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iVillage.com: 15 Easy and Natural Stress Busters That Work

Stop and Smell the Grass

According to a 2009 British study with over 4,000 participants, the smell of cut grass is second only to the aroma of freshly baked bread in terms of making women feel happy and content -- it even beat out flowers, vanilla and that “clean baby” smell! “The distinct, organic scent of grass stimulates the brain’s production of soothing, mood-elevating alpha waves,” explains Elaine Wilkes, Ph.D., author of Nature’s Secret Messages.

Bonus: Looking at a sea of green reduces production of the stress hormone adrenalin, shutting down irritability within two minutes.

(CREDIT: Martin Ruegner/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
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