The Psychological Benefits of House Plants

We all love house plants and the beauty they bring to your home, but have you ever thought about the psychological benefits they can provide? 

Let’s talk about all of the amazing things plants can do for you and your home!

Reducing Anxiety & Stress:

264 million individuals worldwide have an anxiety disorder. And as it may not work for everybody's situation, plants can be a wonderful tool in helping aid anxiety and stress. 

There is a certain bacterium found in soil called Mycobacterium vaccae that triggers the release of serotonin, which is proven to boost your mood and reduce anxiety. Therefore, Interaction with indoor or outdoor plants can also alleviate symptoms of depression. 

Increasing Productivity & Creativity:

Plants can make your working environment more inviting. A study conducted in the US found that almost 10% of  sick days could be attributed to things such as lack of nature and natural light in the office. Simply being able to see natural beauty can have a positive effect on your mood and self-esteem.

Research has found that when people looked at the color green for two seconds before doing a creative task, it boosted their creative output. Researchers dubbed this as the ‘green effect’. The study’s author, Dr. Stephanie Lichtenfeld, suggests the color green is a signal of physical growth (as in growing plants) as well as psychological growth: "Green may serve as a cue that evokes the motivation to strive for improvement and task mastery, which in turn may facilitate growth".

It's no surprise we work more effectively when we are happier! Psychologist Dr Craig Knight from the University of Exeter said: ‘We have previously shown that designing your own workspace improves health, happiness and productivity.

Improving air quality inside your home/office:

Through photosynthesis houseplants are able to convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into fresh oxygen. According to a popular study conducted by nasa in 1989, they found that house plants are able to clean the air of cancer-causing volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde and benzene. Some house plants are better than others at removing toxins from the air such as Epipremnum aureum (pothos) and Dracaena marginata (dragon tree). 

If you have been searching for houseplants that can provide these benefits or just want to learn more, you can visit one of our previous blogs - OUR TOP 5 LOW MAINTENANCE PLANTS

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