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.
Full name: Felicia Denbu Wilhelmsson
Lives: Nacka, Stockholm
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