A new study claims that keeping plants on the work desk may significantly reduce anxiety among employees who are typically removed from exposure to healthy green environments.
Researchers, including those from the University of Hyogo in Japan, explored the practical use of indoor plants to boost mental health in office workers.
They noted that in modern society, stress reduction in the workplace is a pressing issue.
It has been commonly assumed that plant life is soothing for those who regularly face stressful situations.
The new study, published in the journal HortTechnology, scientifically verifies the degree of psychological and physiological impact induced by indoor plants.
“At present, not so many people fully understand and utilize the benefit of stress recovery brought by plants in the workplace,” said Masahiro Toyoda from the University of Hyogo.
“To ameliorate such situations, we decided it essential to verify and provide scientific evidence for the stress restorative effect by nearby plants in a real office setting,” Toyoda said.