Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are very important. It's not new news to say plants are imperative to our survival. Everything: food, construction 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. There are numerous reasons why indoor plants might improve our happiness, and an unmistakable reason is they’re nicer to see and smell. Wallpaper and carpet can't compete with living things and vibrant 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 houseplant healthy and the positive psychological effect it had in the houseplant's caretaker. The researched showed, those who spend extended periods of time in the presence of plants tend to have better relationships with others and accordingly experience heightened levels of happiness. Fact: Plants Help People. Another study found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering plants around the apartment and ay work is likely to significantly lower stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around plants are almost always more likely to offer help to others, and usually 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 building strong bonds out of their mutual interests. Plants Help Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is known to have a calming effect, and including ornamental plants around the family home is an excellent way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a home that has plants in it, the likeliness of suffering from stress-caused depression is lessened 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. Plants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Having ornamental houseplants in the home improves memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments produce a calming influence which increases a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Being outside or being around houseplants inside can boost memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study showed (Sewach). Are you convinced yet? Great. Here are two examples of ideas for great plants to have in your apartment: Spider Plant One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your family is going to enjoy them because umm duh, it's name, spider plant They’re extremely easy to take care of, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and are great options to use in areas that are prone to dampness: laundry room, downstairs, and bathrooms. Spider plants are mainly low maintenance, too. Give them with bright, indirect light and your spider plant will love you. Water your spider plant well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants don't mind drying out a bit between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University observed that the snake plant is one of the greatest oxygen-producing plants. Oh by the way, ficus and pothos are other plants on the list. One of the greatest snake plant health benefits is snake plant's can make ongoing contribution to get rid of toxic air pollutants. Outside of CO2, snake plant's can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. It's one of the easiest to care for plants out there as they can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and vibrantlook. It can thrive in environments with very low 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 love plants named Spider and Snake?