We’re wrapping up our month of focus on gardening, organics and more. We thought we’d end with something a little bit fun. A plea to you to get out and get in the dirt – and if you have kids in your life get them dirty, too. Why is that? It’s not just because we, personally, have a love of being really dirty. We’ve laid out our reasons for getting down and dirty (with yourself or a partner) below.
Build Your Immune System
Particularly for children, plenty of studies exist now that show that children who play in the dirt have better immune systems than children who don’t. There’s no bottle of hand sanitizer that’s going to build your natural immunity to things found in nature more than simply exposing yourself to things found in nature. There are real health benefits to being in the dirt. There’s no time in life when being in the dirt can’t be incrementally helpful to your overall health.
Build Your Mental Health
Dirt is good for your physical health, but it’s even better for your mental health. For most of us, we live such sterile lives that the opportunities to just cut loose and get dirty, in the most literal of ways, are limited. We believe that reducing stress is essential to finding the Satisfaction of Enough in life. And while there are many ways to reduce stress in your life, you may be shocked at just how much stress is cut out when you stick your hands (or more) into the mud. For some, there may be that moment of getting over the need to be hyper-hygienic (thank you, Western World). But once you do, you’ll find the tension flowing out of you as you experience the most satisfying feel of natural earth.