Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World
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What We're Saying
These are the 40 books we found represent the year best in one way or another. They help us make sense of the challenges 2020 has presented us with, understand the depths of the existing cracks it has exposed in our society, and offer solutions to solve the many truly monumental challenges we face—together. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
We will be announcing the overall winner of the 2020 Porchlight Business Book Awards on January 14. Until then, we are taking a look back at the books in contention for the award. Today, we have the books in the Personal Development & Human Behavior category, and a look inside the one we chose as the best among them. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
“During my years caring for patients, the most common pathology I saw was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness.”—Vivek Murthy, Harvard Business Review
In this groundbreaking book, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy, transforms our understanding of the unexpected and grave threat to our health: loneliness.
Murthy traveled the country meeting with doctors, mental health professionals, and individuals to better understand the opioid addiction decimating communities—a crisis which has only grown larger in recent years. He discovered a larger issue underlying the epidemics of not only addiction but also anxiety, suicide, and violence. People are feeling disconnected from others, and they lack a sense of community.
But why are we so lonely? Murthy identifies multiple causes: technology, mobility, work culture, commercialism, the tilt toward individualism and away from collectivism, and the weakening of social and community institutions—including a decline in religious activities. When frequent and sustained, loneliness puts our body in a chronic stress state, leading to increased inflammation and greater risk for illness.
The good news is that we can alleviate loneliness by building stronger connections. Murthy sets forth core principles in strengthening connection and looks to examples from various communities and cultures that have created successful efforts to reduce loneliness. Dr. Murthy makes a powerful and convincing argument for why we can and must to build a more connected world.