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Meet Felicia Denbu Wilhelmsson: a true happiness junkie

Strong colors, a bright smile and tons of laughter are all things you associate with Felicia Denbu Wilhelmsson, better known as Feliciashappyplace on Instagram. A true happiness junkie, inspiring others to live a life filled with joy. We got the chance to sit down with her for a little Q&A about happiness, positive energy and choosing joy in life! 
By: Henriette Danielsen / Photos: Private

What makes you happy?
Oh, there are so many things that make me happy! A sweaty workout, meeting new inspiring people and exploring the world by travelling are only some of them. Good food always puts a smile on my face, but maybe most of all I get happy when I get to spend time with the people I love.

What inspires you?
I could easily do a list of all the things that inspire me, but what they all have in common is that they are all about people who dare. People who dare to speak their mind, people who dare to fill their days with whatever it is they feel is best for them and don’t care about what other people might think of them. People who dare to go their own way, run their own business and stand on their own two feet, regardless of how scary it might be. People who dare to pack up their stuff and move across the world, to a different life. People who dare to love again even after having their heart shattered into a million pieces. People who dare to live, uninhibitedly.

I believe that we create our own happiness!

What is your best tip to a happier everyday life?
Your own attitude, for sure! I’m convinced that in order to live a happy and positive life you have to fill your mind with positive thoughts. And yes, I know it might sound really lame at first, but it’s really true. I believe that we create our own happiness, that we are all responsible for being as happy as we possibly could. So, think positively and try to enjoy the little things, because in the end I’m pretty sure that they are what will matter the most.

What is it you want to communicate through your Instagram account?
I want to be a happy splash of color and energy in people’s feed. With my Instagram account I am sharing pictures and stories from my everyday life, hoping I will affect people in a positive way. I want to inspire people to live a healthy, active and happy life and I do my best to motivate them to love themselves too.

Most of all I guess that I just want to spread as much happiness and love as possible.

If you’re feeling blue, how do you give yourself a happiness boost?
Well first of all I would try to figure out if it’s because of something temporary or if it is a constant thing? If it’s temporary I would probably hang out with some friends or give them a call, that always boosts my mood. If it’s more of a constant negative feeling I would try to really understand why I’m feeling blue.

But I think it’s important to remember that it’s totally fine to have bad day every now and then, we all have them so don’t push yourself too far. Sometimes I feel like I really need to cry for example, and then when I get home I put on a sad song or movie that makes me cry and then I actually feel better afterwards.

Do you work on being happier? If so, how?
Yes, absolutely! I actually think that’s one of the keys to a happier life. You really need to practice positive thinking, because it doesn’t come naturally at first. For me, it’s a lot about gratitude and practicing to feel gratitude. It’s so easy to take things for granted, but I can really feel the difference in how much happier I am since I actively started to be grateful for things in my life. It’s about doing things that make you feel happier and more grateful. But it’s also about reflection and being honest with yourself about if you have something in your life that’s draining all your energy, because in that case you need to cut it off or replace it ASAP.


Facts
Full name: Felicia Denbu Wilhelmsson
Age: 29
Lives: Nacka, Stockholm
Blog: www.feliciashappyplace.se
Three favorite things that brings out your smile: 1. sunshine 2. pancakes 3. All those silly memes and videos on Facebook. They’re really silly, but they’re all over my Facebook feed and I literally can’t stop laughing

Previous Events

Summer Mingle

On Tuesday 22nd  of May we welcomed summer together with Convendum at their amazing venue at Regeringsgatan 30. An evening filled with bubbles, snacks and lots of inspiration.

We started the evening with CEO Håkan Jeppson giving a short introduction about Convendum, before Motivational Speaker Maria Swanström shared some tools on how to get our power on, filling our days and the upcoming summer with more positive energy! Afterwards we enjoyed some cold Cava and pizza on the roof top terrace, mingling and making new acquaintances. Oriflame Cosmetics was also in place, talking skin care and makeup trends this season and we had some amazing give aways!

A big thank you to our sponsors Juvinum, Vapiano and Oriflame Cosmetics, and to everyone who came and enjoyed the evening with us.

Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on what’s up next.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis

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7 ways to be your happier self

Some people think happiness is something that just happens or comes naturally. It is widely believed that it is elusive and needs to be chased, but cannot be created. Many people view it as a temporary state, something to be achieved and worked to maintain. Each year, people spend millions of dollars and hours of labor trying to achieve things they think will make them happy.

However, happiness is found within. Some of the happiest people in the world have very little in the way of material wealth, yet they live in a state of serenity. The Kingdom of Bhutan even accounts for its people’s happiness before installing new public works. Happiness is a state of mind, and while it does need to be maintained, it’s not as elusive or fleeting as you think!

Here are seven ways to find your bliss:

Eat right
The old adage says “You are what you eat.” This is actually true. The foods you ingest release vitamins and minerals into your body that trigger the release of hormones, for good or ill. Many processed foods and refined sugars cause the release of stress hormones on the body, which contributes to low mood and larger health problems in the long term. Eating leafy greens and drinking a lot of water is better for your mood because stress hormones are not released by eating them.

Mindfulness practices
Mindfulness is a type of meditation that teaches us to observe our thoughts and emotions in a non-judgemental way. There are many types of mindfulness practices, such as meditation, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi/Qigong, and martial arts. These practices help build emotional intelligence, called EQ, which is the ability to observe, identify, and appropriately express emotions. Building EQ can help teach us why we become unhappy and how to cope with those feelings.

Practice gratitude
Often we take the things we see every day for granted, making it difficult to realize how important they truly are. Many spiritual traditions practice gratitude, and while the simple act of saying “thank you” may not seem like something that will usher in happiness, it is actually one of the most powerful methods of building happiness. Even just writing a few sentences of gratitude in a journal each day can go a long way.

Happiness is not a secret that has been kept from people or a prize that is difficult to attain!

Be in nature
Exposure to plants, flowers, and natural light has been shown to release stress and have a calming effect upon the mind and body. Even having a photograph of plants and flowers was shown to increase productivity in offices that had no windows. Getting outside for some fresh air can also provide a literal breather from dust and mold that can collect indoors. Having plants inside the house or on the desk of your office can bring a little of the power of flowers to you when you can’t get outside.

Get some exercise
Whether at home, at the gym, or around the neighbourhood, getting plenty of exercise is a must for a happier you. Exercise has obvious health benefits, such as burning calories and building muscle, but even a little exercise each day can also help reduce stress. This happens in two ways: first, exercise burns off the stress hormone cortisol, which raises blood sugar and pressure in preparation for an emergency, but stores fat and sugar when released over a long term. Secondly, muscles (as a result of cortisol) hang onto tension and become tight; exercise releases that tension naturally.

Play with pets
Our furry, finned, and feathered friends can bring a lot of joy to our lives. Pets have been used to assist people suffering from illnesses such as blindness, epilepsy, diabetes, PTSD, and anxiety disorders for years. More recent studies found that caring for a pet, even temporarily, teaches children compassion and empathy, and reduces bullying in schools. Having and playing with pets can bring a long term happiness to the whole family.

Go offline for family
Social support is an important coping mechanism for social animals like humans. It means getting together in person with friends or loved ones and talking about your feelings, problems, and happiness, and listening to others do the same. Family is one of the best ways to connect socially because they are the first agents to teach kids to socialize. Listening to and connecting with family can offer a powerful alternative to the fleeting happiness of television and digital devices. Empathizing with and being compassionate in person is one of the best ways to be happy.

Happiness is not a secret that has been kept from people or a prize that is difficult to attain. It is the product of simple practices that cost very little and can be done by anyone. It is easily within your grasp, so be your happiest self by practicing happiness.


By: Freelance writer Ashley Smith 

Events Previous Events

A boost of energy

Living in a high pace society, with long to-do lists, full calendars and hectic weeks, taking it slow is often easier said than done. We therefore invited 10 influencers to an exclusive evening at Selma City Spa for a night of relaxation and new energy.

We want to fill the upcoming year with tons of power and therefore started off the evening with a 45-minute workshop led by the talented inspirational speaker Maria Swanström. She focused on how to get our power on and fill our days with more positive energy and self-love. Lots of thoughts for reflection, stories of happiness and tools to implement in our everyday life were shared.

