Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. It’s no secret plants are vital to our survival. Everything: food, construction materials, natural medicine, oh and that whole taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It's no surprise then, recent studies show that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health. There are many reasons why household plants might improve our mood, and the most obvious is they’re preferred to see and smell. Wallpaper and carpet can't compete with living things and floral colors. A recent study further supports this notion in its report 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 its caretaker. We learn from the research, those who share extended periods of time with plants tend to have healthier relationships with other people and consequently experience heightened levels of happiness. Fact: Plants Help People. A separate study found that flowering plants provide elevated 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 have been around houseplants are much more likely to try and help others, and often have more active social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for plants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating shared bonds out of their shared interests. Plants Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty can have a calming effect, and having ornamental houseplants around the home is an excellent way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a home 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 inducing peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List Including ornamental houseplants in the home and office improves 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. Going outside with nature or being under the influence of houseplants in your house can improve memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study showed (Sewach). Convinced? Great. Here are two examples of ideas for great plants to have in your apartment home: Spider Plant One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your friends are going to like them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re very easy to maintain, and spider plants are impressively great at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and are great options to use in places that are prone to dampness: laundry room, downstairs, and bathrooms. Spider plants are pretty easy to care for, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and it 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 are okay to dry out partially between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University discovered 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 snake plant's can make small and ongoing contribution to remove 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 easiest to care for plants out there as it can withstand weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthy, vibrantlook. It can thrive in environments with minimal light and water. Notice a trend with our two suggestions? If you have kid visitors, we’re hoping it will help it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't want plants named Spider and Snake?