Sometimes, all you need to lighten your mood is a touch of nature in any space, especially when you call a bustling city home. While Stanford University researchers recently confirmed the mental health benefits of hiking or simply spending time outside, bringing the outside in can also be a viable solution. But as Elle Decor points out, not all plants and herbs are created equal; some are more calming than others. The magazine even goes so far as to say the following five plants are like "living, breathing antidepressants." Consider adding them to your home to ease stress and anxiety and foster feelings of happiness.
Basil: Thanks to the compound linalool, basil smells delicious and can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. It also emits oxygen for 20 hours a day.