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!

Source:
Robyn Francis, www.permaculture.com.au via the www.urbanfarmer.ca

2 comments:

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!