Something You Should Know

Something You Should Know Podcast

Sometimes all it takes is one little fact or one little piece of wisdom to change your life forever. That's the purpose and the hope of "Something You Should Know." In each episode, host Mike Carruthers interviews top experts in their field to bring you fascinating information and advice to help you save time and money, advance in your career, become wealthy, improve your relationships and help you simply get more out of life. In addition, Mike uncovers and shares short, engaging pieces of "intel" you can use to make your life better - today. Right now.

How Spaces and Places Affect Your Behavior & Why Johnny Can't Build or Fix Anything
Is it okay to talk with people on a speakerphone with their permission? What about bringing a gift to a party when the invitation says: No Gifts? This episode begins with a discussion on some common etiquette mistakes you may be making – and how to correct them. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/etiquette/etiquette-mistakesThe space and environment you are in right know can affect your thinking, your behavior and your communication in ways you likely don’t even realize. Lily Bernheimer is a researcher,...

Why Relationships Go Bad and How to Fix Yours & A Better Way to Manage Email
Driving while texting, talking, eating or drinking can all distract you from paying attention to the road. So what about listening to the radio while driving? Is that a distraction? This episode begins with an exploration of that question that yields a surprising answer.https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20130620/music-doesnt-hurt-driving-performance-study-suggests#1So many relationships start off great and then end badly. So what is it that goes wrong? Here with some great insight into that and some ...

How to Start a Successful Side Hustle & How Weather Predictions Really Work
When you appear confident, people find that attractive. Sometimes though, when you wish you could appear confident you feel just the opposite. So I begin this episode with quick, easy and effective techniques to appear more confident when the feeling doesn’t come naturally. http://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/how-to-be-confident/1/What if you could start a successful side business with little money and get it up and running in 30 days? Sound impossible? Well Chris Guillebeau says otherwise. Chris is the ...


Instantly Improve Your Decision Making & Vices that Are Really Good for You
Every airport runway has a number and it is always between 1and 36. This episode begins with how airport runways get their numbers (it is not random) and what purpose those numbers serve. I’ll also explain why sometimes the runway numbers have to change. https://www.wired.com/2014/05/the-hidden-beauty-of-airport-runways-and-how-to-decipher-them/When you make a decision, you hope you make the right one. And there are some decision making models that can help you make better decisions more consistently. Gabri...

The HUGE Problem With Generic Drugs & The Science of Choosing the Right Career For You
My mother used to tell me when I was a kid that coffee would stunt my growth. But seriously, can coffee do that? Can coffee sober you up if you are drunk? This episode begins with a look at what coffee can and cannot do. http://lifehacker.com/four-popular-coffee-myths-debunked-by-science-1780764499We’ve all been told that generic drugs are equivalent to name brand drugs at a fraction of the price. Well, not necessarily. Most generic drugs are made in India and China and oversight by the FDA is not as great ...

How to Create Lasting Personal Change & The Best Way to Learn New Things
When I smell the scent of fresh cut grass it transports me back to my childhood. It is a great smell. It also turns out to be beneficial to most people. I begin this episode by explaining the scientific benefits of smelling a freshly mowed lawn.( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1209360/Why-mowing-lawn-relieves-stressboosts-memory.html)How do you make real change in yourself and others? That’s the topic of my discussion with Joseph Grenny, a social scientist, speaker and one of the authors of a boo...


Why Being a Specialist is Overrated & The Extreme Creatures that Roam Our Planet
Automobile traffic, like the weather, is hard to predict. The slightest thing can cause a traffic jam and sometimes it seems that traffic jams just happen for no apparent reason. I begin this episode by exploring one oddity of traffic – where the solution usually makes the problem worse. (Edward Humes author of the book Door to Door). To be a success you have to get really good at one thing as soon as possible. In other words, you have to specialize. While that concept seems to make sense, it turns out to b...

How To Innovate Like The Great Innovators & How to Clean Faster and Better Than Ever
Ever had to wait forever to get a prescription filled? Why does it take so long to take pills out of a big bottle and put them in a little bottle? I start this episode with the answer – and it may surprise you. http://mentalfloss.com/article/79615/12-behind-scenes-secrets-pharmacistsWhen I think of innovators, I think of the champions of innovation – Leonardo DaVinci, Steve Jobs or that guy who invented the wheel. But we all actually innovate. We have to in order to solve the problems in our lives. Accordin...

