Improve Your Mental & Physical Health by Simply Adding Houseplants 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. It’s no secret plants are vital to our survival. Think about it: food, building materials, medicine, oh and the process of the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It's no surprise then, recent studies conclude that household plants have a direct impact on our wellness. There are a number of reasons why having having household plants might improve our mental health, and the most obvious is they’re preferred to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and active 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 houseplant from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in its caretaker. We learn from the research, those who have extended periods of time in the presence of plants tend to have better relationships with other people and consequently experience increased levels of happiness. Plants Help People, Help People. A separate study found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering plants around the house 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 help others, and usually have more active social relationships. People who care for plants & animals are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building mutual bonds because of their mutual interests. Plants Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a soothing effect, and including ornamental flowering plants 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 likelihood of suffering from stress-related depression is reduced as well. Collective research supports that by having plants in your house, you improve your mental health by activating peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List Having ornamental houseplants in the home and office improves memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Going outside or being under the influence of houseplants inside your home can improve memory retention up to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project showed (Sewach). Convinced yet? Great. Here are two examples of great houseplants to have in your apartment: Spider Plant Spider plants are one of the most popular indoor botanicals, and your friends are going to like them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re extremely easy to maintain, and spider plants are impressively great at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and can be put to good use in places that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are fairly low maintenance and easy to care for, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and it will flourish. Water it 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 houseplants by Harvard University discovered that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing plants. Oh by the way, ficus and pothos are the other plants on the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is snake plant's can make small and ongoing contribution to remove toxic air pollutants. Outside of CO2, it can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. Snake plants are some of the low maintenance plants out there as they can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and vibrantlook. Snake plants can thrive in environments with minimal light and water. Notice anything with our two houseplants? If you have kid visitors, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?