How my time in Texas helped me discover my passion – By Valerie Murphy

Valerie Murphy, a Mastectomy Fit Specialist based in the mid-west of Ireland, is back with us today to share a little about how her service started – all the way in Texas, USA, back in 2012. It is another very…

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…

Self-Discovery and Happiness – Gerry Hussey at WellFest 2019

Yesterday we let you know we would have a new video for you from Gerry Hussey today – his Sunday afternoon WellFest talk on the keys to self-discovery and happiness.  It was completely and utterly inspiring (and I don’t ever…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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. –…

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…

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…

How Game of Thrones made me realise I’m alive

Natasha Whelehan writes for us today on an unexpected feeling of gratitude. Game of Thrones returns this month for it’s final season. Like millions of Thrones fans worldwide, I can’t wait! For anyone who hasn’t yet seen this show, I…

I am the 7%

There is a motivational message being circulated on private social media network Whatsapp at the moment called “I am the 7%”. A few special people in my life have brought it to my attention over the last few months, and…

New Contributor: Fit with Sylvia will be joining Happy Magazine

I am delighted to announce we will have an Exercise and Fitness Contributor joining the Happy Magazine writing team from next week. Her name is Sylvia and she will be contributing posts on exercise and wellness every fortnight on HappyMagazine.ie.…

Jelle Damhuis on beating cancer twice and the Untire App

We’ve shared the Untire App here on Happy Magazine before – we love it. Developed to help beat cancer fatigue, we think it’s a really helpful tool for anyone going through cancer. Today, Jelle Damhuis joins us to tell his…

Happy Magazine in the Sunday Independent

Good morning everyone. Happy Magazine Editor Holly Kennedy here. My personal story with breast cancer and why I started Happy Magazine was just featured in the Sunday Independent Life Magazine, written beautifully by the very talented Joy Orpen. It was…

Stress, clutter and Chemo Coats

Natasha Whelehan on the The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and the results of her recent wardrobe declutter. Since my cancer diagnosis, managing my stress levels is something that has become extremely important to me. After all, stress will…

Affirmations: I am enough

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Mountain by Rainbird Roots

For anyone who needs a reminder that it’s ok not to be ok, this poem will help you remember that a rest is not a failure. This poem is available to buy as a beautiful watercolour print online at Rainbird Roots. £1…

Welcome to our new daily subscribers – we’re so glad you’re here!

Good morning everyone and Happy Monday to you wherever you are. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome all our new daily subscribers here on HappyMagazine.ie. We’ve had a lot of new readers visiting the website since the launch…

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…

Life with a colostomy bag – by Reader Katie Boylan

Today’s post is by Happy Magazine Reader Katie Boylan. Katie writes about life with a stoma after her colon cancer diagnosis in 2017 and tells us how she’s learned to love her colostomy bag. In February 2017 I was diagnosed…

World Cancer Day: Valerie’s travel experiences – Vietnam

Valerie Murphy, a Mastectomy Fit Specialist based in the mid-west of Ireland, will be joining us here on Happy Magazine regularly over the next few weeks for a special series of posts. Valerie will be sharing her travel experiences with…