Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are extremely important. News flash: plants are an essential part of our survival. Let's exam: food, building materials, natural medicine, oh and that whole processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It's 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 indoor 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 vibrant colors. A recent study 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 caretaker. The researched showed, those who spend extended periods of time around plants tend to have stronger relationships with friends & family and therefore experience increased levels of happiness. Fact: Plants Help People. Another study found that flowering plants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering houseplants around the apartment home and in the workplace has the potential to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more houseplants are almost always more likely to offer help to others, and tend to 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 out of their mutual interests. Plants Help Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is known to have a relaxing effect, and having ornamental plants around the apartment home is an awesome way to decrease stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a home or work space that has plants in it, the likelihood of suffering from stress-related depression is lessened as well. Collective research supports that by having plants in your home or work place, you improve your mental health by inducing peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List Including ornamental plants in the home boosts memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments produce a calming influence which increases a person’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being under the influence of plants inside your home can increase memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study reported (Sewach). Convinced yet? Great. Here are some examples of ideas for great plants to have in your apartment home: Spider Plant Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your family is going to like them because umm duh, it's name, spider plant They’re very easy to care for, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold and allergens from the air and can be put to good use in areas that are prone to dampness: laundry room, downstairs, and bathrooms. Spider plants are pretty low maintenance, too. Give them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water the houseplant well but do not allow it to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. Even better, 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 greatest oxygen-producing houseplants. For those interested, ficus and pothos are the other plants included on the list. One of the greatest 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. Snake plants are some of the easiest to care for plants out there as snake plants can withstand weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthylook. It can thrive in environments with limited light and water. See any similarities with our two houseplants? If you have kid visitors, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't want plants named Spider and Snake?