Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are very important. It’s no secret plants are imperative to our survival. Everything: food, buildings, medicine, oh and the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies highlight that household plants have a direct impact on our mental health. There are a number of reasons why having having household plants might improve our mental health, and the most obvious is they’re better to smell and look at. Wallpaper and carpet have a hard time competing with living things and active 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 houseplant alive and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. We learn from the research, those who have extended periods of time in the presence of plants tend to have better relationships with friends & family and accordingly experience increased levels of happiness. Plants Help People, Help People. Additional research found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, placing flowering houseplants around the house and ay work has the potential to significantly lower stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around plants are significantly more likely to try and help others, and usually have more vibrant social relationships. People who care for plants & animals 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 soothing effect, and having ornamental houseplants around the apartment home is an excellent way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a space that has plants in it, the likeliness of suffering from stress-caused depression is lessened as well. Study after study supports that by having plants in your house, you improve your mental health by activating peace and open spaces to your brain. Houseplants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Keeping ornamental houseplants in the office increases memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to fixate on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being around plants inside your home can increase memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study concluded (Sewach). Convinced? Great. Here are some examples of ideas for great plants to have in your home: Spider Plant Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to like them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re extremely easy to maintain, and spider plants are impressively great at absorbing mold and allergens from the air and can be put to good use in areas that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are mainly low maintenance, too. Offer 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. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants don't mind drying out a bit between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in plants by Harvard University discovered that the snake plant is one of the greatest oxygen-producing plants. For those interested, ficus and pothos are two other plants that made the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is the plant can make small and ongoing contribution to remove toxic air pollutants. Outside of CO2, it can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. The snake plant is one of the easiest to care for plants out there as it can withstand weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthylook. It can thrive in environments with limited light and water. Notice anything with our two houseplants? If you have kids, we’re hoping it will help it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?