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The US Surgeon General’s Next Foe Is Holiday Chaos

Vivek Murthy announced an online series to help target sources of chaos in partnership with mindfulness app Calm.

Vivek Murthy

Vivek Murthy

Photographer: Samuel Corum/CNP/Bloomberg

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy first took bosses to task for making American workers’ lives too stressful. Now, he’s coming after holiday anxieties.

Murthy on Dec. 1 announced a series of online sessions in partnership with Calm, a mindfulness app. Called “Mindfulness Tools,” the series of five YouTube videos are designed to target holiday stress and loneliness, among other sources of chaos and instability.  Murthy said stressors such as loneliness and instability far predate the Covid-19 pandemic, which only exacerbated existing pain points.