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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

Breakfast Recipes

Tofu Scramble

Little is more luxurious than serving scrambled eggs for breakfast, am I right? But what if you switch out the eggs with tofu?

Having heard so much about this twist, I of course had to give it a try! And Sarah´s recipe at makingthymeforhealth was definitely a hit! Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or simply just interested in trying to eat more plant-based, give it a try.

Fun fact: The turmeric gives it a light yellow color that resembles scrambled eggs!

Ingredients
14 ounces soft tofu
1,5 teaspoons oil
1 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
1 minced shallot
A pinch of salt
A pinch of turmeric
A pinch of pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

Instructions
Cover a baking sheet with paper towels and crumble the tofu into small pieces on top. Let drain for about 20 minutes, before gently pressing with paper towels. In a large skillet, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the bell pepper and shallot and cook until softened. Stir in the crumbled tofu with salt, turmeric, and pepper. Cook until hot, about 3-5 minutes. Add fresh basil then serve warm.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo and recipe cred: makingthymeforhealth.com

Breakfast Featured Recipes

Weekend delight

There is nothing better then to start the weekend off with a delicious brekkie, right? And even better if it is vegan, right? Yes, we thought so! 

It is time to spice up the weekend brekkie, so we roamed the Internet for some inspiration and OMG did we hit jackpot when we came across wallflowerkitchen.com and her delicious vegan french toast! A must this weekend if you want that little extra.

Ingredients
2 tbsp. chickpea flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. mixed spice or pumpkin pie spice mix
120 ml unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. vegan butter or oil
4 thick slices of soft bread
A pinch of salt

To serve:
Maple syrup
Fruit (fresh or frozen)
Coconut yoghurt

Instructions
Start by wishking the chickpea flour, spices, almond milk, vanilla and salt together. Then gently heat the butter, while gently dipping a sliece of bread into the mixture, coating it well on each side. Place in the pan and fry on medium heat for about a minutes on each side, until golden brown. When ready, place it on a plate and serve with slices of fruit, syrup and yoghurt. Enjoy!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo and recipe cred: wallflowerkitchen.com

Be Inspired

Forever a dreamer

Goal setting seems to be a huge trend today. Whether it’s losing x number of kilos, get that certain promotion at work, get more active or get rich. Whatever the goal is, it’s in fact a dream with a deadline, and why add that type of stress to your life?

I have always been a dreamer. For as long as I can remember, I would have these visions of doing and achieving tons of different things in life. I still do. And turns out there are enormous benefits to dreaming often and dreaming big. It for example provides us with a platform for growth and success.

The same goes for goals. Except they come with that deadline.

Just taste the word: DEADline. The word itself is negatively charged. And with a deadline comes pressure, and with pressure the possibility of failure. And we all fail, at some point. And then we get upset, punish ourselves and get demotivated. When we in fact should try to accept it, and ask ourselves what we learned from it. Move on, continue our journey.

 Goals may give focus, but dreams give power

I am not saying goals are bad, but why not embrace dreams instead? Because they come without pressure, timelines and rules. Dreams are all about kindness. Maybe try to get yourself a dream diary, put your dreams down on paper. Visualize and embrace creativity, but without the time pressure.

If you on the other hand love goals and have tons of them; That’s great too! Just remember to be kind to yourself. Because the kinder you are, the more efficient you will be and the better you will feel. Skip the rules of what you MUST and SHOULD accomplish and simply trust your journey. Let what is supposed to happen, happen. Preferably without a deadline.


By: Henriette Danielsen

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From couch potato to a more energized self

We have all heard it a hundred times; moving more equals better health. You get more productive at work, you sleep better and you feel more energized and happy. But then there is the hard truth that getting up from the couch is easier said than done. And the gym frightens many of us.  

The good news is that the benefits of physical activity are not restricted to exercise performed only in the gym. There are other steps you can take to increase physical activity that don’t involve hours lifting weights or running on a treadmill.

Simply be on the lookout for little ways to move more.

The small things that can increase your everyday exercise. And you just wait and see; it will do wonders to your overall health!

Use your legs
Get up and start walking. It is as simple as that. Walk to the store, suggest a walking meeting at work if possible, take a Sunday walk with a friend instead of meeting over lunch, get off the bus one stop before home, choose the stairs instead of the elevator. Nothing you probably haven’t heard before, but try it. It really works.

House chores
Cleaning your house or apartment can definitely get your pulse up. Vacuuming, mopping floors, scrubbing the shower, wipe dust, all of it requires movement. And why not add some music and dance around a little while doing it? Makes a boring chore more fun in an instant.

Make time
This is key people. Try to move at least 30 minutes every single day. Might sound a lot, but try to shift the focus of it being something you must do, to something you want to do. Maybe event write it in your day planner, make an appointment with yourself or with others.

Stay motivated
How, you might wonder? Try different things. We have a tendency to stick to what we know and what we are good at, but why not try out new things. Why not give dance class a try, or choose a new route for your Sunday walk? Or why not join your friend for a new activity?  Variation being the key word. And never underestimate the value of the small stuff. As long as you move, your body will thank you for it.

Bring others in on it
Have a family, why not play around in the snow or dance around the house? Have a partner? Why not motivate each other for a little sit up competition? Have co-workers? Why not suggest walking up and down the stairs together, twice a day during your workday? Live alone? Why not call a friend and suggest trying a new activity rather than a movie night?

