BEO Chat with Vicky Phelan

Irish wellness event BEO recently welcomed Vicky Phelan to their stage for an open and honest conversation with host Aoibhín Garrihy. It’s an inspiring conversation by a truly remarkable woman and well worth a watch.

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WarOnCancer app – supporting those affected by cancer

Fabian Bolin is a cancer survivor from Sweden with an inspiring mission – creating a free social networking app for everyone affected by cancer. Here’s his story. My name is Fabian Bolin. I am a cancer patient myself, currently in…

5 minutes of early morning beach sounds from Co Sligo

I am just back from a lovely long weekend of camping with my family at Aughris Head, Templeboy, Co Sligo. Ireland truly is the most beautiful place. Wherever we go, I never cease to be amazed at just how breathtaking…

Sleep is the new fitness trend

The first things that come to mind when we think about fitness are high-intensity exercises paired with a good nutrition plan. But, while fitness and nutrition are clearly related, by focusing too much on only these two factors, it is…

Netflix Recommendation: Brené Brown – The Call to Courage

Brené Brown is a research professor and best-selling author from the US. She also has one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, on the topic of vulnerability. My friend Cathy McCarthy recommended I check this inspiring woman…

Never Give Up: Chris’s journey with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Chris Proby has written for us a few times here on Happy Magazine and just recently wrote an update to his initial story for us. In it, Chris shares with us all the details of his diagnosis and treatment for…

Feel the joy: Walk or run the Women’s Mini Marathon with friends this June

The 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on the June Bank Holiday Weekend on Sunday 2 June at 2pm. Why not round up a few friends and family for this fun day and walk or run together –…

A little something for the weekend…

Whatever you’ve got planned this weekend, I hope you enjoy the little moments with family and friends. This song never fails to put me in a relaxed mood, it’s full of feel-good weekend vibes. We may not be in the…

Safe in the sun: Time to put sunscreen on the shopping list

With the sun due to make another appearance this Bank Holiday Weekend, Beauty Editor Elfreda McGowan joins us today with some sunscreen product suggestions.  Most people start thinking about sunscreen at this time of year, when the sun starts peeping…

Happy Magazine awarded Best Start-Up Business Runner Up at IBYE 2019

I was absolutely delighted to be awarded Best Start-Up Business Runner Up prize last night in the South Dublin Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur! It was an incredible experience which ran over the last few weeks and included a…

The winner of the Issue 1 Celbridge Manor Competition

In Issue 1 of Happy Magazine we were delighted to run a competition in partnership with the Celbridge Manor Hotel in Co. Kildare. The prize was an overnight stay plus dinner for two. Thank you to everyone who sent in…

Podcast Recommendation: Dr Rangan Chatterjee – How to Open Your Mind and Change Your Life with Dr Tara Swart

Yesterday I listened to a really great podcast by Dr Rangan Chatterjee in his Feel Better, Live More series. He was chatting with Dr Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and executive coach who has a book titled The Source: Open Your…

Mindsets for growth and positive thinking by Sadia from Pick Up Limes

Sometimes I think Sadia from the Pick Up Limes YouTube channel is in my head! Her latest videos always seem to come at a pertinent moment for me – I wonder how she does it? Like this one, on mindsets…

What to do if your cancer comes back – First-hand advice from CBT Therapist Clare

This is one of the hardest articles I have ever written. It took me a long time to write because I kept putting it off. But I decided, with encouragement from Holly here at Happy Magazine, that it had to…

Music therapy: I Guess I Just Feel Like

My dad posted this on Facebook the other day as his latest favourite song. And guess what… Now it’s mine. I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree? I love the words… We all have our moments…

A little garden luxury for a bargain price: Aldi’s Hanging Egg Chair

Aldi’s Special Buys often reveal some great bargains, next week they’ve got one perfect for summer – a stylish Hanging Egg Chair. I think these look great and can help elevate the mood of a garden, balcony, conservatory or patio…

Grateful for purpose, grateful for you

Yesterday I had a day of feeling very grateful. Grateful for all that I have in my life, for my new sense of purpose with Happy Magazine and for you, reader. My life has made some most unexpected changes over…

Podcast Recommendation: Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations – Deepak Chopra: Creating Harmony

I did something I’ve never done before yesterday. I listened to the same podcast episode twice in one day. Yes, really. Why? Well, it was so good the first time, I needed to hear it again. And, it was complex…

Feeling hot hot hot! Practical tips to cope with night sweats

Finally, winter is over. We’ve had a few glorious days of real sunshine and everywhere I look I see sunglasses, sandals, floaty dresses – summer is coming. But part of me hopes it’s not going to be as hot as…

Headwear for Spring/Summer

After the warm temperatures this Easter Weekend, today Anne from Roches joins us with a post all about headwear – tips on how to choose the right style for you and some of the different options available. Wigs and hairpieces…

1 hour of workout music

Hello everyone! I hope you have all been having a lovely Easter Weekend? Hasn’t the weather just been glorious in Dublin? How has it been in the rest of the country? Today I have a 1 hour workout music video…

Music therapy: Thought About You

I’m loving this new song from American Country singer Tim McGraw. It’s happy, nostalgic, sad, joyful… So many things, depending on how you hear it. It’s about friendship, love and loss. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you…

5 foods to eat every day – A video by Pick Up Limes

We’re back on our health kick today! I was browsing YouTube the other night and this old video of Sadia’s popped up in my feed – 5 foods to eat every day – and I was nodding all the way…

4 Dublin day trip ideas for the Easter Weekend

Aaand just like that, it’s Easter. How did that happen? With the warmer weather expected to last the weekend (hooray!), today I’d like to share a few of my favourite Dublin day trip ideas. Perhaps you might find some inspiration…

What is happiness?

The following is an extract from Cathy McCarthy’s book, Not The Year You Had Planned, on the subject of happiness. Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you have decided to look beyond the imperfections. –…

The Stress Solution: The 4 Steps to Reset Your Body, Mind, Relationships and Purpose

Natasha Whelehan joins us today with a book review of The Stress Solution by Dr Rangan Chatterjee. I really enjoyed Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s first book, The Four Pillar Plan (you can read my review of that here), so I was…

5 super presenters at WellFest this year

WellFest, Ireland’s largest health, fitness and wellness festival, returns on 11-12 May 2019 and we can’t wait. WellFest is a two-day weekend festival presenting the best fitness experts, exciting new forms of movement, global yoga sensations, psychology and mindfulness practitioners,…

Easy Berry Chia Seed Jam by Pick Up Limes

Today we’re sharing an easy recipe for a flavourful and refined sugar-free chia seed jam from our nutrition contributor Sadia of Pick Up Limes. On Monday mornings I like to do a little bit in the kitchen if I can,…

Mental fitness – A podcast worth listening to from Dr Rangan Chatterjee

I am a huge fan of Dr Rangan Chatterjee, and look forward to new episodes of his podcast Feel Better, Live More on a weekly basis. For anyone with an interest in health and wellness the podcast is a great…

Throwback Post: Coming out of hiding after a cancer experience

Life Coach and Breast Cancer Survivor Niamh Gaffney wrote this piece for us on how to come out of hiding after a cancer experience. My little boy loves to play hide and seek. He runs off and hides under the…