Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. News flash: plants are vital to our survival. Let's exam: food, construction materials, natural medicine, oh and the process of the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It's no surprise then, recent studies conclude that household plants have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness. There are numerous reasons why household plants might improve our mood, and general consensus is they’re nicer to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and active 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 from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. The researched showed, those who share extended periods of time with plants tend to have healthier relationships with others and therefore experience higher levels of happiness. Plants Help People....Help People. Additional research found that flowering houseplants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering houseplants around the house and in the office has the potential to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around plants are much more likely to try and help others, and usually have more vibrant social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for plants & animals are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building mutual bonds out of their shared interests. Plants Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a calming effect, and having ornamental plants around the apartment home is a great way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a home that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is lessened as well. Collective research supports that by having houseplants, you improve your mental health by inducing peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List Including ornamental houseplants in the home boosts memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments produce a calming influence which increases a person’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Being outside or being under the influence of houseplants inside can boost memory retention up to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study showed (Sewach). Convinced? Great. Here are some examples of great houseplants to have in your apartment: Spider Plant Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to love them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re very 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, too. Give them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. 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 a bit between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University found that the snake plant is one of the most oxygen-producing houseplants. In case you're interested, ficus and pothos are the other plants on the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is the plant can make small and ongoing contribution to get rid of 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 easiest to care for plants out there as they can withstand weeks of neglect without losing their shape and vibrantlook. They can thrive in environments with very low light and water. Notice anything with our two suggestions? If you have kid visitors, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?