Finding connection in an age of isolation

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As we strengthen our connection with one another, we are healthier, more resilient, more productive, more vibrantly creative and more fulfilled. - Dr Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General

As humans we’re hardwired for connection; the need for community and family have deep roots in our health and wellbeing. The impact of strong relationships and social attachments on the quality of our lives is becoming better understood, but long periods of isolation and social distancing to protect physical health through the Covid-19 pandemic have driven widespread loneliness and loss of a sense of community.

Advances in technology enable us to be connected in more ways than ever before, but can also drive us further apart. What about the culture and infrastructure of our societies mean we’re becoming lonelier, and how can we rebuild companionship? How can we invest in our relationships and communities, and remove the stigma of loneliness?

Dr Vivek Murthy, 19th and soon to be 21st Surgeon General of the United States is leading the way when it comes to addressing the loneliness epidemic that has been long overlooked in its links with physical illness. Dr Murthy argues that there is solidarity in loneliness as a universal human condition, and immense healing power in finding connection.

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This conversation was broadcast online on the 18th February 2021. Join us at: www.thersa.org

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