Did you know that gardening promotes relief from acute stress?
According to a survey by Gardener World magazine,80 percent of gardeners reported being “happy” and satisfied with their lives compared to 67 percent of non-gardeners.
Mycobacterium vaccae is a type of bacteria commonly found in soil. Remarkably, this microbe has been found to “mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. It helps to stimulate serotonin production, helping to make you feel happier and more relaxed.
The research suggested that garden use, whether it be watering plants, walking through a garden or sitting in one, leads to decreased levels of agitation or anxiety among the patients.
When you immerse yourself in nature in nature, including via gardening, you get to take a break from directed attention and instead engage in “involuntary “or effortless “attention.