Don´t limit yourself. Be open for new things and you will see how you will feel better and get more motivated to keep it up. But most importantly; don´t end up punishing yourself if the couch wins over your willpower. Just get up the next day and try again. And remember; start small.


By: Henriette Danielsen

Baking Recipes

Cookie time

It´s Friday and what better than do a batch of cookies to enjoy during the weekend?

We turned to our dearest food blog Happy Health Blog for some inspiration! These cookies are easily made, and even more easily enjoyed!

Ingredients (approximately 12 cookies)
5 fresh dates mashed or blended into a paste
3 tbsp. almond butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups oats
1/4 cup oat milk
1/2 cup raisins
3 tbsp. coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1,5 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 150°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add all the the ingredients (except the raisins) to a bowl and mix until well combined. Then add the raisins and scoop dough into balls on the baking sheet, flatten the balls slightly with the palm of your hand. Bake for about 15-18 minutes. They should be light brown on the bottom. Let them cool before munching! Enjoy!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo and recipe cred: Happy Health Blog 

Breakfast Recipes

Our go-to brekkie

Busy days gives us less time in the kitchen. Nevertheless, brekkie needs to be eaten and preferably it should be both delicious and nutritious! 

Our go-to brekkie and all-time favorite is inspired by non-other than food blogger Deliciously Ella! This overnight oats-recipe will give you more time in the morning and keep you full until lunch! Delicious to eat at home or on the run.

Ingredients
1 cup oats
1 1/2 cups of almond milk
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of maple or agave syrup
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
Handful of raisins

Topping:
Chopped nuts
Yoghurt
Peanut butter
½ banana

Instructions
Place all the ingredients in a big bowl or a jar and stir well. Place in the fridge overnight. Top with some chopped nuts, a dash of yoghurt and some extra peanut butter if you can´t get enough! A little tip is to add some banana too, really gives it that extra yummy taste! Enjoy


By: Henriette Danielsen / Recipe inspiration and photo cred: Deliciously Ella

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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 

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Innsider tips: Leadership

In January our four amazing coaches are giving you some pointers to make this year your best one, and last one up is Anna Johansson.

Anna works as a leadership coach and is passionate about your development. Her coaching is about expanding your comfort zone, getting your relationships to work, reach your goal on work, manage your stress level and become a better leader. Here are her insight tips:

Some people claim that certain people “are born leaders”, and that you have to have some kind of specific trait in your personality to be a good leader. Oh well that is true for some, but the first thing you have to understand about leadership is that when you lead you are doing. That means that leadership is an activity and therefor it is something you can practice. As with everything else some people have a natural talent and some people have to work harder to accomplish their goal. But that doesn’t mean them can’t learn.

Start with yourself
To succeed as a leader you have to start with yourself. If you want to perform you have to take care of yourself. The most basal thing you have to have in order is sleep (6-9 hours/day), eating healthy and exercise regularly. I’m sure most of you guys already know this, but if you lack inspiration in this department, Best of You is a really good webpage for information findings regarding health.

Be authentic
Today it is really important to be authentic. So again, start with yourself. Explore your inner motivation, what drives you and what’s of great significance to you? Know your values and your “why”. There are lots of exercises you can do for personal development, just Google or go to my blog ledarskaphalsa.se.

And I just want to add that the idea that you can be one person at work and another person at your spear time is really outdated. What you do at your leisure does affect your work performance and vice versa.

Dare to be vulnerable as a leader!

Leadership is a partnership
You are not the only one responsible for being a good leader, the people in your group also have a responsibility. If they don´t like something or have an idea, make sure that they dare to speak their mind freely. A lot of people complain about their leader instead of taking action to change things. This is something you should talk with your group about. Let them know that you think this is a partnership and you expect them to be open with you. Dare to be vulnerable as a leader and if you are unsure about anything, say so. The team is there to help, remember it’s a collaboration between you guys.

Make a psychological contract
Expectations are SO IMPORTANT. I highly recommend you sitting down with each one in your group and talk about anticipation. Be clear with your expectation on them, and then let them say what their expectations are on you. Be really clear and discuss what this means for both of you, in everyday work and in the long run. This exercise is also good for your authenticity. It gives the group guidelines for in which way you will behave. When they notice that you actually do what you said you would do it builds trust.

Educate yourself
Make sure to educate yourself on psychology and pedagogics. There are a lot of young professionals having high demands on their leader. They won’t tolerate if you don’t have basic knowledge about leadership, relationship, teambuilding, performing and well-being. There are many blogs, YouTube-videos, TED-talks and books of leadership. Here are some I recommend:

  • Book: “Samtal på jobbet” – Kerstin Ljungström
  • Book: ”Creating Effective Teams” – Susan A. Wheelan
  • Book: “Building agreement” – Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro
  • Book: “How to Win Friends and Influence People” – Dale Carnegie
  • Webpage: motivation.se
  • TED-talks: Your body language may shape who you are – Amy Cuddy
  • TED-talks: How to speak so that people want to listen – Julian Treasure

If you want to know more about Anna you can follow her on Instagram or you can visit her webpage or leadthefuture.se


By: Anna Johansson / Photo cred: insightsforleading.com