Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are extremely important. News flash: plants are an essential part of our survival. Everything: food, building materials, medicine, oh and the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies conclude that indoor plants have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness. There are many reasons why household plants might improve our mental health, and the most obvious is they’re preferred 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 plant from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. We learn from the research, those who have extended periods of time with plants tend to have stronger relationships with friends & family and therefore experience heightened levels of happiness. Plants Help People....Help People. Additional research found that flowering houseplants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering houseplants around the apartment home and in the workplace is likely to significantly lower stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more plants are almost always more likely to offer help to others, and often have more active social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for houseplants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and forming mutual bonds resulting from their mutual interests. Plants Help Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty can have a relaxing effect, and keeping ornamental plants around the home is a great way to lower 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 decreased 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 Having ornamental houseplants in the home and office boosts memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Being outside or being under the influence of houseplants inside can boost memory retention close to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study showed (Sewach). Convinced? Great. Here are some examples of ideas for great plants to have in your apartment: Spider Plant Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your family is going to enjoy them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re extremely easy to maintain, and spider plants are very good at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and will work wonders in parts of the house 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 your spider plant will love you. Water the houseplant well but do not allow it to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. Even better, spider plants prefer to dry out partially between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University found that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing houseplants. Oh by the way, ficus and pothos are two other plants that made the list. One of the greatest snake plant health benefits is it can make small contribution to remove toxic air pollutants. It can do more than produce CO too, snake plant's 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 it can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthy, vibrantlook. They can thrive in environments with limited light and water. Notice anything 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?