Together: Loneliness, Health and What Happens When We Find Connection
Vivek H. Murthy
Paperback, 352 pages
The world seems more connected than ever, and yet even before the world went into lockdown, loneliness was at epidemic levels. But what effect is it having on us, and how can we treat it - even at a distance? Murthy's prescient book reveals the importance of human connection, the hidden impact of loneliness on our health, and the social power of community.
When Obama appointed him Surgeon General of the United States, Dr Vivek Murthy observed the growing health crisis of isolation first-hand. In this ground-breaking book, he traces the roots of the problem, and shows how loneliness lies behind some of our greatest personal and social challenges, from anxiety and depression to addiction and violence. But he also reveals the cure.
His search led him to talk to doctors, scientists, parents and community members around the world. The solutions are deceptively simple and easily applicable - and the effects are transformative. And one thing is clear: real human connection is a medical necessity if we want to stay healthy, emotionally and physically.
Section I: Making Sense of Loneliness
Chapter 1: Under Our Noses
Chapter 2: The Evolution of Loneliness
Chapter 3: Cultures of Connection
Chapter 4: Why Now?
Chapter 5: Unmasking Loneliness
Section II: Building a More Connected Life
Chapter 6: Relating Inside Out
Chapter 7: Circles of Connection
Chapter 8: A Family of Families