Afterwards we headed up to an amazing hotel room where we got to get out of your clothes and jump into bathrobes and slippers! Then we headed to the spa where we indulged in yummy snacks, bubbles and green juices, while enjoying each other’s company and even took a dip in the rooftop pool! And on our way out a lovely goodie bag sponsored by the amazing brands Quality brands Sweden, Sporrongform, Workout Empire, Burts Bees, Clifbar, Kallpressen and NOA awaited.

A big thank you to all our sponsors, everyone who came, the amazing Maria Swanström and lastly Clarion Sign Hotel and Selma City Spa for their tremendous generosity.

Here are some pictures from a wonderful day that started with some work and goodie bag packing, and ended with tons of fun with a bunch of ladies <3



Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on what’s up next.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis & Henriette Danielsen 

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Flowers for happiness

Flowers create a positive presence no matter the setting. From offices, to homes, to restaurants, medical facilities and gardens alike, flowers can bring good energy and make people feel better in an instant. Research even supports that flowers can significantly improve your mood and health in a number of areas.

Here are some of the top ways in which the power of flowers can contribute to your total well-being.

Flowers & improved air quality
One of the greatest ways that flowers can improve your health is through improved indoor air quality. Indoor air can quickly become contaminated with toxins like mold, dust, and even lingering chemicals from household products. However, flowers can make an impact by cleansing the air and removing these harmful elements so that you do not breathe them in. One such flower is the gerbera daisy which is known to remove trichlorethylene which is sometimes used in dry cleaning. Gerbera daisies also remove benzene which is used in ink, glue, and paint.

Chrysanthemums are another great flower that improves indoor air quality. These brightly colored flowers also help to filter out harmful benzene from the air, keeping you safe and contributing to your health. Just be sure to give your chrysanthemums plenty of direct sunlight to encourage them to bloom. Similarly, azaleas help to fight formaldehyde which is sometimes present in plywood and insulation.

Flowers for happiness & positive energy
Research also connects flowers with improved mood and psychological benefits. First, flowers are pleasant to look at. With all of their colorful petals and visual variety, flowers help to stimulate the senses, energizing those who witness their natural beauty. Flowers also have sweet aromas which can promote a sense of calm and tranquility. For instance, the mild scent of the geranium plant promotes peace of mind. The same is true for the aroma of lavender which has been proven to promote a sense of relaxation and happiness. The lovely fragrance of peace lilies is also associated with improved well-being as they can also encourage deep sleep.

Gifted flowers are representative of so many positive feelings to include love, joy, gratitude, kindness, appreciation and well wishes.

Furthermore, flowers are symbolic. Presenting someone with fresh flowers is a kind gesture that has meaning behind it. Gifted flowers are representative of so many positive feelings to include love, joy, gratitude, kindness, appreciation and well wishes. For instance, think of the practice of sending notes with flowers—this sentimental act helps to create a total experience for the receiver, often stimulating an emotional reaction as they become overjoyed by your thoughtful gift.

Gardening for physical health
Having flowers is not just about having a pretty bouquet in a vase to admire, there are also physical health benefits to planting beautiful flower gardens. Gardening is an excellent way to improve your physical health. The act of gardening is often considered low impact exercise but it can certainly help you stay in shape. From bending down often, to using your arms to dig and rake, to stretching your legs so that you do not step on delicate plants, you can improve your body in a very practical way. What’s more is that gardening can help to lower stress. It can reduce feelings of anxiety and can help you clear your thoughts for improved mental health. Plus, getting regular doses of fresh air is always a good idea for your improved lung, heart and circulatory health.

Having flesh flowers around the home is more than just a symbol of beauty.

Flowers can have a positive impact on your mood, health and overall well-being. In other words, flowers are a proactive step towards improving your health and happiness. Delicate flowers are some of nature’s best kept secrets when it comes to feeling better. They can improve your mood, give you renewed energy and instantly put a smile on your face. This is the true power of flowers.


By: Freelance writer Ashley Smith / Photo cred: astrostyle.com

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Right where I belong

Being Editor in Chief of Best of You, I have been getting to know the health community in Stockholm more and more. Not only in terms of our collaboration partners, but all the wonderful personal trainers, yoga teachers, coaches and brand owners out there. We work together, go to events together and often train together. Which used to terrify me!

