• Quote of the Day
    "Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be,
    but to find out who we already are and become it."
    Steven Pressfield, posted by David Baxter


Dec 21, 2007
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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