(14) Enter Namungo Family of Six!

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Namungos are fictitious characters with real brain parts. These little critters show us where senior growth mindsets stand, predict our ability to embrace challenges, build resilience, and thrive!

Our senior brains hold remarkable tools to ensure we enjoy life to the fullest, in spite of traps that may try and trip us or snares that sometimes catch seniors unaware and slow us down! The namungo family represents six often hidden and unused mental tools embodied in these fiction characters with real brain parts. They will show us new neural discoveries, represented in their animated possibilities that improve our lives.

They’re known as namungos because why not? See how they work for us in each brief namungo video below. Discover mind-bending clues about our success or failure predictions through namungo brain parts in the coming days! The best part is that we each get to choose fun and unique outcomes that fit our lives and interests. We’ll run together with an open or GROWTH MINDSET and we’ll sidestep barriers that sometimes spin our wheels into a MISERY MINDSET to keep our thinking fixed and closed. How so?

Regardless of age, education, experiences, or challenges …

  1. We’ll run with novelty or default to ruts. Enter namungos WM (short nickname for working memory) and BAS (short nickname for basil ganglia) to show us how so in the brief video below.

Does WM or BAS most describe you?

2. We’ll trigger more smiles or toss out another sneer! Enter SERO (short nickname for serotonin) and and CORT (short nickname for cortisol) to show us how so in the brief video below.

Does SERO or CORT most describe you?

3. We’ll steer emotional IQ or stall mind-bending changes. Enter MYG (short nickname for amygdala) and PLAS (short nickname for plasticity) to show us how so in the brief video below.

Does MYG or PLAS most describe you?

What if we rated our success through each namungo here and then targeted one hot new growth area for accessing and awakening grace with inner kindness in the coming week? Worth another shot from a grace mindset angle at the extravagant life we are each created to live and possess the DNA to lead goodness forward?

1. What one vital belief helps us most when a challenge arises? (Brain tip – Intuitive or intrapersonal IQ )

2. How did we turn a longtime difficulty into a doable resolution? (Brain tip – Basal ganglia slow downs)

3. What does it take to ignite and sustain our deep satisfaction or well being? (Brain tip – Serotonin’s wellbeing drug)

4. How would we help a person who has given up on personal ability to change? (Brain tip – Plasticity that changes our brains)

5. What was our last experience with learning new facts and then applying these to improve some area of life? (Brain tip – working memory for new facts)

6. How did stress show up in our last week and with what result? (Brain tip – Cortisol that raises stress)

7. What have we discovered can change a bad mood into a good mood, and how so? (Brain tip – Amygdala that stores moods)

8. What if we were asked how are we smart rather than how smart are we? (Brain tip – IQ as fluid not fixed)

9. How has a recent choice opened new possibilities or held us back in some area? (Brain tip – Choices that alter brain chemistry)

10. When was the last playful event we enjoyed and what tangible benefits did we achieve? (Brain tip – Play impacts our brains)

11. What risks have we taken or avoided recently and what resulted from our actions? (Brain tip – Risk with dopamine drugs)

12. How could we introduce and defend reliability on the exact opposite of a hot idea? (Brain tip – Tone skills in a tamed amygdala)

13. Do we tend to think and act slowly or quickly and how so? (Brain tip – Brain waves impact moods )

14. How could six little cartoon characters increase our observable mental wellbeing? (Brain tip – Namungos come with real brain parts)

15. How would we suggest a person might move beyond a bad habit, and with what results? (Brain tip – Balance chemical and electrical circuity)

16. What steps do we follow to ensure a good night’s sleep, and with what results? (Brain tip – 30 minute sleep cycles for REM rest)

17. What conditions do we see as essential to achieve growth in any area we currently face? (Brain tip – Mita 5 steps to growth)

18. What helps us to remember vital things, and what causes us to forget facts easily? (Brain tip – good memory practices)

19. What have we noticed about our brain’s ability to change directions and what holds us back? (Brain tip – New neuron paths)

20. How could the anatomy of our brains help us to act with integrity or value ethics? (Brain tip – Serotonin, amygdala and IQ)

21. How do we think good choices made in any day impacts our brains while we sleep? (Brain tip – Rewired brains during REM)

22. In what ways do others influence us most and how so? (Brain tip – Mirror neurons)

23. What words do we say or hear that states one thing and really means another thing? (brain tip – meta-messages and our brains)

24. What do we see as the main reason for bullying, and what bully-proofs our brains? (Tip – Cortisol, IQ & amygdala roles in bullying)

