How to avoid colds & infections while going through chemo

Your immune system is extremely vulnerable when you are going through chemotherapy. Your medical team will advise you in detail about this and it’s important to follow all of their instructions as carefully as you can. I was very fortunate…

Ireland’s Most Beautiful Drives

I came across a free eBook from Chill Insurance this week. It’s about Ireland’s Most Beautiful Drives and I thought it might inspire some of you to plan a little stay-cation holiday here in Ireland before the summer’s over. If…

Escape into the Jack Reacher books from Lee Child

Reading was a much-loved hobby of mine growing up but when college and then my career took over in my twenties, I never seemed to have the time anymore. One of the (many) good things that happened because of my…

Happiness is an inside job – 12 self-care ideas

Happiness is an inside job. It’s something we’ve all heard before but how many of us have really spent some time thinking about this and what it really means? True happiness and wellbeing comes from within. It does not come…

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…

Anxiety and Perspective Printables from The Happiness Planner

A couple of years ago I worked with The Happiness Planner on some photography of one of their original hardback planners. Since then, I’ve watched their inspiring business grow into a full product range of gorgeous, covetable stationery. I get…

20 minutes for your mind

Back in May I attended WellFest in Kilmainham in Dublin. I still didn’t have a lot of energy after finishing my treatment so I spent a lot of time in the WellMind tent, listening to motivational talks led by Gerry…

Helpful guides from Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is a breast cancer support charity in the UK. Their website is full of really helpful information for anyone who is going through breast cancer, either as a patient or the family member/friend of one. In particular…

Walking back to good health – the benefits of a daily walk

One day last week while I was out for my daily walk with my little boy, I started thinking about all the many benefits a walk can bring you. We were walking down to our local SuperValu which is about…

A meditation for relaxation from The Honest Guys

The day before yesterday I wrote a post about 5 positive changes to make during treatment. The final point was about eliminating stress in your life and discovering yoga, meditation and deep breathing to help with this. Following on from…

5 positive changes to make during treatment

When I think about cancer care, I think the future is going to be a more integrated, whole-body approach. That what we have currently (chemotherapy/surgery/radiotherapy/drug therapy) will evolve to become a model where these hospital-based treatments will be paired with…

Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? The power of massage

Did you know that massage therapy can still be possible during and after cancer treatment? Caroline Warren from the Touch Therapy Centre in Cork is back with us today with 3 things a massage can help you with right now.…

Finding joy after cancer

Cancer Therapist Clare Reed is back with us today with a post all about bringing joy back into your life after cancer. For some people finding their joy in life after cancer seems to be nearly nigh on impossible. For…

Miriam’s Top 10 Reasons To Start Yoga

Today our contributor Miriam Kerins from TheAwakening.ie joins us with a post on her Top 10 Reasons To Start Yoga. For a newcomer to yoga you might find that explanations like it increases the flow of prana or it brings…

millie lingerie

I came across millie lingerie on Twitter yesterday. millie lingerie started out as a Kickstarter project by UK founder and breast cancer survivor Sue Pringle to create a bra for after breast cancer. The project was successfully funded to develop…

Happy Magazine Stories on Instagram this week

This week I will be posting a little bit of video content over on Instagram using the Stories function. Daily posts will still be happening here on the Happy Magazine website, but I just wanted to let you all know…

Willow Cottage 100% Natural Essential Oil Soaps

A few weeks ago we were down in County Wexford for a little holiday. While we were there we visited Wells House & Gardens and I spent a very enjoyable half hour browsing the lovely shops in their Craft Courtyard.…

The Little Book of Positivity

I love this Little Book of Positivity from Lucy Lane. I keep it beside my bed and dip into it every now and then. Sometimes I look at it just before I go to bed or other times in the…

Browtique’s Wigs Appeal – Can you help?

We came across Olive of Browtique’s new initiative this week and just had to share it with you. It’s a fantastic idea. Olive is appealing to anyone who has a wig or headwear at home that they no longer need to…

Cancer massage treatments from the Touch Therapy Centre

We are delighted to introduce another contributor to Happy Magazine today. Caroline Warren is a Massage Therapist specialising in Oncology Massage and a cancer survivor with a remarkable story – beating cancer twice – breast cancer as well as leukaemia!…

5 tips for getting through hospital scans

Thump. The sound of your hospital scan appointment letter landing on the doormat. Or is it the sound of your heart falling to your shoes? Hospital scans are a difficult part of life after a cancer diagnosis. And it’s hard.…

Summer Life Enhancing Workshops from Grainne Nolan

Grainne Nolan, one of our regular contributors here on Happy Magazine with her beautiful meditations, is holding three Summer Life Enhancing Workshops over the next couple of months. They’re going to be a really enjoyable way to spend a few…

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…

Book reviews from Nurse Fancy Pants

Chloe Moloney is back with us today sharing her latest round-up of reads. If you’re looking for your next book, you might find something in this collection… I didn’t get through as many books as usual in March because one in…

Head & Heart Reset – Yoga With Adriene

If you find yourself having a difficult day, some time on your yoga mat is a great way to reset your mood and start again. I love this 25-minute Head & Heart Reset from Yoga With Adriene. I like to…

Homemade skin treats

Everyone knows how good smoothies and juices are for their insides, but did you know that there’s a whole host of simple everyday items in your cupboards that you can smear on your face for healthy skin on the outside…

How To Face Up To And Address My Mental Health – Audience Q&A from WellFest 2018

I’m not normally a fan of audience Q&A sessions but this one was different. In this afternoon session from WellFest last weekend, Psychologists Gerry Hussey and Dr Clare Kambamettu and Physiotherapist Scott Murphy answered questions from the audience in the…

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…

Music therapy: My top 5 favourite songs at the moment

Aah, can you really beat a great song for a little bit of instant feel-good therapy? Today I wanted to share the uplifting tunes that are currently on repeat in my house – maybe you will enjoy them too. Much…

Floating on a Cloud Meditation

The lovely Grainne from Reiki Healing from Within is back with us today with a beautiful meditation called ‘Floating on a Cloud’. I love listening to a meditation in the afternoon when I’m having a little break while my little…