How You Can Start Seeing Sadness in a New (Positive) LightNone By Shelby Skrhak
[Warning: spoilers ahead if you haven't watched the Pixar film, Inside Out!]
Inside Out is quite possibly the saddest movie Pixar has ever made. In fact, it was so sad that the film’s editors took out at least 20 seconds of the film’s most tear-jerking scene—with Bing Bong and Joy trying to escape the Memory Dump—before it was released to the public, Richard Kind, the voice of Bing Bong, revealed to Yahoo! Movies.
I know I couldn’t have handled 20 seconds more of the lovable imaginary friend’s heartbreaking fade from 11-year-old Riley’s childhood mind. Throw in the Velveteen Rabbit crying in the garden for his owner, E.T. saying goodbye to Elliott and basically any Benji movie, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a total emotional breakdown. But as the Academy Award-nominated film teaches us, sadness may often get a bad rap, but it’s also an incredibly powerful emotion to have. Here are a few reasons why we should reconsider sadness as an unlikely hero in our lives:
Sadness Can Create Powerful Bonds
“In our culture, we’re tough on sadness, but it’s a powerful trigger for seeking comfort and bonding,” explains one of the film’s psychology consultants, Dr. Dacher Keltner, professor at the University of California Berkeley and co-founder of the Greater Good Science Center.
That’s exactly how Sadness becomes the pivotal character in the movie and the unlikely hero, say two researchers at the Great Good Science Center, Jason Marsh and Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.. “Sadness connects deeply with people—a cri