On an excitement scale from zero to ten, I’m about an eleven right now.
It’s all because my work in mood-nudging has taken a fascinating turn.
If you have a good memory you may recall that earlier this year I started looking into the use of guided imagery as a way to lift emotional well-being.
In fact, lots of Moodnudgers experimented with some prototype recordings.
Since then, things have excitingly evolved to incorporate aromatherapy, specifically aromatherapy that automatically delivers a fragrance to you as you sleep.
Just before you drop off, this same fragrance surrounds you as you listen to a relaxing guided imagery recording.
It’s a fascinating combination. What seems to happen is that the repeated fragrance during your sleep helps to embed the positive suggestions you hear before you fall asleep.
And it all happens subconsciously. Work by psychologists in Germany showed that a similar schedule of night-time scent delivery boosted participants’ memories, and it was these findings that prompted me to wonder if a similar procedure might magnify the effects of guided imagery.
If you stop to think about it, I’m sure you’ve encountered the extraordinary connection between your memory and your sense of smell.
Maybe you’ve caught a whiff of some aroma or scent that’s instantly transported you back to a time or person in your past?
That’s because your olfactory system is directly connected to your brain.
Over the past couple of months, our small but inspired team has begun building prototype programmed aromatherapy devices (heck, we do live in Silicon Valley) that we’re already experimenting with.
Like I said, it’s early days, but our first results have already been truly encouraging.
If it’s OK with you, I’d love to keep you in the loop as things develop.
This new focus does feel truly promising and inspiring.
Just imagine being able to boost your mood in your sleep.