Improve your Winter Blues by digging in your garden! Hunting and gathering the fruits of your labor also add to your your happiness level.
Serotonin and Dopamine are 2 natural anti-depressants that boost your mood and your immune system. We didn’t need science to tell us that Gardening makes us happy, but it’s always fun when science catches up with women’s wisdom.
TIP: Garden without gloves and get your hands into the dirt and compost heap.
Soil bacteria cause immune cells to release chemicals called cytokines, which activate the nerves that relay signals from the body to the brain. The stimulated nerves cause neurons in the brain to release serotonin into the prefrontal cortex, an area of your brain involved in regulating your moods.
Studies link early childhood exposure to bacteria to protection against allergies and asthma in adulthood, suggesting that bacteria-exposure boosts your immune systems and alters your vulnerability to conditions such as depression as well.
Check out Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne and Giselle Potter. A clever twist on a classic fairy tale, this story stars a whip-smart girl instead of traditionally lazy, not-so-bright Jack. It stays pretty true to the original, but has a surprising ending.