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EMILY LAURENCE

Deputy Features Editor

emily.laurence@metro.us

New 'happiness gene' discovered

The secret to happiness is one of life's biggest questions. And while circumstances do play a big role in how happy — or depressed — you are, new scientific research finds that so does DNA. A new study published in the Nature Genetics journal, says researchers discovered three genetic variants...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 8:55 PM

How to advance your career when you’re pregnant

Telling your friends you’re pregnant is definitely something to look forward to. But telling your boss is typically a bit more anxiety inducing.Allyson Downey, author of “Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood” (out today) was...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 3:00 PM

How healthy are these Instagram snacks really?

Sometimes the #fitspiration that pops up in your feed is spot-on. But other times it’s deceiving. A post-work out photo of someone chugging Vitamin Water? Little does that selfie-taker know that Vitamin Water is loaded with sugar. And some premade smoothies — that, granted, look delicious — can...

Monday, April 25, 2016, 10:10 PM

This household product put over 62,000 kids in danger

A common household staple is putting young children in danger every day — and it isn't a cleaning chemical you might think of, like bleach. A new study published today in the Pediatrics journal says roughly 20 percent of children ingest laundry or washing machine detergent pods.Related: Should your...

Monday, April 25, 2016, 7:48 PM

Where to do a Prince themed workout this weekend

Prince's untimely death has fans all over the city mourning. It's a sad, sad weekend. While you may want to park it on the couch, turn off all the lights and drink heavily, that isn't going to make you feel better. What will make you feel better is getting together with other Prince fans and...

Friday, April 22, 2016, 9:23 PM

Suicide rate way up for the first time in 30 years

According to new data from the National Centre for Health Statistics, suicide rates in the U.S. are up for the first time since 1986 — and not by a small percentage. Currently, the suicide rate is 13 per 100,000 people. In 2014, the most recent year the study included, 42,773 people in the U.S....

Friday, April 22, 2016, 7:56 PM

Boxed Water: Trendy gimmick or sustainable solution?

Boxed Water was born Instagram-ready. First, the font, Smart Sans, is a trendy sans serif. Second, it comes in a carton, triggering memories of school year milk drinking days for the nostalgia generation of now. Go to a music festival like SXSW, or a Fashion Week event, and chances are you’ll see...

Friday, April 22, 2016, 3:00 PM

Quiz: What type of runner are you?

Let’s face it, runners are a weird subsect of people. But there are a lot of different types of runners, each weird in their own ways. Comedy writer and runner Mark Remy wrote a whole guide, “Runners of North America,” highlighting the strange habits of various runners — everyone from the Newbie...

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 9:56 PM

Instagram party boy lands book deal

Poker player and playboy Dan Bilzerian has racked up more than 16.7 million Instagram followers with his posts of scanitly clad women and lavish lifestyle. And now, he's giving his followers a more in-depth look into his life with a new book.Related: Jack Antonoff lands big book dealRelated: Holly...

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 8:12 PM

Watch 'The Girl on the Train' trailer

Paula Hawkins' novel "The Girl On The Train" was the most talked about book of 2015, and now, the movie trailer for the film adaption is finally here — and it doesn't disapoint.Related: How a morning commute inspired 'The Girl On The Train'In case you haven't read the book, the emotional thrilleris...

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 3:00 PM

Physique 57 and NYC Ballet partner to hold a free barre class

Normally, Physique 57's barre classes cost $36 per class, but next week you can attend one that's 100 percent free. The fitness studio is partnering with the New York City Ballet and the Central Park Conservancy in celebration of International Dance Day.Related: Equinox just announced an amazing...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 8:08 PM

Why does flexibility matter anyway?

We’re told it’s important to be flexible as early as elementary school. Remember the sit and reach test as part of the Presidential Fitness Test? As adults, yoga is touted as the thing to do. But what if cardio is more your thing? Or what if you generally live a healthy lifestyle already? What good...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 3:00 PM

3 sexy books to give your week a tantalizing boost

Ever fantasize about a guy in a Jane Austen novel? Wonder if Shakespeare had a fetish? Do you have a secret celebrity crush? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the books on this list are definitely for you. It’s not every month so many good, sexy reads hit the shelves, but April ushers...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 3:00 PM

Equinox just announced an amazing partnership

It's no secret that Equinox is more luxe (read: pricey) than the average gym, but then again, it's more than just a place to jump on the treadmill. There's the spa, the long list of classes, personal training and now, a new way to treat yourself post-workout.Related: Equinox set to open 5 new NYC...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 3:00 PM

Workouts to get you into music festival shape

If pulling out the crop tops and denim cut-offs has you wishing you started working on your summer body earlier, listen up. There are music festival-inspired workouts going on all over the city right now. We asked FitReserve founder and CEO Megan Smyth for the ones she is loving right now.Related:...

Monday, April 18, 2016, 11:08 PM

This new study will have you thinking twice about using emojis

You'd think responding to a friend's text with an emoji would be pretty straight forward — even when used in a way that it probably wasn't originally intended for. (Um, like the eggplant emoji for one...) But a new study says that in reality, emojis don't quite get the message across.Related:...

Monday, April 18, 2016, 9:06 PM

How being a geek will make you a good parent

Virtually every parent has moments where they're like, "Ummm, what exactly am I supposed to do in this situation?" Whether it's because your kid won't stop crying in the middle of the grocery store or losing a board game results in a meltdown, there are so many everyday moments no one prepares you...

Friday, April 15, 2016, 9:29 PM

3 new books changing outdated views on sexism and gender

If you want to be able to smartly debate why and how sexism exists, the three books on this list are required reading. It can be tricky to write about sexism and gender in a way that doesn't make your eyes glaze over, but these books get it right. Your eyes will be wide open.Related: Books for your...

Friday, April 15, 2016, 8:55 PM

This holy book tops the list of most challenged books at libraries

One of the more unpleasent tasks for the American Library Association (ALA) is to field complaints from parents about the books sitting in their children's school library shelves. Some they probably see coming."Fifty Shades of Grey"? OK, sure. "I Am Jazz," the transgender children's book by Jessica...

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7:46 PM

Should your kids be taking probiotics?

The health community has been buzzing about the importance of probiotics for a while, and new studies confirming the health benefits of this good bacteria seem to make the news every week. Millions of adults pop a probiotic pill daily to do everything from keep their digestive system on track to...

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 3:00 PM