From dracaena to ficus lyrata, indoor plants are the accessory de-jour. It seems the indoor greenery trend might be more than just decorative – it might actually be improving the way we work and live.

According to a 2016 Harvard study that fiddle leaf fig your cat loves to tip over is actually benefiting your health and wellbeing. A key finding of the study is that over an eight-year period there were fewer deaths among women who live in greener surroundings, resulting in a mortality rate 12% lower than those living in areas void of leafy greens.
It may not be particularly surprising that plants physically improve our living areas – after all, they keep our air clean – but the study goes further to suggest that greenery can improve mental health and brain functions.

Plants can provide feelings of pleasure, calm, and relief, all which contribute to a restorative and uplifting environment. In workplaces and study areas, visual contact with nature can reduce fatigue associated with intense concentration. Dubbed “nature breaks”, this replenishment can help you refocus, feel more positive, and minimize stress and anger. Plants have also been seen to improve productivity within the workplace, with one study showing that workers in a plant-pimped office can be up to 12% more productive.

From improving our health, lowering stress, and keeping us productive, plants are singular in the way they improve our surroundings while also looking beautiful.

Keeping and growing indoor plants doesn’t have to be a horticultural horror. Plants such as Devil’s Ivy, Chinese Ever Green, and Philodendron are gorgeously beautiful and flourish with minimal maintenance. Add a decorative pot, flushed natural lighting, and a cup of tea and you might just experience nirvana.

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