Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. It’s no secret plants are an essential part of our survival. Everything: food, construction materials, natural medicine, oh and the most important of all, the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies conclude that indoor plants have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness. There are numerous reasons why having having household plants might improve our happiness, and general consensus is they’re preferred 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 share extended periods of time with houseplants tend to have better relationships with others and consequently experience increased levels of happiness. Plants Help People....Help People. Additional research found that flowering houseplants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering houseplants around the apartment and in the office is likely to significantly lower stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who have been around plants are significantly more likely to help others, and tend to have more active social relationships. People who care for nature are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating mutual bonds out of their common interests. More Plants, Less Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a relaxing effect, and including ornamental plants around the family home is an awesome way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the increased happiness derived from a home that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is reduced as well. The research supports that by having houseplants, you improve your mental health by activating peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Including ornamental houseplants in the home and office improves memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being under the influence of houseplants inside your home can improve memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study concluded (Sewach). Convinced yet? Great. Here are a couple examples of great plants to have in your apartment: Spider Plant Spider plants are one of the most popular indoor botanicals, and your friends are going to like them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re very easy to take care of, and spider plants are very good at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and are great options to use in places that are prone to dampness: laundry room, downstairs, and bathrooms. Spider plants are mainly easy to care for, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water the houseplant well but do not allow it to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. Even better, spider plants prefer to dry out some 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. In case you're 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 remove toxic air pollutants. Outside of CO2, snake plant's can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. It's one of the easiest to care for plants out there as snake plants can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and vibrantlook. Snake plants can thrive in environments with limited light and water. Notice a trend with our two houseplants? If you have kids, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't want plants named Spider and Snake?