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The Seahawks 5k

This morning the family Jenkins ventured downtown for the Seahawks 5k and Play60 Fun Run.

Actually I ventured downtown alone and did the 5k by myself.  The fam joined soon thereafter for the Fun Run.

Doing 5k’s alone is a good way to feel like a loser.  Won’t be doing that again.

Anyway, we all had a lot of fun.

Seahawks v. Packers and the opening of the 2014 NFL season is four days away.  Can’t wait.

This weekend the kids and I headed east for thirty hours or so with Simon and Paige Spratley at Cabin de Spratley in Easton.   On Saturday the kids took the first-ever turns behind a wheel.

Finn could probably get his license tomorrow if he could only reach the pedals.

Reese — not so much.

The “highlight” of our stay was a drive up a mountain path on Sunday afternoon to check out what Simon promised was a great view at the top.  The view was indeed great, but the drive up was — well, a bit of a white knuckler.  Fortunately we lived through that logging road, but a few more of those and we may not.

Anyway,. a few pics:

Kids

The kids and I spend most weekends frolicking down the hill at Laurelhurst Beach Club.

This weekend was a particularly memorable one.

On Saturday Finn passed his 1’s, the highlight of a day that started at Karishma Sood’s 11 am birthday party and ended with the clock striking 6:30.

And that was before Raj, Todd and George and kids dropped by for an evening of adult refreshments. (Mine: rosay (sp?), courtesy of Raj.)

On Sunday we were minding our own business when Amanda McAllister asked me to join her and the gals down where the A-listers sit.  Five minutes later I was borrowing life jackets and we were on our way out on a boat — along with about twelve other fun lovers.   Two hours later and a swim later we were back at LBC where we capped the day off with dinner on the grill.

Reese learned to do 360's while Finn passed his 1's.

Reese learned to do 360’s while Finn passed his 1’s.

 

Laurelhurst is, indeed, a nice place to live.  Good times, even better people.

 

 

My favorite happy people.

My favorite happy people.

More and more often I’m finding useful tidbits showing up in my Facebook newsfeed.  The latest: a piece entitled “8 Habits of Happy People.”   They are:

Figure out your strengths, then engage them: According to “The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work“: “When 577 volunteers were encouraged to pick one of their signature strengths and use it in a new way each day for a week, they became significantly happier and less depressed than control groups. And these benefits lasted: Even after the experiment was over, their levels of happiness remained heightened a full month later. Studies have shown that the more you use your signature strengths in daily life, the happier you become.” I can vouch for this one — a year ago I started a project to engage my creative, visual side, and it is the single greatest joy-bringer to my days outside my partner (and my cat!).
Spend time outside: If you can clock 20 minutes a day outside, studies show you’ll not only maintain a better mood, but your mind will be more open and you’ll improve your working memory too. Sunshine (even the brightness of a cloudy day is often brighter than indoor lights) and fresh air feel good too.
Put effort into being happy:Two separate studies in the Journal of Positive Psychology have confirmed that when people actively try to be happy, they raise their baseline moods, making them feel, in the end, happier than those who do not try. According to a release from Taylor and Francis, “In the first study, two sets of participants listened to ‘happy’ music. Those who actively tried to feel happier reported the highest level of positive mood afterwards. In the second study, participants listened to a range of ‘positive’ music over a two-week period; those who were instructed to focus on improving their happiness experienced a greater increase in happiness than those who were told just to focus on the music.”
Exercise regularly: All exercise releases endorphins in your brain, which directly leads to a better mood, and if you workout regularly, this mood boost even carries over to non-workout days. Don’t just take my word for it; according to research from the University of Bristol: “On exercise days, people’s mood significantly improved after exercising. Mood stayed about the same on days they didn’t, with the exception of people’s sense of calm which deteriorated.”
Protect your health: Good health, on average, leads to a 20 percent gain in overall happiness, so spending time and money improving or prolonging your good health is a wise investment in something intangible but incredibly important.
Care for others: People who spend time every month helping others (whether that be animals, people or a space or place you love) are happier. There’s even an immediate effect, similar to a high, that most people feel directly after doing good — including random acts of goodness. “Volunteer work was good for both mental and physical health. People of all ages who volunteered were happier and experienced better physical health and less depression,” says Peggy Thoits, a Vanderbilt University sociologist. Other studies have shown that it’s not just happy people who are volunteers — depressed people who do work for others show an elevated mood from the work.
Cultivate strong social relationships: whether you have a few close friends, a large and loving family, or strong ties to the community, almost any kind of connection to a social group can improve happiness, according to “The Happiness Advantage”: “Turns out, there was one — and only one — characteristic that distinguished the happiest 10 percent from everybody else: the strength of their social relationships. My empirical study of well-being among 1,600 Harvard undergraduates found a similar result — social support was a far greater predictor of happiness than any other factor, more than GPA, family income, SAT scores, age, gender, or race. In fact, the correlation between social support and happiness was 0.7. This may not sound like a big number, but for researchers it’s huge — most psychology findings are considered significant when they hit 0.3. The point is, the more social support you have, the happier you are.”
Hang out with happy people: This can be hard to do at work, where you don’t always choose who you are working with, but you can control the people you spend time with outside your job (and who you pass your lunch hour with!). Just as studies have found that people who exercise with a motivated partner are more likely to stick to workout plans, so do the people around you impact your mood — which means you also impact those around you with your attitude.
Feeling like you want to make some positive changes? Here’s a few more — mix and match, and find what works for you. And oh yeah, don’t forget to get some sleep — sleep deprivation bums everyone out.
Missing from this list: keeping a family blog for six-plus years and counting.  ;-)

 

This evening the Jenkins fam ventured to Viewridge for Finn’s second Y-Guides outing.   The occasion was a Laurelhurst Lighting Hawks family barbecue at the Couch residence — fried trout from the boys’ day out at a Trout farm (Finn and I missed that) and s’mores to wash it down.

Unfortunately I wasn’t in the photo mood but Matt Couch did snap this one to prove we were there:

Matt Sixpack Party

Last night the Jenkins fam headed out for a wild Friday night at Sand Point Country Club.  The occasion was the water ballet, Reese’s second and my first.

A few pics:

The Mud Factor mud run wasn’t our only big event yesterday.  In the afternoon the kids and I hit Sand Point Country Club for our first-ever run on the big course.  Nine holes, to be exact.

Our post-round ussie.

A post-round ussie.

 

The kids did great.  The range is a bit of a challenge, but once on the family tees they seem to get it.   The etiquette breaches were to be expected, and I’d rather Finn not run in front of Reese while she hit (resulting in the former getting pegged in the foot), but all in all the day went quite well.

Reese declared golf her new favorite sport.

I sure hope so.

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