Five out of six people who picked up gardening in 2016 were between the ages of 18 and 34, and 31 percent of houseplant sales that year were made by millennials.
Nowadays, succulent-strewn Pinterest boards are the norm, and carefully cultivated urban jungles have become one of the trendiest ways to spruce up homes and brighten workspaces.
But it’s not all whimsical cacti arrangements and terrarium-encased air plants for looks alone. That potted ficus and all its flora friends are actually good for your health.
Nature’s flower power
Researchers have studied the relationship between nature and human well-being for decades, and it has gained renewed focus in recent years as more people remain sedentary and glued to their screens.
“There’s a growing body of work that focuses on the ways in which nature contact may benefit mental health,” explains Greg Bratman, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. “As this work progresses, experts are coming together from a variety of different disciplines, including epidemiology, public health and psychology.”
Numerous studies suggest that interacting with nature in some form can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, encourage faster healing and increase overall happiness.
Even people who work in an urban office setting might benefit from glimmers of greenery. Spotting trees from a high-rise window or keeping potted plants at your desk can lead to increased job satisfaction and a higher level of commitment.
In essence, plant life can have some pretty profound effects on your health and well-being.