Purifying & Uplifting
Let a little green into your space. We’ve already established all the benefits of adding plants to your workplace. In a past Waddell blog post, we discussed how bringing nature inside has anti-depressive effects and even the soil can help purify the air. Now, let’s move on to how just looking at leaves and stems can create a calming effect.
In a Smithsonian article, Richard Taylor, physicist at University of Oregon, explains the concept of fractals: “My scientific curiosity was stirred when I learned that many of nature’s objects are fractal, featuring patterns that repeat at increasingly fine magnifications. For example, think of a tree. First you see the big branches growing out of the trunk. Then you see smaller versions growing out of each big branch. As you keep zooming in, finer and finer branches appear, all the way down to the smallest twigs.”
To further explain the importance of this finding, an article from The Atlantic titled Why Fractals Are So Soothing, the correlation is drawn between the repeating patterns in nature and lowering stress levels. It stated, “They discovered that in that same dimensional magic zone, the subjects’ frontal lobes easily produced the feel-good alpha brainwaves of a wakefully relaxed state.”
Gaze at Greenery
There you have it. More reasons to include office plants. I’m sure none of us would turn down the opportunity to gaze at some greenery to relax our brains while we’re trying to solve our latest work conundrum.
The question is: which plants are forgiving and can bounce back after perhaps missing a watering or two? There are many resilient options, and we’ll cover a few in this article. All three suggestions listed will tolerate lower light, longer watering intervals, and tend to be pest resistant.