Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. It’s no secret plants are vital to our survival. Think about it: food, buildings, natural medicine, oh and the most important of all, the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into clean oxygen. It's no surprise then, recent studies highlight that indoor plants have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness. There are numerous reasons why indoor plants might improve our mood, and general consensus is they’re nicer 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 findings 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. The researched showed, those who spend extended periods of time with houseplants tend to have better relationships with others and accordingly experience higher levels of happiness. Fact: Plants Help People. A separate study found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, placing flowering houseplants around the house and ay work is likely to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more plants are significantly more likely to help others, and tend to have more vibrant social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for plants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building shared bonds resulting from their shared interests. More Plants, Less Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a soothing effect, and keeping ornamental plants around the family home is an excellent way to decrease stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a space that has plants in it, the likelihood of suffering from stress-related 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. Houseplants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List Keeping ornamental plants in the office increases 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 or being around plants inside your home can increase memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project showed (Sewach). Convinced yet? Great. Here are two ideas for great plants to have in your home: Spider Plant Spider plants are one of the most popular indoor botanicals, and your friends are going to love them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re extremely easy to take care of, and spider plants are very good at absorbing mold and 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 low maintenance and easy to care for, too. Provide them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water your spider plant well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants prefer to dry out partially between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in plants by Harvard University discovered 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 best snake plant health benefits is snake plant's can make small contribution to remove toxic air pollutants. Other than CO2, 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 snake plants can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and vibrantlook. Snake plants can thrive in environments with limited light and water. Notice a trend with our two suggestions? If you have kids, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?