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Don’t Get Depressed…Get Dirty! April 16, 2007

Posted by edukfun in 9-5-4, add, adhd, children, play attention, Sparks of Genius, underachieve, video games.
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You can improve your mood by playing in the dirt with friends, as long as your friends are Mycobacterium vaccae a harmless soil microbe. A new study shows that exposure to the bacteria helps stimulate serotonin in the brain, which elevates mood. Link: http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/070411_happy_bacteria.html

Here is one more reason not to overlook the Naturalist Intelligence.

It also helps explain some of my wife’s interesting behavior. She hates city life and loves nature. As a high-school biology teacher, she comes home packed full of stress. Then she’ll sit on the grass for half an hour with our dog and cat and feel better. Turns out the dirt makes her happy. Go figure.

Just like rolling in the dirt, carbs increase serotonin.

She’s also a carb-junkie, to the extent that on some nights she’ll eat cookies or Cheezits for dinner. Just like rolling in the dirt, carbs increase serotonin. I’m picking up on a pattern here.

Learning about plants and animals in their natural environment is good and—literally–makes you feel good, too.

So for you parents out there whose children are plunked down in front of a computer, TV set, homework or X-Box 360, the take home message is: kick them out on the lawn! Make it a priority to put some time into their Naturalist Intelligence. Learning about plants and animals in their natural environment is good and—literally–makes you feel good, too.

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