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Boost Your Mood With a Desk Plant

Work Mood Booster: Buy a Desk Plant

The workplace is more stressful than ever lately, and it's important to maintain a sense of well-being during tumultuous times so that we stay healthy and don't let stress take over our ability to enjoy life.

Instead of packing up your belongings in preparation for a possible pink slip, make yourself even more at home by bringing in a plant for your desk. According to a recent study by HortScience, the presence of something green will do more than take up space: it can actually improve your quality of life at the office, which is definitely something most of us could use.

Tina Marie Cade, the study's co-author, says a bouquet of flowers has the same mood-boosting effects as a potted plant. Stop by your local farmers market for an inexpensive arrangement or hit up the flower shop to choose your green desk mascot. You may just find work is a little more pleasant with this small addition, and it's the perfect way to celebrate Spring.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's pretty interesting if you think about it. i love getting flowers at work - it makes my cubicle a bit more cheery. i do'nt know about a regular plant, but i'm all for having flowers or something pretty on my desk to put me in a better mood.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
We're not allowed to keep plants in the lab, so I'll have to make do with my plants that I have in the house.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
It would die in this black hole.
donnellyaa donnellyaa 8 years
I have a Philodendron. It doesn't require direct sunlight and only has to be watered every couple of weeks. Plus, you can cut off a leaf and put it in water for it to grow roots so you can share the plant joy with coworkers.
mek123 mek123 8 years
I bring flowers in every week for my dreary cubicle and it really brightens it up. And it's a great conversation starter when people walk by.
bingbingboom bingbingboom 8 years
I used to have a lucky bamboo in my last job. It grew pretty fast. I have a problem with plants in my current office because they attract these annoying little flies.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
This reminds me that I need to bring my lucky bamboo plant back to the office. I took it home when the office moved and now I keep forgetting to bring it in.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
Every Christmas, my boss buys plants for all the employees, which is very nice of her. Unfortunately, I do not have a green thumb, or maybe the plants aren't very hardy, as they always die quickly. That, and they attract bugs, and my co-worker is scared to death of all insects. It's not a good mix.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Thanks colleen!
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
That's pretty funny, because I just bought one not two weeks ago. It was the first nice day we'd had, and I was sitting outside eating lunch, dreading the thought of going back to work. So I stopped before heading back and bought a plant, thinking it would help to bring a little of the outside in :). It actually has, too!
colleen-stg colleen-stg 8 years
starangel82: I have a Jade plant. It's pretty easy to take care of because you let the soil dry completely between waterings. It's very hardy. Another suggestion I saw in RealSimple was a Kalanchoe. It's also a succulent and has long-lasting blooms. They don't like too much sun or too much water, making them perfect, easy-care indoor plants.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I can't keep a house plant alive, much less a desk plant. Any suggestions for a plant that will thrive in a fluorescent light only environment? (I don't have window access. None of us do.)
muchacha muchacha 8 years
I just moved into my new office, and first thing I bought a plant to put in my window :) Caring for a plant at the office brings my day into perspective.
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