Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. It's not new news to say plants are vital to our survival. Everything: food, building materials, natural medicine, oh and the most important of all, the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into clean oxygen. It's not a surprise then, recent studies highlight that indoor plants have a direct impact on our wellness. There are many reasons why having having household plants might improve our mental health, and an unmistakable reason is they’re better to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match 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 spend extended periods of time in the presence of plants tend to have stronger relationships with other people and therefore experience heightened levels of happiness. Plants Help People....Help People. Additional research found that flowering plants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering plants around the apartment home and ay work potentially could significantly reduce stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around plants are significantly more likely to try and help others, and tend to have more advanced social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for plants & animals are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating strong bonds out of their shared interests. Plants Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is known to have a calming effect, and including ornamental flowering plants around the apartment home is an awesome way to decrease 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 lessened as well. The research supports that by having houseplants, you improve your mental health by producing peace and open spaces to your brain. Houseplants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List Having ornamental houseplants in the home and office boosts 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. Going outside with nature or being under the influence of plants inside can increase memory retention close to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study reported (Sewach). Convinced? Great. Here are some ideas for great houseplants to have in your apartment: Spider Plant Spider plants are one of the most popular indoor botanicals, and your family is going to enjoy them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re super easy to maintain, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and can be put to good use in places that are prone to dampness: laundry room, downstairs, and bathrooms. Spider plants are mainly easy to care for, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and your spider plant will love you. Water the houseplant well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry 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. In case you're interested, ficus and pothos are other plants included on the list. One of the best snake plant health benefits is it can make small and ongoing contribution to eliminate toxic air pollutants. Other than CO2, 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 it can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and vibrantlook. It can thrive in environments with very low light and water. Notice a trend with our two plants? If you have kids, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't want plants named Spider and Snake?