The Art and Science of Happiness

Opening: Friday, Mar 6, 2020 5:30 – 8 pm
Thursday, Mar 5 – 6, 2020

716 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60654

Closing reception Friday, March 6, 5:30–8pm

The Art andScience of Happiness features paintings and sculptures created by multi-genre artist/gallery owner, poet, humanitarian Arica Hilton inspired by Dr. Jay Kumar. Arica Hilton’s work can be seen as s a visual manifestation of Kumar’s happiness strategies, as outlined in his new book, Science of a Happy Brain: Thriving in the Age of Anger, Anxiety and Addiction. In fact, Hilton’s painting, Universe, Life Unlimited, is featured on the cover.

“The Science of A Happy Brain” by Jay Kumar;
​cover art by Arica Hilton

Kumar, a pioneer in the field of brain science, behavioral health and happiness, and co-founder of the Applied Brain Science Research Institute, has developed strategies for tapping into an empowering state of mind. In his efforts to understand why happiness seems so elusive to virtually everyone on the planet,  Kumar focuses on “The Four Cs of Happiness” – Comfort, Contribution, Connection, and Compassion.
The essence of the collaboration between Dr. Jay, “The Happiness Professor”, and Arica Hilton, the artist, is embodied in one of Hilton’s neon sculptures announcing, “I have one wing, you have another. Together we can fly!” It is not hard to imagine this woman flying, or succeeding at any initiative whatsoever; her infectious personality and perennially youthful personae are impressive, magnetic. Her ability to connect is immediate. And the art she crafts is sensorily arousing.