An attitude of gratitude

The following is an extract from Cathy McCarthy’s book, Not The Year You Had Planned, on the subject of gratitude. I asked for Cathy’s permission to share this particular extract here today as our loose theme this month on Happy…

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Music therapy: Skyscraper

Do you have a ‘fight’ song, a song you like to listen to when you feel like saying ‘f**k you!’ to your cancer, a song that boosts you and reminds you that no matter what happens you CAN do this?…

Habits for a clean home – Two videos from Pick Up Limes

Happy Saturday everyone. I hope you’ve all had a good week. I’ve got two videos for you today from Sadia from the Pick Up Limes YouTube channel. They’re both about easy habits for maintaining a clean and tidy home and…

Living a Yoga Lifestyle: Ruth’s Top 3 Finds for February

Our regular yoga contributor Ruth from Yogaru writes a wonderful post once a month over on her blog about her favourite new things she’s enjoying. Here’s her February favourites. WellFest ’19 WellFest is Ireland’s largest yearly health and wellness festival, running this year from 11-12 May…

Nuud, the carefree deodorant – Review + Giveaway

Beauty Contributor Elfreda McGowan joins us today to tell us all about a unique new deodorant product from The Netherlands called Nuud. *** Nuud sent us one of their Starter Packs for Elfreda to try out and also a second…

Cathy McCarthy on how cancer helped her find her passion in life

Last week we shared two books for a cancer journey by breast cancer survivor Cathy McCarthy. Today Cathy tells us how cancer led her on the unexpected path of writing books and finding her passion in life. Live each day…

Affirmations: I love, forgive and accept myself

Aideen Schweppe is a Lymphatic Drainage Therapist based in Clontarf, Dublin. She is passionate about helping women with lymphoedema after cancer treatment to manage their condition as best as possible. Aideen will be joining us on a regular basis going…

Throwback Post: Healthy meals to reheat and eat – Kayla’s Kitchen

We came across Kayla’s Kitchen in IMAGE magazine last year and we’re so glad we did. We think their business idea is just fantastic and in particular so helpful for anyone going through cancer or a serious injury or illness.…

A mixed bag of goodies for St Patrick’s Day

I’ve got a few treats for you today, for St Patrick’s Day. An Ireland wallpaper to take your breath away The first is this beautiful Ireland wallpaper for your computer desktop, tablet or smartphone from Wallpaper Safari. If you feel…

Decreasing stress, finding calm and patience – A video from Pick Up Limes

No one likes to feel stressed out or impatient. Doing some yoga, taking a warm bath or lighting some candles are all techniques you might have tried before to combat feelings of stress, but today’s video from Pick Up Limes…

Reshaping your New Normal after cancer

The New Normal after cancer is harder than you might expect. Goals of leading a healthier, more balanced life can be difficult to achieve as you adjust to the sand that shifted under your feet, writes Natasha Whelehan. I won’t…

Have you entered our Thrive Festival Ticket Giveaway?

Thrive Festival is an exciting new health, fitness and wellness event by the team behind Taste of Dublin. We’re giving away two tickets – have you entered yet? Happening in just over two weeks time, Thrive Festival will host over 200…

How to talk to a loved one with cancer

CBT for Cancer Therapist Clare Reed joins us today with a post especially for those who are caring for someone with cancer. When a loved one gets diagnosed with a life-threatening condition it is easy to fall into the caring…

Two essential books by an Irish author to help you get through your cancer journey

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Irish author and speaker Cathy McCarthy. Cathy lives in Dublin with her family and she is a breast cancer survivor of twelve years. Since her own cancer experience she has written two books,…

A journey around Earth in real time

Here is something a little different for today’s post on Happy Magazine. My husband was watching this on his laptop the other night and it caught my interest. Then the two of us were sitting side by side, in silence,…

Send us your photo reading Happy Magazine and you could win a massage from the Touch Therapy Centre

Happy Sunday everyone! We hope you’re having a lovely, restful weekend so far. We’re kicking off a new competition here on Happy Magazine today. We’re looking for your photos of Happy Magazine – that could be anything from Happy Magazine…

Oils & Fats – Friend or Foe? A video by Pick Up Limes

Fats are beneficial for us, but are better from whole food sources over oils and some sources are more wholesome than others… Sadia from Pick Up Limes explains it all in today’s handy explainer video. Here are the links to…

Yoga for Gratitude

Our theme here on HappyMagazine.ie for the month of March is gratitude, so I was delighted to find this Yoga for Gratitude practice from Yoga With Adriene recently on YouTube. While some days it is no doubt easier to feel…

After the Treatment Finishes – Then What? By Dr Peter Harvey

Dr Peter Harvey, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, gave this talk at an annual cancer support group conference some years ago. It really captures the feelings you might experience once your cancer treatment is over and…

WellFest is back – and we can’t wait already

WellFest, Ireland’s largest health, fitness and wellness festival will be returning this year on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May 2019 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin. Now in its fifth year, WellFest is Ireland’s first and largest health,…

It’s Pancake Tuesday! Helpful recipe links from the World Cancer Research Fund

Mmm, pancakes. Typically a sugary treat, the thought of pancakes might be stirring up some feelings for you today. After a cancer diagnosis, sugar can become a bad word and trigger misery (because you feel you can’t have any) to…

Cook With Happy Magazine – Chickpea Curry

When I’m feeling really organised, I like to meal plan for each new week on Sunday evening/Monday morning. As part of this, I like to plan a vegan dinner which I make on Monday night that will do both Monday…

A meditation for the week ahead

Our Reiki Contributor Grainne Nolan joins us today with a 30 minute meditation focused on the Root Chakra. This meditation is about gaining inner strength, balance and the ability to move forward easily, feeling safe and secure. It’s very calming…

If you do this… then you’ll be happy

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you are all feeling well today. I was checking out the lovely Sadia from Pick Up Limes‘s YouTube channel looking for a video to share with you all today. Well. When I get started on…

Be skincare and beauty aware

Following on from last week’s post on skincare baddies and the harsh chemicals found in many popular beauty products, today Beauty Contributor Elfreda McGowan shares some non-toxic alternatives you might want to have in your beauty armour. Nail Polish: One…

The road to normal

Breast cancer survivor Natasha Whelehan writes for us today about reaching the milestone of one year after treatment and asks what ‘normal’ really is. So you’ve reached the finish line. It’s your last day of active treatment. Soon you can…

Music therapy: 7 Minutes

Discovering music on YouTube and listening to songs while I cook or clean in my kitchen is one of the ways I practice self-care. I find it great therapy. At the moment I love this new song by Dean Lewis…

Yoga for stress relief

Ruth from Yogaru put together these stress-relieving yoga sequences for our first print edition. She is also teaching these particular sequences at her current classes at Moons Yoga Loft in Blackrock in Dublin. Today we’re sharing the full article from…

Blue Planet II – Live In Concert

If you enjoyed BBC’s Blue Planet, then you might be interested to hear it has been adapted for a special show coming to Ireland in March. Blue Planet II – Live In Concert will take place at the SSE Arena…

What’s happening here at Happy Magazine?

Hello everyone and Happy Sunday. It’s been awhile since I last shared some updates about both me and Happy Magazine here on the website so I thought I might do that today. Launch of the magazine The launch of the…