As we focus on happiness in January, one thing we notice is that the days are getting longer. More natural sunlight can be a real mood-booster, and it’s probably no coincidence that office plants can help cheer us up, too. In honor of National Houseplant Appreciation Day on the 10th, let’s look at how plants can make us happier at work.
Research in “biophilic design” (the study of how indoor plants affect mood and productivity) is – ahem – growing in popularity.
Fast Company’s article from last year offers these key points:
- A host of scientific studies indicate that being closer to nature, whether that’s in the form of houseplants or natural light, is beneficial for our health
- Spending even a few seconds looking away from our screens to stare at a desk plant could help give our minds a break and restore our ability to focus
- The biophilic design movement extends to entire developments and even cities. Scientists think that plants could act like sensors to help keep tabs on things like mold and volatile organic compounds in our buildings
Good Earth Plant Company has some recommendations for those of us who struggle to keep our plants thriving:
- Sansevieria: (snake plants, mother-in-law’s tongue)
- The ZZ Plant
- Golden Pothos
- Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)
- Spider Plants (Chlorophytum)
- Aloe vera
- Zebra Plant