Can You Smell That? It’s Your Memory!

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Samantha Burns

What does the smell of fresh baked cookies remind you of?

Today on Ever Widening Circles (EWC), we’re rediscovering the power of our sense of smell, and the important role it takes in shaping our environments every day!

Image: A little boy smelling some wildflowers
Source: Juhan Sonin // Flickr

Today let’s meet Sissel Tolaas, a person with a passion for something we all experience and have the ability to be affected by, but rarely notice–our often looked over the sense of smell. This Norwegian artist and scientist goes around collecting scent molecules that, when combined, can create experiences special to a certain place, and bring us there with just a sniff. Here’s Great Big Story with more…

Our sense of smell is amazing, ya’ll! How do you think your life would change if you lost it?

Every single situation in your life has a scent attached to it. Recently, I’ve been transported back to my childhood through the smell of freshly cut grass, blooming lilacs, and blown out candles. Has anything affected you this way?

If you don’t think your nose is up to par, fear not! We actually have the ability to improve our sense of smell! The more we pay attention to what exactly we’re smelling, we’re able to train our brain to remember these moments in life where we create emotional connections through scent. Check out this video TED-Ed put together on the steps we can take to make our sense of smell even better!

Via: TED-Ed 2

What kind of experience could we have if we take our focus off of what we’re seeing and put it towards our other senses instead? Could we finally feel knowledgeable when smelling our wine? Would this change how we experience our everyday life?

Image: An adorable cat sniffing some wildflowers
Source: Pixabay

Smell, unlike vision, has the ability to completely surround and become a part of us.

As we’ve seen today, we have senses that are just as, if not more, important than our vision, though they may be a little less obvious. Keep yourself open to new possibilities (and scents) and happiness will stay nearby!

-Sam

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Samantha Burns is a doting plant mom with a passion for maple syrup, nachos, and everything denim. You can find her on Instagram @awhsam

Notes:

  1. “The Scent of History: Inside the Library of Smells.” YouTube. Great Big Story, 28 Mar. 2017. Web. 08 June 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ByOLyDJW_Y>.
  2. “How to Master Your Sense of Smell – Alexandra Horowitz.” YouTube. TED-Ed, 09 Jan. 2017. Web. 08 June 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynrbxy36erE>.