I knew there was something leftl to live for.
The wise old grandmother who can calm every fear and soothe every woe is a staple of folklore, but there may be some fact among the fiction. A Rutgers professor and her former graduate student have found that the odor of post-menopausal women can lift the spirits. The research is preliminary but fascinating, said psychology Professor Jeannette Haviland-Jones.
Working with former graduate student Denise Chen, now at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, Haviland-Jones collected the underarm secretions of donors ranging in age from young children to senior citizens. Volunteers were unknowingly exposed to one of the scents and asked to complete a survey that included questions on their own mood. After just a few minutes of surreptitious “aroma therapy” the volunteers’ mood changed. The scent of an older woman improved their mood, a baby’s scent had little effect and the scent of a teenage boy had a negative effect. Haviland-Jones is quick to note that the mood change was slight but, since no change was expected, significant.
So, will parfum de granny be the next perk-me-up scent? It’s too soon to say. “It’s possible that the group of older women we chose is really happy and that being a young man is a difficult time of life,” Haviland-Jones said. More research is planned. In the meantime, it won’t do your mood any harm to hang around with some happy old ladies.
Since I live with teenage boys, I would vouch that their scent doesn’t lift my mood either.
My theory — the body goes, the mind goes, the looks go, and all you can do is smell good.
Found at Perfume of Life