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. 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.

Portfolio

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...
'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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Knocking Down Walls
A Trenton NJ company is redefining mainstream America's perception of waste and graffiti art
How to Quit Smoking
Addictions are strong. Relationships are stronger.
Lives Forever Changed By the Power of Generosity | Reader's Digest - Reader's Digest
These stories of radical compassion reveal our inner humanitarians, the part of us that believes that if we live with an open heart, we just may find ourselves in a better...
What If We Treated Homeless People Like Potential Friends?
In the past six months I've spent more time with a 61-year-old formerly homeless man than I've spent with many of my friends and family. His name is Carlos Daniels, and he spent...
Mother Courage
Pregnancy is a time for forward thinking
Coping With Anxiety: What Everyone Needs to Know | Reader's Digest - Reader's Digest
Uber Images/Shutterstock Your feelings can be undermined by the belief that you shouldn't feel anxious, that your feelings aren't valid-and this can be reinforced by...
I Did Mother Teresa's Meditations Every Day for Week-Here's What Happened | Reader's Digest -...
When I decided to try to follow the meditations from Mother Teresa's A Simple Path for a week, I envisioned myself reading her book on a park bench at sunrise, closing my eyes...
How to Solve Common Friendship Problems, According to Experts | Reader's Digest - Reader's Digest
golubovystock/Shutterstock Friends are crucial, and every woman should have these eight types of friends in her life. Jan Yager, PhD, friendship coach, sociologist, and author...
How to Not Feel Lonely: 50 Tricks to Try | Reader's Digest - Reader's Digest
Olena-Yakobchuk/Shutterstock It has been reported that one in five Americans suffers from persistent loneliness. Knowing this can bring us some solace; the feeling of loneliness...

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