The scent of peppermint incites the trigeminal nerve, which helps cue arousal and alertness, says Alan Hirsch, M.D., a neurologist and the founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment Research Foundation.
Stopping to smell-or even just look at-the flowers (any flowers!) can help reduce anxiety and make you feel happier, Dr. Hirsch says. The aroma of a sweet bouquet may also help you learn new things, he says.
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Better-mood benefits-like being cheerier, less stressed and more confident-arrive after spending only five minutes outdoors, Dr. Lodge says. The best part? After that measly time, the effects can last for up to two hours.
Fiber helps slow your absorption of food, which keeps your energy