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…

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…