Why Plants Are Good For Your Mind

Written by Journey

It’s been proven time and time again that being in nature makes you happier. The fresh air, a cool breeze, sunlight on your face, and an array of greenery rejuvenates and calms the mind. Unfortunately, most of us can’t be outside all the time. Instead, you can bring the benefits of nature indoors with the help of some houseplants.

Houseplants are some of the most underrated additions you can have around the house. Keeping a few plants in your living space can be very beneficial to your mental wellbeing. Here are three ways houseplants are good for your mind.

The Color Green

Did you know the human eye can see more shades of green than any other color? There are many theories to explain this, but the most well-accepted is due to evolution. Our ancestors lived in green spaces and needed to determine subtle differences in green colors. They did this in order to evaluate their environment and decide which plants were safe to eat, as well as which ones were not. This connection to the color green still holds true today. Physiologically, seeing the color green reduces stress levels by signaling to our brain that we are in a natural, healthy environment. This calming effect also makes it easier to think more clearly.

Improves Air Quality

Houseplants have a remarkable ability to clean toxins from indoor air. A few years back, NASA released a study that determined which houseplants are best at improving indoor air quality. They looked at five main indoor air pollutants including formaldehyde, as well as other neurotoxic chemicals like trichloroethylene and ammonia. Each plant was then tested accordingly. Some of the top air-cleaners included peace lilies, english ivy, chrysanthemums, and snake plants. These plants literally suck the toxins from the air into their leaves and roots. A reduction of common neurotoxic chemicals in the indoor air improves mood, increases energy levels, and improves memory and cognition.

Something To Care For

All science aside, there is something very emotionally satisfying about caring for plants. It’s no wonder that the process of purchasing, learning about, and caring for houseplants is a popular hobby. If you’re new to plants, try starting off with something easy to take care of like a spider plant or umbrella plant. Do a bit of research on how much light they need and how often to water as you watch your plant grow. Tending to a plant is a low-stakes activity that reaps great rewards. Yes your air be cleaner and your house will look more lively, but you’ll also have a nice activity during your down time. Not to mention the tremendous joy you’ll experience when the first new leaf sprouts up.

Bringing the outdoors inside is a great way to promote a happier, healthier living space.

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