By: Vivek H. Murthy, MD

Title: Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

Who is Vivek H. Murthy, MD: Dr. Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014-2017. As the Vice Admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he commanded a uniformed service of 6,600 public health officers globally. An internal medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Murthy has co-founded a number of organizations: VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India, Swasthya, a community health partnership in rural India training women as health providers and educators, software company TrialNetworks and Doctors for America.

Amava Take: We’ll just say it: this is the book we’ve been waiting to read. Dr. Murthy takes on the loneliness epidemic and calls it what it is: a public health concern. The book does much more than identify a problem. It offers creative solutions for building more connected lives, which is music to our ears at Amava, because avenues to meaning, purpose and social connection for more people are the reasons we get up in the morning. Dr. Murthy makes the case that social connection is the key to addressing critical issues in our society and we wholeheartedly agree. At a time when we all realize just how much authentic social ties matter, we’re doing everything we can to offer ways to build them in our growing community. Recommending that people read and talk about this important book is one of them.

Memorable Lines:

 “Just as hunger and thirst are our body’s ways of telling us we need to eat and drink, loneliness is the natural signal that reminds us when we need to connect with other people.”

“We are indeed wired for connection. It is our evolutionary birthright.”

“The great challenge facing us today is how to build a people-centered life and a people-centered world.”   ·      

What We’d Tell Our Friends:  Read this now and let’s get on a video call or sit outside six feet apart and talk about it! As Dr. Murthy says, we really are better together.