Houseplants can boost your mental health while COVID-19 has you stuck inside

Dr. Sally Augustin, an environmental and design psychologist, said having plants in your home can reduce stress levels and help you mentally refresh when you feel exhausted. “Green, leafy plants have curvy lines, which we find comforting to cope with stress,” said Augustin, principal at Design With Science, adding that the color green is linked to increased creative thinking.

“All this probably goes back to … the origin of our species when we saw green, leafy plants and that meant there was something around that we could eat,” she said. “That gave us a psychological boost.”

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