Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are pretty important. News flash: plants are vital to our survival. Everything: food, construction 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 conclude that household plants have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness. There are numerous reasons why household plants might improve our happiness, and general consensus is they’re nicer to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and floral 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 plant from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. We learn from the research, those who have extended periods of time with houseplants tend to have better relationships with others and therefore experience higher levels of happiness. Plants Help People, Help People. Another study found that flowering houseplants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering plants around the apartment and ay work potentially could significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around plants are significantly more likely to help others, and usually have more active social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for houseplants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and forming strong bonds because of their common interests. More Plants, Less Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is known to have a relaxing effect, and including ornamental houseplants around the apartment home is an awesome way to decrease stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a space that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is reduced as well. Study after study 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 Keeping ornamental plants in the home and office improves 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 or being around houseplants 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 great houseplants to have in your apartment home: Spider Plant One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your family is going to enjoy them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re extremely easy to care for, 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: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are pretty low maintenance, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and your spider plant will love you. Water the houseplant well but do not allow it to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in plants by Harvard University discovered that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing houseplants. Oh by the way, ficus and pothos are the other plants included on the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is it can make ongoing contribution to get rid of toxic air pollutants. Other than CO2, it can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. The snake plant is one of the low maintenance plants out there as they can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and healthy, vibrantlook. It can thrive in environments with minimal light and water. Notice anything with our two houseplants? If you have kids, we’re hoping it will help it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't want plants named Spider and Snake?