Monday, April 02, 2007

Dirt Exposure Makes You Happy

Exposure to dirt may be a way to lift mood as well as boost the immune system, UK scientists say.

Lung cancer patients treated with "friendly" bacteria normally found in the soil have anecdotally reported improvements in their quality of life.

Mice exposed to the same bacteria made more of the brain's "happy" chemical serotonin, the Bristol University authors told the journal Neuroscience.

I think my son is the happiest person on the planet then. He is two and boy does he love the dirt. He can lay in the dirt for hours. He will dig, scoop, scatter, and fling the dirt and it may be his life's greatest joy. Perhaps this story will help us reconnect with our inner child.