Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. News flash: plants are imperative to our survival. Let's exam: food, buildings, natural medicine, oh and that whole taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It's not a surprise then, recent studies show that household plants have a direct impact on our wellness. There are a number of reasons why household plants might improve our happiness, 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 floral colors. A recent study 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 houseplant's caretaker. The researched showed, those who spend extended periods of time around houseplants tend to have healthier relationships with others and therefore experience higher levels of happiness. Plants Help People....Help People. Another study found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, placing flowering plants around the apartment home and in the workplace has the potential to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more plants are significantly more likely to try and help others, and often have more advanced social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for nature are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building strong bonds resulting from their common interests. Plants Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a calming effect, and including ornamental flowering plants around the home is a great 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 likeliness of suffering from stress-caused depression is reduced as well. Collective research supports that by having plants in your home or work place, you improve your mental health by activating peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Keeping ornamental houseplants in the home boosts 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 plants in your house can increase memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study reported (Sewach). Are you convinced yet? Great. Here are two ideas for great houseplants to have in your apartment home: Spider Plant One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your family is going to like them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re super easy to take care of, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold and allergens from the air and are great options to use in parts of the house that are prone to dampness: bathrooms and laundry room. Spider plants are fairly easy to care for, too. Provide them with bright, indirect light and your spider plant will love you. Water it well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants don't mind drying 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 greatest 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 it can make ongoing contribution to remove toxic air pollutants. Other than CO2, they can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. The snake plant is one of the most tolerant plants out there as snake plants can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and vibrantlook. They can thrive in environments with limited light and water. See any similarities with our two plants? If you have kids, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?