How Does Gardening Make You Happy?
If you ask an avid gardener why they love gardening, you'll probably get a hundred reasons. One reason is never enough because gardening brings so much happiness and inspiration into one’s life! It teaches you so many things about nature, sustainability, community, as well as love. It teaches you the ways of life, that’s why people are easily drawn into this hobby.
Since gardening is known for being an incredible source of happiness, we wanted to know what exactly about it gives joy to people. We asked our followers on The Happy Gardening Life to share their thoughts on the topic, and they gave such beautiful and insightful answers! We were so impressed that we compiled the best answers for other gardeners to read and be inspired. Check out the amazing stories below!
How Does Gardening Make You Happy?
1. Gardening allows me to turn off from work and stress and just mellow out. It’s my happy place.
2. Gardening makes me happy by allowing me to nurture life and wonder in its little miracles every day.
3. The miracle itself brings me peace. Seeds fascinate me!
4. Gardening allows me to be creative in nature!
5. Sinking in to the soil, the feel and the smell of it, just erases all kinds of stress.
6. Working in the dirt is satisfying and soothing.
7. I connect best with God when I’m working the garden and I see the miracle of growth from a tiny seed.
8. It’s peaceful and rewarding. It makes me feel happy and also reminds me to be patient. Just watching the plants grow from tiny, little sprouts to big, beautiful plants is incredibly satisfying, and it makes you feel so good.
9. It is my peace, it grounds and connects me with nature. It is my therapy of positive energy.
10. It’s the miracle of life! A teeny tiny spec grows into something large and beautiful!
11. It gets me up early! It is like Christmas morning as a child. You wake up super excited to see what nature has left for you! It provides me with an escape and peaceful serenity, sense of pride and the joy of knowing I am growing good, healthy, organic food for my family.
12. It allows me to forget all my stress from everyday life. It’s given my son and me something exciting to bond over. He loves that we can grow our own food!
13. The plants give little gifts of incredible power. The symbiotic relationship generates this awareness of life within us all. There is a far greater chance of finding inner peace through gardening.
14. It’s a magical moment every morning. It connects me with a strong and delicious energy.
15. Because gardening is just pure magic.
16. I’ve been a competitive person my whole life. Gardening allows me to compete with myself. I strive for perfection and whatever the result of that is, I take it to the next level year after year after year.
17. I plant a seed. Something beautiful grows. Simplicity. Peace. Hard work. Beauty.
18. I love seeing how powerful the nature is, how we are all connected.
19. It makes me feel like I am doing something so great by digging the soil, and the smell makes me feel wonderful.
20. I do it for myself. I love to see the colors of the flowers and the dog in the dirt and what a high when you pick your first round of veggies! But my heart smiles when my neighbors mention how much they like to walk by and see all the flowers and foliage!
21. I often hear people say why do you put so much work into gardening when you can buy the fruits and veggies for cheap. It’s not about trying to save money; it’s a chance to connect with nature everyday. I didn’t install sprinklers because I want to water my plants on my own every day and watch my progress and listen to the birds chirp. It’s a great way to start your day and in the end you have tons of delicious produce to enjoy that you started yourself.
22. I love working hard in the garden and seeing all the little pollinators working just as hard as you.
23. It’s like my own personal piece of heaven. I grow food for my family and get to hear the praises of how good it smells and tastes and it makes every drop of sweat and aching sore muscle worth it. I can plant whatever I like and grow 42 rose bushes without having to worry someone else thinks my obsession with David Austin is excessive. It reminds me of my childhood summers going to the garden with grandma and her bucket of water and salt shaker in her apron. She would let me help harvest radishes and we would wash them in the bucket of water then dry them on a shirt sleeve and she would salt them and we would crunch away while picking off those “nasty buggers” as she called them, and spend a few hours gathering the rewards of all her hard work. It keeps me centered. If I couldn’t garden or have plants, I would be lost.
24. It gives me focus about something nurturing and positive. I forget the troubles of the world.
25. My garden is like a great friend. We can spend hours together and never tire of each other’s company.
26. My mother taught me to garden vegetables and a few flowers. I get a sense of connection and togetherness when my hands hit the soil.
27. Gardening makes me feel life through time and colors.
28. The cares of the world disappear when I dig in the dirt. It’s like being a kid again — the wonders never cease when I’m tending my small plot of land.
29. I love watching the things I plant grow. I get immense pleasure from all aspects of gardening.
30. When I began to garden, I found myself again I found what truly makes me happy. My place of peace and my realist connection to God was found outside in my garden.
31. I love how gardening lets you completely disconnect from your everyday life for a moment. No phone, no deadlines, and no drama. Priceless.
32. Gardening brings nostalgia. It’s something I used to do with my mom and grandma, now it’s something I do with my children.
33. Gardening is the best thing I have ever found. Helps me feel alive, passionate, inspired, and motivated. I can’t wait to wake up every morning just to see the progress, the changes and the new beautiful things evolving and blossoming in the garden.
34. It gives me peace in a world that has little peace. Visiting the garden is like visiting an old friend.
35. The quiet moment with nature relaxes me but I always find something to do in my garden. The joy when I find a fruit is priceless.
