Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are very important. News flash: plants are an essential part of our survival. Let's exam: food, building materials, medicine, oh and the most important of all, processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies highlight that indoor plants have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness. There are numerous reasons why indoor plants might improve our mood, and the most obvious 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 findings that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a plant from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in the houseplant's caretaker. According to the research, those who share extended periods of time in the presence of plants tend to have stronger relationships with friends & family and therefore experience higher levels of happiness. Plants Help People, Help People. Additional research found that flowering houseplants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering houseplants around the apartment home and in the workplace has the potential to significantly lower stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around plants are almost always more likely to offer help to others, and tend to have more active social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for plants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and forming shared bonds resulting from their mutual interests. Plants Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a relaxing effect, and keeping ornamental plants around the home is an awesome way to decrease stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a home or work space that has plants in it, the likeliness of suffering from stress-caused depression is decreased as well. The research supports that by having plants in your house, you improve your mental health by producing peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Including ornamental houseplants in the office increases memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments, and the calming influence created by them, increases a person’s ability to fixate on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being under the influence of houseplants in your house can improve memory retention close to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project concluded (Sewach). Convinced? Great. Here are some examples of ideas for great plants to have in your home: Spider Plant Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to love them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re super easy to care for, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and will work wonders in areas that are prone to dampness: bathrooms and laundry room. Spider plants are pretty easy to care for, too. Provide them with bright, indirect light and it will flourish. Water your spider plant well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants are okay to dry out a bit between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in plants by Harvard University found that the snake plant is one of the most oxygen-producing plants. In case you're interested, ficus and pothos are the other plants included on the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is snake plant's can make small 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. Snake plants are some of the most tolerant plants out there as they can withstand weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthylook. It can thrive in environments with minimal light and water. Notice anything with our two plants? If you have kid visitors, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't want plants named Spider and Snake?