Don’t Just Put on a Happy Face at Work

The Art of Falling Apart is a stop motion short film on mental wellness

Created and directed by the studio’s founders Kyla Atlas and Jessica Arnold, The Art of Falling Apart is narrated by Ryder with her words moving us through an abstract world where colour and shape imagine her experiences. Emotional highs, lows and plateaus are portrayed in a conceptual style to make room for introspection within her story, as mental health affects people in different ways.

Toronto animation studio, See You On The Moon, is behind a new short film for Canadian singer-songwriter, Serena Ryder, that shares her story on her own struggle with mental wellness.

The film’s release later this month marks Serena Ryder’s upcoming album The Art of Falling Apart, which is a 10-track, 25-minute project chronicling Serena’s mental wellness journey. The album was written and recorded over 10 days, and the tracklisting allows us, the listener, to follow her creative process in a truly linear sense. From beginning to end, we are with her. Each song was recorded the day it was written, featuring raw, unprocessed vocals…

Don’t Just Put on a Happy Face at Work

It’s likely that you experience a variety of negative emotions every day — from waking up on the wrong side of the bed, to feeling frustrated during your commute, to being bothered by the pile of emails that awaits you at work. But you probably don’t express all those emotions once you get to work. After all, there are implicit norms for treating those around you with respect and courtesy, and you don’t want to create the impression that you’re constantly frustrated or irritated with them. You may also have heard about the benefits of maintaining a more optimistic outlook.

When you feel one emotion and attempt to express another, you’re surface acting.

But is there really an advantage to being positive around your coworkers? And what are the most successful ways to do it? To answer these questions, we surveyed over 2,500 full-time employees in a variety of industries ranging from finance to healthcare to education (our research is forthcoming in the Journal of Applied Psychology). Our findings suggest that positivity has some real benefits — but it also shows that not all attempts at appearing positive are created equal…

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