Mindfulness Movie Recommendation for Kids :)

Animated movies are amazing, and I truly love them đź’•One of the best animated movie is "Inside Out" (2015) by Pixar Animation Studios (and released by Walt Disney Pictures), which gives viewers (young and old) an opportunity to take a look inside their own minds. Much of the film takes place in the head 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.

Those messages are smartly embedded within Inside Out‘s inventive storytelling and mind-blowing animation; they enrich the film without weighing it down. But they are conveyed strongly enough to provide a foundation for discussion among kids and adults alike. For example:

- Happiness is not only about joy.

- Don´t try to force happiness.

- Sadness and anger are vital part of our life, and experiencing and accepting these emotions are vital to our mental health.

- Embrace though emotions mindfully.

- Letting go is part of growing up. 

- Emotions are vital part of our everyday life.

- Emotions come and go - they are our visitors, and we should be grateful whatever comes.

- Expressing emotions is better than hiding them.

Inside Out is such an important ‘teaching tool’ for educators and parents who can help their children learn the role of emotions. Moreover, it is a good reminder to grown ups as well :) This movie allows children to Emotional Intelligence competencies. Emotional Intelligence (EI), which is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others, can decrease peer bullying, improve academic functioning, and strengthen social skills. Generally said it includes three skills: emotional awareness; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes regulating your own emotions and cheering up or calming down other people. 

Parents who talk about emotions more have kids who understand their own and other people’s emotions better. So, talk about emotions with your child, as they come up in real life or in books, TV shows, or movies. And watch the Inside Out. It’s a beautiful and entertaining film that will give you and your kids plenty to talk about and a clever and powerful way to understand more about emotions. Moreover, dear educators, use this movie as a "teaching tool" for helping your students to understand better the role of emotions :) Here you can find 5 teaching ideas related to the movie :)

 Thought for the Day:

"When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it´s our job to share our calm, 
not join their chaos." - L. R. Knost

With love,