Together : Loneliness, Health and What Happens When We Find Connection by Vivek H. Murthy (free download), When Vivek Murthy accepted the role of Surgeon General under Obama, he thought his main focus would be tackling the opioid crisis and obesity. Instead, he discovered a much larger health crisis, one that connects the sick and the seemingly well: loneliness.
We live in an age steeped in disconnection. As a doctor, Murthy encountered people who struggled with addiction, disease, and pain, and often found loneliness at their very core. But while other illnesses can be more visible, loneliness keeps its sufferers silent. So how can we treat it, and what does it mean to live in this lonely age?
This book traces Murthy’s journey to find the answers. As he uncovers the global proportions of this epidemic, and explores the root causes and devastating effects of loneliness, he also finds good news. From social support groups in Okinawa, to mentoring circles in Chicago, he looks at community efforts to combat loneliness around the world and what they can teach us about doing so in our own lives.
Part personal journey, part medical exploration, part social toolkit, this essential book shows how together we can learn to build a more connected, less lonely world.
Fascinating, moving and essential reading — Atul Gawande This book is a gift for us all. — Susan Cain, author * Quiet * Powerful … cogent and compassionate — Siddhartha Mukherjee, author * The Emperor of All Maladies * Brilliant … exactly what the doctor ordered. — Angela Duckworth, author * Grit * The most important book you’ll read this year. — Daniel H. Pink, author of ‘When’ and ‘Drive’ Moving and well-evidenced … shows how the deadly effects take hold and what we can all do to defeat this scourge of modern society. — Lord Richard Layard, author * Happiness * Together stands with Atul Gawande’s classic, Being Mortal. — Malcolm Gladwell If we could put Together in a capsule, it would be a blockbuster drug. — Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and Bestselling author of * The Blue Zones * With a compelling narrative, rigorous evidence, and a timely call to action, this book is a good omen for our mental health and social well-being. — Adam Grant, bestselling author of ORIGINALS and GIVE AND TAKE What shines through most of all is the humanity … great eloquence and clarity … inspirational — Christina Patterson * Sunday Times * Brilliantly diagnoses what ails us in our personal lives and in society, and offers a prescription for enriching each other’s lives – and our own. — Daniel Goleman, author * Emotional Intelligence * Profound, empathic, ultra-savvy … This book is a balm and an inspiration just to read — Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR, author of Full Catastrophe Living Vivek Murthy brings his medical expertise, his considerable travels and his intellectual curiosity to explore what is clearly a new frontier — Abraham Verghese, author * Cutting for Stone * We need Murthy’s book now more than ever. — David A. Kessler, author of bestsellers ‘The End of Overeating’, ‘Capture’, and ‘Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs’.
Dr. Vivek H. Murthy is a physician, researcher, public health expert, and entrepreneur. From 2014 to 2017, he served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, tackling the nation’s most urgent public health issues, including the opioid epidemic, vaccine-preventable illness, and physical activity. His writings have been published in leading medical journals, newspapers and magazines, and his work has been covered extensively in national and international media.