New research has found that doing the digging in your garden will make you happier.
Breathing in mycobacterium vaccae bacteria found in most garden's soil has been proven to have positive effects on health and wellbeing.
The recent research compiled by gardening manufacturer, Hozelock, and TV gardener David Domoney showed that patients with depression had significantly reduced anxiety levels after regularly doing gardening (Norwegian University of Life Sciences research).
TV gardener Domoney said:
"We now have scientific proof that getting your hands dirty and breathing in the smell of the soil actually makes you happier.
"The mycobacterium vaccae which is found in most UK soils stimulates feelings of well-being generally but also can provide other physical health advantages, so we now have proof that gardening is good for you."
The Hozelock research also discovered that treatment for lung cancer found patients who received inoculation of the bacteria had fewer negative symptoms and improved emotional health. Long-term exposure to M. vaccae from childhood may help build a healthy immune system.
Domoney added: "Combined with all this great weather we've been having recently there's never been a better time to get outdoors and into your garden."
Coming into contact by inhaling the bacteria found in soil whilst digging and watering during gardening can help reduce your susceptibility to depressive health disorders and due to microorganisms such as the friendly bacteria, mycobacterium vaccae, which is found in soil. This bacterium can help to train the human immune system to defend itself against an array of different autoimmune health disorders such as asthma, allergies, anxiety and stress.
The research showed that enjoying your garden and spending time watering or digging with the soil can produce a multitude of health and well-being outcomes. Microorganisms were found to produce feel good factors by elevating emotional mood and offsetting physical and psychological depression in the body.
The study was conducted by Domoney and sports nutritionist Dr Julie Alexander-Cooper for Hozelock's Gardening For Life campaign.