My Screen-Free Sabbath – How I got on

On Sunday I tried my first ever ‘Screen-Free Sabbath’ – an entire day away from my phone, laptop and tablet, inspired by this book. And – in a single word, it was calming. Here’s how my day went. Waking up…

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Being stoic during cancer – A strategy to help

It’s official, ‘stoicism’ is a trend(!) and it’s one that can help you as a strategy for dealing with cancer, writes Cancer Therapist Clare Reed from CBT For Cancer. I was listening to an interesting podcast on the BBC radio the…

Christmas gift ideas from Pukka

There are some beautiful Pukka tea gift ideas available to buy on the Pukka website that you might not see here in the shops. Ideas include these lovely tea caddies filled with tea… These reusable bamboo cups… Or one of…

An easy video recipe for butternut squash soup from Downshiftology

Mmm… Butternut squash soup – is there really anything better for lunch on a cold and rainy day? I love this latest recipe video from Lisa at Downshiftology. This soup is super simple to make – you don’t even have…

A Screen-Free Sabbath

Tomorrow, Sunday, I’m going to be trying out a Screen-Free Sabbath – that is, an entire day away from my phone, iPad and laptop. I was inspired this week to give it a try after reading about the idea in…

A meditation for relaxation

Miriam Kerins Hussey joins us today with a short meditation for relaxation which explores breathing into all the different areas of our body. Listen to it before you get out of bed, or in the afternoon with a cup of…

A bra and prosthesis fitting service for the women of Munster

Supreme Silhouette is a bra and prosthesis fitting service in Ardfallen Medical Centre, Douglas Road, Cork. Dedicated to women post mastectomy or lumpectomy surgical treatment for breast cancer, Supreme Silhouette offers a wide range of breast forms, bras, lingerie and…

What to say (and what not to say) to a friend who is going through cancer

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is an incredibly frightening and isolating experience that can last long beyond that first hospital appointment. Friends of course want to say and do the right things to support those in the situation, but sometimes it…

December events: Wellness Workshops in Lucan, Co Dublin

Holistic Therapist Grainne Nolan from Reiki Healing From Within will be holding Wellness Workshops this December. The Splendour of Winter – Wellness Workshop Grainne is hosting a small group workshop this December from her home in Lucan, Co. Dublin on…

What to pack for a mastectomy

Happy Magazine Reader Bríd O’Connor from County Kerry has contributed the following piece on what to pack in your hospital bag for a mastectomy. I had a bilateral mastectomy just over three weeks ago. As with all operations, they are…

10 tips for developing a home yoga practice

Ruth from Yogaru joins us today with 10 tips for developing a home yoga practice.  My yoga practice is my comfort blanket, it reminds me that I am perfectly imperfect. I turn to it to find grounding; bring myself back…

The BioChef Synergy Slow Juicer

I finally bought a juicer. I’d been resisting for a long time, thinking I wouldn’t be disciplined with it and that it would end up in the cupboard after a few enthusiastic first uses. I’m pleased to say it’s been…

Clean beauty goodies for Christmas

Our Beauty Editor Elfreda McGowan is back with us today with some details about clean beauty goodies you might fancy this Christmas. Recently, I’ve been on the hunt for some gorgeous beauty goodies for Christmas presents and of course, for…

Using compassion to heal trauma – A talk from Gerry Hussey

Tonight I attended week 2 of a Survive & Thrive course organised by the Marie Keating Foundation and which I wrote about last week here. I’m finding the course incredibly helpful already. It’s so nice to be able to talk…

The game of cancer comparisons

Over the last couple of weeks I have caught myself playing the game of cancer comparisons. By this I mean, hearing another person’s cancer story and comparing mine with theirs. Looking for similarities, looking for differences, looking for learnings. And,…

Your Stories: Zaneta Malkiewicz on perseverance against the odds

Today Zaneta Malkiewicz of cancer headwear business Hairless Beauty shares her astounding story of survival against the odds. Your name, age and where you’re from My name is Janetta, I’m 40 and I live in Dublin with my husband Tom…

Chris Proby on returning to work after cancer

We’re delighted to welcome Chris Proby back to Happy Magazine today to share the details of his first days back at work after his cancer experience. After three years away, Chris’s return to work has helped him realise just how far…

Sharon’s Secrets: Current fashion favourites

I’m delighted to welcome Sharon Tucker of Sharon’s Secrets to Happy Magazine today. Sharon will be joining us on a regular basis to share her best beauty, fashion and lifestyle tips over the coming months. Fashion is an area we…

‘The Four Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep your way to a Longer, Healthier Life’ by Dr …

Natasha Whelehan joins us again today with a review of her latest non-fiction read, The 4 Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chatterjee. You’ve climbed the cancer mountain, been through the rigours of active treatment and now you might want to make…

The Marie Keating Foundation’s Survive & Thrive Programme

For today’s post I’d like to tell you a little bit about the Marie Keating Foundation’s Survive & Thrive Programme for men and women who have finished cancer treatment. Last night was the first meeting of their latest course of…

Throwback Post: Wicklow Cottage Escape, Glendalough

This is a post I first published here on Happy Magazine last November. It’s about a lovely two-day cottage break I had with my husband and baby son this time last year, while I was still going through my treatment.…

#scancitement – Jen’s version of #scanxiety

Jen of The Cancer Chronicles blog has very kindly allowed us to re-publish a post she wrote recently on ‘scanxiety’. If you’re on a cancer journey, this term probably doesn’t need any explaining, am I right? Jen’s post might help…

Boots Ireland Night Walks raises €50,000 for the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing service

Due to the incredible fundraising efforts of everyone involved in the 2018 Boots Ireland Night Walks recently, €50,000 has been raised for the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing Service. Since the partnership began between Boots and the Irish Cancer Society in…

It’s just hair… Right?

Natasha Whelehan, a breast cancer survivor and mum to two beautiful kids, writes for us today about the rollercoaster of losing her hair during cancer and asks, it’s just hair… right? So you’ve been told you have cancer. The treatment…

A post about cleaning. Yes, really

Today I spent most of the afternoon giving our bedroom and en suite bathroom a deep clean. It got me thinking about quite a few things that I thought would be worth sharing here today (stay with me, I promise…

Throwback Post: Deep Stretch Yoga from Yoga With Adriene

This is a post that was first published here on Happy Magazine back in July. I needed a bit of yoga this morning to loosen up and re-visited this post for the yoga video (feeling much better now!). As such,…

Brush up your makeup routine

Beauty Contributor and Cancer Survivor Elfreda McGowan joins us today with a post on makeup brushes – if you wonder why you need them and where to start, or, if you’re a convert but want to know what’s new in…

Getting my FitBit back

My husband loves his FitBit watch which I bought for him for Christmas a few years ago. It was a good present! Back then, I had a FitBit band, just one of the basic ones, and we would sort-of competitively…

10 essential oil blends to help you through winter

Plant-based Health Coach Lorna McCormack joins us today with a post on 10 essential oil blends that could help support you through the winter. If you are new to essential oils, read Lorna’s first post, An introduction to essential oils, here. PLEASE…

October has been our busiest month ever

We are so delighted – October 2018 has been our busiest month yet on Happy Magazine. We have been publishing daily since July 2017 but this month, we have had over 11,400 views to the Happy Magazine website alone, and…