Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. News flash: plants are vital to our survival. Everything: food, construction materials, medical efforts, oh and the most important of all, processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It's no surprise then, recent studies conclude that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our wellness. There are many reasons why household plants might improve our happiness, and an unmistakable reason is they’re better 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 houseplant's caretaker. We learn from the research, those who share extended periods of time with plants tend to have stronger relationships with others and consequently experience heightened levels of happiness. Fact: Plants Help People. Another study found that flowering plants provide higher levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering houseplants around the house and ay work potentially could significantly reduce stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more houseplants are almost always more likely to try and help others, and usually have more vibrant social relationships. People who care for plants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating shared bonds because of their shared interests. Plants Help Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty can have a calming effect, and keeping ornamental flowering plants around the apartment home is an awesome way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the increased happiness derived from a home or work space that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is decreased as well. Study after study supports that by having houseplants, you improve your mental health by producing peace and open spaces to your brain. Houseplants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Including ornamental houseplants 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. Being outside or being under the influence of houseplants inside can improve memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study reported (Sewach). Convinced yet? Great. Here are some examples of great houseplants to have in your apartment home: Spider Plant One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your friends are going to love them because umm duh, it's name, spider plant They’re super easy to care for, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and are great options to use in parts of the house that are prone to dampness: laundry room, downstairs, and bathrooms. Spider plants are fairly low maintenance, too. Give them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. 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 don't mind drying out some 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. For those interested, ficus and pothos are other plants on the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is the plant can make ongoing 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 most tolerant plants out there as it can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthylook. It can thrive in environments with limited light and water. Notice a trend with our two plants? If you have kid visitors, we’re hoping it will help it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't love plants named Spider and Snake?