In the Disney Pixar movie Inside Out, the main character, Riley’s emotions are depicted as small people inside of her head. Each emotion is depicted in a different color, Sadness being blue, Anger being red, Fear purple, Disgust green, and Joy yellow. In this movie Joy thinks that the memories that are core memories have to be all completely happy yellow memories because Riley is a happy person and she has to have completely happy memories in order to stay that happy person.

Sadness decides to touch one of the core memories turing it into a blue sad memory and at the same time ends up touching all of the core memories making them sad. Later on she touches more memories turning them into blue sad memories as well. Joy thinks that when Sadness touches a happy memory she ruins it, so she makes it one of her goals to keep Sadness from touching anymore memories. Near the end of the movie Joy realizes Sadness wasn’t ruining those memories that she touched she was just bringing out the sadness that was already in them,

Joy: I just wanted Riley to be happy…
[Joy picks up the sad core memory of Riley crying in school. As he looks at it, she begins to sob, and completely breaks down into hopeless tears while Bing Bong sadly looks on. Joy’s tears fall onto the happy memory orb of Riley after the Prairie Dog hockey game. As Joy wipes the tear off of it, she scrolls through the memory to see it was previously a sad memory turned happy. The sad portion consists of Riley sitting sadly with her parents on a tree branch. Curiously, Joy “rewinds” the memory to the point where Mom and Dad came to Riley to comfort her. Joy begins to hear Sadness’s description of the memory in her head]


Sadness: [voiceover] It was the day the Prairie Dogs lost the big playoff game. Riley missed the winning shot, she felt awful. She wanted to quit.
[Joy scrolls through the memory to see the blue sad memory of her and her parents turn a happy yellow when Riley’s friends come to cheer her on]

Joy: Sadness… Mom and Dad… the team. They came to help… because of Sadness.

Joy has realized that sometimes happy memories need to be made sad or need to have some sadness in them when they are first made. She realizes that sometimes sadness brings happiness following behind it. She realizes that sometimes you need to have sadness in order to have joy.

I have come to this realization myself in the past few months. In being so close to graduating I realized that some of my happy memories have become somewhat sad. They are still happy because I can remember the fun that I and my friends had during those times and in those moments but they are also sad because I know that I can never have those times back and I can never have the traditions and rituals I experienced during in my college career ever again. I won’t be able to experience another initiation or induction ceremony or brother dinner with my Fraternity or have weekly lunch in the caffe with my dad. I also realized that sometimes I have to be sad in order to be happy and I need sadness to bring me happiness.


I realized that even though I am in Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed fraternity and APO means family and family is supposed to love each other, it doesn’t mean they will always treat me in the right way. I realized that they will sometimes hurt me in many ways like individual brothers not liking my ideas or certain brothers making me feel left out or getting passed over for getting a little, but that’s why I have so many brothers in the fraternity instead of one. When one of my brothers hurts me in some way and makes me sad and upset another one of my brothers can come to comfort me, help me through it, and make me happy the same way Riley’s parents and teammates came to cheer her up and help her be happy when her team lost their hockey game. I learned that when I make a mistake or another brother hurts me and it creates a sad memory for me my Frat brothers who are like a second family to me can come along side me and be there to help make it a happy memory for me and sometimes they have to be there for me to make my happy memories a little bit sad.