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Vasilia Penna

Certified Happiness Trainer & Transformational Life Coach


When life left me feeling crushed, yes, I turned to my faith, but there was more that I had to do to transform my life. 

I needed to DO something DAILY to make that change. 

Part of my journey was earning a certificate in Happiness Studies.  What is Happiness Studies? 

It is the interdisciplinary study of how humans become happier based upon scientific evidence and research.  I applied what I learned and my life has not been the same.

I am happy, stronger, resilient and look forward to each new day.  Sure, there are difficult days but I no longer spiral downward and make healthier choices.  It took daily work when times were tough. Each day got easier as I learned what makes me happy. 

I no longer just survive, I THRIVE!

Now, my passion is to teach others how their lives can be enriched and become happier.



I have a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Rutgers University-Newark, a Certificate in Happiness Studies from the Happiness Studies Academy (HSA) and have been trained as a Christian and Secular Life Coach with New Life Coaching.  I am ever learning from and still mentored by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, one of the leaders in the field of Positive Psychology and Happiness Studies.  I serve as a Student Mentor for Happiness Studies Academy and I am a volunteer in the Educational department of the HSA Alumni & Business club.

For over 10 years, I coordinated and taught a Christian Youth Bible Group.

In the corporate sector I served as a Human Resources Coordinator for several years.  I am also an Entrepreneur.  In 2009, I developed and incorporated a dance fitness company and studio that offers group fitness classes.  Simultaneously, for 10 years, I worked for Zumba® fitness as a choreography expert and hosted over 100+ workshops for instructors.

My greatest achievement of all is being the Mom of two adult sons.

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