The Fascinating Way Ordinary Things Affect You & The Best Plan to Eliminate Debt
While you are likely very good at noticing when you fail in life, keeping track of all the little victories is a much better activity. I begin this episode by explaining why those little victories can propel into big ones and why keeping a list is such a great idea. http://www.lifehack.org/398112/science-explains-how-writing-down-tinyachievements-every-day-changes-our-brainsYou are surrounded by colors, shapes, objects, nature and light. And all of those things have an effect on you. They impact your mood, ...


Why Hackers Hack and Ways to Protect Yourself & How AI Will Improve Healthcare
Do you turn your headlights on when you drive during the day? You should - and that is just one of several things I discuss that can instantly make you a better and safer driver even if you think you already are. http://www.cracked.com/article_20106_6-little-known-driving-tips-that-couldsave-your-life_p2.htmlIf you have a computer then you have been hacked. That’s the conclusion of Marcus Carey who is a cybersecurity expert and what you call a “white hat hacker.” Companies pay him to break into their comput...

The Power of Asking the Right Questions & How to Escape the Baggage of Your Past
Texting and driving is dangerous. Everyone know that. But why is it so much more dangerous than driving and drinking coffee or driving and talking or driving and tuning the radio? There is actually a good answer for that you need to hear so this episode starts with that. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/uoh-ass050916.phpYou ask questions all day long because that is how to learn and connect with others. So asking better questions will help learn and connect even better according to journalist ...

Why So Many People Are Unhappy at Work & A Better Way to Make Financial Decisions
How do you get top dollar when you sell on eBay? Well of course you need good photos and a great description but it turns out some of the specific words in that description can really raise or lower the amount people will pay. I begin this episode with an explanation of that. (http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/money/a38347/how-to-make-money-on-ebay/)Workers improve when they get feedback. A company’s culture is the key to success. Good leadership is what makes a company thrive. Although you may believe t...


Solving the Mystery of the Hamburger & Understanding the Risks in Your Life
If you want to learn something better and faster, there is a little trick that seems to work. We begin this episode by revealing some research from John Hopkins School of Medicine that says a slight change in the way you learn any new skill can make all the difference in the world. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/want_to_learn_a_new_skill_faster_change_up_your_practice_sessionsNothing is more American than the hamburger. We eat a lot of them. So where did the hamburger originate? Who cam...

The Voice Computing (Siri and Alexa) Revolution & Why So Many Bosses are Incompetent
Does cooking food on the grill increase your risk of getting cancer? The answer is – maybe. But it isn’t that simple. This episode begins with a discussion on which foods may or may not increase cancer risk and how you cook that food may make all the difference. (http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/does-grilling-really-cause-cancer)In the old Star Trek TV show (filmed about 50 years ago), Scotty used to talk to the computer on board the starship Enterprise. That was how he communicated his commands. Fast fo...

How Your Mind Really Works & Why People Are Insecure and How to Fix It
When you travel, there is a good chance you don’t sleep all that well the first night you are at your destination. It is so common it has a name – it is called the “First Night Effect.” This episode begins with an explanation for why it happens and some advice to counter the effects. http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822%2816%2930174-9What exactly is your mind? I know that’s a weird question but think about it – you have a mind that determines who you are. So is your mind the same thing as...


How the Internet Makes You a Better Consumer & Why the Experts Are So Often Wrong
Restaurants want you to spend more money. And the menu can be a powerful tool to accomplish that. This episode begins with exactly how restaurant menus entice you to buy more expensive items and spend more money in general. Listen and you are sure to save money. https://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/15-sneaky-restaurant-menu-tricks-that-tempt-you-spend-more.htmlIn the old days, you had very little influence or impact as a consumer. You either bought products or services or you didn’t and there wasn’t an...

The Amazing Benefits of Creating Order in Your Life & the Math that Changed Your World
If you want to feel good, grab some money! I begin this episode by explaining how the simple act of handling money can make you feel a lot better if you are feeling a bit down. And the money doesn’t even have to be your money. http://content.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1912574,00.htmlWhen you walk into a neat, clean and organized room, do you feel better? Calmer? A lot of people do. More order and less clutter can help you feel happier says Gretchen Rubin, host of the podcast, “Happier with Gretch...

