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Ever wonder why you are so happy in the garden?

 
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From the BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6509781.stm

Apparently dirt exposure increases happiness.    There are friendly bacteria in dirt that increase your serotonin levels.

And that doesn't even take into effect the impact that the sunshine or the exercise has on your mood! 

I always come back from gardening feeling very peaceful and zen. Even when the plants are having tough times. And now I know why...

How does gardening impact your mood?
 
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Wow, thanks for posting this.

Although never formally diagnosed, I have obsessive-compulsive disorder (no need to pay a western doctor to tell me that!) and one of my biggest 'behaviors' is just straight up playing in the dirt. Close friends of course just think of it as a healthy quirk, kind of cute really.

But this gives me huge insight into why a pile of dirt can stop me in my tracks. And sometimes keep me pre-occupied for hours. I'm probably just re-upping some seratonin that may have gone astray.

Wow, all the crazy info you find on the internet!!
Now, besides just having the craziest knowledge of soil types, I can congratulate myself on knowing well the mycobacterium.

I wonder then if 'that nice soil smell after a summer rain' like when all the bacteria start up again, actually Does increase seratonin levels...?
 
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