Did you know that a simple houseplant can improve your health and wellness? Through a variety of studies conducted around the world, scientists have shown that even just a simple indoor plant can have powerful benefits.

Here are five fab indoor plants to try in the new year:

Cut Back on Stress with a Succulent

Low-water, easy-care succulents (including fuzzy panda plant and chic echeverias) can reduce physiological and psychological stress. Simple interaction, even just touching or brushing by the leaves as you walk past, can boost your mood.

Look Better with a Peace Lily

Peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is loved because it’s easy to grow, and when it’s in bright light, it produces charming white flowers throughout the year. It’s a relatively thirsty houseplant, and that also means it’s a good humidifier. Keeping a peace lily or two around, especially in winter, might help prevent dry, itchy skin and chapped lips.

Get Smarter with a Monstera

Super-chic Monstera deliciosa is one of the hottest houseplants around. Happily, it turns out it might just keep you sharp. Researchers found being around indoor plants can improve memory, problem-solving, and concentration.

Beat Anxiety with an Aglaonema

No-fuss, low-maintenance Aglaonema grows in practically any room. And that’s a good thing because one of these beautiful houseplants can act as a natural antidepressant, boosting your mood and helping you feel more positive and happy.

Sleep Better with a Snake Plant

There are a lot of reasons to love snake plant (Sanevieria). It has a trendy, modern look, it’s one of the easiest plants to grow inside, and it adds fresh, clean oxygen to your space at night while you sleep. So, a snake plant can help you breathe better air and make you feel more relaxed.

This article was originally posted on Associa’s Living Better blog and is republished with permission.

Justin Hancock, Costa Farms garden expert, is passionate about plants indoors and out. Justin has a wealth of gardening experience from where he grew up in Northern Minnesota to Miami, Florida, where he currently gardens now.