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Surrounding yourself with houseplants is a simple, relatively inexpensive way to do something remarkable. Find out some ways to improve your life with the power of houseplants!
Filling your space with greenery can have many beneficial effects on your brain: Houseplants can help reduce stress, increase happiness, improve concentration, and even make you feel less anxious. Think of them as your own personal (and natural!) wellness committee.
A study published in the journal Environmental Research probed the effects of plants on folks stuck indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic and found that being surrounded by houseplants helped reduce anxiety. Thankfully, we’ve (mostly) moved on from those difficult times, but tricky winter weather and even remote work can keep people housebound for long periods, so it’s not too far of a stretch to think the effects might still apply.
It all comes down to this: Houseplants are so much more than leafy decor. In many ways, they’re a gateway to a healthier, happier mind and a simple path to elevating your spirits and increasing your mental well-being. And if you ask us, that’s something worth cultivating.
Think of the person you know who always seems happy and upbeat, who stays cool in stressful situations, and has an enviable ability to tune out distractions and focus on what needs to be done. We’re going to go out on a limb and suggest there’s a pretty good chance they have more than a few houseplants in their life.
Do you feel calmer and less stressed when plants surround you? Which are your favorite? Tell us about them in the comments below!