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Flowers and house plants can affect human mental health

Flowers and house plants can affect human mental health Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Flowers in a home do more than just adorn the interior and create a cozy atmosphere, they have a significant impact on people's psychological and mental well-being, according to a study by Professor Charlie Hall, head of the International Floriculture Department at Texas A&M University.

Professor Hall has conducted extensive research aimed at assessing the impact of plants on human mental health.

He explained that being surrounded by indoor plants helps reduce the level of cortisol, the stress hormone. Its levels can increase due to the shortening of daylight hours and the need to spend more time at home.

The care algorithm for plants also works: watering, fertilizing, and caring for other components of home flora along with positive emotions from interacting with them can develop cognitive abilities, protect against dementia, and increase life satisfaction.

The expert adds that there is no need to buy rare, whimsical plants. It's enough to have the simple low-maintenance ones. The main thing is an adequate amount of light and willingness to dedicate a little time and attention to them.

Besides, plants make living spaces better, and the positive effect of observing plants can be compared to the pleasant emotions a person experiences when interacting with dogs or cats.

Hall emphasizes in his research that plants, especially succulents, have a positive impact on life satisfaction.