Our senses help us navigate smoothly through day-to-day activities. Every sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch stems from a flurry of activity between brain cells.
Now, you probably don’t remember when you “learned” to associate the smell of coffee with the start of a day. Make a new connection with your nose by linking a new scent – say, vanilla, citrus, or peppermint – to an activity, you’ll alert new neural pathways.
Try keeping an extract of your favourite scent near your bed for a week. Open it and inhale when you first wake up, and then again as you bathe and dress.
Credit: Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin Photo: Chris