Our five senses are powerful and essential ways we connect with our world. Touch, taste, sight, hearing, and smell. All these senses are incredibly important as they guide and guard us in our interactions with each other and the potentially dangerous world around us. If one of the senses is lost or compromised, the others will go on high alert to try to make up for the loss.
The most important job of our each of our senses is to protect us from harm, yet they also help us find happiness and joy in our surroundings.
Often the sense of smell is considered of lesser importance than some of the other senses. Nevertheless, your nose and the information that it sends to your brain makes a big difference in your life. The following are a few ways your sense of smell affects and protects you in your daily life.
The Scent of Danger
You will most likely smell something burning before you even see the flames or feel the heat. Often, you can tell whether food is bad just by the smell. As much as we hate it, feces, vomit, and urine have a very distinct and unpleasant odor, which keeps us from allowing our babies to continue wearing a dirty diaper or helps us know if the cat is using the rug instead of the litter box.
This keeps our environment clean, and our families safe. The sense of smell is often the first warning sign of something that is dirty, rotting, or otherwise compromised. It isn’t always pleasant, but it is an essential warning system for us.
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The Scent of Success
How someone smells can affect how they are viewed by others and can even affect their ability to interact with them. Excessive body odor or halitosis (bad breath) may inhibit social interaction and be a hindrance to getting opportunities at work and opportunities for relationships.
Not only can these noxious scents be offensive, but even more importantly they can signal an illness or infection. On the flip side, people are drawn to others who smell good. Soap, deodorant, mints, perfume and cologne are big business in the modern world as most people want to make sure they smell their best.
I bet you could list off in your mind right now the scents you love the most. I am a sucker for coconut, because it is the scent of summer and tropical vacation spots. I adore the scent of fresh bread as it reminds me of home and family. The scent of my husband’s cologne means love, comfort, and romance. I swoon over the scent of baby lotion as it evokes memories of rocking my babies after an evening bath.
Scents are often associated with memories. You can evoke wonderful memories by reintroducing those scents. Scent can also affect your mood. Bright scents like citrus give you energy, and calm scents like lavender help you relax.
The Sense of Smell
Your nose is constantly sending information to your brain to help you not only avoid danger but help you be healthy and happy. Take a moment today to notice and be grateful for what your sense of smell is doing for you.
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