Why Office Plants Make People Happier

The Benefits of Plants in the Workplace for Productivity

It’s no coincidence that some of the world’s most successful companies incorporate living plants into their workplaces both inside and out.

Apple’s 5 billion dollar campus in Silicon Valley incorporates some 9000 trees, while Amazon’s futuristic Seattle location contains 40,000 plants from more than 30 countries, in an enclosed tropical climate. 

A wealth of scientific research backs up the abilities of plants to make us feel good, slow down our heart rate, release more serotonin and even speed up healing from injuries.

A popular theory supporting this is known as biophilia, which posits that humans have an innate tendency to seek connection with nature.


Biophilia is a term coined by German-born American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, means a love of living things. Biologist Edward O Wilson later refined the concept to denote the genetically coded tendency amongst humans to have kinship with nature.

8 Reasons to Have Plants in the Office

It doesn’t take a Bezos budget, however, to significantly improve an office environment with plants. Even a conservative selection of the right plants can:

Reasons to Have Plants in the Office