Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are very important. News flash: plants are imperative to our survival. Let's exam: food, buildings, natural medicine, oh and that whole the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It's no surprise then, recent studies show that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our wellness. There are many reasons why household plants might improve our mental health, and general consensus is they’re nicer to see and smell. Wallpaper and carpet can't compete 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 houseplant healthy and the positive psychological effect it had in the houseplant's caretaker. According to the research, those who spend extended periods of time in the presence of houseplants tend to have healthier relationships with other people and consequently experience higher levels of happiness. Plants Help People, Help People. Additional research found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering plants around the apartment and in the office has the potential to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more houseplants are significantly more likely to try and help others, and often have more advanced social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for plants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating strong bonds resulting from their shared interests. Plants Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty can have a soothing effect, and keeping ornamental houseplants around the home is an excellent way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the happiness derived from a home 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 inducing peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List Including ornamental plants in the home and office improves memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments produce a calming influence which increases a person’s ability to fixate on the task at hand. Being outside or being under the influence of plants in your house can improve memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study reported (Sewach). Convinced? Great. Here are two examples of great houseplants to have in your home: 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 care for, and spider plants are very good at absorbing mold and allergens from the air and are great options to use in areas that are prone to dampness: bathrooms and laundry room. Spider plants are pretty low maintenance, too. Provide them with bright, indirect light and your spider plant will love you. Water your spider plant well but do not allow it to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in plants by Harvard University observed that the snake plant is one of the greatest oxygen-producing houseplants. Oh by the way, 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. It can do more than produce CO too, they 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 vibrantlook. Snake plants can thrive in environments with very low light and water. Notice anything with our two houseplants? If you have kids, we’re hoping it will help it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?