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Play Dirty, Be Happy: Improve your mood by getting down in the dirt
August 1, 2007

Digging in the dirt may boost your mood and help you cope with stress, says a study from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

Researchers found that mice that inhaled bacteria commonly found in soil tried harder to work out a stressful problem (escaping from a pool of water); mice who didn't sniff the bacteria gave up more easily. The soil-loving bugs are thought to stimulate the releasae of mood-enhancing chemicals in the brain. So take a big whiff of that compost pile. Then plant some bulbs for next spring.
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