25. How have we turned past mistakes into stepping stones for a finer future? (Brain tip – Serotonin’s wellbeing drug to start again)

26. How do we move away from stress so that we experience renewed and visible calm? (Brain tip – strategies to avoid toxins)

27. What tone takes topics to a deeper level where all teach and all learn? (Brain tip – tone from a calm amygdala)

28. When did we last laugh at ourselves so that others laughed too? (Brain tip – a brain on humor)

29. What group have we belonged to that exhibited the kind of trust that increases oxytocin? (Brain tip – A brain on oxytocin trust)

30. What have we learned better by doing it, and how so? (Brain tip – doing uses different brain parts than hearing or reading how)

31. How would we and others describe our creativity in action? (Brain tip –foster or stall creativity)

32. When was the last time we went after a thing sparked by curiosity, and how so? (Brain tip –a brain on curiosity)

33. How does diversity impact our wellbeing and progress? (Brain tip  – A brain on diversity)

34. What reduces stress for us and how so? (Brain tip  – stress reduction in human brains)

35. How do we shift from discouragement or failure to encouragement or success? (Brain tip – what brain chemicals work)

36 What poor hereditary trait did we overcome or observe another person overcome? (Brain tip – Kinase-A protein)

37. Why do we think that some people appear to struggle more with stress than others?

38. Has our experience with change been successful or unsuccessful and how so? (Brain tip – Serotonin’s wellbeing drug)

39. Which skills are more important to our era, hard skills or soft skills and how so? (Brain tip – Smart skills)

40. How do we describe an innovative mindset, and what are evident outcomes? (Brain tip – Mental traits of innovative people)

41. Do we learn more from lectures or from other approaches, and how so? (Brain tip – Teaching approaches that fit learning capabilities)

42. How do we define intelligence as we know it in this era? (Brain tip – criteria for multiple intelligences)

43. How do we see cynicism as it impacts our intelligence and mental wellbeing?(Brain tip – mental traits of a cynic)

44. Do most fears come from external events or internal stressors and how so? (Brain tip – 22 daily stressors as they relate to fear)

45. How does hope differ from optimism as it impacts our perception? (Brain tip – brains on hope)

46. How to our talents compare to our intelligences as you see it? (Brain tip – talents related to intelligences)

47. How does novelty impact our intelligence, as you have experienced or observed it? (Brain tip – a brain on novelty)

48. How do we identify words that do not say or relate what the communicator means or intends? (Brain tip – how to avoid meta-messages)

49. How do we avoid ruts and what role have ruts played in our experience? (Brain tip – how to avoid ruts)

50. Do we have more right brain or left brain tendencies and how so? (Brain tip – right brain and left brain activities)

51. How do namungos (fictitious characters with real brain parts) work together in our brains? (Brain tip – namungo brain parts)

52. What do we see as a substitute to cynicism, that we might gladly embrace? (Brain tip – turning back cynicism)

53. Do words come easily to us and how so, or how not so? (Brain tip – linguistic IQ)

54. Do we find ourselves making connections that few people make, and if so how so? (Brain tip – dendrite brain cells)

55. How do we regulate rage we may be justified to feel, and how do we find happiness after something sad happens? (Brain tip – limbic system)

56. How do you increase wellbeing when our situation is less than ideal?  (Brain tip – increase serotonin)

57. How does social media impact our mental wellbeing? (Brain tip – our brains on social media)

58. What is the two footed question we’d most like to be asked? (Brain tip – two-footed questions)

59. What creates loneliness, and what heals it as we have experienced or observed it? (Brain tip – a brain on loneliness)

60. How are we smart? (Brain tip – multiple intelligences)

For Helen Keller, “ Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all.”  When we think of seniors we know however,  do we think of risk, adventure and nature’s wonderland? Not so much, some seniors say. Yet risk and renewal offer us key conditions for health, resilience and prosperity in senior years.

Fortunately we come equipped with 8 fluid intelligences, a good place to start.

If we seniors are aware that intelligences grow with use, and regardless of age we’ll also likely not be surprised that we can grow and refine all or some unique intelligences daily. Sound like a worthwhile reason for adopting a growth mindset that engages fluid intelligences? Time to invite namungos to help us let go of a fixed or stagnant mindset in favor of growth with new adventures that seniors crave?

Dr Ellen Weber‘s Growth Mindset Materials and Publications Below:

Grace Mindset Book – audio

Grace Mindset Book – paperback

The Teen’s Growth Mindset Workbook – paperback

Growth Mindset Interactive Materials at TPT

Mita (Growth Mindset) Strategies in Class and Beyond

Student Assessment that Works – a Practical Approach

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