Study: Why You Should Listen to Sad Music When You’re Sad

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If you scroll through the music on my iPod, you will find a series of playlists titled Whatever, Who Cares?, Ughhhh, and so on, each one filled with enough sad John Mayer songs to make even the most emotionally stable human being shed a tear. The only reason I’m not horribly embarrassed to divulge this information to you is because these playlists were created over five years ago, after my first-ever breakup and, apparently, there’s a scientific excuse for their existence. A new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that when you’re down, listening to sad songs truly does make you feel better, the Today Show reports.

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6 Ways to Have a Fit Halloween in Philly

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Tis the season for costumes, jack-o-lanterns, ghouls and goblins. The Philly fitness scene is getting in the Halloween spirit with events meant to scare the living daylights out of you. Or at least, get you nice and sweaty with some bewitching good fun.

Here are our picks for celebrating Halloween, the Be Well Philly way.

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Did You Miss Our Secret Pop-Up at Body Cycle Studio?

The Be Well Philly Underground at Body Cycle Studio

The Be Well Philly Underground at Body Cycle Studio

Well, I’m sore. Last night, our once-a-month fitness pop-up, the Be Well Philly Underground, headed to Body Cycle Studio near Rittenhouse for a sweat-tastic Halloween-themed spin class. If you’re all, “What?! I didn’t know Be Well Philly had an event last night!” that’s because our pop-ups are totally top secret and totally exclusive, open only to members of the Be Well Philly Underground community. That’s how we roll.

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Want Vegan Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream?

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If you’re a true-blue vegan who still wanders over to the ice cream aisle at Whole Foods and stares longingly into the Ben & Jerry’s freezer, pining over pints of the company’s drool-worthy ice creams, you are not alone. Case in point: A couple in Charlottesville has started a petition on Change.org asking Ben & Jerry’s to please, please, pretty please, begin offering some sort of dairy-free ice cream option, and, as of right now, the petition has nearly 6,000 signatures.

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Corsets Are the New Weight-Loss Trend—Wait, What?

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This morning, as I scrolled through Facebook, I thought I’d been transported to the year 1836 (except for the fact that I was on Facebook, of course). There, right in my newsfeed, where two stories about corsets. In a row. Curious, I clicked and found out that, not only are corsets back in a big way, people are wearing these horribly uncomfortable contraptions to lose weight. If you’re thinking, What the whaaat?, I’m totally with you.

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The Only National Chocolate Day Recipes You Need

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Photograph by Becca Boyd

Yes, yes, it’s National Chocolate Day. It’s all my Facebook friends are talking about.

While I’m not a huge chocoholic (Have a fruity pie? I’ll go to town on that jawn.), I’m sure more than a few of you are. Our Be Well Philly recipe czars certainly know what’s up when it come to chocolate. They’ve whipped up some pretty spectacular—and healthy(ish)—chocolate creations that even this non-choco can get behind.

Here, three of our most insanely delicious chocolate recipes ever. Go. Celebrate.

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Drexel’s New Solution to Stress: An On-Staff Therapy Dog Named Jersey

Jersey, Drexel University's resident therapy dog.

Jersey, Drexel University’s resident therapy dog.

It’s not every day that I have an interview with a dog on my calendar. But a few weeks back, I found myself in an office at the Drexel University Recreation Center asking questions. To a dog.

Well, to be fair, the dog’s owner, Kathryn Formica, the center’s coordinator for student fitness and wellness, was supplying the answers, but the interview itself was all about Jersey, the Carolina blend therapy dog, adopted from the Delaware County SPCA, who’s now a permanent fixture at the university.

“He helps create a sense of community, give that sense of home to students who might be missing their families, or family dogs, or who may be dealing with other stressors of academic life,” says Formica. “He’s a great conversation starter, a great outlet.”

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