Your Stories: Dee Doherty on getting the help you need, when you need it

Continuing with our focus on breast cancer this month, we have another inspiring reader’s story for you today. Dee Doherty is a young woman living with her husband and two little boys in Wicklow. Dee talks about the struggle she…

The importance of creating a happy vibe when caring

Going through cancer is tough, not only on the patient, but on the patient’s main carer or carers, too. Cancer Therapist Clare Reed joins us today with her top tips on how to create a happy vibe when caring for…

Your Stories: Elfreda McGowan on rewarding yourself at each milestone

Today I’m delighted to welcome back Elfreda McGowan to Happy Magazine. Elfreda has written some amazing beauty content for us here before and also spoke on our first podcast but today she is sharing her cancer story with us. Elfreda writes…

Your Stories: Natasha Whelehan on taking things one day at a time

Today I’m continuing our new feature on Happy Magazine called Your Stories. As the name suggests, it’s all about you and your cancer story. My aim with these is to shine a light on all of those of us who are…

You are who you have been looking for

One of our readers here on Happy Magazine shared this great video with us during the week. We love it and we hope you will too. It’s by Adam Roa, a spoken word artist, motivational speaker, personal development coach and filmmaker…

Your Stories: Chris Proby on never giving up

Today I’m continuing our new feature on Happy Magazine called Your Stories. As the name suggests, it’s all about you and your cancer story. My aim with these is to shine a light on all of those of us who are…

15 podcasts on resilience

Most people define resilience as the ability to spring back during a difficult situation. Or, maybe you know it better as simply being “tough as nails.” Either way, having the grit to recover from hardship and keep going is a…

The importance of taking control and being in charge of your health

In light of the current news in the media regarding the Cervical Check scandal, I thought I might take this opportunity to talk about the importance of taking control and being in charge of your health. You are in charge…

Your Stories: Louise McSharry on the importance of allowing yourself to be cared for during cancer

Today I’m continuing our new feature on Happy Magazine called Your Stories. As the name suggests, it’s all about you and your cancer story. My aim with these is to shine a light on all of those of us who are…

Happiness is all in your mind – TEDx Talk

I’ve got a video for you this morning. It’s about 15 minutes long – perfect for having a listen to while you make or eat your breakfast. It’s a Buddhist nun by the name of Gen Kelsang Nyema at a…

Your Stories: Ger D’Arcy on how cancer has changed him for the better

I’m so delighted to start a brand new feature today on Happy Magazine called Your Stories. As the name suggests, it’s all about you and your cancer story. My aim with these is to shine a light on all of…

Is cancer harder to cope with when it’s all over?

Today I’m delighted to welcome Chris Proby to Happy Magazine. Chris is 35 years old and has an incredible cancer story. He has beaten cancer twice (yes, twice!) in the last 3 years. A Wexford man now living in Dublin,…

Wellness from within – By Gerry Hussey

Last year in early July or so, I was in a bad place, mentally. I had acquired a hospital infection called C Difficile a few weeks after my lumpectomy surgery and was back in hospital. At the same time I…

Love lifts us up

Good morning everyone. I came across this image yesterday and it really, really spoke to me. It stopped me in my tracks. My first thought was, it’s love lifting him up. And I loved that. Because isn’t that what lifts…

“Coming, Ready or Not”

Today Life Coach and Breast Cancer Survivor Niamh Gaffney joins us to share this beautiful piece about the importance of coming out of hiding after a cancer experience. My little boy loves to play hide and seek. He runs off and hides…

Making the most of cancer treatment pauses

Cancer Therapist Clare Reed is back with us today with a few ideas of how to make the most of any pauses you may get in-between your different cancer treatments. Cancer treatment can seem like a never-ending slog, from operations and recuperation…

It’s our First Birthday + A Giveaway!

Today, 21 July 2018, Happy Magazine is one year old!! This day last year I posted the very first post here on HappyMagazine.ie and it’s been a wonderful 365 days since then. For those of you who may have only…

Inspiring words from breast cancer survivor Emma Cassidy

Emma Cassidy is a secondary school teacher from Raheny in Dublin. She was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer this time last year. She underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and is almost finished her treatment journey now. This…

A few thoughts on resilience

Today’s post is a few thoughts on the resilience of the human spirit. Going through something as traumatic as a cancer experience, as the patient or a family member/friend of one, can leave you feeling quite changed as a person.…

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…

Music therapy: Flames

I heard this song for the first time on the radio the other day and loved the melody of it. When I looked it up on YouTube then I looked for the lyric video and now I like it even…

An event like no other: Soul Space – The Experience

Soul Space is an event coming up in September this year focused on health and wellbeing. We think it’s going to be an amazing day with the potential to really change your life. Gerry and Miriam Hussey, both contributors here on…

Holy Shit, You’ve Got Cancer

So I’ve got something amazing for you today. Check out this incredible woman’s free online guide to dealing with a cancer diagnosis – Holy Shit, You’ve Got Cancer (A Quick Start Guide). I’ve been reading it and re-reading it since I…

Using affirmations to feel more positive

Happy Monday everyone! Another week here, how will you be spending it? There was a very positive reaction to my post a few days ago on my Wellbeing Mantra or use of positive affirmations to replace negative thinking, so I thought…

My Wellbeing Mantra

So there are always two voices going on in my head. One voice which is positive and strong and another one which is, you guessed it, negative and weak. These voices are always talking and at any point, one or…

Battling cancer with your war paint on!

We’re delighted to welcome a new contributor to Happy Magazine this morning – Elfreda McGowan is a breast cancer survivor, make-up artist and beauty therapist and she’ll be joining us regularly to share her best beauty tips for a cancer…

Happy St Patrick’s Day from Happy Magazine

This beautiful video about living in Ireland popped in on our YouTube feed yesterday. We think it’s just wonderful – it made us well up a little at the end! This is what is so amazing about where we live……

Changing places – From looking back to moving forward

Niamh Gaffney is here today with an inspiring and motivational article all about the impact of change on our lives and how we can ultimately use it to our advantage. No matter what we say or do we cannot control change.…

Out the Other Side: Stories of Breast Cancer Survival

A few years ago the Marie Keating Foundation partnered with Roche on a campaign and a booklet called Out The Other Side: Stories of Breast Cancer Survival. The initiative aimed to offer encouragement to cancer survivors and also those living…