The new book by The Foundation for Art & Healing Founder, Jeremy Nobel, MD

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Insight into our new world of loneliness that offers solace, hope, and solutions.

Even before 2020, chronic loneliness was a private experience of profound anguish that had become a public health crisis. Since then it has reached new heights. Loneliness assumes many forms, from enduring physical isolation to feeling rejected because of difference, and it can have devastating consequences for our physical and mental health. As the founder of Project UnLonely, Jeremy Nobel unpacks our personal and national experience of loneliness to discover its roots and take steps to find comfort and connection.

Dr. Nobel leverages many voices, from pioneering researchers, to leaders in business, education, the arts, and health care, to the lived experience of lonely people of every age, background, and circumstance. He discovers that the pandemic isolated us in ways that were not only physical, and that, at its core, a true sense of loneliness results from a disconnection to the self. He clarifies how meaningful reconnection can be nourished and sustained. And he reveals that an important component of the healing process is engaging in creativity. Make things!
Supportive, clear-eyed, and comforting, this is the book we will take into our new normal and rely on for years to come.


Jeremy Nobel
About The Author: Our Founder

Jeremy Nobel, M.D., MPH, is a primary-care physician, public health practitioner, and award-winning poet with faculty appointments at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Medical School. He is the founder and president of The Foundation for Art & Healing, whose signature initiative, Project UnLonely, addressing the personal and public health challenges of loneliness and social isolation, has gained national visibility.

What’s Inside?

Loneliness is a natural biological signal, like hunger or thirst. It is a flashing warning light on our mental dashboards that indicates a problem. When you read Project UnLonely, you’ll discover:

  • How the loneliness epidemic impacts our individual and collective health, and what you can do about it
  • The science behind how creativity connects us
  • More about the different types of loneliness, the territories of loneliness, and the “pyramid of vulnerability”
  • The three things that matter most in alleviating loneliness

By accepting loneliness as a useful bodily distress signal, it is possible to accept the pangs of loneliness as invitations to explore and grow.”

– Project UnLonely: Healing Our Crisis of Disconnection

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In this powerful book, Jeremy Nobel shows us how using the arts and creativity as ‘a gateway to imagination and empowerment’ can not only empower us to combat loneliness and isolation, but also profoundly change our minds and bodies.
Susan Magsamen

New York Times bestselling author of "Your Brain on Art"

Jeremy Nobel has done us all a great service: He’s written a book that destigmatizes loneliness. With ample research and an array of stories, he explains why loneliness is not a private weakness but a public problem. Then shows how curiosity, creativity, and conversation can help cure what ails us. Project UnLonely is a vital read for our times.
Daniel Pink

#1 New York Times bestselling author of "Drive", "When", and "The Power of Regret"

Loneliness is a silent epidemic that no one talks about (because there is no one to talk to about it). Jeremy Nobel is the best friend and confidante we all need. Project UnLonely offers practical guidance and scientific context on to how to fight loneliness in individuals and societies. His evidence-based approach elevates artistic expression to its rightful position of being as important as diet, exercise, and sleep.
Daniel J. Levitin, PhD

New York Times bestselling author of "Successful Aging"

Jeremy Nobel not only digs into what causes the terrible anguish of loneliness in a wide variety of contexts, he also gives us a framework for reconnecting with ourselves and others in a meaningful way. We need this book now more than ever!
Judson Brewer, MD, PhD

New York Times bestselling author of "Unwinding Anxiety"

Nobel puts us in the middle of current, high stakes conversations that recognize how loneliness undermines health, as well as our chances for intimacy and democracy. Here he argues a path to connection that includes personal artistic connection— something no chatbot can provide.

Sherry Turkle

Professor MIT, New York Times bestselling author of "Reclaiming Conversation" and "The Empathy Diaries"

This grand tour of loneliness visits the pain of subjective experience, the insights of science, the threat of technology, and the promise of art to discover solutions to one of the great public health issues of our time. In our hyper-connected but ultra-isolated world, we all need Project UnLonely.

Thomas Insel, MD

Former director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and author of "Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health"

A clear, lucid, and hopeful path toward greater connection through self-acceptance, self-expression, and creativity.

Robert Waldinger, MD

New York Times bestselling author of "The Good Life"

This is one of the best, if not the best, and most thorough, useful, practical and easy-to-understand treatments of loneliness available to read. An essential purchase that will inspire general audiences.

Library Journal 

The author provides useful answers and a path forward for many people who need one. Drawing on extensive experience and illustrative examples, Nobel offers practical remedies to a fundamental social problem.


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