Amy Poehler is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy.
We’ve loved her ever since we first saw her behind that update desk on SNL. We found a whole new level of fangirl love when she introduced us to our best friend Leslie Knope. She made us laugh and cry and learn how to ask for all good things in Yes Please (which we were obsessed with even before it came out) and now she’s at it again with her #BeEmotionalInsideOut campaign.
This campaign is a collaboration between her organization Smart Girls At The Party and her new Disney Movie Inside Out. For those of you that don’t spend hours on YouTube (seriously, what do you do instead? Knit?! Sing sea shanties to the wind? Actually get work done?) Smart Girls is a channel full of videos that empower young women. It’s full of inspiring music from new artists, interviews with women and girls who are changing the world + Q&A sessions with Amy herself. The Smart Girls channel issued a challenge last month for girls to tweet pictures of them experiencing the emotions from Inside Out (joy, fear, sadness, anger, disgust). The project culminated last week with artist Dallas Clayton making a mural in Downtown Disney that was inspired by all the submissions.
This project also inspired a short film called Just Breathe about how children deal with emotions. Beware, do NOT watch this without waterproof mascara because hearing these deep concepts coming out of their baby mouths will seriously destroy you.
Both of these projects are amazing because too often we feel the need to tamp down on our emotions. Amy herself said it best in her book Yes Please when she says: “It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and seize your real estate.”
But she realizes the value in being emotional saying: “Going from crying to laughing that fast and hard happens maybe five times in your life and that extreme right turn is the reason why we are alive, and I believe it extends our life by many years.”
Spread joy today, guys.
How are you being emotional today? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter via the hashtag #beEmotionalInsideOut
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