Guess what? British researchers have just discovered something that those of us who love the garden have always known instinctively . Exposure to dirt really does boost our happiness . Check it out It doesn’t surprise me. There is a growing amount of research that suggests time outside is beneficial in a number of illnesses and complaints. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is often dramatically improved if a child spends regular time outside Check it out Other interactions with God’s creation are also beneficial. Dog owners don’t really need clinical researchers to tell them that their animals make them live longer and healthier lives (check it out) and surprisingly people who are constantly exposed to the pollens of rural living actually have less allergies than those who live in the city. check it out
If this doesn’t convince all of us that God intends all of us to interact with creation then nothing will. You may not love gardening as I do, but I do believe it is essential for all of us to interact in some meaningful way with creation. And that can take many forms – whether you own a pet (even a gold fish can be beneficial) or just going for a long walk in your closest national park on a regular basis it doesn’t matter but some part of the rhythm of all our lives should get us outside for more than a minute or two.