(Above: The nicest ladies in the world.)
A recent study published in Psychological Science
offers evidence that clean, pleasant smells can make you a better person. According to the Boston Globe
, "The authors even suggested that clean smells could be employed as a tool to influence how people act." Oh really
? You don't say!
is pretty interesting (if long). Here are a few of the highlights . . .
People playing a trust game in a citrus-smelling room treated their opponents more fairly.
The smell of some cleansers made people more likely to volunteer for a charity.
People walking through a mall were more likely to help fellow shoppers (by retrieving dropped items) if the smells of cinnamon buns and coffee were in the air.
A French study showed that people were more likely to help a female stranger if she was wearing perfume. (And even more likely to help if she was wearing Fille Fiable
The moral of this story? Take a bath every day. (And add a small bottle of fragrance to your spy-girl toolbox!)