The Nose Knows

This Week’s Writing Prompt

Smell and memory are closely linked due to the brain’s anatomy. “Odors take a direct route to the limbic system, including the amygdala and the hippocampus, the regions related to emotion and memory.” (Walsh 2020) Smells and emotions become stored as one memory there. 

The holiday season features a multitude of smells of Christmas, Hanukkah, and other festivities. What is your favorite holiday smell? Why? What does catching a whiff of that smell remind you of?  Why? Does it evoke a particular feeling?

Recall a memory involving this favorite scent and write about it.  


        • Include plenty of sensory details in addition to describing your best-loved smell.
        • What sights, textures, sounds, tastes accompany the scent? 
        • What emotions are present? 
        • Bring your reader into that scene to savor the delights of the moment with you.



Walsh, Colleen. 2020. The Harvard Gazette. February 27. Accessed November 18, 2020. 

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