: to attest authoritatively; such as
a: confirm
b: to present in formal communication
c: to attest as being true or as represented or as meeting standard
d: to attest officially to the insanity of
: to inform with certainty; assure
: to guarantee (a personal check) as to signature and amount by so indicating on the face
: to recognize as having met special qualifications within a field

Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Certify(v.): mid-14th century, “to declare the truth of,” also “to vouch for or confirm” (an official record, etc.), from Old French certefiier“make certain, witness the truth of” (12thcentury), from Late Latin certificare “to certify, to make certain,” from Latin certus “fixed sure” (certain) + root of facere“to make, do” (from Proto-Indo-European root, dhe-to set, put”).  Also used in Middle English in broader senses of “inform, give notice to; instruct, to direct; to designate.”


Source: www.etymonline.com


“I think because I am as earnest as I am, people were accepting of my evolving into a certified, legitimate, and grown up and I did take three years off.”

Claire Danes (b. 1979, American actor and recipient of three Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Guild Awards; Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world; and was awarded the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015)

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“I’m a scuba diver not certified.”

Janet Reno (1938-2016, American lawyer and the first woman U.S. attorney general, 1993-2001)

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“If I change my name again y’all can have certified as crazy. Alright?”

Sean Combs (b. 1969 in Harlem, NY, also known by the stage names, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puff or Diddy, American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive, actor, and entrepreneur)

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“I don’t even read positive reviews unless they are absolutely certified by eight different people to not contain one thing that could upset me.”

Jonathan Franzen (author of five novels, Freedom and The Corrections, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including The Kraus Project and Farther Away)

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“This satire business, that was one of the worst things that ever happened to me. I was certified funny. From then on, I had to be funny – people expected it. Twice the work for the same pay.”

Ray Guy (1939-2013, journalist and humorist, best known for his satirical newspaper and magazine columns)

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Hello, Sojourners!

Thank Goodness for friends, family, and love ones who care, especially those who really look out and elevate you.

A few months ago my dear friend, Sarah, told me about a certification program with UC Berkeley in the Science of Happiness.  She wanted to take the course and share her experience. (I’ve been surprised of late when other friends asked me along on similar journeys, either for retreats or for webinars.)

After completing UC Berkeley’s 10-week intensive curriculum, I am proud to announce I achieved my certification with a solid A of 94%! 🙂

This coursework was comprehensive and important, because it reinforced my passion for helping others to find their purpose through those research-based practices from noteworthy positive psychologists and neuroscientists.

My work around Happiness is now evolving and I now have a more enriched Happiness curriculum that includes the following:

  • What is Happiness and Why is it Important?
  • Obstacles to Happiness
  • What Happiness Does Not Mean?
  • Exploring Your Core Values
  • Discovering Paths to Your Life Purpose
  • Contemplative and Meditative Practices
  • The Power of Gratitude
  • The Benefits of Optimism
  • The Science of Flow
  • The Science of Awe, Beauty, and Spirituality
  • Empathy, Compassion, Self-Compassion
  • Forgiveness
  • Science-based Practices of Mindfulness
  • The Benefits of Laughter and Play
  • and much more…

Ayn Rand once wrote, “Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.”

Amen, sister, amen!  For most of us, Happiness will not be delivered on a silver platter.  Each of us must search, discover, and build our muscles toward personal practices that magnify meaning and increase joy in our lives.

If you want to know more about my Happiness workshops, meditation classes, or one-on-one life coach sessions, please leave a message on my website or social media platforms.

In Peace and Joy,



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