Pleasant smells make us happy and have been known to stimulate positive mood.
A recent study has said that positive smells can also bring on kindness or feelings of altruism, and in this area the aroma of freshly baked bread scored brownie points.
The study conducted by scientists from the University of Southern Brittany in France, which evaluated the behavior of people after getting a whiff of freshly baked bread, found that the smell of bread makes you kinder.
People were found to portray acts of kindness during or after they had smelt the aroma of freshly baked bread.
The study, found that pleasant smells did inspire benevolent behavior. "Our results show that, in general, spontaneous help is offered more in areas where pleasant ambient smells are spread. This experiment confirms the role of ambient food odours on altruism," researchers said.