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Why candles influence emotions and performance ?

 

Odors have a variety of effects on people's moods, work performance, and behavior, but it's not because they work on us like a drug; rather, we work on them through our connections with them. To put it another way, in order for a fragrance to provoke any kind of response on us, we must first learn to identify it with a certain event.

For example, a candle can remind you of the cookie smell your mother baked as a child, while a floral scent can remind you of your first date. Smell can also play a role in establishing a memory in the first place–for example, if you're lighting a candle with a specific scent during a special occasion.

 

Scientifically speaking, the limbic system, the brain's oldest and also most primitive component, is regarded to be the seat of emotion, and our olfactory receptors are directly related to it. After the deepest portions of our brains have been aroused, smell sensations are relayed to the cortex, where "cognitive" recognition takes place. Therefore, by the time we correctly name a scent as ‘chocolate,' for example, the limbic system has already been aroused, prompting more deep-seated emotional responses.

Because of the unique emotional feelings associated with scents, everyone has a different experience with them. The next time you smell a fragance that you like, see if you can figure out where you first experienced it and then also reflect to yourself whether you feel any mood change and if that mood makes you want to do anything in particular.

For more information, see orginial source:

http://www.sirc.org/publik/smell_emotion.html