3. Tend A Garden To Treat Depression
In a Norwegian study, people diagnosed with depression and other mood-influencing illnesses spent six hours a week gardening; after a few months, half of the participants experienced a notable improvement in their depression symptoms. On top of that, their mood continued to improve in the 3 months following the study.
Doing a new activity and being outside in nature can certainly help, but there may be another factor strengthening these effects.
Christopher Lowry, PhD, a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has injected mice with a common, harmless bacteria found in the soil to see how dirt can influence our mood.
He found that the mice experienced an increase in the “release and metabolism of serotonin in parts of the brain that control cognitive function and mood.” This dirt bacteria may very well hold the key to stronger immune systems and better mental health. via CNN
4. Share Chores To Have A Better Sex Life
When men perceived their contribution to household chores as fair, couples have more frequent and satisfying sex, according to a 2015 study from the University of Alberta.
“If a partner isn’t pulling their weight in housework, either one will have to pick up the slack, or the chores will remain undone. This will develop tension and bitterness in the relationship, which will transfer into the bedroom.” – Via via MedicalDaily
Sharing chores also helps reinforce partnership in the relationship. Couples may begin to feel more united in other goals and more trusting towards one another. After all, it’s the small things that set the foundation of a healthy relationship!