ART & HAPPINESS
Practicing a variety of art forms can make us happier! Whether it is listening to music, painting, dancing or taking photographs, we can improve our wellbeing. The benefits also include lowering stress, anxiety and depression. The right activity is what best matches your interest and personality. Art helps us process and express emotion, plus it feels good and activates the reward centers in the brain.
Featuring Leading Artists who Foster Art & Happiness
The founder of the Happy Art Movement has created a visual language of love, hope and happiness all on its own that inspires millions worldwide.
Brazilian-born and Miami-made, Britto is an international artist that uses vibrant, iconic imagery and fun patterns to reflect his optimistic view of the world around him. Self-taught at an early age, Britto painted on scraps of paper or cardboard or any medium he could find before coming into his own and traveling to Paris where he was introduced to the works of Matisse and Picasso. His appreciation of these masters influenced him to create an iconic style that The New York Times described, “exudes warmth, optimism and love.”
The founder of SeeingHappy.org, a nonprofit whose mission it is to promote wellbeing through photography using positive psychology.
She is a psychologist who believes that we can all benefit from using positive psychology at every stage of life. She is also a fine arts photographer and a member of Soho Photo Gallery in NYC. She believes that slowing down, seeing and capturing beauty is a spiritual journey that enriches all our lives – both of the artist and the viewer. She seeks to promote photography as a path to finding happiness and well-being through attending to and sharing what we see as beautiful in our lives.
Romero graciously shared this beautiful image to promote the First World Happiness Summit in 2017.
Thank you Romero!
ENJOY THE PLAYLISTS GENEROUSLY CURATED BY NATHAN LEIGH JONES
“It’s been said that “music is what feelings sound like”. In the midst of this global pandemic, there are some deep emotions that a lot of us are experiencing. To choose happiness, we first need to acknowledge the tension, and music is a great way to help us process those big feelings.
By focusing on the lyrical elements of some of my favorite songs, I’ve compiled a playlist that aims for that elusive sweet spot between hope and happiness. Between struggle and strength. Between chaos and calm.”
-Nathan Leigh Jones
University of Adelaide