How Game of Thrones made me realise I’m alive

Natasha Whelehan writes for us today on an unexpected feeling of gratitude. Game of Thrones returns this month for it’s final season. Like millions of Thrones fans worldwide, I can’t wait! For anyone who hasn’t yet seen this show, I…

Jelle Damhuis on beating cancer twice and the Untire App

We’ve shared the Untire App here on Happy Magazine before – we love it. Developed to help beat cancer fatigue, we think it’s a really helpful tool for anyone going through cancer. Today, Jelle Damhuis joins us to tell his…

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…

Throwback Post: Bedtime gratitude

A wonderful way to fall asleep at night is to use a tiny object to practice gratitude. This is something I started doing after Alison Canavan suggested it at one of her Full 360 wellness events I attended some time…

The body-mind connection – Going beyond mindfulness

Judith Ashton is a Body-Mind Therapist based in Co Kilkenny. She joins us today with a post on her thoughts on bodily emotional expression and how it can be a helpful therapy when dealing with anger, grief and trauma. I…

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…

Decreasing stress, finding calm and patience – A video from Pick Up Limes

No one likes to feel stressed out or impatient. Doing some yoga, taking a warm bath or lighting some candles are all techniques you might have tried before to combat feelings of stress, but today’s video from Pick Up Limes…

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…

How to talk to a loved one with cancer

CBT for Cancer Therapist Clare Reed joins us today with a post especially for those who are caring for someone with cancer. When a loved one gets diagnosed with a life-threatening condition it is easy to fall into the caring…

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…

Yoga for stress relief

Ruth from Yogaru put together these stress-relieving yoga sequences for our first print edition. She is also teaching these particular sequences at her current classes at Moons Yoga Loft in Blackrock in Dublin. Today we’re sharing the full article from…

Great websites: Knitted Knockers

KnittedKnockers.org is a US-based website which connects volunteer knitters with breast cancer survivors all around the world to offer free ‘knitted knockers’ to any woman who wants them. The Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prostheses for women who have undergone…

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…

Living a Yoga Lifestyle: Ruth’s Top 3 Finds for January

Our regular yoga contributor Ruth from Yogaru writes a wonderful post once a month over on her blog about her favourite new things she’s enjoying. Here’s her January favourites. Arran Street East As a designer I am naturally drawn to aesthetically pleasing objects in all facets…

Throwback Post: I need help, you need help, that’s okay

Today’s Throwback Post is from Bernie Kirwan, a breast cancer survivor and former Cancer Support Nurse. Bernie offers some guidance for those who are just starting out on their cancer journey, and their carers, on how to make sense of it…

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…

Do you experience cancer-related fatigue (CRF)? Find out more about CRF on Monday in this free webinar

A few weeks ago we shared details here on Happy Magazine about Untire, an app for beating cancer fatigue. The Tired of Cancer team have been in touch again, this time to share that they are hosting a free online…

Have you entered our CanPlan Giveaway?

Have you heard of the CanPlan? It’s a unique planner specifically for people going through cancer, created by US-based Sharon Kim after her mother’s own battle with cancer. Sharon initially launched the CanPlan on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, and it is…

Don’t lose your #JanuaryHealthGoals motivation – Visit your local LloydsPharmacy for support

Did you set some health goals this January? Are you losing the motivation to continue with them? Your local LloydsPharmacy may be able to help. All 91 LloydsPharmacy stores nationwide are running a FREE 8-week health programme called Change Your Health Direction,…

Cancer guilt

In today’s post, breast cancer survivor Natasha Whelehan writes about cancer guilt and asks, is self-compassion the solution? Last November was a difficult month for me. I spent some time in hospital again as a result of developing cellulitis in my…

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…

The CanPlan – A planner to help you through cancer + A Giveaway!

Have you heard of the CanPlan? It’s a unique planner specifically for people going through cancer, created by US-based Sharon Kim after her mother’s own battle with cancer. Sharon initially launched the CanPlan on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, and it is…

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…

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 12: Winners revealed + Using Christmas carols for inspiration

Today we are excited to reveal the winners of all of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaways! If you took the time to enter, THANK YOU and we hope you find your name below. If you don’t, don’t despair, we…

Day 8: Yoga for the Festive Season

On the 8th Day of Christmas, Ruth gave to us… A Simple Christmas Yoga Flow! The lovely Ruth at Yogaru has developed this home yoga sequence for us, to help us survive the festive season with our sanity intact. All…

Day 7: A Warrior’s Words Book Giveaway

Edwina Thompson from Leigh in Manchester has written a unique book about her recent journey through Triple Negative Breast Cancer. In today’s post Edwina tells us all about it in her own words. My name is Edwina Thompson. I am a…