How to Use Failure To Make Your Good Ideas Better & Why You Check Your Phone 86 x a Day
Imagine that while you are sleeping, a cleaning crew gets into your brain to clean out all the toxins so that your brain works better the next day. I know it sounds weird but it is exactly what happens. Listen as I begin this episode with that explanation. http://ens-newswire.com/2013/10/18/brain-cleans-itself-of-toxins-during-sleep/Most great breakthrough ideas fail first and then get modified before they became a success. It often happens multiple times. Being open to learning from those early failures an...


How to Get People to Really Like You & Why Humans Can Be So Kind & So Cruel
You probably don’t write much with a pen and paper anymore. Most of us type. However, there are a lot of benefits to writing the old-fashion way. I begin this episode with some great reasons why you should write more and type less. (http://mentalfloss.com/article/78182/4-reasons-write-hand-rather-type)Want to be more likeable and attract people to you? Some people are really good at it. They have the ability to draw people to them – almost as if it were magic. How do they do it? Jack Schafer knows. Jack is ...

How to Stop Postponing the Important Things in Your Life & How Food Fights Disease
The scent of lavender is supposed to be calming. It may also be the scent of trust. I begin this episode by explaining how lavender can make you appear to be more trustworthy – and why. http://rd.com/advice/relationships/habits-make-people-trust/I bet you have things you really want to do but somehow never get to doing them - right? There are trips you probably want to take or goals you want to accomplish but you don't. So what’s stop you? Sam Horn author of the book Someday is Not a Day in the Week (https:...

How to Embrace Conflict and Fight Well & Why We Love to Live in Cities
Grocery stores have a lot of germs. For one thing there is a lot of raw meat and fish moving around in the store. Some of those germs can cause you and your family to get really sick. I begin this episode with some very important advice on how to protect yourself from this very real threat. http://www.menshealth.com/health/supermarket-safetyConflict can be ugly and messy. It can also be positive and productive, according the Liane Davey author of the book, The Good Fight (https://amzn.to/2YXKnwG). Liane joi...


How to Use a Secret Identity to Get What You Want & Why We Have a Moon
Sibling relationships change as we move from childhood to adulthood. Sometimes they change for the better – sometimes not. We begin this episode by unraveling the complications of adult sibling relationships. http://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/adult-sibling-estrangement/When you were a kid you had a secret identity. You pretended to be Superman or a princess or someone you admired. What’s interesting is you can do the same thing as an adult to help achieve your personal and professional goals. Todd Herm...

The Science of Sin: Why We Do Bad Things & How to Lead When You Are Not in Charge
Why does traffic just seem to stop for no reason then magically clear up? You are sure there must be an accident or construction but there isn’t. So what causes it? We begin this episode with an explanation of that. (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090608151550.htm)There are 7 deadly sins: pride, envy, gluttony, lust, wrath, greed and sloth. Why are they so tempting? We humans spend our lives trying to resist the lure of sin. So what’s it all for? Jack Lewis author of the book The Science of S...

Time Cleansing: How to Make Time Work For You & The Ultimate RX For Your Pet's Health and Happiness
Sometimes you have to ask a stranger for a favor. Perhaps you need to borrow their phone or help you carry something. And there is one proven way that will greatly increase the chances they will grant you that favor. I begin this episode by telling you what it is. http://www.medicaldaily.com/likeability-trustworthy-how-be-popular-377296Time is precious. So how you mange, control and perceive the time you have is critical. Time, performance and productivity expert Steven Griffith, author of the book The Time...


The Surprising Ways Algorithms Steer Your Life & How to Make Your Ideas Stick
Do you ever long for the good old days? Nostalgia can be such a wonderful thing. We begin this episode with a look at why the past can seem so idyllic and wonderful and what the positive effects of looking back are. http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/nostalgia4.htmDo you really understand what algorithms are and how they work? You probably should because algorithms are used so often to influence us in making decisions on what to buy, what movies to watch or who to date. Kartik...

Are We Killing English or is It Just Evolving? & How to Make Big Changes Easier
Springtime means the return of annoying allergy symptoms for a lot of us. I begin this episode with some simple but very effective techniques that can help minimize the suffering from allergies and they come from a top allergist. http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2013/03/20/allergy-alert-worst-allergyseason-ever/If the English language is constantly evolving then what is “proper English”? Should you judge people if they use the language differently from you? Is it okay if someone says, “Let me axe y...

