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Publisher's Summary

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. We can all create it and benefit from it and it is more urgent than ever that we start now.

©2020 Vivek H. Murthy (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"The most important book you'll read this year." (Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive)

"Together stands with Atul Gawande's classic, Being Mortal." (Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers)

"A welcome beacon towards meaningful connection." (Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive)

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thank you

loved it changed the way i think looking forward to a better life to live

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A beautiful book

Thank you Vivek for taking the time to share your research, life experiences and wisdom on such a vital topic. Also thank you for taking the extra step of narrating the book, your soothing tone and unparalleled connection to the book has made it an enjoyable and beneficial experience listening to you.

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  • Eleanore
  • 04-07-2020

Goosebumps

There is so much truth and familiarity in this book I'm getting goosebumps only 2 chapters in. Vivek's voice is also the right balance between wise, educational and comforting. Easy to digest. There is content in here that every human needs to hear right now. Love it.

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  • Rayder
  • 16-04-2020

Inpiring Book

Thank you Vivek for this inspiring book, it’s a lovely reading and very important topic to be discussed more in our society, I will do from now on🙏🏽

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  • Dennis
  • 18-02-2021

A privilege to listen to.

Wonderful book that helped me clarify in my own mind, many of the difficulties I have faced and witnessed in my life.
Vivek is a spirit brother indeed. I am so happy that President Biden has reached out to Vivek. Our world needs leaders like him.

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  • Susan Griffiths
  • 10-09-2020

so interesting

loved this audio book and I learnt so much about what I've personlly felt in the past. Recognising the importance of social connection, being cared about, being present and the importance of listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-2020

perfect time to this book

it's was such a joy to listening to this book while in quarentine. the author nor only remembered me about the importance of a community but also gave me hope that heal our relationships is possible. I totally recommend this book! it would be wonderful to listen to it with your kids or beloveds.

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  • S. Nanra
  • 20-03-2021

Such an important book for our futures

The ideas in this book are essential for the future well-being of the human race. You can see the effect of disconnection everywhere you look, from the distrust of conspiracy groups, to the normalisation of the nuclear family as opposed to belonging to nurturing, caring communities.
Reading this book opened my eyes to the cause of much of the world problems - the feeling of being disconnected.

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