Your Stories: Meg Wiley Curran on making every moment matter

In today’s post Meg Wiley Curran from Co Limerick shares her cancer journey and how she is focused on making every moment matter. Your name, age and where you’re from Meg Wiley Curran, age 39, living in Kilmallock, Co Limerick…

Am I really a warrior? By Reader Claire Shearer

As cancer thrivers or survivors we are often described as warriors, but it is seldom that we really think of ourselves that way. Today’s post is by Happy Magazine Reader, Claire Shearer. I am a wellness warrior,  I even have…

Throwback Post: A happiness roadmap from Matthew McConaughey

This short video of actor Matthew McConaughey speaking about finding your way to happiness is just great. He talks about the difference between chasing happiness and choosing joy, gratitude, habits that lead to success and the importance of taking even…

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…

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…

Happy New Year from Happy Magazine!

We hope you all had a lovely evening last night and a peaceful start to the New Year this morning. I love the start of a New Year. It’s the ultimate clean slate and new beginning, filled with promise and…

Your New Normal – A free online course for the New Year from Directionality

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! We’ve got some exciting news for you today. Psychology Coach and Cancer Survivor Niamh Gaffney from Directionality is offering 30 Happy Magazine readers a place on a FREE* online course with her this January. Aiming…

Fresh Resolutions is back – and it looks like a great way to kickstart your 2019

Last year we attended the inaugural Fresh Resolutions event in the RDS and it was an inspiring way to kick off the New Year. We were delighted to see the event is making a return and will be happening again…

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…

Music therapy: When We Stand Together

Happy Sunday everyone! Are you almost all set for Christmas? I’m really looking forward to enjoying some lovely food and wine in the company of my family over the coming days and I hope you are too. Today’s post is…

Dr Rangan Chatterjee and The Happy Pear in conversation with Sue Leonard

Bestselling authors Dr Rangan Chatterjee and The Happy Pear twins, David and Stephen Flynn, are holding a joint evening event as part of the Healthy Ireland program in January. 24 January 2019 at 8.00pm Tickets €12 & €15 Venue: dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire,…

Untire – An app for beating cancer fatigue

We were delighted to find out all about an app called Untire this week. Developed in The Netherlands by a team of psychologists and researchers specialised in psycho-oncology, Untire aims to help cancer patients and survivors understand and beat cancer…

Returning to work after cancer – Advice from a recruitment agency

Malwina King is a Director with Sigmar Recruitment in Dublin. We spoke to her recently about her advice for someone who is thinking of returning to work after cancer. Perhaps it’s something you are thinking of doing yourself in the…

Day 5: Grand Prizes – FitBit Giveaway!

Good morning everyone and welcome to Day 5 of our #12DaysOfChristmas. Today we are revealing the details of our GRAND PRIZES which we will be giving away at the end of our #12Days series! The lovely people at FitBit have…

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…

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…

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…

‘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…

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…

Your Stories: Jade McCann on making the most of every day

Today’s Reader’s Story is from 23-year-old Jade McCann. Jade is currently receiving treatment for Stage 4 PEComa, a type of sarcoma cancer, and she’s not letting anything hold her back. Here’s Jade’s story in her own words and how she’s making…

Did you catch Happy Magazine on Weekend:am on Saturday?

Natasha Whelehan and I were delighted to be invited to share our experiences with breast cancer and Happy Magazine on Virgin Media’s Weekend:am show last Saturday, 27 October. Eighteen months ago, Natasha and I would never have dreamed of appearing on…

Creacon Wellness Retreat: Day 2

After an absolutely silent night tucked up in our comfortable beds at Creacon, we both woke before our 7am alarm this morning feeling refreshed – how wonderful. Soon we were on the move and we slipped out of the quiet…

Creacon Wellness Retreat: Day 1

Today’s post comes to you from the restful surroundings of the Creacon Wellness Retreat in New Ross, County Wexford. Myself and a friend arrived here today (Saturday) at about 3pm after a busy morning and a long, slightly stressful drive…

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…

Your Stories: Jane Horner on finding your inner strength

Today’s Reader’s Story is from Jane Horner. Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2017. She shares with us her treatment story and how she’s doing now, along with the vital message that you will find your inner strength…

I Sprained My Mental Health Podcast

It seems awareness about mental health has reached a peak at the moment in Ireland. It seems to be everywhere. And, personally, I think this can only be a good thing. It’s always good to talk, and especially good to…