Inside Out: Use ‘Em or Lose ‘Em

Inside Out Ad You may have already seen Pixar’s absolutely adorable animated film, Inside Out, which debuted last June (2015), but if you haven’t, consider watching this lighthearted but thought-provoking film for a night of fun over Thanksgiving break (or whenever 🙂 ). The movie was recommended to me by a psychiatrist in his 70’s, so I knew it was going to be worth a watch, but it’s also earned really high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes (98%) and IMDb (8.4). Inside Out 4 Director and co-writer, Pete Docter, began writing the script for Inside Out after observing changes in his own daughter as she progressed through childhood. Inside Out 12The movie takes an imaginative look at how some of our most prominent emotions effect our memories and behaviors…and can actually alter our personalities. Inside Out 9 Animated personifications of Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy try to navigate  young “Riley” through all the life changes that turn her world upside down after her family moves from a small Midwestern town to San Fransisco. Inside Out 8She has a new home, new school, new friends (or lack thereof), new complications—pretty much a whole new life, and it fills her with sadness. Inside Out 2 A few of the best insights for me came from considering the facts that (1) sorrow can actually alter our perception of past memories (scientifically observable), (2) continuing to access positive memories is essential for good emotional health, and (3) we need to continue creating new memories. Inside Out 3 In fact, if we want to keep our memories sharp and our emotions positive, current research recommends exercising—both our bodies and our brains!
If we don’t use ’em, we’ll lose ’em. I’m on it! Are you? INSIDE OUT “Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart” (Ecclesiastes 5:19-20).