Today, we're bringing you a special episode of Dear Sugars from our sister podcast, Kind World.
Loneliness is more than just a bad feeling. About 60 percent of American adults say they're struggling with loneliness, according to a 2020 survey by Cigna. It's so prevalent that the former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared loneliness as a public health crisis in our country.
"Many people feel that if they're lonely, that means that they're not likable or that they're broken in some way," Dr. Murthy said. "If we want to ultimately address loneliness, we have to figure out how to eradicate that stigma and help people see loneliness for what it is, which is a human condition, that all of us experience at some point in our lives."
After years of research, Dr. Murthy published his book, "Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World." He spoke to Kind World about his findings, what inspired him to focus on this topic and how we can be more "people-centered" in a socially distanced world.
- Dr. Vivek Murthy, former U.S. Surgeon General and author of "Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World." He tweets @vivek_murthy