Growing Satisfaction

| 12/9/2015 9:54:00 AM

Tags: gardening, growing, contentment, satisfaction, mental health, Allan Douglas,

Of Mice and Mountain MenPeople garden for a lot of different reasons: reducing household costs, increase food quantity, increase food quality, providing food for the less fortunate of their community, those who tend flower gardens seek to beautify their property, give shelter to certain insects and birds, and improve the aesthetics of their life. But one common thread that runs through it all at some level is that we do it because we enjoy it: when we grow flowers or vegetables we are also growing satisfaction and contentment.

Dirty hands with plant

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There is something therapeutic about working the soil with our hands, watching as seeds we planted push up through that soil, develop into plants and thrive under our attentive care. Then we EAT THEM, mua-hahaha! Sorry, I got carried away there.

Scientific studies have shown that there are friendly bacteria in soil that work the same way in our systems as antidepressants.  Others state that children need to be exposed to dirt in order for their immune systems to fully develop as they should. Children who grow up on farms, for example, or who are raised around pets, tend to exhibit lower rates of asthma and other respiratory diseases. Gardening can also help give your immune system a lift regardless of your age.

Whether you garden vegetables or flowers, working the soil and tending your leafy charges as they grow, mature and bring forth the fruits of your labor is very satisfying. Mission accomplished. Job well done. You are a success at something. And this is generally not an easy win: you have battled weather, destructive insects, plant diseases, maybe deer and rabbits to bring your agglomeration of vegetation to it's fullest level.

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