The most obvious answer may be a lot. Isn’t that their job? To keep us entertained and have us smile? Normally I’d agree …but in this instance that almost feels a little unjust. Disney Pixar’s recent Inside Out movie goes way beyond that. It gives us the entertainment, the smiles … but it also gives us the most simple and subtle educational viewing about the workings of the mind. Wow what a movie!

So what’s it all about?

Here’s a quick snapshot. The movie focusses on a young girl called Riley. Riley is dealing with a transition in life as her parents take a decision to move to a new city. The movie very cleverly depicts the story of Riley’s mind during this transition and the emotions (played out via the characters of Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust) that come into play for her as she deals with this big change.

And just like it is in the movie for Riley…

…Change can be tough at times in real life for adults too! But one thing I know for sure is that it can and it will get easier. As a coach, I love to see nothing more than a client coming out of the tough end of a transition and beginning to talk about it with a smile on their face and a laugh in their voice.  Their energy has changed in that instant and all of a sudden things seem so much easier.

One of the things that stood out for me in the movie was the effort that each of the characters displayed in their attempts to keep Riley either happy, sad, angry, fearful or disgusted. And of course, that got me to thinking…

I wonder how much effort we each put in on a daily basis to manage our own emotions…our own minds?

Hmmm, good question!  But what can I do about it?

It’s no secret that happiness helps to balance our emotions. And with a balanced mind, we are more likely to have a more productive one. It’s funny that happiness is also often the one that tends to be given least priority. I wonder if we could bring happiness into the picture a little earlier what difference that would make to your mind in dealing with that transition.

So just like Joy tried to do with Riley in the movie, I’d love for you to think about what you could do to manage your emotions and bring a little more happiness into your life.

Here’s 3 steps to help you bring a little more ‘Joy’ into your life…

So assuming you want to join in, grab 15mins, maybe a pen and paper, and lets get thinking…

  1. Consider what’s important to you in life, and what you know from your past experiences, that help maintain your levels of happiness on a daily basis.
  2. Consider what you could do to bring these elements into your day on a more regular basis.
  3. Make a commitment to introduce one of these things into your life now. From this very moment! What will you do? How will you do it? When will you do it?

If you’ve struggled with this exercise, then maybe it’s worth taking some more time to reflect. I’m an advocate of happiness but not at the risk of the other emotions. Each of our emotions have an important part to play in themselves and in partnership with the others. So if there is something else that needs your attention right now then I encourage you to take the time you really need to figure out what’s going on for you.

So what commitment did you make?

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and what you’ve committed to introduce. Don’t forget … sharing your experiences and insights may well just help the next reader find their way to bring a little more happiness and joy into their lives.

Need a little support?

If you’re feeling like you want to find a little more joy in your life and bring a better balance to your mind but are maybe struggling to keep the momentum or motivation to do this by yourself then please get in contact. I’d love to talk to you about my 1-1 coaching programme and how this could help you take that step forward to managing your mind better. Please get in touch.

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”

Henri Nouwen