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…

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…