The Happiness Hunt


On Wednesday April 3, the Student Counseling Center hosted a program to support mental wellbeing otherwise known as the Happiness Hunt. The Hyman Forum was packed with local Baltimore businesses, animals from Cromwell Valley, pets on wheels and many more! 

In addition to the furry, feathery, and scaly friends, several groups on campus had tables on ways to help boost joy on campus. The tabling included all sorts of things like peer coaching, ways to move your body, and journaling. Even a table from the Religion & Spiritual Life at Goucher was present.  

The Happiness Hunt was a  huge success even when the weather was terrible outside. Students had the opportunity to come inside and see the cute therapy dogs and wildlife. 

From when you first walked into the Atheneum, immediately on the right side were all the dogs from Pets on Wheels.  

Sara Begelman ’26 said “ The cute animals helped my mental health.” She also said  “the animals greatly lifted her mood.” 

Dogs from Pets on Wheels, photos courtesy of author

Tucked away by the elevator was a park ranger from Cromwell Valley Park who brought some wildlife for us to see. This table was tucked away by the elevator but the ducks and chickens could be heard all throughout the forum. 

Wildlife from Cromwell Valley Park, photos courtesy of author.

Cromwell Valley Park is just 7 min away from Goucher, and they offer plenty of things to do for the public for free. They have bird watching sites, hiking trails, animal exhibits, and beehives among other things for the public to enjoy. 

Alana (she/her) is a first-year Staff Writer at The Quindecim. Her major is currently undecided, but she is considering Communication and Media Studies. Alana is from Bronx, New York and is a graduate of Frank McCourt High School. She is a member of Goucher's varsity swim team. When she's not in the pool or studying, she enjoys listening to music and watching Netflix.

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