Improve Your Mental & Physical Health by Simply Adding Houseplants 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. It's not new news to say plants are vital to our survival. Everything: food, construction materials, natural medicine, oh and that whole processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into clean oxygen. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies conclude that household plants have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness. There are a number of reasons why having having household plants might improve our happiness, and general consensus is they’re nicer to smell and look at. Wallpaper and carpet have a hard time competing 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 plant healthy and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. We learn from the research, those who have extended periods of time in the presence of houseplants tend to have better relationships with other people and therefore experience heightened levels of happiness. Plants Help People....Help People. Additional research found that flowering plants provide higher levels of happiness and therefore, placing flowering houseplants around the house and in the workplace is likely to significantly lower stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around houseplants are much more likely to help others, and tend to have more vibrant social relationships. People who care for houseplants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and forming mutual bonds because of their mutual interests. More Plants, Less Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a relaxing effect, and including ornamental houseplants around the family home is an awesome way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the increased happiness derived from a home that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is decreased as well. The research supports that by having plants in your home or work place, you improve your mental health by producing peace and open spaces to your brain. Houseplants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Including ornamental plants in the home and office increases memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments produce a calming influence which increases a person’s ability to fixate on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being around plants in your house can improve memory retention close to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study concluded (Sewach). Are you convinced yet? Great. Here are a couple ideas for great houseplants to have in your apartment: Spider Plant One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your kids are going to love them because umm duh, it's name, spider plant They’re very easy to care for, and spider plants are very good at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and will work wonders in places that are prone to dampness: laundry room, downstairs, and bathrooms. Spider plants are mainly low maintenance and easy to care for, 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. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out partially between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in plants by Harvard University observed that the snake plant is one of the most oxygen-producing plants. Oh by the way, ficus and pothos are two other plants on the list. One of the greatest snake plant health benefits is it can make small contribution to eliminate 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. It's one of the most tolerant plants out there as they can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and healthylook. It can thrive in environments with very low light and water. Notice anything with our two houseplants? If you have kid visitors, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't love plants named Spider and Snake?