Updated: Aug 18
In my line of my work, I see tangible, physical benefits that result from my efforts.
That’s part of the reason I seriously enjoy physical labor and yard/hard work. After a few hours in the yard, I can actually see evidence of my achievements. It must be from the directional upbringing from my Father.
Quote I'd hear him say: ''Hard Work Never Goes Undone''.
I’ve know for years that when spring rolls around, I look forward to mowing, mulching, weeding, planting, pruning, etc. As I dig in the dirt, my mind declutters. Distractions and stress diminish as the dirt accumulates under my fingernails. There are lots of anecdotal reasons for this spike in wellbeing—but I was curious if there was any science to support my own experience.
Research shows that bacteria naturally found in soil, called Mycobacterim vaccae:
Activates a group of neurons that produces the brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin – at appropriate levels, is key for regulating mood and contributes to better emotional stability and a better social life, not to mention decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Contributes to increased productivity (speed) and less anxiety.