Until you get that corner office or a raise, brighten your workday outlook with a trip to the nursery. According to a recent survey in the journal HortScience, people who spend their days in offices with plants tend to be more satisfied with their jobs than those whose 9-to-5 spaces are foliage-free. What’s more, they feel closer to their co-workers, believe their bosses are more competent, and view their overall quality of life in a more positive light.
“People evolved in natural settings, surrounded by trees and open space, which may explain why we’re more comfortable when there’s greenery around,” says Tina Marie Cade, Ph.D., the study’s co-author and an associate professor of horticulture at Texas State University. “Luckily, it doesn’t take many plants to reap the benefits— just one within your view should do the trick.”
If your work space is windowless, opt for hardy greens that thrive in low-light conditions, like the peace lily or Chinese evergreen. Have a history of killing even the sturdiest of stems? Put a vase of fresh flowers on your desk instead— Cade says they have the same mood-boosting effect as potted plants.