Feeling in need of a mood booster for you and your family? Start digging in your backyard dirt!
Risk of frost is over in Northwest Ohio, finally! That means it’s time to plant my garden – the perfect activity for this beautiful spring day. Today was a fast-paced day with my mind on a million to-do’s. After 15 minutes of digging in the dirt I noticed myself slowing down and feeling very content. I started to reflect on how putting tomato, eggplant, and pepper plants in the ground just might have caused this feeling of bliss.
“Digging in soil is therapeutic,” I told the Toledo Blade in a 2013 interview. In my 9 years of teaching, I have observed kids transform from “stressed out” to calm through nature activities. I recently read an interesting article that discussed how touching microbes in soil may raise serotonin levels. That’s the feel-good chemical that makes us feel happy. It’s a good thing I garden without gloves, so I can reap more benefits of those dirty microbes!
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