Friday, January 8, 2010

Pot a Plant for a Happier Household

Pot a Plant for a Happier Household
A review of studies found that indoor plants seem to improve mood, comfort, and air quality while lowering stress.
By Leah Zerbeo

Propagate the plants you already have to boost your mood and save money at the same time.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Need a midwinter pick-me-up? Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee, you might want to pot a plant, instead. A recent review of the psychological benefits of indoor plants published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that our leafy friends can boost mood levels, reduce fatigue, improve reaction time, lower stress, and even boost pain tolerance.

THE DETAILS: Swedish and Norwegian researchers analyzed more than 20 studies focusing on plants and their psychological benefits and found that many studies linked houseplants with positive benefits, including improved performance in an office or classroom, increased pleasantness, lower anxiety, and lower blood pressure. No studies registered negative effects related to indoor plants, although a few studies did not show significant mood improvement.

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