Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. It's not new news to say plants are imperative to our survival. Think about it: food, building materials, medicine, oh and the most important of all, processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into clean oxygen. It's no surprise then, recent studies show that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health. There are many reasons why having having household plants might improve our mental health, and the most obvious is they’re better to see and smell. Wallpaper and carpet can't compete with 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 from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. The researched showed, those who spend extended periods of time with houseplants tend to have better relationships with others and consequently experience heightened levels of happiness. Plants Help People, Help People. Another study found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering plants around the apartment home and in the workplace is likely to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around plants are almost always more likely to offer help to others, and usually have more vibrant social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for plants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and forming strong bonds because of their shared interests. Plants Help Reduce Stress Natural aesthetic beauty can have a calming effect, and keeping ornamental flowering plants around the apartment home is a great way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a space that has plants in it, the likelihood of suffering from stress-related depression is decreased as well. Collective research supports that by having plants in your home or work place, you improve your mental health by activating peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Including ornamental plants in the home and office improves memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Being outside or being under the influence of houseplants inside your home can increase memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project concluded (Sewach). Convinced yet? Great. Here are a couple examples of ideas for great houseplants to have in your apartment: Spider Plant One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your family is going to like them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re very easy to care for, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and will work wonders in areas that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are mainly low maintenance, too. Give them with bright, indirect light and your spider plant will love you. Water it 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 discovered that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing plants. In case you're interested, ficus and pothos are the other plants that made the list. One of the best snake plant health benefits is snake plant's can make small and ongoing contribution to remove 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. It's one of the low maintenance plants out there as snake plants can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and vibrantlook. It can thrive in environments with very low light and water. See any similarities with our two plants? If you have kids, we’re hoping it will help it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't love plants named Spider and Snake?