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Bottling the smell of happiness to help treat depression

20220106-100824384151467_69361ef639_o Scientists are studying the scents our bodies produce when we’re happy or afraid to see how these can influence other people’s emotional states. Image credit - Ken Douglas/Flickr, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Scientists are studying the scents our bodies produce when we're happy or afraid to see how these can influence other people's emotional states. Image credit - Ken Douglas/Flickr, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0  

What's the smell of happiness?


It may sound like something out of a fantasy movie, but scientists hope to be able to bottle the smell of happiness so it can be used to help people with phobias or depression.

Our bodies produce different scents when we feel happy or afraid. These so-called chemosignals – which are in fact odourless – are believed to trigger happiness or fear in others. It is one of the ways smell impacts people's social interactions.

'It's like an emotional contagion. If I feel fear, my body odour will be smelt by people around me and they may start to feel fear themselves, unconsciously,' said Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, a professor at the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Pisa, Italy.

Similarly, the smell of happiness can inspire a positive state in other people, says Prof. Scilingo.

'If we had a spray of happiness … If we can find some odour which can induce a happy state – or a general positive state – I think we can help many, many people,' Prof. Scilingo said.

He hopes scientists can produce one within a few years. This could be particularly important in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, with cases of depression rising especially among young people.

'I don't want to say having this spray will (cure) people, but I think it's a very beautiful contribution,' Prof. Scilingo said.

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Quotes to reflect on: Simone de Beauvoir

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Love for Truth

To go out of your comfort zone, to become more or less skeptical, to seek reason, or reconciliation between rational intentions and irrational instincts is a lifetime dedication. Love of truth may not lead you to happiness but it's arguably the only path to achieve wisdom and thus a happier state of mind. We cannot deny the importance of such endeavors. For us is as crucial to take care of our bodies as to sustain our mental and emotional health. So, never stop following your dreams and aspirations even though they may face you with the greatest difficulties in your life. Listen to your inner voice and you will find the support you need because you are not alone. There are the Truth and all the others who search for it. 

"I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me. " 

- Simone de Beauvoir


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