Together: Loneliness, Health and What Happens When We Find Connection (Hardback)Vivek H Murthy (author)
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Evocative and moving, Together explores the roots of loneliness and its long-term effects on those for whom solitude is not a choice, as well as on society as a whole. Fortunately, there is a cure that is both simple and highly effective: the revival of true human connections. Beautifully argued and brimming with hope, Together is essential reading for our times.
The world seems more connected than ever, and yet loneliness is at epidemic levels. But what effect is it having on us, and how can we treat it - even at a distance?
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. We can all create it, and benefit from it, and it is more urgent than ever that we start now.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 668 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm
'Fascinating, moving and essential reading' - Atul Gawande
'Together stands with Atul Gawande's classic, Being Mortal.' - Malcolm Gladwell
'This book is a gift for us all.' - Susan Cain, author of Quiet
'Powerful ... cogent and compassionate' - Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies
'Brilliant ... exactly what the doctor ordered.' - Angela Duckworth, author of Grit
'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 of Emotional Intelligence
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