Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are very important. It’s no secret plants are imperative to our survival. Let's exam: food, buildings, medical efforts, 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 plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health. There are many reasons why indoor plants might improve our mental health, and general consensus is they’re preferred to smell and look at. Wallpaper and carpet have a hard time competing with living things and vibrant 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 houseplant healthy and the positive psychological effect it had in its caretaker. We learn from the research, those who have extended periods of time in the presence of houseplants tend to have better relationships with others and consequently experience increased levels of happiness. Fact: Plants Help People. Additional research found that flowering plants provide higher levels of happiness and therefore, placing flowering houseplants around the apartment and in the office potentially could significantly lower stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more plants are almost always more likely to try and help others, and often have more active social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for nature are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building mutual bonds resulting from their mutual interests. Plants Help Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty can have a relaxing effect, and including ornamental plants around the apartment home is a great way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the happiness derived from a home or work space that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is reduced as well. The research supports that by having plants in your home or work place, you improve your mental health by inducing peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List Keeping ornamental plants in the office increases memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being around plants in your house can improve memory retention close to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study reported (Sewach). Are you convinced yet? Great. Here are two examples of ideas for great houseplants to have in your apartment home: Spider Plant Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to like them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re super easy to care for, and spider plants are very good at absorbing mold and allergens from the air and can be put to good use in parts of the house that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are mainly low maintenance, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and your spider plant will love you. Water it 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 highest oxygen-producing houseplants. In case you're interested, ficus and pothos are the other plants that made the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is snake plant's can make ongoing contribution to eliminate 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. It's one of the most tolerant plants out there as snake plants 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 love plants named Spider and Snake?