The new Pixar film Inside Out was released during the summer holidays and has prompted viewers, both young and old, to take a look inside their own minds.

The action takes place within the brain of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, with five emotions—Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust —embodied by characters who help Riley navigate her world. The film has some deep things to say about the nature of our emotions. The messages weave through the story in a clever and subtle way that allow both young and old the freedom to enjoy the film as well as get a sense of something deeper. It has opened the door for moments of discussion about emotions at the dinner table or classroom. Here are some messages we can learn from the movie:

Happiness is not just about joy.

Don’t try to force happiness.

Sadness is vital to our well-being.

Embrace tough emotions

The overarching message is that viewers should foster deeper and more compassionate connections to themselves and those around them.

This Week:

  • Watch this movie and create a discussion forum for people to talk about the message they took from the film.
  • Mind your Friends: This week be extra vigilant to how your friends really are feeling and be there for them.
  • Mind your Mind: Take time out for yourself this week and do one thing that will improve your overall health e.g.  Walk/cycle to work.
  • At night before you go to sleep, write down three things from your day that you are grateful for.