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Unconventional Candle Scents (That Can Recall Memories) You May Have Never Imagined

Unconventional Candle Scents (That Can Recall Memories) You May Have Never Imagined

Smell is one of the most powerful scents we have. And because smells are detected and registered in the upper part of the nose — which then passes them along to the brain — memories are commonly tied to distinct smells. In fact, it could be argued that smell is more closely linked with memory than any of the other senses. If you’re unsure about whether or not this is true in your life, just invest in some of these unconventional candle scents and see if some old memories come roaring back.

1. Old Books

Library nerds and book geeks will appreciate this soy wax candle that smells like old library books. It has notes of white tea, timber, musk, and, you guessed it, newsprint. While non-readers may think the thought of an old book smell seems strange, those who love cracking open a novel and curling up by the fireplace will be amazed at how this scent helps them connect with old memories.

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2. Girl Scout Cookies

Are you the person that can’t wait until Girl Scout cookie season each year? Well, there’s good news and bad news. We’ll start with the bad news: Girl Scout cookie season isn’t getting any longer. Now for the good: You can pretend like it’s cookie season all year round with Girl Scout cookie candles that smell like Thin Mints, Trefoils, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Coconut Caramel Stripe. Now, that’s amazing!

3. Pure Peach

For many people who grew up in rural farm areas, summer memories include sitting on the porch eating fruit, sharing laughs, and playing games. Well, few fruits are so firmly tied to summer as peaches. That’s why this Pure Peach Candle is so incredible. It perfectly embodies the ripe fragrance of a summer orchard and helps people of all ages recall distinct memories from the past.

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4. Popcorn

Who doesn’t love popcorn and a movie? Even if popcorn isn’t your favorite food, you can’t deny the fact that the popcorn smell at a movie theater is part of the experience. But, unless you want to continuously pop fresh popcorn in your home, it’s difficult to replicate this lovely aroma. The solution? Use this Popcorn candle to set the mood. The good news is that it’s also a little healthier for you. Less salt and butter and more fragrance means everyone can enjoy the memories of the movie theater.

5. Campfire

Few smells are as distinct as a burning campfire. That smoky, warm smell is one of a kind. Unfortunately, building a campfire isn’t always practical — and can leave you smelling pretty smoky afterwards. Well, if you love the smell, but don’t want to waste time building a fire or risking smelling like one yourself, then you need this campfire-scented candle. There’s nothing else quite like it if you want to recall campfire stories from previous years.

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6. Fresh Cut Grass 

The smell of freshly cut grass is very distinct. There’s no mistaking that scent when you catch a whiff. Well, this candle evokes memories of summer, even when it’s cold or rainy. As the candle maker suggests, the candle gives you a sort-of “It’s sunny, the lawn is mowed and you deserve a rest,” vibe. Now, that’s something we can all get behind!

The Power of Smell

It’s clear that smell is a very powerful sense and plays an interesting role in a person’s ability to recall distant memories and relive particular moments in the past. Do any of the scents above seem like scents that would connect with you? You’ll never know unless you give them a try!

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Featured photo credit: Jimmy Cardosi via flic.kr

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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