36. Gardening reminds me to be present, to be patient, and that things can be perfectly imperfect.
37. It speaks to me and helps me make sense of all the things that life has to teach me.
38. Gardening creates an outdoor classroom experience for all ages to learn, grow, and to be themselves. Being able to grow and eat your own food creates a whole new kind of peace, love and appreciation. It has taught me so much. True happiness is digging your hands deep into the earth and pulling a carrot free.
39. Gardening connects me with the most important parts of my life. My family, nature, and my spirit all grow equally.
40. While gardening, I forget all worries. I get motivated and inspired, and I learned how to love unconditionally.
41. I just love seeing the seeds sprouting. It’s also very gratifying to be able to eat food you grew.
42. Gardening is a perfect pace of life. Everyone needs to get outside more and just sit, look and listen. Slow down. Less stress. More sun. More nature. Appreciate what was there before us and nurture it. The world is a beautiful place. All those colours on your phone screen where seen in nature first.
43. Gardening is so wonderful for the way it makes you feel. For the connection to wildlife. For the peace it gives you. Namaste.
44. Gardening makes me feel more intune with the earth and seasons.
45. It reinforces the positive powers of change, patience and effort. And it’s just fun to still play in the dirt!
46. It helps to recharge me! Next week is the anniversary of a major earthquake in Christchurch and the garden was a way to provide me as a happy place to go when times were tough (waiting and fighting insurance company, land decisions and government decisions). We lost our home, but it took almost 5 years before I had my own garden again. In that time of 5 years I lived in rentals, with family and in a campervan. But each space I would garden, planted a lot of new plants, grew food for my family in pots and volunteer in my school garden. It so helps you to smile and feel good, grateful when other parts of your life aren’t good.
47. Gardening inspires in every walk of life. A touch of nature makes the world kin.
48. I love to grow my own food and have my children help me. We all enjoy it and they see its importance! Plus, the dirt on my hands cleans my heart and soul.
49. I love growing everything, from plants to people, but with plants there is a simple honesty that is only close to pets. The more you love and care for your plants, the better they produce. There is a reciprocation of love and duty like no other. I may be weird, but I actually watch my plants grow, talk to them and take time for each plant, showing some tender kindness, while helping them grow strong.
50. I love gardening because it makes me feel so good to see what I can do with a little love and patience.
51. It’s my place of zen. I maybe building a new bed or just watering my veggie patch, but it relaxes me and I feel at peace in my garden.
52. It’s so calming and rejuvenating. Like meditation with the added benefit of fresh tomatoes. And sharing our garden bounty with friends and family is so fulfilling!
53. It’s like taking care of chickens, it’s therapeutic and healing. Reminds you to slow down, reminds you of what is important.
54. Gardening makes me feel brave. After suffering two consecutuve miscarriages, I was unsure of myself in so many ways. But I found strength in gardening. As I sow the seeds and watch them grow into healthy, strong plants, it is no small miracle to me. My garden tells me, “You can do it!” And I believe it’s true.
55. My garden is where small things magically turn into miracles. With my intervention the garden can be so many different things and make people feel happy, more relaxed… especially me.
56. It heals my soul. It satisfies my mind. It gives me a reason for being when things are difficult in my life. It’s become a teaching tool for myself, to become more observant, patient, and reflective. It’s taught me that regardless if I make a mistake or two, that it’s all part of gaining the experience and that there is always next year if something doesn’t turn out the way I was hoping.
57. Gardening is my church. What a great way to experience the gifts from God.
58. My grandmother taught me about gardening. My first memory of being in the garden with her is when I was about two years old. My grandmother is gone now, but being in my garden brings back wonderful memories and I feel a connection with her. My children are now grown and are starting their own gardens, passing on the gardening baton and my grandmothers legacy.
59. I don’t know what it is exactly but there is something about being outside and getting my hands in the ground and creating something. Gardening has definitely taught me patience and many other life lessons. It has been scientifically proven to be an antidepressant. My favorite is emerging seedlings and the harvest.
60. The sun, the smells, cutting flowers to bring in, growing food, my daughter getting excited, butterflies emerging, the wonder of life.
61. Gardening gives me hope in something unseen, something dreamed, to manifest it in to reality, blows my mind.
62. I lose myself and become an ally of the plants in my care.
63. We love the innovation and community that gardening brings. It’s a very old and rewarding hobby.
64. For me, it’s like every day is always a NEW day. Something or somebody has been changing. It’s never been the same. All of us in the garden are growing in a beautiful life circle.
65. Just looking at all plants I’ve grown always make me hopeful and happy.
66. Just to see something grow, I think it’s miraculous!
67. Gardening stops me thinking about life when I’m digging, weeding, planting. It makes me care more for more things. And the food is a bonus. No chemicals in your food as well.
68. I lose myself in it. After a few minutes the soil, the plants and I are one soul.
69. It humbles you before the wonder of Mother Nature, plus the joy of hope and surprise.
70. I love gardening because it makes me feel so good to see what I can do with a little love and patience.
71. Gardening gives me a sense of hope and growth.
72. Gardening gives me hope for a better future.