Gina Ryder

Journalist and Teacher

Gina Ryder is a freelance writer and teacher based in New York City. She writes about health, science and social justice for a variety of publications including ReadersDigest.com and TeenVogue.com. She is currently a member of the adjunct faculty with John Jay College's Department of English. Gina is a former editor with The Huffington Post. A Philadelphia native and first-generation college graduate, she has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Temple University and master's degree in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University. You can contact her at ginaryderswriting@gmail.com.

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Reader's Digest

Healthy Eating Habits: How Eating the Rainbow Transformed My Approach to Food | Reader's Digest -...

Every so often, my inner hippie takes over and I attempt to go au naturel. I buy apple cider vinegar and plan to make my own salad dressing. I stock up on cayenne pepper and vow...

Vice

This Female Black Preacher Wants to Dismantle Religious Patriarchy

Photos courtesy of Neichelle Guidry A Google image result for Reverend Neichelle Guidry brings up an image of a young black woman in a magenta dress standing in a pulpit, with a...

The Cut

I Joined a Procrastination Support Group and It Changed My Life

Last year, I attended an author Q&A at Housing Works Bookstore that I thought would inspire me to write more. At some point during the event, someone in the audience asked the...

Glamour

Living With Flat Affect: Like 'Resting Bitch Face' but Not Funny

We live in a time when "resting bitch face" is a joke, selfies are constant, and activist art implores us to stop telling women to smile: We're as aware of our faces as ever....

Glamour

'Walk and Talk' Therapy Is a Legit Thing, and It Actually Works

When Megan Treby, 41, an art teacher who lives near Washington, D.C., first started seeing her therapist, Jen Udler of Positive Strides Therapy for her anxiety, Udler suggested...

The Cut

My Quest to Understand Why Bumble Is Full of Guys With Fish Photos

Welcome to It's Complicated, stories on the sometimes frustrating, sometimes confusing, always engrossing subject of modern relationships. (Want to share yours? Email pitches to...

Teen Vogue

Why #RelationshipGoals Can Actually Be Unhealthy

If you're single and yearn for romantic connection, seeing your social media blow up with #relationshipgoals can stir a variety of emotional experiences depending on the images...

CNN

Ways to make someone feel loved, besides saying it

"I love you" translates intimacy between ourselves and others, but the expression is so common that it can lack the meaning it's intended. When saying and hearing it becomes...

Teen Vogue

5 First-Time Voters Open Up About How Voting REALLY Feels

If someone between the ages of 18 and 29 is registered to vote, they are very likely to actually head to the polls instead of skipping their civic duty. In 2016, according to...

Reader's Digest

Watching the Sunrise Is the Best Way to Lift Your Mood-Here's Why | Reader's Digest - Reader's...

There are no guarantees that watching the sunrise will take away your seasonal sadness. The sun doesn't have an ad budget or marketing campaign to make promises. However,...

HuffPost

The Serenity Prayer's Journey From Wartime To Recovery

If you are looking for it, the Serenity Prayer is everywhere. The words to the familiar prayer are: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage...

WHYY

Growing up Catholic in Northeast Philly, one thing you'll never lose is St. Anthony : Speak Easy...

Born in a Catholic family in Northeast Philadelphia, I learned the prayer to St. Anthony like I learned the Pledge of Allegiance. I was notorious for losing things. And, though...

Reader's Digest

Things Women Who Left an Abusive Relationship Want You to Know | Reader's Digest - Reader's Digest

author of Jill Dodd, former model, and designer behind the successful global brand ROXY, used to be a "pleasure wife" for one of the richest men in the world. She says, "On the...

WHYY

The humble Irish potato, a St. Patrick's Day ambassador of Philadelphian good will : WHYY

My mom cooked certain things that I'll always remember. It was tri-color pasta salad for summer cookouts, banana bread (baked with overripe bananas for moisture's sake) as a...

HuffPost

9 Reasons Why Doing Random Acts of Kindness Can Heal a Lonely Heart

When I think about the Monday nights in the summer of 2014, my insides soar. Each Monday was spent doing a different random act of kindness around New York City. On two of the...

Reader's Digest

How to Find More Meaning in Life | Reader's Digest - Reader's Digest

Stranger Who Changed My Life Living a meaningful life can be different for everyone, but in these five incredible people found that what really matters is the impact we have on...

HuffPost

Can A Community Of Faith Decrease Recidivism?

Does anyone love me? Is there a point to all this? We all tend to ask ourselves these questions time and time again. For a person coming out of jail, these questions seem to...

HuffPost

The Single Habit That Helps Me To Eat Healthy and Save Money

For me, the secret to consistent healthy eating comes down to one routine I've built into my life. Every Sunday, I spend a few hours preparing fresh, healthy meals for the week...

BUCKS LIFE magazine

Knocking Down Walls

A Trenton NJ company is redefining mainstream America's perception of waste and graffiti art

Psychology Today magazine

How to Quit Smoking

Addictions are strong. Relationships are stronger.