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Roxanne Reviews "Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World"


Roxanne Reviews Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek Murthy.


Join Roxanne for The Mindful Reading Zoom Book Club discussing Vivek Murthy’s book on July 30th at 7 p.m. Click here to register.

Vivel Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States faced national daunting health crises such as e-cigarettes and opioids during his tenure under Barack Obama. Yet, he also faced a more insidious American problem: loneliness.


In his book Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, Dr. Murthy explains seeing the emotional as well as the physical toll loneliness can have on individuals. His historical look at loneliness indicates that even pre-pandemic our modern transient rush-rush world often leads to people feeling detached from others. Now, in the midst of Covid19 isolation, Americans are at even greater risk of losing touch both literally and figuratively with other human beings.


But, Murthy points out, there is hope. Not only with self-soothing and wellness practices, but also with programs such as Big Brother Big Sister and AA, as well as the program Make Kindness Contagious in Anaheim, California created by city leader Tom Taitt, just to name a few.


If there’s ever been a time when we need more love and peace in the world, it is now. Dr. Murthy’s book is the perfect antidote for our collective psyche.



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