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Plant Your Own Joy

Caring for houseplants can bring a sense of joy into your life

Do you miss your pets back home? It was always comforting when they greeted you as you came in the door. You could tell them all about your day. You took care of them, and they relied on you.

While you may not be able to bring your pets to come live with you in the dorms, you can have plants. I’m not saying that plants could ever replace your furry friends, but they can make your room feel more like home.

Plants brighten up a room, often drawing your attention as soon as you enter a room. Walking into your dorm after a long class and seeing your plants thriving can be oddly comforting. They act as more than just decoration.

You should talk to your plants. It sounds strange, I know, but there have been many studies – and science fair projects – that have proven that talking to your plants can make them grow faster and healthier. You can name them and chat as you go about your watering routine.

Your plants are living organisms that rely on your care. They’ll shrivel up and die if you ignore or neglect them. Some people enjoy having something that depends on them, like pets or plants. Taking time to properly care for them can also act as a mental break, or even self-care. It’s a time to slow down, take a break from your day, and care for them.

Growing succulents or flowers won’t make you miss your pets any less, but they can bloom a little extra joy in your life. They brighten up any space, are perfect listeners, and can bring you a sense of accomplishment when you keep them alive. Go get some plants, take care of them, and take care of yourself.

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