AWAJI, Japan -- If you've been thinking about sprucing up your office with a plant, you might want to go ahead and get one. A newly-published study says having plants on your office desk is a big help when it comes to reducing stress.
Researchers at the University of Hyogo in Japan looked at 63 office employees in real-world settings.
They had the workers take a three-minute rest with their desk plant there, whenever they felt fatigued.
The data showed an overwhelming majority of employees had much lower pulse rates with a small indoor plant compared to without one.
The study was conducted with six different types of plants. Researchers found all types helped reduce stress levels.
Plants on your desk at work can help reduce stress, study finds