Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. It's not new news to say plants are vital to our survival. Think about it: food, building materials, medicine, oh and the most important of all, taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It's not a surprise then, recent studies conclude that indoor plants have a direct impact on our mental health. There are a number of reasons why indoor plants might improve our mood, and general consensus is they’re nicer to smell and look at. Wallpaper and carpet have a hard time competing with living things and floral colors. A recent study supports this notion in its report 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 its caretaker. We learn from the research, those who spend extended periods of time with plants tend to have stronger relationships with other people and accordingly experience heightened levels of happiness. Plants Help People, Help People. Another study found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering plants around the apartment and in the office is likely to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around plants are almost always more likely to help others, and often have more vibrant social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for nature are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating shared bonds resulting from their mutual interests. Plants Help Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is known to have a soothing effect, and keeping ornamental flowering plants around the family home is an excellent way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the increased 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 houseplants, you improve your mental health by activating peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List Having ornamental houseplants in the home and 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 plants inside your home can boost memory retention up to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project concluded (Sewach). Convinced? Great. Here are two examples of ideas for great houseplants to have in your apartment: 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 extremely easy to take care of, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and can be put to good use in areas that are prone to dampness: laundry room, downstairs, and bathrooms. Spider plants are pretty easy to care for, too. Give them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water your spider plant well but do not allow it to become too soggy, 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 found that the snake plant is one of the greatest oxygen-producing houseplants. For those interested, ficus and pothos are two other plants that made the list. One of the greatest snake plant health benefits is it can make small contribution to get rid of toxic air pollutants. Other than CO2, it 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 they can withstand weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthylook. They can thrive in environments with limited 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 want plants named Spider and Snake?