Improve Your Mental & Physical Health by Simply Adding Houseplants 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. It's not new news to say plants are imperative to our survival. Everything: food, buildings, medical efforts, oh and that whole taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It's not a surprise then, recent studies conclude that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health. There are a number of reasons why household plants might improve our happiness, and an unmistakable reason is they’re nicer to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and active colors. A recent study further supports this notion in its findings that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a plant from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. The researched showed, those who have extended periods of time around houseplants tend to have better relationships with others and therefore experience heightened levels of happiness. Plants Help People, Help People. A separate study found that flowering plants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering houseplants around the apartment and ay work is likely to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around houseplants are much more likely to try and help others, and usually have more advanced social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for plants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and forming shared bonds out of their shared interests. More Plants, Less Stress Natural aesthetic beauty can have a calming effect, and including ornamental houseplants around the home is an awesome way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the happiness derived from a space that has plants in it, the likeliness of suffering from stress-caused depression is lessened 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 Keeping ornamental plants in the home and office boosts memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments, and the calming influence created by them, increases a person’s ability to fixate on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being around plants in your house can boost memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study reported (Sewach). Convinced? Great. Here are a couple examples of great houseplants to have in your apartment home: Spider Plant Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your friends are going to like them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re extremely easy to take care of, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and will work wonders in places that are prone to dampness: bathrooms and laundry room. Spider plants are fairly low maintenance and easy to care for, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and your spider plant will love you. Water the houseplant well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. Even better, spider plants prefer to dry out a bit 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 the other plants on the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is it can make small contribution to get rid of toxic air pollutants. It can do more than produce CO too, they 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 snake plants can withstand weeks of neglect without losing their shape and vibrantlook. It can thrive in environments with limited light and water. Notice anything with our two plants? If you have kids, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't love plants named Spider and Snake?