Starting something new: Journaling

Happy Saturday everyone. I hope you have all had a great week. It’s lovely to feel the warmth outside once more – it looks like we’re going to have some summer weather after all! I wanted to write a little…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

The CanPlan – A planner to help you through cancer + A Giveaway!

Have you heard of the CanPlan? It’s a unique planner specifically for people going through cancer, created by US-based Sharon Kim after her mother’s own battle with cancer. Sharon initially launched the CanPlan on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, and it is…

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

Natasha Whelehan joins us today with a review of The Little Book of Hygge and suggests it might be a great stocking filler for some friends and family in your life. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to…

Day 11: Vegan-ish by Holly White Book Giveaway

Today marks our 11th Day of Christmas fun here at Happy Magazine and our latest festive surprise for you is one final giveaway – the new Vegan-ish recipe book by Holly White.  Whether you are already a committed vegan or just curious…

Day 7: A Warrior’s Words Book Giveaway

Edwina Thompson from Leigh in Manchester has written a unique book about her recent journey through Triple Negative Breast Cancer. In today’s post Edwina tells us all about it in her own words. My name is Edwina Thompson. I am a…

‘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…

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

Our regular yoga contributor Ruth from Yogaru writes a wonderful post once a month over on her blog about three favourite new things she’s enjoying. Ruth has very kindly allowed us to re-post these here on Happy Magazine going forward…

Following the Pink Ribbon Path

Following the Pink Ribbon Path by Mary Redmond Ussher is a spiritual and reflective journal of a woman’s journey through breast cancer. Just re-published by Columba Books, Mary’s original book has been recently revised by her son Patrick, to fulfil a…

The Fabulous Woman’s Guide Through Cancer

This one’s for all the fabulous women out there. I bought this book online while I was going through treatment last year. I loved it at the time and found it so very helpful. I spotted it the other day…

Book reviews from Nurse Fancy Pants

Chloe, otherwise known as Nurse Fancy Pants, is back with us today with a round-up of books she has read recently. Perhaps there’s a new book for you to read here? A lot of excellent books have passed through my hands…

Escape into the Jack Reacher books from Lee Child

Reading was a much-loved hobby of mine growing up but when college and then my career took over in my twenties, I never seemed to have the time anymore. One of the (many) good things that happened because of my…

Recipes for Happiness Video Review + Competition

Today we’re bringing you a video review of The Happy Pear’s latest book, Recipes for Happiness. This is The Happy Pear’s third book, and we think, their most accomplished so far. In this ten-minute video I give you a short tour…

Competition time! Win a copy of The Happy Pear’s new book

Win a copy of The Happy Pear’s new book, Recipes for Happiness! Enter here. Winner announced on Happy Magazine on 20 July.

The Little Book of Positivity

I love this Little Book of Positivity from Lucy Lane. I keep it beside my bed and dip into it every now and then. Sometimes I look at it just before I go to bed or other times in the…

Book reviews from Nurse Fancy Pants

Chloe Moloney is back with us today sharing her latest round-up of reads. If you’re looking for your next book, you might find something in this collection… I didn’t get through as many books as usual in March because one in…

Book Review: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Joy of Joyful Antidotes is back with us today with her latest book review – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Do you know when you meet an author for the first time and you automatically know you are going to be…

Book Review: Fighting Monsters by Rebecca Bradley

Joy of Joyful Antidotes is back with us today with her latest book review – Fighting Monsters by Rebecca Bradley. I feel like every time I write a review I start with saying “I love books about X” or “I…

Book Review: Something Changed by Matthew Williams

Joy from blog Joyful Antidotes is here today with a review of Matthew Williams’s new book, Something Changed. I’m a sucker for a self-help book, I admit it. I don’t care if you think they are cheesy, pointless or filled with…

Book reviews from Nurse Fancy Pants

We’re delighted to welcome Chloe Moloney to Happy Magazine. Chloe regularly shares great book reviews over on her blog Nurse Fancy Pants and today she is sharing her latest round-up of reads with us here. If you’re looking for your…

A heartwarming read for the festive season

Here at Happy Magazine we’ve just finished reading a lovely, Christmassy book and we want tell you all about it. It’s The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan. We bought it during a quick trip to Easons recently and really enjoyed…

A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend Cookbook

A Beautiful Mess is a popular US lifestyle blog written by two sisters, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Their website is focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle. They share home decor projects, recipes and crafts, as…

Book recommendations for wellness and meditation from Alison Canavan

If you’re looking for some inspirational reading, Alison Canavan shares her top books for wellness and meditation in this recent video from her Facebook page. We think it’s well worth a watch and think you’re bound to find a few…

All to Live For – Emma Hannigan’s new book

Irish author Emma Hannigan has just released her updated memoir, All to Live For. A follow-on from her first memoir, Talk to the Headscarf, Emma brings us up to date with her incredible, inspirational fight against cancer. In her words…

Colouring for relaxation

Colouring can be a very effective method of meditation and relaxation. If you are looking for something to do to while away a half an hour before you go to bed, a few hours while you’re sitting in a waiting…