Plants in Quarantine: Benefits of Staying Green
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a bit of a dumpster fire, but there have been bright spots. One bright spot for many people is their plant collection.
For me personally, taking time to care for my plants (sometimes daily while working from home!) keeps me sane. It gives me something else to put energy into and care for, while still feeling like I am crossing something off my to-do list.
But why do plants have this effect on people? A 2011 article from Greater Good Magazine states that decorated office spaces have a net positive impact on workers in organizations. In it, they cite a study from The Journal of Experimental Psychology, conducted by University of Exeter professors Craig Knight and S. Alexander Haslam, wherein two experiments involving four groups of people were analyzed.
In one of the four setups, they put participants in a work space decorated with plants and plant-themed artwork. Unsurprisingly, the people put into decorated and comfortable spaces performed better.
Said Dr. Craig Knight, “When people feel uncomfortable in their surroundings they are less engaged – not only with the space but also with what they do in it. If they can have some control, that all changes and people report being happier at work, identifying more with their employer, and are more efficient when doing their jobs.”
This tells us that enriching our environment with things we love – like plants! – makes us happier AND more productive. Which means that when we are able to control our home environments (where we are all spending a LOT of time this year) and make them beautiful and comfortable, we are happier!
I don’t know about you, but I am using this as an excuse to buy more plants in 2021…
Don’t forget to tag us in your plant photos on Instagram @cellardplants and use #CellarDoorPlants so we can see your gorgeous babes! Happy planting!