What We’re Reading – January 2020

At the beginning of the year, it’s easy to stumble upon thousands of different posts on the topic of resolutions and how to transform yourself in 2020. Not all of them are worth reading. To help you out, we’ve put together a handful of the most interesting articles and books we’ve enjoyed recently.

This is what we’re reading —

Why stress when you can see a wedding therapist?

NY Times
December 3, 2019

wedding therapy

“Some clients are searching for broader emotional support. For many, seeing a therapist during their wedding planning becomes a practice they continue after the big day. After all, navigating stress and family doesn’t end after a wedding.”

5 minute read


Plants can improve your work life

January 2, 2020

A study out of the University of Hyogo in Awaji, Japan, details the stress-reducing benefits to office workers that even a small plant situated within easy viewing can impart.

5 minute read

For healthy New Year’s habits, learn from the world’s longest-lived people

January 1, 2020

Unlike diagnostic medicine, the rules of preventative care are clear and finite. Sleep, exercise, eat well, and indulge in social interactions. Communities with the longest life-expectancies have these habits baked into their lives.

5 minute read

Christmas suicide surge is a myth, but what about the January rebound?


christmas suicide rates

Contrary to some common mythology, suicides do not spike over the holidays. In fact, December is the month with the fewest suicides in the US. But the suicide rate jumps in January. This article explains why the mythology has been so persistent. (For more current research findings on suicide, check out our Suicide Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention course.)

6 minute read

How to find a culturally responsive therapist

December 2, 2019

culturally competent therapy

In the US, the overwhelming majority of psychologists and psychiatrists are white, meaning a person of color looking for mental health care is likely to find it with someone who experiences the world different than they do.

7 minute read

52 things I learned in 2019

December 2, 2019 

things learned in 2019

Did you know teenagers with acne get higher marks, are more likely to complete college and, if female, eventually get paid more than people without teenage acne? Read more from this slew of interesting facts

10 minute read 

AIM was the killer app of 1997. It’s still shaping the internet today

December 10. 2019

AOL Instant Messenger invented the idea that you were always online—and if you weren’t, you’d set up an away message to let people know. It created a UX framework that nearly every other messaging app in the world has borrowed in the two decades since.

15 minute read


How to stop feeling productivity shame

productivity shame

Our inability to disconnect from work isn’t just tiring us out, it’s having a serious impact on our happiness, productivity, and even creativity. How can you stop the cycle of productivity shame and learn to do “enough”?

20 minute read 

How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency

Book by Akiko Busch

It is time to reevaluate the merits of the inconspicuous life, to search out some antidote to continuous exposure, and to reconsider the value of going unseen, undetected, or overlooked in this new world. Might invisibility be regarded not simply as refuge, but as a condition with its own meaning and power? The impulse to escape notice is not about complacent isolation or senseless conformity, but about maintaining identity, autonomy, and voice.

224 pages 

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