Gardening is known to increases happiness and decreases depression… with many positive “side effects”.
Even if you don’t have and can’t have a garden, this can still help you, so tune in until the end!
In my family, we aspire to start our day with appreciation for the many blessings in our lives. Even when it seems like a ‘bad day”, chances are we can always think of a handful of things for which to be grateful.
Might as well be grateful, because the alternative… being angry, upset, bitter, discontented… these attitudes are stressful and not a fun place to hang out.
Gratitude is a powerful force for good. Gratitude breaks are free and yet go a long way toward elevating physical, emotional and mental health.
Gratitude breaks are free therapy.
When it comes to gardening, no matter your financial circumstance or the size of your yard, or if you have only a pot by a window, it’s exciting to place a seed in the dirt and watch it grow. It always seems miraculous to me, to see a seed grow into a plant that produces food. Imagine a scraggly, non-descript vine producing a beautiful watermelon or huge winter squash, or bright red, juicy tomatoes!
People who work with plants… who garden and grow things, tend to be more connected to appreciation for the small things in life. Connecting with nature fosters this.
Gardeners tend toward an attitude of gratitude, and life is better with gratitude.
There are so many benefits to gardening, but for now, sharing just three more.
3 Happy Benefits to Gardening
Excerpted from GardeningKnowHow.com
1. Toil in the Soil for Joy
It has been scientifically proven that there is a natural antidepressant in the soil that may contribute to happiness.
Yes! Now gardeners already know this intuitively. Many will tell you that their garden is their happy place. So it’s always cool when science proves ageless wisdom.?
Yep! Studies found there’s a microbe in the soil that actually stimulates serotonin, the feel-good hormones.
Mycobacterium vaccae is a happy little microbe found in the soil.
Studies have found this bacterium to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide, and helps you feel happier and more relaxed.
Apparently, we absorb these microbes via air and skin contact when working in the garden. So if you’re suffering from depression, instead of popping prozac, you may just need to dig in the dirt and plant something!
The above information is from GardeningKnowHow.com.1)http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/antidepressant-microbes-soil.htm
Imagine! Going to a therapist’s office, only to find a raised bed with garden soil and seedlings to plant in the waiting room. Waiting patients are advised to plant seedlings and stir around the dirt with bare hands. Next thing you know, they don’t need the therapy session! Oh, but… guess that doesn’t monetize! ?
(Editor’s Note: Of course we’re not dispensing medical advice… be responsible and adjust according to your physician’s recommendations. However we always seek all possible natural means first and foremost, and that’s what works for us.)2)https://gardensall.com/which-medicinal-herbs-should-you-grow/
In addition to the immunity boosting benefits of sun and fresh air, working with the soil also boosts immunity.3)http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/boost-your-immune-system-by-living-on-a-farm
Working with the soil, boosts immunity!
2. Eat well
From Nature Hacks4)http://naturehacks.com/4-natural-ways-to-feel-happier/
The food you ingest has an enormous effect on both your body and psyche. While some foods help reach emotional balance and calmness, others make you agitated and depressed. Paying attention to what you eat is an important step on the way to achieving constant happiness. Essentially, you should choose more fresh, organically grown foods or food you have grown yourself. Fruits and vegetables that have been treated with pesticides, as well as commercially raised farm animals, contain a lot of hormones and chemicals that induce stress in the human organism, which may have a lot of negative repercussions, including chronic depression. Additionally, try staying away from packaged foods, as well as fried meals. Saturated fats and artificial sweeteners might make you feel good at first, but they disrupt the delicate hormonal balance in your body and take you further away from feeling happy.
For the third happy benefit of gardening, visit page 3.
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