Have you become NOSEBLIND to your own home?

Every home has its own smell, and sometimes it's not so great. Cognitive psychologist Pamela Dalton says "noseblindness" is a real thing, and happens when your nose smells something, determines it's not a threat, and shuts down the recep...

Every home has its own smell, and sometimes it's not so great. Cognitive psychologist Pamela Dalton says "noseblindness" is a real thing, and happens when your nose smells something, determines it's not a threat, and shuts down the receptors for that smell. This is great if an out-of-the-ordinary smell pops up, but bad for lingering scents. If you want to make sure your own home doesn't have a funky odor you could leave it all closed up for a few days and then come back and take a deep breath. You could also do a few quick laps around the block and then take a deep breath through your nose as you come back inside, as it's been shown exercise can wake your nose back up. Unfortunately the most effective way to figure it out is also the most awkward-- ask a friend to tell you the truth. Dalton says ultimately, if you're worried about how your house smells you might be more likely to pick up on any weird smells yourself, as fear seems to interfere with our nose's process of shutting off familiar scent receptors.

( Fox

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