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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

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"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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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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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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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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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.