I have never been this super fit gym lover, who makes lifting weights and running on a treadmill look as easy as a Sunday stroll to the local bakery. Let me try to explain: I am more the type of girl who gets a mild heart attack after a few meters of running, who is so red in the face that it looks like my period came out of the wrong place and lifting those 2-3 kg like my life depended on it. Making it hard to feel any connection to all those bloggers and influencers out there, promoting health.

When I met all these wonderful trainers and started to get invited to their workouts and events I was terrified. “I am not fit enough for this”. “I am not one of them”. “What the fuck am I doing here”. These where all thoughts running through my head.

But then I realised that this is exactly what we want to change

We want you to know that you don’t have to be fit to join a gym class. You don’t have to be soft and limber to be able to do yoga, and you don’t have to be skinny and have abs to be able to call yourself healthy. You find what feels good to you and a balance based on your life, your body and your needs.

Which is also what inspired me to found Best of You in the first place. Because I love yoga, but I also love wine. I love to work out and sweat, but I also love my relationship to the cookie jar and our late night dates with Netflix. And that doesn’t mean I don’t belong.

Now that I finally have realised that I am no longer afraid to join a kick boxing class, lift those weights or go for a run with someone (all though I prefer not to run, hihi). My point being; don’t think you need to fulfill certain criteria’s to be part of something. You are more than enough and health is for everyone! Coming from the girl who still goes to fitness events being the only one there not being able to do pull ups or hand stands, but still enjoys herself!

So go lift those weights girl, or go to that yoga class you always wanted to try or head straight into the lions cave and join the heavy bodybuilders at the gym. Whatever you prefer, but dont let a label or the thought of not being good enough stop you. Because you rock, with or without abs!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis / Location: rebirth fitness

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Give each moment a chance

We are all going to die. I repeat: no matter what, we are going to die. So why do we keep on living ignoring the elephant in the room? Spending so much time and energy caring about minor insignificant details? Shouldn’t THIS  (inevitable death) be our major concern? 

Ignorance is bliss they say. But I say if you have information you make more educated choices. This is not like hunching your back and looking down at your notebook in class hoping the math teacher will pick someone else to get up and resolve the equation. We will eventually all be called up. Wouldn’t it be better to feel “prepared” then?

One of my favorite singer once sang (roughly translated): “When the sun comes up and I am alive that is all that matters to me”. Grant you he is now a raging alcoholic, but let’s focus on the message here: What truly matters? What is really at stake? To live while we can.

Somehow we manage to ignore death for most of our life because it is “The Voldemort” of our story, “it who must not be named”. We call it something else to reassure us: passing, leaving this earth, departing… it’s like a freaking airport.

Monday, Friday, weekend, those are labels we put on spans of opportunities. Nine to five, happy hours, those are name we gave to slots of possibilities.

They all matter, they all have the same value, but somehow what we call them gives them more or less importance. Mondays are dreadful and Fridays are longed for. But anyone can see through the varnish, those are the exact same days, same amount of hours, same set up, same chances, it is only our mindset that differs, only what we chose to ignore and what we decide to acknowledge.

Things have to be fun, cool, awesome, exciting to matter and the time in between is often considered worthless. But remember, even a boring day at the office is a day you lived.


By: Mo Oléron 

Previous Events

Tapping into that inner smile

Saturday 14th of October, Best of You and Blissfullyliving, teamed up with the inspirational personal trainer and blogger Camilla Lorentzen!

We had a morning filled with training and fun, where Camilla took everyone through a 45 minutes’ body weight session, getting everyone’s pulse up. On site was myactivestyle, showing off their newest collection and sponsoring everyone with a pair of their amazing tights.

Afterwards, we refuelled on some fresh salads and yummy juices by Essentially, before heading home with a goodiebag from Supernature and Celsius Norge.

Thank you to our sponsors and Camilla for making this happen, and a huge thanks to everyone who came and spent the morning with us. It was wonderful to see everyone leave with a smile on their face, and worry not, we WILL be back!

Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on what’s up next.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Helena Krekling – Krekling Photo

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Do self-help books actually help?

