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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

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A grateful heart – love letter from our Editor in Chief

1 of December will always be a special day for me, because that is the day Best of You was introduced to the public. Two years have passed and so much has happened on this beautiful journey.

Best of You has developed from being a blog to become a community where we inspire each other to embrace life wholeheartedly and find joy in health and wellness. A place without diets, rules or regulations, nor a formula to fit in with the masses.

We want you to find what feels good and be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

And seeing that you do, makes me forever grateful.

The emails, the kind words, the hugs, the tears, the love: everything that you share with us makes this the best job in the world. And why waste time on being anything but fully alive?

Thank you for following, showing up at our events, for booking our services and for welcoming us into your lives. We are forever grateful and excited for the future. 2018 will bring much love, that’s for sure.


By: Henriette Danielsen, Editor in Chief / Photo cred: Pinterest

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Eight reasons to smile today

A great, big smile is without doubt the best accessory, but in a stressful time of year it’s sometimes easy to forget to do just that; smile.   

Smiling has many health benefits; it releases endorphins, lowers stress and anxiety, spreads a positive vibe, and best of all; it’s contagious! We therefore want to share eight random reasons to why you should bring out that beautiful smile of yours and go spread some love!

1. Wake up and notice that nice feeling of walking up in your own bed, under a warm blanket, after a good night’s sleep.
2. Feel the crisp, fresh air filling your lungs when you step outside.
3. Take a look at the lovely people in your life. Weather it is family, a lover or a friend; you are loved unconditionally.
4. The colors of the season! There is so much beauty around us, we just need to look.
5. Your able to learn something new every day; whether it’s in school or at work. You have the chance (and ability) to grow!
6. Think of all the people you have met this year, and how they have added something to your life.
7. You’re able to enjoy yet another day on this beautiful earth.
8. Smile because you are somebodies reason to smile today!

There is so much in life to be thankful for, and once we start noticing them,  you will automatically smile more often, we promise! Have a great day!


By: Henriette Danielsen

Guest Posts

Steps to becoming a happier person

When we came across Norwegian blogger, Kristina Andersen’s blogpost about different ways to be happy, we loved it. She was kind enough to let us share it with you lovely readers, so here are her best tips on how to become an overall happier person.

Think positive
I am under the impression that thinking positive can get you in a better mood and make your everyday a little happier. So turn your mindset around. Wondering how to do that? Let’s say you hate mornings, then your start off your day with negative thoughts. Instead, try to focus on the positive. If you have a desire to be a happy and satisfied person, then you must first learn to think in a better and more positive way.

Be grateful
Being grateful automatically provides a happy feeling. Did you know that elderly say that the times they are the happiest, is when they are filled with gratitude? Appreciate the small things in life; like that good cup of coffee in the morning, a phone call from a grandparent or a nice day at work. And most importantly; the people around you. Those are all things that make everyday life so wonderful.

Inspire yourself – Spend time with people who make you happy – Laugh a lot

Smile
Sometimes you may not feel like smiling, but do it anyway! There are so many reasons to why you should; A smile can actually trick your head into giving your body a positive feeling, no matter how you feel. Pretty cool, right? And smiles are contagious. If you smile to others, chances are that they will smile back.

Listen to yourself
Take the time to do what makes you happy. Feel like spending a Friday night at home, watching your favorite movie, instead of being social? Then do that! Don’t feel the pressure of having to do this and that at all times. Remember; your allowed to say no. Listening and respecting your own needs is hard, but crucial for a happier everyday life.

Forgive
Annoyed at someone or holding a grudge? Let it go! Free yourself from negative energy by simply forgiving, because resentment will never lead nowhere. It will only steal your joy, so don’t give that power to anyone. Learn to let go.


Translated by: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Kristina Andersen / Originally posted in Norwegian here.