Sanam Yar
Writer on Bustle's Lifestyle team, embarrassingly Canadian, and constantly on the hunt for the perfect pint of ice-cream. You can catch more of my work in Metropolis Magazine and The New York Times.

Juul Will Stop Selling Most Flavored Pods In Stores To Stop Teens From Vaping

As part of a larger response to the crisis of minors getting their hands on vapes, e-cigarette industry leader Juul Labs, which claims more than 70 percent of the e-cigarette market in the U.S., is announcing some changes to the promotion and…
By Sanam Yar

Yes, People Do Tend To Drink More When It’s Colder Out, A New Study Shows

Each year, the fall and winter months usher in welcome changes to people’s routines: the arrival of pumpkin-flavored everything, steaming mugs of hot drinks, and holiday parties galore. But as the days get darker and colder, they can also encourage…
By Sanam Yar

Here’s How Much You *Should* Be Working Out, According To The Government’s New Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, your sporadic reminder that, yes, it’s probably a good idea to exercise. The report is like a government guide…
By Sanam Yar

If You’re Out Of Podcasts To Marathon, This New Tool Can Help You Find Your Next Obsession

If you’ve already plowed through every episode of Serial and are hungry for more, OG music streaming platform Pandora has promising news for you. The radio streaming service wants to help you find The One, if The One was not a human being, but…
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This Common Feeling Is Actually A Sign You Have Psychopathic Tendencies, A New Study Shows

Schadenfreude, a word borrowed from German (translation: harm joy), is the deliciously evil feeling of deriving happiness, however small and petty, from someone else’s misfortune. If you’ve ever laughed at a friend after something embarrassing…
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Science Says This Kind Of Workout Can Help With Chronic Pain, Mental Health & Your Sleep

For years, celebrities, and probably at least one person in your friend group, have been touting the health benefits of pilates. It’s a popular workout that’s challenging, while simultaneously feeling more approachable than other exercise routines…
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The Weird Link Between Your DNA & Your Need For Coffee

Coffee is a nonnegotiable part of the day for many people. The smell alone can issue an almost Pavlovian response in humans, helping them feel more alert and energetic simply by being in the presence of its scent. And regular coffee drinkers make up…
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We Need To Talk About California Voting To Keep Daylight Saving Time All Year

Few things in this life rally people together more than complaining about daylight saving time. There are Reddit threads and Facebook groups and entire websites dedicated to the cause, and as The New York Times reports, Benjamin Franklin is commonly…
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This Classic Game Is Scientifically Proven To Destress You

In the pursuit of peace of mind, an unlikely hero has emerged: Tetris, the delightfully '80s tile-matching puzzle game that new research suggests may help ease people through periods of anxiety. In case you (somehow) missed it, the game asks players…
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This Is How To Convince Your Coworkers To Get Their Flu Shots

To the chagrin of needle-phobes everywhere, the time to get your flu shot is now. Last winter, an estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications, marking the disease's highest death toll in at least 40 years, according to the AP. One…
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Science Says This Is The Best Way To Cure Your Fear Of Spiders

There are two types of people in this world: People who detest spiders, and people who pretend to tolerate those eight-legged arthropods. The American Psychiatric Association estimates that 9 percent of Americans have a specific phobia, and despite…
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Tia Mowry’s Comments On Living With Endometriosis As A Black Women Are SO Important

In an op-ed for Women's Health published on Oct. 29, actor Tia Mowry wrote about her personal struggle with endometriosis. In the essay, Mowry described her difficulties not only in dealing with the chronic condition, but in getting the correct…
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60% Of Wild Animal Populations Have Disappeared Since 1970 Thanks To Human Activity

In just 44 years, the size of wildlife populations has declined by a staggering 60 percent on average, according to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and that change is likely due to human activity. The 75-page report is a deep dive…
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Meghan Markle Reportedly Said Being Pregnant Is Like Having Jet Lag & She’s Not Wrong

In case you missed it, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is pregnant. While it’s not even been a full two weeks since the official announcement that a royal baby is on the way, it feels like a lifetime. And the royal couple hasn’t exactly been…
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A Hawaiian Island Completely "Vanished" After It Was Hit By A Hurricane

Hurricane Walaka, one of the most intense Pacific hurricanes ever recorded, has wiped an island in Hawaii off the map, according to The Guardian. Scientists discovered via satellite imagery that East Island, a small, remote piece of land nested on…
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Science Says Your Favorite Self-Care Scent Is Even More Relaxing Than You Think

From its delicate purple hue to its earthy floral scent, everything about lavender seems tailored towards encouraging thoughts of serenity. And as it turns out, science agrees. In a recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral…
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Science Says There’s Probably Plastic In Your Poop ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Around eight million metric tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans each year, according to CNN. Eroded by the water, some of the plastic breaks down into pieces so tiny that they are referred to as microplastics, smaller than 5 millimeters wide,…
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This Satirical Hotline Has A Message About White People Calling 911 On Black People

After months of BBQ Beckys and Cornerstore Carolines — viral incidents where white people called the police on black people going about their lives — comedic legend Niecy Nash now stars in a satirical infomercial titled “New! A Hotline for Racists.”…
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A New Analysis Says These Kinds Of Facebook Posts Can Be A Sign Of Depression

Scroll through your Facebook feed, and you’re likely to encounter a barrage of minutes-long recipe videos, memes, and the occasional status update from your grandma. But what if there was a way to reach out to Facebook’s 2.2 billion active monthly…
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Science Says People With Psychopathic Tendencies Make Effective Leaders — Unless They’re Women

In Dolly Parton’s legendary working woman anthem “9 to 5,” she croons about how she swears that, sometimes, her boss is out to get her. It turns out that there may be more truth to the majorly catchy song than previously thought: New research…
By Sanam Yar