Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are extremely important. It's not new news to say plants are an essential part of our survival. Let's exam: food, building materials, natural medicine, oh and the most important of all, processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It's not a surprise then, recent studies highlight that household plants have a direct impact on our mental health. There are numerous reasons why indoor plants might improve our mental health, and the most obvious is they’re nicer to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and active 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 houseplant alive and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. The researched showed, those who share extended periods of time in the presence of houseplants tend to have stronger relationships with other people and accordingly experience higher levels of happiness. Fact: Plants Help People. Another study found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering houseplants around the house and ay work is likely to significantly reduce stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around plants are much more likely to try and help others, and usually have more vibrant social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for houseplants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating shared bonds because of their common interests. Plants Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is known to have a calming effect, and including ornamental plants around the apartment home is an awesome way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the happiness derived from a space that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is lessened as well. Study after study supports that by having plants in your home or work place, you improve your mental health by activating peace and open spaces to your brain. Houseplants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Keeping ornamental plants in the home and office boosts memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments, and the calming influence created by them, increases a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Being outside or being around plants inside your home can improve memory retention close to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project reported (Sewach). Convinced yet? Great. Here are some examples of great plants to have in your home: Spider Plant Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to enjoy them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re extremely easy to maintain, and spider plants are very good at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and are great options to use in places that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are fairly low maintenance and easy to care for, too. Provide them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water it well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in plants by Harvard University observed that the snake plant is one of the most oxygen-producing plants. For those interested, ficus and pothos are two other plants included on the list. One of the best snake plant health benefits is it can make small contribution to get rid of toxic air pollutants. It can do more than produce CO too, it can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. Snake plants are some of the low maintenance plants out there as snake plants can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and healthy, vibrantlook. They can thrive in environments with very low light and water. See any similarities with our two suggestions? If you have kids, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't love plants named Spider and Snake?