7 Houseplants That Will Make You Happier

Many houseplants are known to help improve air quality, contribute to our well-being by reducing stress, and even boost our moods and creativity. There are a few go-to plant professionals who provide endless inspiration for our indoor jungle life ambitions and give amazing ideas for choosing aesthetically pleasing plants. But which ones are able to increase happiness? After lusting over some beautiful plantscape photos on social media, a decision was made to ask the experts directly about their favorite houseplants for making a happy home.

Zamioculcas Zamiifolia aka the ZZ Plant

At The Jungalow, the ZZ plant is among the most loved. It almost seems to thrive on neglect, does remarkably well in low light, and even tolerates infrequent watering. It’s a great confidence builder for those new to plants! It has graceful arching branches and looks great on its own, but also makes a nice addition to a plant collection. -recommended by Danae from The Jungalow

Sansevieria aka the Snake Plant

The snake plant is not only a beautiful sculptural addition to any room, it also improves indoor air quality and produces oxygen. This plant is actually a succulent, which is why it’s so easy to take care of, and is a strong option for low-light apartments, since it can tolerate low light really well. -recommended by Erin from The Sill


This low-maintenance stunner is a great household companion, lasting several months with proper care or even longer through several reblooms. It’s a great option for adding live flowers into the apartment and the bright colors will breathe life into any room. -recommended by Anna from The Bouqs

Schefflera Arboricola aka the Dwarf Umbrella Tree

A beautiful tree that comes in a variety of sizes, sometimes with interesting hanging roots or other shapely variations. Each individual tree has loads of personality and is very tolerant of most conditions. This tree is at the top of the list when trying to bring the fresh air inside and make the indoors feel like the outdoors. -recommended by Yvonne from Natty Garden

Rhapis Palm aka the Lady Palm

Aside from its aesthetically pleasing look, this palm is also a great air purifier. But the best feature about this houseplant is that it’s completely pet-friendly! Not having to worry about the fur friend is a definite bonus and absolute key to a happy home. -recommended by Juliette from My City Plants

Alocasia Odora aka the Elephant Ear

The vast, vibrant green leaves of this household beauty will be welcomed in every abode. This lush plant has strong jungle vibes that completely refresh a home’s interior. Happiness abounds when returning home to this gentle giant. -recommended by Sami from Rolling Greens

Chlorophytum aka the Spider Plant

The spider plant is very forgiving if you forget to water it once in a while, which makes it the perfect plant for a newbie. While purifying the air, this houseplant also gives off long shoots of little white flowers as well as pups, or baby spider plants. What a wonderful way of spreading happiness by gifting baby spider plants to your friends, family and neighbors! –recommended by Rhiannon from Mickey’s Plants


Amy Hillock is a freelance writer and an executive producer at production company ASSEMBLY9 in New York City. She enjoys leading workplace wellness yoga in offices around Manhattan through YogaWithAim, and spending recklessly on travel plans, green juice and new Nikes. Follow her (mostly) healthy pursuits on Instagram and Twitter.