The garden is my happy place. Bliss in the form of rich dark earth, green leaves, tangled roots and those flowers!
What takes this joy to an entirely 'nother level for me is the understanding that most of what is green and growing is a gift that can nourish me in some way. Whether my belly gets fed, fueled or feeling better, I know that I have merely to look to the garden to sustain me.
And, did ya know that this sublime bliss i feel has a scientific basis? Yep. There’s a natural antidepressant in soil! It’s true. Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier*. So, get your hands and feet in the dirt! Bee happy xoxo
Read more at Gardening Know How: Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy *https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/antidepressant-microbes-soil.htm