My husband was feeling SAD last week and I suspected it was due to another snow storm and too much time spent indoors. So to put a stop to my husband feeling sad I grabbed pots and soil from the shed and we planted seeds for an indoor garden. In no time we were talking and laughing and our entire mood had improved. This is why I say that Gardening is a natural cure for SAD.
Working with your hands in the dirt is the best natural antidepressant. There have been studies done on how dirt effects people. Did you ever notice that gardeners overall are happy and calm? The findings in the study showed that the bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae is found in dirt and it will mirror an antidepressant. I guess dirt is a natural form of Prozac.