It's no surprise that knocking back a few drinks can make a whole room full of strangers friendly, but researchers in France found something else that might be able to do the something similar.
A study in the Journal of Social Psychology
says certain smells can trigger a more positive mood, which ultimately makes you nicer to people you don’t know.
KHON: “...based on experiments, people were more likely to tell someone they had dropped something, if they were also passing by a bakery giving off the scent of fresh-baked bread.
says the team of researchers rounded up eight volunteers and had half stand outside a bakery while the other four by a clothing store.
"Some 77-percent of people who walked by the participants standing bear the bakery picked up items the volunteers dropped. while only 52-percent picked up items near the clothing shop."
The researchers reportedly repeated the experiment 400 times! So how do smells make us so darn nice? A professor of psychology at Brown University explains.
“Odors do affect people’s mood, work performance and behavior in a variety of ways but it isn’t because odors work on us like a drug, instead we work on them through our experiences … with them. That is, in order for an odor to elicit any sort of response in you, you have to first learn to associate it with some event.”