They are no longer hidden in the back corner of the book store. Today self-help books are a huge business and offer to solve pretty much any problem. The only question is – do they really help?

I can’t really recall when I bought my first self-help book. I’m a big fan of reading, but this selection was unknown to me until sometime in my mid-twenties. Books were a magical escape into a new world and I had not seen them as something offering a solution to my life problems. Then one of my friends recommended one of his favorite self-help books and my bookshelf became home to more and more titles that promised to improve my life in one way or another.

As I read, I started noticing something; First, none of these books offer magical solutions, because there are no magical solutions in life. Secondly, they can’t do much, other than to inspire you to take actions that will lead you to the desired outcome. And thirdly, just reading them without implementing their messages won’t get you anywhere. However, getting a book that will help you with your problems is a step in the right direction as you’re taking action and you are willing to make some changes.

What I noticed from my personal experience is that in order for the books to help, you have to read them with an open mind. You may feel tempted to roll your eyes every once in a while, but try to stay open minded.

It took me a while to understand that knowing something and actually doing it are two different things.

That’s why these books work more as reminders and a source of inspiration and will hopefully give you the little push you need in the right direction. That is also why I like to come back to them, to make sure I stay on the right track and I don’t forget to apply the wisdom to my everyday life. It has no use if it stays on the pages.

I guess my point is that self-help books can, like any other books, be good or bad. Some authors are better than others and some you may not like at all. If you decide to give them a chance, research a bit before you click ‘add to cart’. Also, be open-minded. In my case self-help books helped me learn some things and they helped me improve my life to the extent of how much I worked on it. And for me, there will always be more room on my bookshelf for new self-help titles. After all, life is a work in progress.


By: Ivona Iwarra Josipovic / Photo cred 

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Half marathon half prepared

For those of you who don’t know me, let me set one thing straight: I haven’t always been a runner. I used to be one of those who was under the impression that running was something you only did when being chased. I also like to add that the very first day I ran seven minutes on a treadmill without stopping I emailed my entire family. True story.

That was seven years ago. A lot has changed since then. I have managed to stay longer and longer on the treadmill (and fought the urge of emailing my family every time) and have started to actually enjoy it, most of the time. I have broken personal records, in terms of time and distances, and registered for a few races here and there. So, I guess you could say I’m a runner now.

However, I must admit I have periods where I’m a much better runner than others. Others being when my friends: “laziness”, “cold-weather” and “procrastination” come together and throw a party in the living room of my mind. Usually, the best way for me to get back into my running shoes is to register to a race. If I’m gonna pay someone to be able to run in the street, something I am well aware I can do for free any day of the year, I’m gonna at least do my best! And that usually does the trick: I wanna do better than the last time, so I go out for a run and start training.

This year however, it didn’t quite work as planned. I had so much on my plate when I moved back to Sweden last fall that running fell off my priority list. Until my friend Amandine told me she had registered to Paris half marathon 2017 and was planning on running it with me. My lovely Dine had register for two half marathons two years in a row and had to withdraw each time at the last minute because of injuries. I felt like I couldn’t refuse so I registered too. That was last summer. That gives me plenty of time I thought.

So…Paris half marathon is this weekend…

What happened? I think I partied hard with my old friends “laziness”, “cold-weather” and “procrastination” and a newbie to the party: “super duper busy”. Bottom line, I find myself running 21.1km in a few days and have run 1x 12km, 1x14km and 1x16km the past month. That’s it. I can probably kiss my dream of beating my personal record goodbye, but I am secretly hoping all the yoga I’ve been incorporating in my daily routine will do the trick when it comes to breathing and stride.

But not being 100 percent prepared does not bother me anymore. It did at first, until I realised three things:
• I am the only one to blame, lesson learned
• It’s up to me to go out there and have fun and make the best of it
• No matter what, we’re still having brunch afterwards

Once this is over and if I survive it, I promise myself I’ll be more disciplined with my running. And should my usual “friends” pay me a visit I’ll make sure to get out there and meet up with real friends at www.runwithmestockholm.com for my weekly dose of motivation instead.

If like me, you’re wondering how it will go on Sunday, stay tuned and have a look at our Instagram story!


By: Morgane Oleron / Photo cred