Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are extremely important. It’s no secret plants are imperative to our survival. Let's exam: food, building materials, medical efforts, oh and the process of processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It's not a surprise then, recent studies highlight that indoor plants have a direct impact on our wellness. There are numerous reasons why household plants might improve our mood, and general consensus is they’re better to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and floral colors. A recent study further supports this notion in its research that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a houseplant from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. We learn from the research, those who spend extended periods of time with plants tend to have better relationships with others and therefore experience higher levels of happiness. Fact: Plants Help People. A separate study found that flowering plants provide higher levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering houseplants around the home and ay work has the potential to significantly reduce stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who have been around houseplants are much more likely to try and help others, and often have more vibrant social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for houseplants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating strong bonds because of their shared interests. Plants Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is known to have a relaxing effect, and including ornamental plants around the family home is an awesome way to decrease stress and anxiety. As a result of the increased happiness derived from a home or work space that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is reduced as well. The research supports that by having plants in your home or work place, you improve your mental health by producing peace and open spaces to your brain. Houseplants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Having ornamental plants in the office increases memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to fixate on the task at hand. Going outside or being around plants inside can boost memory retention close to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project showed (Sewach). Are you convinced yet? Great. Here are a couple examples of ideas for great plants to have in your apartment home: Spider Plant One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your kids are going to like them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re very easy to maintain, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and are great options to use in areas that are prone to dampness: laundry room, downstairs, and bathrooms. Spider plants are fairly easy to care for, too. Provide them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water your spider plant well but do not water it too much to the point of it becoming soggy, which can lead to root rot. Even better, spider plants don't mind drying out a bit between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in plants by Harvard University discovered that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing houseplants. In case you're interested, ficus and pothos are two other plants included on the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is the plant can make small and ongoing contribution to get rid of toxic air pollutants. It can do more than produce CO too, they can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. It's one of the most tolerant plants out there as it can withstand weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthy, vibrantlook. Snake plants can thrive in environments with minimal light and water. See any similarities with our two suggestions? If you have kids, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?