Thursday, November 15, 2018
Supporting Men > Psychology > The smell of a loved one could have a powerfully calming effect

The smell of a loved one could have a powerfully calming effect

https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2018/oct/24/why-sniffing-your-partners-used-clothing-could-make-you-happier

The smell – and clothes – of a loved one could have a powerfully calming effect. So claims a study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, which tested 96 women, who were asked to randomly smell one of three scents – a male partner’s, a stranger’s or a neutral scent. Those who caught a whiff of their partner tended to experience a reduction in stress hormones, while those forced to sniff a stranger experienced the opposite. The study suggested that sniffing a partner’s used clothing had a calming effect.