How Houseplants Can Impact Mental Health


According to an article written by Susan McQuillan M.S. for Psychology Today, “The review data, collected and analyzed by researchers Charles Hall and Melinda Knuth at Texas A&M University and published in the Journal of Environmental Horticulture, supports the notion that living in or near green spaces, and spending as much time as possible in both natural settings and cultivated gardens, can improve mood, reduce the negative effects of stress, encourage physical activity and other positive behaviors, improve cognition, reduce aggression, and enhance overall well-being in people of all ages under many different circumstances.

Specifically, the researchers found that people who surround themselves with plant life and other forms of natural beauty, indoors and out, experience emotional and mental health benefits that have a positive impact on their social, psychological, physical, cognitive, environmental, and spiritual well-being…” These are the ways houseplants and succulents can impact your mental well-being and more:

They make you smarter

There have been countless studies on how greenery in general can help with well-being and innovation, but did you know that it can also make you more productive? In a 2015 study by United Technologies, they found when people work in green offices, they get a 26% boost in developed perception. This alone should inspire you to deck out your place in green. There have also been other studies proving that houseplants help with concentration and reducing stress-levels by at least 15%. This is perfect for your little ones since stress can lead to multiple distractions in their learning development process.

They put your eco-friendly mind at ease

Certain types of plants reduce radiation in our environment and that’s perfect for our homes considering we have devices like computers and smartphones emitting all types of radiation we are unaware of. Plants like aloe vera and cactus are great for absorbing harmful radiation and creating a safer home. They are super accessible and can be found in most greeneries or supermarkets. Other great plant types for absorbing harmful radiation are the stone lotus flower (perfect for your deskside), betel leaf plants and areca palms.

They add a sense of cool

If done correctly, succulents or houseplants can add a certain style to your place and great color, but also a sense of life to dreary spaces. Stylish planters can really bring a space together in ways that would surprise you. Along with savy candle brands like Otherland, adding in a cute pot can showcase your architectural decor skills. A Design Milk blog quotes: “Using plants in modern design is even more of a challenge because modern design seems to demand clean lines and simplicity. Nature, on the other hand, tends to be wild and chaotic. However, that doesn’t mean modern interiors need to forego greenery. There are ways to make it work and bring plants into the design as a creative layer that is equally as important as the other accessories in the room.” Having a cool space always puts you in a good mood.

House plants and succulents have been known to raise moods in homes and apartments. Already proven, they’ve reduced stress, lessened symptoms of depression and improved creativity in all ages.

They avoid future stresses

Taking care of a plant can be a good way to decipher if you want more responsibility in your life and an easy way to avoid stressful situations down the line. Different plants require different methods of care. Cacti plants for example require little water but plenty of sun and good soil. Succulents are notorious for being difficult and have a penchant for rotting unexpectedly. If you’re out of town, plant babysitting is a thing and a way to keep your plant children attended to. Sharing a house plant can also determine if your partner is parent material.

They (don’t) filter air

Depending on who you speak to, houseplants are great ways to filter the air in certain spaces. But there are challengers to that theory. in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, a 2019 experiment proved that you would require ten plants per square foot to successfully filter the air of any known pollutions. That’s a lot of plants and impossibly unachievable even if you have the space. While the theory that houseplants filter our breathing air is constantly debated, There’s no harm if you want to add a plant or two with that notion.

They look like other things

The great thing about houseplants is that not all of them actually look like pants. Living stone plants and some succulents mimic the shape of rocks and other immaterial things. They are perfect for those who aren’t a fan of green spaces.