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FEATURES

The benefits of

Bringing the Outdoors In

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"Home is not a place, it is a feeling" ~Cecelia Ahern, novelist

er a survey by the national Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA), Americans spend 87% of our entire life
indoors while only 7% of our time is spent in the great
outdoors. And, with the exception of work, we spend most of
our indoor time in the special place we call HOME. Here are
four beneficial ways to incorporate more outdoor life into the
87% of time we spend indoors.

1. Purify the Air with House Plants
House plants don't just sit still and look pretty. Several studies,
including NASA's clean air study, found that plants purify the
air by removing toxins, increase productivity in the workplace
and boost your mood. Research in the Journal of Alternative
Complement Medicine showed that exposure to pictures of
nature, including images of plants, significantly reduced stress
of patients in a hospital waiting room.
Choosing an indoor plant for your home needs to be done
with careful consideration and research. While some exotic
plants may be beautiful to look at, they could place loved ones,
including children and family pets, in danger. The safest bet is
to keep all house plants out of touch if possible. Some popular kid and pet friendly plants include the Christmas Cactus,
spider plant, Boston fern and African violets.
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2. Use Windows & Skylights to Let the
Sun Shine through Your Home
Indoors does not
mean you have to
shut out the sun.
Having spacious windows and skylights
will welcome plenty
of natural sunlight
into your home. The
American Academy
of Sleep Medicine
found that daily light
exposure in the workplace is significantly
correlated with a
person's sleep, activity,
and overall quality of
life. People who work
in an environment
without windows
or any exposure to
daylight have poorer sleep quality, more physical health issues
and less vitality.



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