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Indoor plants make you happy

According to a scientific study.
Photography: Louise Roche / Styling: Kylie Jackes

It’s no secret that women are prone to stress. The good news is there is one surprising solution that will not only make you feel better but will make your house feel like a calming oasis too. Indoor plants!

The craze of indoor plants has been the hottest trend for a while but who would have thought how many benefits there are to filling your home with leafy houseplants?

A study by Harvard University conducted over an eight-year period found that women who lived in areas with more greenery had a 12% lower mortality rate than those with less. The study also found there was improved mental health and higher social and physical activity!

One study discovered results that suggested interactions with indoor plants can reduce stress compared to hard mental work. While another found that participants were less anxious when in a workplace with indoor plants or windows with a view of nature.

If that’s not enough to convince you, there are plenty of other studies to suggest that the benefits of mental health are not only psychological.

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Other benefits of having an abundance of indoor plants include air purification, better sleep and they also are great at blocking out noise!

Plants like the snake plant are perfect to have by your bedside as they are known to absorb hazardous chemicals during the day and emit clean, fresh air at night. Perfect for a good night’s sleep!  

Other plants such as rubber plants, spider plants and aloe vera are also exceptionally good at clearing the air in your home.

So, there’s all the evidence you need to convince yourself to go and buy yet another indoor plant!

Now you’ve just got to keep it alive.

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(Credit: Photography: Suzi Appel / Styling: Michelle Hart)

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