Have you ever thought about the connection between sense of smell and memory? A smell can take us back to old days, remind us people we were together with and bring a scene to our mind. We can see that piece of event very clearly with our mind’s eye. That particular smell even makes us have a feeling exactly the same as the feeling we had those days. And this might even effect our mood and concentration. So it won’t be wrong to say that a smell is as effective as or even more than something visual. This effect can be either positive or negative. It definitely depends on our past emotions. Surprisingly enough, the smell which takes us to past memories doesn’t have to be directly related to what we remember. To give an example, there is a kind of soap which reminds me of times when I left home for college in a different city. Whenever I wash my hands with that soap, its fragrance takes me back to those days and gives me a combined feeling of joy and a bit blueness. I was so happy to pass a challenging university exam and get the right of studying at a college while I was also upset as I didn’t feel ready to leave my parents and we had that soap in our bathroom at those times.
So the smell of this soup takes me cold outside warm inside Winters with my family. I would forget the freezing cold outside once I felt the smell of this soup coming from the kitchen when I returned from highschool. I also remember chatting with mom about our days. Then my brother, who was away from us studying at a college, appears in my mind with his phone calls. We would have long talks on the phone and I remember how I missed him. So this yogurt soup is so special to me.
Have you ever had similar flashbacks caused by a smell?