Improve Your Mental & Physical Health by Simply Adding Houseplants 04/15/2019 Plants are extremely important. News flash: plants are imperative to our survival. Let's exam: food, building materials, medical efforts, oh and the process of processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It's not a surprise then, recent studies show that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health. There are numerous reasons why household plants might improve our mood, and general consensus is they’re better to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and floral colors. A recent study further supports this notion in its research that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a houseplant healthy and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. According to the research, those who share extended periods of time around plants tend to have better relationships with others and consequently experience higher levels of happiness. Plants Help People....Help People. Additional research found that flowering plants provide higher levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering houseplants around the apartment home and in the office has the potential to significantly reduce stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who have been around plants are significantly more likely to offer help to 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 creating shared bonds resulting from their shared interests. Plants Help Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty can have a calming effect, and having ornamental flowering plants around the family home is an excellent way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the increased happiness derived from a space that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is decreased as well. The research supports that by having plants in your house, you improve your mental health by inducing peace and open spaces to your brain. Houseplants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List Having ornamental plants in the home boosts memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments, and the calming influence created by them, increases a person’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Being outside or being under the influence of houseplants inside can increase memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project reported (Sewach). Are you convinced yet? Great. Here are a couple examples of ideas for great houseplants to have in your home: Spider Plant Spider plants are one of the most popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to love them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re super easy to take care of, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and are great options to use in places that are prone to dampness: bathrooms and laundry room. Spider plants are mainly low maintenance and easy to care for, too. Provide them with bright, indirect light and it will flourish. Water it well but do not water it too much to the point of it becoming soggy, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants don't mind drying 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. In case you're interested, ficus and pothos are other plants that made the list. One of the greatest snake plant health benefits is snake plant's can make small and ongoing contribution to get rid of 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 low maintenance plants out there as it can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and vibrantlook. Snake plants can thrive in environments with limited light and water. Notice a trend with our two suggestions? If you have kids, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?