Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are very important. News flash: plants are an essential part of our survival. Everything: food, construction materials, medical efforts, oh and that whole the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It's not a surprise then, recent studies show that household plants have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness. There are a number of reasons why indoor plants might improve our happiness, and general consensus is they’re better to smell and look at. Wallpaper and carpet have a hard time competing with living things and vibrant colors. A recent study further supports this notion in its report that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a plant alive and the positive psychological effect it had in the houseplant's caretaker. The researched showed, those who spend extended periods of time around houseplants tend to have stronger relationships with friends & family and accordingly experience higher levels of happiness. Fact: Plants Help People. Additional research found that flowering houseplants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering houseplants around the home and ay work potentially could significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around houseplants are almost always more likely to help others, and usually have more vibrant social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for nature are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building shared bonds because of their shared interests. More Plants, Less Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a soothing effect, and including ornamental plants around the home is an awesome way to lower 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 reduced as well. The research supports that by having houseplants, you improve your mental health by producing peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Having ornamental houseplants in the office increases memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Being outside or being under the influence of houseplants in your house can boost memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study reported (Sewach). Convinced yet? Great. Here are two ideas for great plants 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 like them because umm duh, it's name, spider plant They’re extremely easy to take care of, and spider plants are impressively great at absorbing mold and allergens from the air and can be put to good use in parts of the house that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are mainly low maintenance, too. Provide them with bright, indirect light and it will flourish. Water the houseplant well but do not water it too much to the point of it becoming soggy, which can lead to root rot. Even better, spider plants don't mind drying 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 greatest oxygen-producing houseplants. In case you're interested, ficus and pothos are two other plants on the list. One of the best snake plant health benefits is it can make small and ongoing 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. The snake plant is one of the easiest to care for plants out there as it can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and healthy, vibrantlook. They can thrive in environments with limited light and water. Notice anything with our two houseplants? If you have kids, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?