Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are very important. News flash: plants are vital to our survival. Think about it: food, building materials, medicine, oh and the most important of all, processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies highlight that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our wellness. There are a number of reasons why household plants might improve our mental health, and an unmistakable reason is they’re preferred to smell and look at. Wallpaper and carpet have a hard time competing with living things and active 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 houseplant's caretaker. The researched showed, those who spend extended periods of time around plants tend to have better relationships with friends & family and accordingly experience increased levels of happiness. Fact: Plants Help People. A separate study found that flowering plants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering houseplants around the house and ay work is likely to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more houseplants are significantly more likely to offer help to others, and usually have more advanced social relationships. People who care for plants & animals are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating strong bonds because of their common interests. More Plants, Less Stress Natural aesthetic beauty can have a soothing effect, and keeping ornamental plants around the apartment home is a great 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 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 To-Do List Including ornamental houseplants in the office boosts memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to fixate on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being around houseplants inside your home can increase memory retention up to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study concluded (Sewach). Convinced? Great. Here are a couple ideas for great houseplants to have in your apartment home: Spider Plant One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your friends are going to enjoy them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re very easy to care for, and spider plants are very good at absorbing mold and allergens from the air and are great options to use in places that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are pretty easy to care for, too. Give them with bright, indirect light and it will flourish. Water your spider plant 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 houseplants. 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 ongoing contribution to remove 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. 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. Snake plants can thrive in environments with limited light and water. Notice anything with our two plants? If you have kid visitors, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't want plants named Spider and Snake?