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Something's Missing from Your Pumpkin Spice Latte, Why You Should Write Thank-You Letters, and Instagram Is Changing the Way You Take Selfies


In today's news roundup, we've got the latest on your favorite fall drink, a kitchen hack you'll love, and a new app that hopes to make women safer. 

Scroll down to read and then tell us: What caught your eye this week? Share in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!

1. A little bit of gratitude can go a long way. Writing out more than 50 thank-you notes after a graduation party or wedding can seem like an insurmountable obstacle, but a recent study suggests that they can help others feel more "warmly" toward you, Science of Us reports. Does the effect last? The study doesn't say, but if nothing else, it suggests that going the extra mile after a job interview, wedding, or party may not be as pointless as you think. 

2. Hyperlapse will change the way you take sweaty selfies. Score one for Instagram: The brand's new app Hyperlapse will allow users to create time-lapse videos with just a click of a button, according to Refinery29. Instagram reportedly decided to launch the app as a stand-alone feature rather than having it embedded within Instagram so that users could shoot their videos and then decide whether they want to share them on Instagram. 

3. You've been cutting pineapples wrong your entire life. First cake, now pineapple? What's next? Watch this how-to video, and prepare to have your culinary mind blown. 

4. New app hopes to make walking home at night safer. Walking home at night—especially alone—can be scary, but Safe Trek allows you to press a button that then gives you 10 seconds to enter in a pre-determined password (to let it know you're okay) or it will connect you to the police and let them know where you as, as well as send a "distress call" that alerts them to the fact that something's wrong.  

5. There's no pumpkin in your pumpkin spice latte. "Wow, I'm so shocked by this news," said no one ever. Vani Hari, otherwise known as the Food Babe, is taking Starbucks to task for not listing the ingredients of the drink on its website, as well as criticizing its use of caramel coloring and high-fructose corn syrup and the fact that while the famed latte recipe includes cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clover, there's no actual pumpkin in it.


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