Natural rhythms in a garden help foster a sense of grounding and stability. Knowing that a seed will develop into a plant, which then flowers and bears fruit in a predictable sequence is comforting; as are diurnal and seasonal patterns of growth and development. Moderate exercise afforded by simple gardening tasks can improve stamina, burn calories, and help maintain a positive attitude. Research shows that simple contact with plants can reduce heart rate and blood pressure. And of course, eating fresh produce from the garden is a great way to increase your daily diet of fresh fruits and vegetables!