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Getting back to Nature & Gardening makes you happier!

Ask your gardening friends how happy they are, and I’m sure you’ll be surprised. Here’s why:
Soil contains certain microorganisms called Mycobacterium vaccae, which have been found to have potential antidepressant effects in some studies. These bacteria are commonly seen in soil and can be inhaled or contact the skin during gardening activities. Research has suggested that exposure to Mycobacterium vaccae may increase serotonin levels in the brain, contributing to improved mood.

It is likely that a combination of factors, including physical activity, connection with nature, and other psychological aspects, contribute to the positive impact of gardening on mental well-being.

Several factors contribute to the positive impact of gardening on mental health.

  1.  Physical activity: Gardening involves physical movement, which releases endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones responsible for boosting mood and reducing stress.
  2. Connection with nature: Being in nature and working with plants can promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. The garden’s sights, smells, and sounds can have a calming effect on the mind.
  3. Mindfulness and stress reduction: Gardening often requires focus and attention to detail, which can help shift your focus away from daily stressors and promote mindfulness. This practice has been shown to reduce stress and improve mental well-being.
  4. Sense of accomplishment: Watching your plants grow, caring for them, and eventually harvesting the fruits of your labor can provide a sense of achievement and satisfaction, leading to increased happiness.
  5. Environmental benefits: Knowing that you contribute to a healthier environment by growing your food, conserving water, and supporting local ecosystems can also create a sense of purpose and happiness.

While there may not be one specific chemical responsible for the happiness experienced in gardening, combining these factors creates a positive and fulfilling experience that can improve overall well-being. Knowing these positive factors contribute to a person’s well-being, why not give gardening a try!

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