Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness 04/15/2019 Plants are very important. News flash: plants are vital to our survival. Everything: food, building materials, medical efforts, oh and that whole taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It's no surprise then, recent studies conclude that household plants have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness. There are numerous reasons why having having household plants might improve our mental health, and general consensus is they’re nicer to see and smell. Wallpaper and carpet can't compete with living things and active 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 from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in the houseplant's caretaker. We learn from the research, those who spend extended periods of time around plants tend to have better relationships with friends & family and accordingly experience higher levels of happiness. Fact: Plants Help People. A separate study found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, placing flowering plants around the apartment home and ay work potentially could significantly reduce stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who have been around houseplants are much more likely to offer help to others, and usually have more advanced social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for plants & animals are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and forming mutual bonds because of their shared interests. More Plants, Less Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a relaxing effect, and having ornamental flowering plants around the apartment home is an awesome way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a home that has plants in it, the likelihood of suffering from stress-related depression is reduced as well. Study after study supports that by having houseplants, you improve your mental health by activating peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Keeping ornamental houseplants in the home boosts memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Being outside or being around houseplants in your house can boost memory retention up to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project reported (Sewach). Convinced yet? Great. Here are two examples of great plants 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 love them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re super easy to care for, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and will work wonders in areas that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are fairly low maintenance, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water the houseplant well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants are okay 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. For those interested, ficus and pothos are other plants included on the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is it can make small contribution to remove toxic air pollutants. Other than CO2, 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 they can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and vibrantlook. They can thrive in environments with very low 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 want plants named Spider and Snake?