There is nothing that makes me happier quite like gardening, and growing seeds to transplant into my garden in the Spring. My little grow mat warms my seeds quickly germinating them and really works like a charm, giving me about a two to three week jump on the season.
Gardening works like a charm too because it awakens our primal urge to connect with the earth and uniting with nature. Getting outdoors into the fresh air, exposing ourselves to the sun, gives us our much needed Vitamin D.
The microbe Mycobacterium vaccae releases serotonin, the happy chemical in our brain, a natural anti-depressant and strengthens the immune system, and mirrors the effect on neurons in our brain the way Prozac does.
Individuals with Dementia have been known to benefit form gardening, lessening anxiety, depression and aggression. It is seen as being a preventative measure against the disease as well.
It has been reported in one survey that 80% of those who garden say they are happy and satisfied with their lives compared to 67% of non-gardeners.
Gardening makes me feel grounded. Grounding or earthing is an actual thing we can do by throwing off our shoes. It brings us back to a neutral balanced state when we make direct contact with the earth’s surface that has negative ions. These rush into our bodies discharging numerous unpaired positive ions, or free radicals we pick up every day.
Dirt makes me happy!