About CHI

Click on the picture of Dr. Axelrod to hear an introduction to CHI.

The Creative Happiness Institute, Inc. (CHI), is a non-profit, educational organization that works on its own and with numerous other cultural groups to present programs in the arts. Our predominant activities are literary—encouraging the writing arts, creative writing and poetry.

We sponsor visiting writers and lecturers, poetry slams, events tied to holidays, and as often special events that feature important speakers who are visiting the Daytona Beach and Volusia County area.

volusia_cty_logoCHI is supported by donations from the general public and is a recipient of a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County.


Our programs are open to the public, and we encourage those interested in participating to contact us to receive personal notification of our activities.

A note about your health and happiness!

As a part of our activities and philosophy, we believe that the arts are a healthy part of people’s life. Whether it is music, writing, painting, crafts, engaging in creative activities can be a relaxing and even therapeutic activity.

We offer workshops and programs for all levels of accomplishment. The arts are “populist,” not exclusive. We are glad to make the talents of our staff and special events professionals available to the benefit of the general public.

We also serve the needs of people who are looking to network with other, like-minded professionals in their fields. Whether it is a class in poetry therapy or a workshop on how to sell your writing, CHI wants to be there for you.

That is why we have adopted the motto:


Join us soon at one of our workshops or events. The arts are a source of happiness!



“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Thomas Jefferson

“The purpose of life is to be happy.” Dali Lama



“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker





“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln




“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”  Helen Keller


“Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.” Mark Twain


“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein

Allow us the honor of sharing the happiness.