Soothe App Launches in Miami: Delivers Massage Therapist to Your Front Door

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Carla Torres
Soothe comes to you.
There's nothing like having a rubdown delivered to your doorstep, except maybe having a couple's rubdown delivered to your doorstep. If that sounds nice, you might want to give Soothe a try.

If you're not in a couple and feel weird about having a dual massage with your roommate or biffle, good news: The massage delivery company rides solo as well.

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Hialeah Ranked Among Worst Cities for Valentine's Day

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Miami's beloved H-Town has landed itself on yet another 'worst of the worst' list: this time, on WalletHub's Best and Worst Cities for Valentine's Day 2015. Ladies, can we honestly say we're surprised? Considering the Hialeah stereotype is a man that lives with his momma and spends half his income on leasing a white, C-Class Mercedes, and considers his ideal woman someone whose ass is so big she could serve him a meal on it, I think we can go ahead and say no, we're not.

See also: Miamians Can't Stop Using Online Dating Sites

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Floridians Love Tanning Beds Despite Health Risks

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"It's what teens do," Samantha Van Dresser told the New York Times. "Especially in Florida." The Florida teen was the focus of a story that outlined growing concerns about indoor tanning in America and the health side effects that come with prolonged exposure to UV rays.

The key words here are "concerns" and "growing."

There are two kinds of Floridians -- those who bask in the glow of indoor tanning booths, and those who have no earthly idea why someone living in the "Sunshine State" wouldn't just step outside in the sun. No matter what side of the fence you're on, one thing has become increasingly undeniable: Indoor tanning raises your risk of cancer.

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ThinkBike 2015 Brings Community Together to Brainstorm Bike Safety Improvements

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Riding a bicycle for either leisure or transportation has become increasingly popular in Miami. With the launch announcement of Citi Bike Miami and its eventual expansion, to the monthly herding of Critical Mass, bike safety has become crucially important.

Next week, Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces will present a four-day workshop dedicated to urban biking and health-consciousness. ThinkBike 2015 will feature Miami-Dade officials joined by urban mobility and planning experts from the Netherlands Consulate in Miami to discuss ways to make the Magic City a bit more bike-friendly.

See also: Citi Bike Launches in Miami This Saturday

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Miamians Spend Obscene Sums on Sound Systems, Hate Books and Underwear

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Conspicuous consumption is something Miamians know a thing or two about. It might be the closest thing we have to common cultural identity. And the luxury items Miamians spend money on are very likely influenced by the priorities established by the city's wealthy. According to a study published in Sunday's New York Times, the preferred status signifers of Miami are, uh, very different from other major metropolitan areas.

While New Yorkers and Dallasites shell out big bucks for designer clothes and shoes, Miami is more invested in sound systems. That's right Miami, you spend 290% more on sound systems than any other urban area in America -- a finding that's unlikely surprising to anyone who has spent more than a millisecond in the Magic City.

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Calle Ocho Will Turn Into Cyclist Haven This Sunday

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Ciclovía, a Spanish term for cycle path, is "the temporary closing of state roads to vehicles and replacing them with pedestrians and bicyclists who are using it for exercise or coming together as a community to celebrate music, art and sports" according to the recent press release by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The FDOT is co-hosting such events as "Open Streets" and so far, four Ciclovías have been enjoyed throughout the state with more to come.

The first of these kicked off in Orlando and Gainesville respectively and were followed by Tampa Bay and Ft. Myers. So far, the FDOT can boast turnouts of nearly 6000. And on Sunday, December 14, Miami will become the fifth city in the state to host one of their own. Calle Ocho, a street that's had its fair share of Critical Mass rides, will become for four hours (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) an oasis of calm and community spirit between Southwest Ninth Ct. and 22nd Ave.

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Miamians Can't Stop Using Online Dating Sites

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Photo by Monica McGivern
Single Miamians are always on the lookout for couple-worthy men or women and their favorite hunting grounds aren't bars, clubs or the beach; it's the world wide web. According to the dating website Match.com, Miami members send more messages than users in any other American city. That's right, you guys can't stop cruising online.

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Citi Bike Launches in Miami This Saturday

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Weeks before Art Basel Miami Beach, residents and workers in the downtown area noticed silver, robotic-looking structures going up around popular buildings. Outside the New Times offices in Wynwood we also noticed one of these contraptions that looked like a super sleek station for bikes.

The slots are indeed for bicycles, but not for the pink, white-tassled bicycle of your halcyon youth. Like a power outlet for that awkward three-prong plug, these spots are only for the chunky blue Citi Bikes.

Citi Bike Miami finally launches this weekend.

See also: Here's a Map of Where Miami's Citi Bike Stations Will Be Located

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Giving Thanks: UM Professor Explains How Gratitude Can Change Relationships

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while its moniker suggests a time for giving thanks, sometimes that's easier said than done -- particularly when familial relations are involved. It's easy to be grateful for your kinfolk from afar. Not so easy when they're invading your personal space and badgering you about when you're going to get married and POP OUT THOSE GRANDBABIES ALREADY.

Miami's own Michael E. McCullough, professor of psychology and director of the Evolution and Human Behavior Laboratory at UM, is a world-renowned expert on gratitude, forgiveness and generosity.

Given the upcoming onslaught of holiday stress, we spoke to McCullough about why gratitude exists, how it affects relationships, and what we can do to make more of it happen.

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Give Miami Day Breaks New Record With $5.2 Million Raised for Local Charities

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Miamians catch a lot of flack. People call us superficial, money-hungry, rude -- lots of not-so-nice things. But after last Thursday, they can't call us stingy.

The Miami Foundation's third annual Give Miami Day raised a whopping, record-breaking $5.2 million through 24 hours of charitable giving. More than 500 local philanthropic groups are the beneficiaries of the funds raised, from animal rescues, to environmental orgs, to mental health intervention groups.

Looks like "generous" can officially be added to the list of adjectives used to describe us.

See also: Sixteen Nonprofits to Consider Supporting on Give Miami Day

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