Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are extremely important. It's not new news to say plants are imperative to our survival. Think about it: food, building materials, medical efforts, oh and the most important of all, taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into clean oxygen. It's no surprise then, recent studies highlight that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness. There are a number of reasons why household plants might improve our mental health, and general consensus is they’re better to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and active 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 houseplant from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. According to the research, those who share extended periods of time with plants tend to have healthier relationships with other people and consequently experience higher levels of happiness. Plants Help People....Help People. Another study found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering houseplants around the home and in the workplace is likely to significantly reduce stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more houseplants are almost always more likely to 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 forming strong bonds out of their shared interests. More Plants, Less Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is known to have a relaxing effect, and including ornamental houseplants around the apartment home is a great way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a home or work space that has plants in it, the likeliness of suffering from stress-caused depression is reduced 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. Houseplants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List Keeping ornamental plants in the home improves 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 under the influence of houseplants inside can improve memory retention up to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project showed (Sewach). Convinced? Great. Here are two examples of ideas for great plants to have in your home: Spider Plant Spider plants are one of the most popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to enjoy them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re very easy to maintain, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and will work wonders in areas that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are fairly easy to care for, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and your spider plant will love you. Water the houseplant well but do not water it too much to the point of it becoming soggy, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants don't mind drying 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. Oh by the way, ficus and pothos are 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. 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 most tolerant plants out there as they can withstand weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthylook. They can thrive in environments with minimal light and water. Notice a trend with our two houseplants? If you have kids, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't want plants named Spider and Snake?