Something that distinguishes happy families from less happy ones? Happy homes often have many plants, pets, and photographs in common areas. Plants and pets give us opportunities to extend care beyond ourselves. Photos can prompt us to savor happy memories, a research-tested happiness booster.
In our home, we have an extra large pet (see above) and plenty of photographs (this is why), but only one little plant! As much as I would love a couple tall plants in the living room, our toddler (the subject of many happy photos) & plants do not mix.
Despite our lack of greenery, the Captain house will be featured in a future home tour on Design Mom. I will be sure to let you know when!