When its warm out my cat loves to lie in the dirt.  He chooses it over grass or pavement.  Dogs love digging and putting their nose in the hole again and again.  I loved digging huge holes in the sand when I was growing up.  I recently was helping to dig in a garden.  It was wet and cold, but I loved the smell.  The moving of heavy soil.  Seeing what was in it.  One person found a hibernating frog.  Another found a huge earth worm.  The earth itself felt so alive.  What have you noticed about your relationship with dirt or soil or sand?

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Scientists are finding that playing in the dirt, with it’s friendly bacteria, can boost the immune system as well as help to increase the brain’s “happiness” chemical, serotonin. The results so far suggest that simply inhaling these bacteria could help elicit the positive state’s of mind. You get a dose just by taking a walk in the wild or rooting around in the garden.

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