Why Office Plants Make People Happier
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: