Improve Your Mental & Physical Health by Simply Adding Houseplants 04/15/2019 Plants are very important. It's not new news to say plants are vital to our survival. Let's exam: food, building materials, medical efforts, oh and the most important of all, the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It's not a surprise then, recent studies highlight that household plants have a direct impact on our wellness. There are numerous reasons why having having household plants might improve our mental health, and an unmistakable reason is they’re nicer to see and smell. Wallpaper and carpet can't compete 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 houseplant alive and the positive psychological effect it had in its caretaker. According to the research, those who have extended periods of time in the presence of plants tend to have better relationships with other people and accordingly experience higher levels of happiness. Plants Help People, Help People. Another study found that flowering plants provide higher levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering plants around the apartment home and in the office has the potential to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more plants are significantly more likely to offer help to others, and usually have more advanced social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for nature are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and forming mutual bonds resulting from their shared interests. Plants Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a relaxing effect, and having ornamental flowering plants around the family home is a great way to decrease stress and anxiety. As a result of the 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 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 Keeping ornamental houseplants in the office boosts memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments produce a calming influence which increases a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being around plants in your house can boost memory retention up to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study reported (Sewach). Convinced yet? Great. Here are two examples of ideas for great houseplants to have in your apartment home: Spider Plant Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to love them because umm duh, it's name, spider plant They’re very easy to maintain, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing allergens or mold 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. Provide them with bright, indirect light and it will flourish. Water the houseplant well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants don't mind drying 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 greatest oxygen-producing plants. In case you're interested, ficus and pothos are other plants included on the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is the plant can make ongoing contribution to get rid of toxic air pollutants. Outside of CO2, 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 withstand weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthy, vibrantlook. Snake plants can thrive in environments with minimal light and water. See any similarities with our two suggestions? If you have kid visitors, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't love plants named Spider and Snake?