But what are the ultimate mood-boosting plants? A study by the Royal Horticultural Society (Opens in a new tab) The University of Reading will show that healthy, happy plants with round Leaves make us feel better. And neglected plants are worse than nothing at all.
The ultimate form of plant leaves to improve your mood
“Plants that people find attractive and interesting are likely to give us the biggest boost in well-being,” says lead researcher Jenny Berger, of the University of Reading. “Lush green plants will add a healthy feeling to the indoor environment.”
By showing participants pictures of different species, they found that people reacted positively to leafy plants with round leaves. These characteristics are reflected in many of our favorite houseplants, such as weeping figs, calathea, and monstera.
So instead of cacti, choose non-prickly-leaved species like the cute little Chinese money plant (above), rubber plant or bird of paradise. Although the palm is slightly prickly, it has also had positive associations, evoking holidays and happy memories. Add tropical flair to your living room ideas with a large palm tucked into a corner by the window or an arch over the sofa.
As for the prettiest plants, participants rated plants with the softest, rounded leaves, such as devil’s ivy, at the highest (below, in a macrame pink hanging planter).
Dr. Tijana Planosa is RHS Principal Horticultural Scientist and one of the study’s researchers. “This study adds weight to the important role houseplants can play in improving mental health and well-being in the indoor environment,” says Dr. Tijana Planosa. “Not everyone has a garden, but most of us can find space for a houseplant.”
On the other hand, it was found that unhealthy plants negatively affect people’s perception of their internal environment. Researchers recommend getting rid of it.
Start with low-maintenance plants such as monstera or rubber plant and be careful not to overwater.
Houseplants usually have little effect on air quality. But the positive emotions associated with it mean that it has a greater impact on improving well-being and reducing stress.
We’re off to the garden center!