The SAIT Student Development and Counselling department’s 29 Days of Happiness campaign that kicked off at the beginning of February is well under way with students as well as staff getting involved.
Students were offered the chance to sign up before Feb. 1 for daily e-mails with inspirational quotes to enhance happiness and wellness.
Last February, Student Development and Counselling kicked off SAITSA’s Blue Monday, a day determined to “fight the blues,” by handing out “smiles on a stick,” and showing the documentary The Happy Movie. This year’s February happiness campaign, the second the department has sponsored, has an extra day due to 2016 being a leap year.
“We didn’t know what to expect or how many people would sign up, but we were surprised because when we thought about it, we thought of the students, but we were shocked at the amount of staff that signed up too,” said Julie Egers, educational psychologist in the Student Development and Counselling department.
The same number of people signed up this year as last, but numbers don’t accurately represent the impact of the event.
People have reported printing out the inspirational quotes and posting them at work, or forwarding the e-mails and inspiring friends, family and coworkers.
“Happiness and well-being is a commitment to yourself and that’s why we wanted people to sign up to receive e-mails and actively take part in this event,” Egers said.
The event caters to students’ schedules as they can access it at any time. The campaign is held in February because students find it the most difficult month of the academic year.
Student Development and Counselling wanted to reach out to a wider audience and not just those who walk through their door.
“This event promotes ways to expand people’s view on what Student Developing and Counselling supports are and to reach out to people who haven’t come through our door,” Egers said. “Some people only think you see a counsellor when things are bad or not good and we wanted to show you can also go to counselling to enhance your well-being.
“There is a part of happiness that comes with genetic factors, another part comes from circumstances, but a very large part comes from intentional strategies to boost your happiness and well-being.”
Happiness and well-being is a commitment to yourself and that’s why we wanted people to sign up to receive e-mails and actively take part in this event – Julie Egers
Student Development and Counseling is a free resource for SAIT students and helps students develop in personal and academic areas of their lives by focusing on positive facts, thoughts and actions.
A really important part of happiness and well-being is to be a part of a meaningful community, Egers said.
“Sometimes when you reach those more difficult parts in the semester or difficult times in life, you can borrow the perspective of other people and you can feel like you’re a part of something,” she said.