Why we're happier surrounded by houseplants

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Houseplants can boost productivity and increase happiness, new research has revealed. (Getty Images)
Houseplants can boost productivity and increase happiness, new research has revealed. (Getty Images)

Everyone loves the look of houseplants in our homes, but it turns out that surrounding ourselves with indoor greenery can also make us feel more productive and happier. 

You might assume that adorning your home with houseplants is purely decorative, but it seems succulents and spider plants have other benefits, aside from looking good on Instagram.

New research, commissioned by TheJoyOfPlants.co.uk, has revealed that more than half of us claim to feel more productive when surrounded by greenery and 60% feel happier in general.

More than two thirds claim plants have a positive impact on their mental health.

James Wong, ethnobotanist, presenter and garden designer, says being surrounded by plants helps people’s moods and wellbeing because the rich green of houseplants can reduce stress levels and improve feelings of self-worth.

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Additionally, Wong believes that having a living thing to concentrate on and nurture also acts as a mindfulness exercise, which can further relieve feelings of tension and anxiety.

“As a botanist, I am fascinated by the growing body of scientific evidence which supports what this new consumer research highlights - that being around plants can measurably improve both mental and physical health," he explains. 

“The effect of houseplants seems to work on a number of inter-related levels and the best thing is that the only side effect of this therapy is having a beautiful home.”

Watch: 9 essential tips for keeping your houseplants healthy. 

The survey of 2,000 adults also uncovered that the perfect working environment should include a selection of plants (40%), as well as bright colours (32%) and decorative stationery (27%).

More than half of those polled felt it was important to have greenery in their working environment.

This is due to finding nature calming (62%) and having something to care for bringing a sense of satisfaction (44%).

Almost three quarters of adults currently have an average of five houseplants in their home - with reasons including the greenery adding colour to the home and helping to improve the quality of indoor air.

A further 36% simply said plants bring them joy, while around a third (34%) find them therapeutic and a quarter say the presence of plants helps reduce their stress levels.

Some houseplants are even treated as part of the family, with nearly a quarter (23%) of those polled admitting to trying to connect with nature by speaking to their houseplants and a fifth putting music on for them.

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Houseplants make us happier, new research has revealed. (Getty Images)
Houseplants make us happier, new research has revealed. (Getty Images)

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Commenting on the findings a spokesperson for TheJoyOfPlants.co.uk said: “The research stats prove what we’ve often thought - having plants in the home helps moods and productivity.

“It’s no secret that being outdoors and surrounded by nature often helps improve mental health and decrease stress levels and it’s great to see that bringing the outdoors in has a similar effect.

“Particularly when working, which many of us have been doing from home the past year and a half, people clearly like to have a plant nearby, not only for productivity but also to boost their mood."

The research was commissioned to launch the Houseplant Hideout at BOXPARK, Shoreditch.

“We created the Houseplant Hideout in Shoreditch to bring the myriad benefits of having more houseplants around us to life," the spokesperson continues.

"If people want to find out how plants can make a difference in the home, and to their wellbeing, they can visit the hideout between 7th and 10th October.”

Additional reporting SWNS.

Watch: 10 easy houseplants that anyone can keep alive. 

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