It’s no secret that we often associate certain smells with specific feelings and experiences. When you smell a rich perfume you might think of luxury, and when you sniff a coworker’s divine lunch you may be reminded of your own hunger.
But is it possible for certain smells to inspire productivity?
According to some researchers, it is. Takasago, Japan’s largest producer of fragrances (who likely had a vested interest in the study), found that those who work with computers made 54% fewer typing errors when the workplace was scented with lemon, 33% fewer errors when they smelled jasmine, and 20% fewer mistakes with lavender in the air.