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. Think about it: food, buildings, medicine, oh and the most important of all, processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It's not a surprise then, recent studies show that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness. There are numerous reasons why household plants might improve our mental health, and the most obvious is they’re preferred 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 research that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a plant alive and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. The researched showed, those who spend extended periods of time around houseplants tend to have healthier relationships with others and accordingly experience increased levels of happiness. Plants Help People, Help People. A separate study found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering houseplants around the apartment and in the workplace has the potential to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around houseplants are much more likely to offer help to others, and tend to have more vibrant social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for plants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and forming strong bonds resulting from their mutual interests. More Plants, Less Stress Natural aesthetic beauty can have a relaxing effect, and including ornamental flowering plants around the home is an awesome way to decrease 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. 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 Honey To-Do List Keeping ornamental plants in the office improves memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments produce a calming influence which increases a person’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being around plants inside your home can increase memory retention close to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project concluded (Sewach). Are you convinced yet? Great. Here are a couple examples of ideas for great houseplants to have in your apartment: Spider Plant Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to love them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re very easy to take care of, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and can be put to good use in places that are prone to dampness: laundry room, downstairs, and bathrooms. Spider plants are fairly easy to care for, too. Give them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water it well but do not allow it to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out partially between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University found that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing plants. For those interested, ficus and pothos are other plants that made the list. One of the greatest snake plant health benefits is the plant can make small contribution to eliminate 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 low maintenance plants out there as they can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthylook. They can thrive in environments with minimal light and water. Notice a trend with our two suggestions? If you have kids, we’re hoping it will help it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't love plants named Spider and Snake?