What We’re Reading – April 2020

Even though we’ve all been met with some unique disruptions to our daily lives this month, it’s inspiring to see the creative ways our society is coming together. We wanted to do our part to spread a little joy—and break up all of the news’ headlines—with this curated collection you can read and listen to while tucked away in self-quarantine.

This is what we’re reading.

Things that used to be annoying but are now a comfort

March 30, 2020

The New Yorker

A series of cartoons that show us just how adaptable humans can be.

2 minutes

The Verge
March 4, 2020

This website will tell you what book to read next

March, 30 2020

Mental Floss 

If you’ve ever finished a book and thought, “What should I read next?” then the aptly-titled website WhatShouldIReadNext.com is for you. 

3 minutes

A boom time for the bean industry

March 22, 2020 

The New York Times

“No one ever cares about beans at all,” said Steve Sando, who runs the heirloom bean supplier Rancho Gordo in the Napa Valley. “It’s just shocking. I used to be the loneliest man at the farmer’s market.”

5 minutes

Fitness enthusiasts think outside the gym during coronavirus

March 23, 2020

ABC News

Studio owners and fitness instructors are having to adjust as they make the shift to teaching online. 

6 minutes

People are getting creative with their work-from-home setups

March 18, 2020


A series of pictures showing how people are settling into their home offices. 

6 minutes

Being mindful of your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak

March 17, 2020


As we all face uncertainty about the novel coronavirus, there are measures we can take to stay calm. This article points us to a few things to be mindful of as the pandemic continues. 

10 minutes

Why mundane moments truly matter

March 23, 2020

The New York Times

“Introspective writing can help reduce blood pressure, increase immune function, and mitigate impacts of stress, depression, and diseases—ranging from irritable bowel syndrome and breast cancer to asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. But its most enduring value lies in self-discovery: we unearth ourselves through the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.”

10 minutes

We tell suicidal people to go to therapy. So why are therapists rarely trained in suicide?

March 9, 2020 

USA Today

According to suicide prevention experts, a whopping number of mental health professionals have minimal to no formal training on how to effectively treat suicidal people. 

For more current research findings on suicide, check out our Suicide Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention course.

11 minutes

Unlocking Us

Podcast by Dr. Brené Brown

Join researcher and #1 New York Times best-selling author Brené Brown as she unpacks and explores the ideas, stories, experiences, books, films, and music that reflect the universal experiences of being human—from the bravest moments to the most brokenhearted.

5 episodes

Like these suggestions? Check out what else we’ve been reading:

What We’re Reading – March 2020
What We’re Reading – February 2020
What We’re Reading – January 2020

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