Can Real Plants Make Your Child Happier and More Focused? This Study Says Yes

Hey there, green thumbs and plant lovers! Have you ever felt a sense of calm wash over you when you’re surrounded by lush greenery? Well, it turns out, there’s more to that feeling than just being a plant fanatic like us. A fascinating study has dug into the leafy details, and the results are as refreshing as a morning dew!

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Young boy helping repot a Dracaena marginata | Photo Credit: AS @irissca

The Green Challenge

In a world where concrete often overshadows green spaces, our little ones are the ones missing out. The study tackled this by asking: Can real plants make a difference in helping kids concentrate better and feel happier?

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Young boy watering a Calathea | Photo Credit: AS @kostikovanata

Green Minds at Work

This green investigation was carried out by the brainy folks at Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea. They were curious about the effects of real plants versus fake ones, pictures of plants, or no plants at all on kids’ brains and emotions.

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Young boy doing art with climbing Scindapsis | Photo Credit: AS @Елена Григорович

The Plant Experiment

Imagine this: 23 school kids, aged 11 to 13, sitting in a room with a plant on a desk. They weren’t just any plants, though. Some were real, some were fake, and some were just photos. The kids didn’t know which was which.

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They just chilled with each plant type while a machine called an EEG peeked into their brain waves.



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Young girl helping repot a Moth Orchid | Photo Credit: AS @annastills

Blooming Results

Here’s the juicy part: when the kids hung out with the real plants like the ZZ Plant, their brain waves chilled out, showing they were more focused and attentive. Plus, they felt more at ease and natural. It’s like the plants gave their brains a big, leafy hug!

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Why This Matters to You

So, what does this mean for you? If you’ve got kids, bringing more real plants into their space could be a game-changer for their focus and happiness. Allow them touch and feel the leaves, stems and soil. Let them help water and clean the leaves. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want a home or classroom that feels like a mini-jungle of joy?

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Small child hellping clean Ficus Elastica leaves | Photo Credit: AS @rawpixel

Let’s Grow Together

We’re all about sharing the love for plants here, and this study just gives us another reason to do so. What do you think about these findings?

Will you be turning your living space into a green haven for the sake of focus and good vibes? Let’s chat in the comments and spread the plant love!

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Kids with a variegated Dracaena Compacta | Photo Credit: AI @plantcaretoday

Remember, it’s not just about having plants around; it’s about having the right kind of greenery – the kind that’s alive and thriving, just like we want our kids to be.

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Child watering a variegated Monstera | Photo Credit: SS @switlana sonyashna

So go ahead, make that trip to the nursery, and let’s bring some life back into our concrete jungles!

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