THEY may be a girl’s best friend but diamonds are not the best pick-me-up for women, according to research.
By: Laura Holland Published: Tue, August 19, 2014
Women have a much better and heightened sense of smell than their male counterparts Women have a much better and heightened sense of smell than their male counterparts [GETTY - Picture Posed By Model] Because females find the refreshing zing and zest of lemons the top mood boosters. Men get one of their biggest lifts from seeing an attractive woman, research revealed today. More than one in three women find the scent of a lemon serves as an instant pep-up, over and above being given flowers. Meanwhile more than half of men said that seeing an attractive member of the opposite sex helped brighten up their day. Women have a better and heightened sense of smell than men, because their brains are wired to process scents more acutely Professor Tim Jacob Women also rated freshly baked bread, clean sheets and the seaside among their top mood boosting scents, followed lastly by flowers. Men meanwhile said the smell of bacon made them happiest, followed by fresh bread, coffee, fish and chips and the seaside. The sweet smell of popcorn is the least favoured scent for women, while for men, the smell of a new-born baby’s head is a big no-no. The top sights guaranteed to put men in a good mood after a sexy woman are stunning beaches, watching sport, a juicy steak and people laughing. Women meanwhile say the sight of a cute animal makes them happy, followed by beaches, smiling babies and flowers. Professor Tim Jacob, an expert in the science of smell at Cardiff University explains, “Women have a better and heightened sense of smell than men, because their brains are wired to process scents more acutely. “This evidence explains the findings that women identify scent as giving them the ultimate uplift whereas men are shown to be more visual.” The poll, of over 3,500 Britons found that over a quarter of the nation say a kiss from a loved one perks them up, followed closely by a shower and spending time with family and friends. Contrary to popular belief, just over one in ten of those polled picked coffee as their go to for an instant uplift. The nationwide poll also showed that most people are in need of a mood boost at 3.56pm. Radox, who commissioned the research, is transforming Britain’s busiest railway station into a mood boosting scented station to celebrate the launch of a new shower gel. For one day, “uplifting scents” will waft through the concourse at Waterloo in London, in a bid to brighten the mood of commuters travelling through. Libby Sherriff, Assistant Brand Manager at Radox says, “As the research shows, the transformative power of scent is key in boosting and brightening Brits moods. “To treat commuters, we’ll be pumping mood boosting fragrances throughout Waterloo station, to give commuters an instant lift and pick-me-up.”