Your Stories: Finding calm during treatment – By Avril Patton

In March this year, after I found a lump, I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. This lump turned out to be a 5cm, grade 3, stage 3 cancerous tumour. This is the day my life changed. There are…

Happy Color – A ‘paint by numbers’ app for your phone/tablet

Happy Color is a ‘Paint by Numbers’ colouring app for your phone or tablet. Yes, really! Rather than colouring with crayons or pens on paper, you paint with your, er, finger, directly on your screen, and it’s strangely addictive –…

Things I learnt on holiday and why men are better at self-care

I am just back from a ten day holiday with my family. We explored the Wild Atlantic Way from Cork to Killarney in our camper van, with a few B&Bs sprinkled in for a touch of luxury. We didn’t get…

Podcast Recommendation: Gerry Hussey speaks to Roz Purcell

Today we’ve got a podcast recommendation for you – recently Gerry Hussey was a guest on Roz Purcell’s podcast Bite Back and we think you might really enjoy the conversation. As many of you already know, we love Gerry Hussey’s…

How you might feel after cancer treatment and ways to cope

By Orion Talmay, for Happy Magazine. Whether it’s chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery or something else, you’re going to experience a whole range of different — and unexpected — emotions after you finish cancer treatment. Of course, some of these will be…

An action calendar for July from Action for Happiness

Have you heard of Action for Happiness? It is a UK charity dedicated to building a happier, more caring society. They have no religious, political or commercial affiliations and welcome people of all faiths (or none) and all parts of…

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…

Walking the Camino for Self-Discovery and Positivity

Rebecca Brown writes for us today on her experience of El Camino de Santiago – and why she thinks it is one of the most popular walking routes for self-discovery and positivity in the world. They say that no matter…

Moving from stress to a ‘beautiful state’ – TEDx Talk by Preethaji

Each day is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.  I think it’s safe to say we’ve all heard that one by now? But I challenge you today to take a moment to really think about that for…

More Than Words: The Language Keeping Us Back

Life Coach & Breast Cancer Survivor Niamh Gaffney wrote the following inspiring piece for Issue 2 of Happy Magazine on the importance of healthy language in our lives. Language is fundamental to how we see our lives. Let me show…

Getting creative with paints

There’s nothing like getting the creative juices flowing to release some feel-good endorphins. Lately I have been itching to get out my acrylic paints and get messy. I’m no artist but boy do I love getting some paint brushes going.…

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Self Care Evening

Posted on request for the West Wicklow Cancer Support Group. For more information, please contact 087 4346004. If there is an event you would like us to share with our readers here at Happy Magazine, please email us.

Deep breathing for the lymphatic system and stress reduction

Aideen at Beautiful Life is an experienced Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist. In today’s post Aideen shares with us a description of what deep diaphragmatic breathing is and it’s possible benefits with the lymphatic system and stress reduction. Deep diaphragmatic breathing, or…

Lifestyle as Medicine – Miriam Hussey at WellFest 2019

This week on Happy Magazine we are sharing all the best bits we enjoyed at WellFest last weekend. Today we have a talk for you by Miriam Kerins Hussey – wife of Gerry, whose powerful video we shared with you…

Podcast Recommendation: Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place

I love a good podcast! My husband had been telling me for years I needed to start listening to them but it was only last year that I took his advice and you know what, he was right (don’t tell…

Before you judge someone, watch this – By Jay Shetty

My husband shared this video with me the other day. We love the message. You never know what someone has going on, where they’re coming at their day from, where they meet you at in their life. It really made…

Simple morning habits to start your day right

Sylvia Diaz joins us today with her first fitness/wellbeing post here on Happy Magazine. Today Sylvia has a few suggestions for your morning routine to help you have a productive day, no matter what you’re doing. Have you ever noticed…

Throwback Post: Bedtime gratitude

A wonderful way to fall asleep at night is to use a tiny object to practice gratitude. This is something I started doing after Alison Canavan suggested it at one of her Full 360 wellness events I attended some time…

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…

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…

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…

1 week to go – The Full 360 with Alison Canavan

Supermodel and Wellness Coach Alison Canavan is holding a Full 360 wellness event next Sunday in Dublin. Taking place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Alison’s Full 360 event aims to introduce people to small, positive lifestyle changes that…

The Retreat with Nick Knowles

This week we’ve been watching The Retreat with Nick Knowles on Netflix. The show follows Nick and a diverse group of men and women as they explore detoxing, meditation and mindfulness at a retreat in Thailand for 28 days. You…

7 Days of Slow Living from Pick Up Limes

It’s Saturday! And that means – another Pick Up Limes video here on Happy Magazine – and another opportunity to slow down, recharge and unwind. This 7 Days of Slow Living video and accompanying printable aims to help you do…

Cancer guilt

In today’s post, breast cancer survivor Natasha Whelehan writes about cancer guilt and asks, is self-compassion the solution? Last November was a difficult month for me. I spent some time in hospital again as a result of developing cellulitis in my…

The difference between self-compassion and self-esteem – a TEDx Talk by Kristin Neff

With January here, it’s easy to lose sight of the importance of self-compassion. You might be weighing yourself down under all sorts of new resolutions, aims and goals. Or perhaps those notorious January Blues have found you and you can’t…

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo – A new series on Netflix that’s just right for January

If you’re looking for some inspiration to get your house decluttered and spring-cleaned this January, Netflix has a new show that may be able to help you with that. In a series of inspiring home makeovers, world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo helps…

Inspiration from the Inside Out movie… And last chance to register for Niamh’s New Normal Course

Good morning everyone. How are you all? And how was your first day of 2019 yesterday? Was it perfect? No? No, mine wasn’t either, but life isn’t perfect, is it? But, my day had some really great parts. Yes, I…

Changing thoughts of FEAR into thoughts of LOVE – A mindfulness technique

I’ve been practicing a quick mindfulness technique lately that I thought I might share with you. I’m finding it works quite well for me and perhaps it might do the same for you. Whenever I have thoughts of fear –…

7 Tips For Staying Healthy Over The Holidays (Without Ruining Your Fun)

Lorna McCormack joins us today with her top tips for staying healthy over the holidays, while still enjoying yourself. Can you believe the holiday season is upon us already? I know, I’m with you – it’s crazy how fast time flies…