Chelsea Grater-Cafiero, senior web editor
“This Pixar film revolves around an 11-year-old girl who moves across the country with her family and the emotions she experiences along the way. Those emotions are turned into hilarious characters that have to navigate an incredibly creative depiction of the human brain.
“The film’s purpose is to teach kids that it’s okay to be sad (or happy or angry or afraid) and that to have emotions is to have a compass. But I know many adults who could benefit from that message, too.
“In our overly busy, overly positive culture, we too often try to avoid bad feelings — or we somehow think that having negative emotions is bad or wrong. Whether it’s at work or at home, we should all try to be more in tune with how we feel, acknowledge sadness or fear or other ‘negative’ emotions and try to listen to them, learn from them and understand what they’re trying to tell us.
“Especially in the workplace, emotional intelligence can tell us a lot about which road to take or which person to hire. Plus, feeling our emotions is a universal human experience. The more we think about that, the more we might go through life with more compassion and less judgment.”Return To: