This week, we debuted a fun new series called “5 Things That’ll Make You Happy From Around the Web.” Each week, stop in for a daily dose of happiness (like a room made entirely of chocolate, and a way to spread random acts of kindness). And in honor of yesterday’s World Water Day, take a look at what’s really in your tap water, and learn about the LIfestraw — a revolutionary tool that works to improve access to clean, safe drinking water. While it’s not too late to check out our picks for the most innovative health, fitness, and happiness apps, take a look at Nike’s recently released list of apps that could change health and fitness. Happy weekend, everybody!

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5 Things That’ll Make You Happy From Around the Web
Ready to feel a little happier? From a room made entirely of chocolate, to an app that lets you track your happiness, to the story of a little boy reunited with his stuffed bunny, we’ve rounded up five links from around the web certain to boost your happiness quotient.

The Man Who Stopped Eating: Swapping Food for a Shake
Software engineer Rob Rhinehart thinks he’s invented a drink, called “Soylent,” that could turn solid food into a relic. What is Soylent, and will it end up revolutionizing the way we eat (or don’t)?

#WTF Is a Lifestraw?
Can a straw change the world? In honor of World Water Day, Greatist spotlights the Lifestraw and what role it might play in improving access to fresh, clean water around the world.

The 25 Most Kick-Ass Alternative Gyms in the U.S.
Sweat outside-the-box, we dare you! From artificial wave riding to wall-to-wall trampoline parks, we’ve rounded up 25 of our favorite alternative workout destinations guaranteed to kick that butt into gear in the best way possible!


The 30-Minute, No-Gym Bodyweight workout [Infographic]
Tight on time, and no gym in sight? All you need is 30 minutes to break a sweat with this kick-butt bodyweight workout — anytime, anyplace.

EA Sports Just Released… a Yoga Mobile App?
EA Sports — the video game developer better known for creating hard hitting sports games like Madden and NBA Live is getting healthy with Yogify, an iOS app that brings yoga practice to your palms.

The West Wing Walk and Talk That’s Acutally Good For You [Video]
Remember those classic Walk and Talks from the West Wing? Funny or Die teamed up with a reunited cast of the West Wing and Every Body Walk! to tout the health benefits of a brisk walk. No election necessary.

Nike Picks 10 Startups That Could Change Health and Fitness

Nike is trying to revolutionize health and technology with its Nike+ Accelerator, which mentors 10 game-changing startups (along with TechStars). Learn more about the program, and which companies to look out for in the near future.

Larry Bird’s Basketball Wisdom: Give It Your All
March Madness is ramping up, but before we hit the Final Four in the NCAA playoffs — take basketball legend Larry Bird’s one key tip for success.

What’s Actually in Your Tap Water?
Are we getting more than just H2O on tap? With World Water Day just a day away, get the need-to-know facts on which contaminants might be sneaking into our water supply.

Should the Government Regulate Portions? Our Experts Weigh In
New York’s proposed big soda ban has been struck down in court, but the controversy doesn’t end there. We polled some of the health and fitness industry’s brightest minds for their thoughts on government’s role in what we eat and drink.

The 50 Most Innovative Health, Fitness, and Happiness Startups
Whether you’re a yogi, a foodie, or the type who writes love letters, there’s a startup out there for you. Check out our list of the 50 companies that are making health and wellness fun, easy, and exciting.

27 Water Crisis Orgs to Follow Right Now
Fresh water is essential to life on this planet, but millions lack access to clean, safe agua — and those of us with access often waste this resource. In honor of March 22’s World Water Day, we’ve rounded up a list of 27 organizations dedicated to keeping water clean and accessible to people all over the world.

Hack Your Brain to Turn Bad Habits Into Good Ones
GUEST POST: Nutrition consultant Dr. Michael Roussell tackles how to turn bad habits into good ones — and offers some simple behavior tweaks that can help us get there.

Want to Lose Weight? Remember What You Ate
A new study claims paying attention to what you eat may help keep off extra pounds. What role does distraction play in appetite? Make sure to put down your sandwich before finding out here!

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Club Sandwich
From horseracing enthusiasts to royalty to sandwich lovers everywhere, the club is a perennial favorite. Learn all about the history behind this mile-high classic and how to make it even healthier.

Buyer Beware: How Food Companies Trick You Into Buying Healthy

How do food labels affect our perception of what’s healthy and what’s not? Keep reading to become a savvier shopper.

The Greatist Table: 5 Healthy Egg Recipes from Around the Web
We’re big egg fans around here — and not just for breakfast! Go way beyond the omelette with these five healthy anytime egg recipes.

New York’s Big Soda Ban — Was Bloomberg Right? [Reader Poll]

For our first ever reader poll, we’re asking you what you think of Bloomberg’s ban on big soda. Should it have been killed? Will it come back? And what’s next? Join the conversation.

Make Someone Smile: Today is the International Day of Happiness!
More than just a fleeting emotion after eating a good sandwich, happiness should be something we all aspire to in our daily lives — at least according to the U.N. Find out why the U.N. has declared today the first annual International Day of Happiness.