The power of plants
You may already get a lot of joy from your plant collection, but did you know there are actually a number of reasons why this is? Among other things, plants have been shown to help boost your mood, assist with better mental health, reduce stress and help you sleep more restfully.
Natural air purification
Plants are an inexpensive but powerful way to help improve your living environment. One of the key ways they do this is by helping to purify the air around you by removing or reducing toxin levels. Top purifying plants as found by a NASA study include the Peace Lily, Snake Plant, Aloe Vera and English Ivy.
For the plant geeks! Plants can effectively remove air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde by absorbing them and then destroying them so they're eventually converted to new plant tissue. Benzene is a solvent that is used in a number of everyday items like plastics, rubber, paints and ink, and formaldehyde is found in cigarette smoke, cleaning products, paper towels, grocery bags etc. Therefore, having your plants effortlessly remove these toxins from your home can only be a good thing!
Caring for yourself by caring for others
Taking care of and nurturing your plants can help encourage a sense of responsibility and empathy, as well as being very rewarding. The feeling of seeing an unhappy plant recover and start to show healthy new growth again is incredibly rewarding, and by shifting your focus onto caring for something else you'll often find that you benefit too - feeling more relaxed, purposeful and productive as a result of looking after your little potted friends.
It has been found that hospital patients that are placed in rooms containing plants may heal faster than those without them! Having plants around helps create a soothing and aesthetically pleasing environment, and may also help to improve energy levels and general performance. They can contribute to lowering your blood pressure, providing you with a deeper and more restful sleep alongside boosting your immune system.
Another study concluded that memory retention may be improved by as much as 20% when you're around plants, meaning they can potentially help you to concentrate and focus more - this is one of the reasons why plants are often spotted dotted around workplaces.
The beauty of an indoor jungle
Finally, perhaps one of the simplest reasons why plants can make you happy is how beautiful they can look in your home! Spending time in a well-decorated environment is appealing in itself, but an abundance of plants can help make you feel closer to nature, which is particularly beneficial if you live in a busy city that's lacking in green space.