Friday, August 5, 2011

A Wonderful Fact: Gardening Makes You Feel Good

I loved reading this little tidbit on gardening and health, and just had to share:
Scientific research has recently confirmed that gardening makes you feel good (like we didn’t already know that!). It turns out that making direct contact with a particular soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers a release of serotonin in the brain, a natural mood enhancer (are the naked gardeners on to something here?). Furthermore, researchers also have also demonstrated that the act of harvesting releases dopamines into the blood stream – another way to enjoy that natural high. Good food, good health and good vibes – what more could a gardener ask for! 
This explains my addiction, and perhaps why my son has taken to playing in the garden dirt instead of his sandbox!

Enjoy some feelgood harvesting!

Robyn Francis, via the


Abby said...

haha I agree with your "like we didn't already know that!" but how cool! There's a really neat book called The Nature Principle by Richard Louv that is all about how nature heals and is necessary for the soul

Shanon Hilton said...

I will have to check that book out. Thanks for the recommendation!