraines. Smelling it during work breaks boosts concentration, Japanese researchers say.
It has been claimed to fight physical exhaustion and mental fatigue, giving everyone the boost they need. Besides this, it is also used to relieve muscular aches and pains.
It is said that smelling cinnamon can improve concentration, which can be great for your team’s creative state.