Toxins in Your Home You Really Need to Worry About & Cutting Edge Career Advice You Must Hear
Salt makes food taste good – maybe too good. We begin this episode by discussing research that shows how salty foods may make you eat more food than you planned and more than you should. http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/nutrition/a54074/salty-food-leadsto-overeating/We are all concerned about toxins in our environment. However, it isn’t always clear which toxins are most worrisome and where they are. Dr. Gary Ginsberg knows. He is the director of The Center for Environmental Health for the New York S...


How to Fail Well and Move On & Diet Tricks that Never Work and What Works Better
Of course you want high self-esteem and you sure want your kids to have it. But there is actually only one way to get it and it is not the way a lot of people think. We begin this episode by discussing the one and only way to acquire high self-esteem. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301091342.htmNo one likes to fail. Failure is painful. However, failure may not be as bad as you think when you take a different view of it. That’s according to psychologist Becca North, a visiting assistant prof...

How to Apply the Science of Success to Your Career & What You Never Knew About Your Bones
Isn’t it great when you have an “A-Ha Moment”? It’s when an idea or the answer to a problem just pops in your head. But is it actually a GOOD idea? We begin this episode by exploring whether those thoughts are worth paying attention to. http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2016/March/Insight_Correctness/You hear so many things about success such as, “It’s not what you know it’s who you know” or “Nice guys finish last.” The fact is that so much of what people believe about success has been studied scientifically an...

How to Actually Make Yourself Smarter & How Too Much Efficiency Makes You Less Efficient
Everyone has heard about antioxidants. In fact, a lot of people take antioxidant supplements. But is more better? We begin this episode with a look at antioxidants, what they do and when too much of them could be a bad thing. https://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2013/03/09/do-you-really-need-antioxidantsJust how smart are you? Well, actually it depends. It is clear that your brain works better when you do certain lifestyle things and avoid other things. For example, how much you sl...


Negotiation Strategies for Regular People & Brain Hacks to Get Things Done That You Hate To Do
Decision making is easy when you have to choose one of two options. However, when you add that third option (or more), it is amazing how the decision making process can fall apart – even for really smart people. This episode begins with an explanation as to why that is. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3469751/Why-clever-people-make-baddecisions-Having-options-creates-noise-brain-leads-irrational-choices.htmlEven though many people say they don’t like to negotiate, the fact is we all do it eve...

Fascinating Backstories of Modern Technology & What Really Determines How Long You Live
Every driver has likely had the experience of encountering a motorcycle that “came out of nowhere.” How does that happen? There is actually an explanation for why this is such a common occurrence and we begin today's episode with the explanation. http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/motorcycles/a19641/why-you-dont-seemotorcycles-on-the-road/Every piece of technology you use has a story of how it came to be. Some of those stories are fascinating. For example, did you know YouTube was originally a dating webs...

Surprising Ways We Influence Each Other & How to Handle Emotions at Work
Ever have the feeling someone is watching you? Almost everyone has had the experience but do humans actually have the ability to sense that? I begin this episode by explaining the science behind the sense of being watched. http://www.popsci.com/why-do-i-feel-like-someones-watching-mePeople influence you and you influence other people. It happens all the time all day long. What is so interesting is that it often happens in ways you are unaware of. Matthew Jackson is a professor of Economics at Stanford Unive...


Amazing Factors that Determine What and How Much You Eat & How to Better Deal with Life’s Catastrophes
Ever go out knowing your hair looks horrible or there is something wrong with your clothes? Everyone probably has but the more important question is – does anyone actually notice. This episodes begins with some fascinating research about how much people actually pay attention to you and your physical appearance. http://www.youbeauty.com/beauty/psychology-of-hair/So many factors influence what you eat and how much you eat – and you are totally unaware of many of them. Dr. Brian Wansink, Director of the Food ...

Powerful Success Secrets You Never Knew & Why Conventional Wisdom is Often Wrong
Can you tell just by looking if someone is honest and trustworthy? Actually you can but the reason will surprise you. Listen as I begin this episode of the podcast by explaining why you usually can trust in your instincts in this case. http://www.columbia.edu/~ms4992/Publications/2016_Slepian-Ames_PychSci.pdfAfter you listen to this segment, you will never look at success quite the same. Laszlo Barabasi, is a professor at Northeastern University and author of the book The Formula: The Universal Laws of Succ...

The Damage Done by Your Negative Self-Talk and How to Fix It & Why Boys Falling Behind
There are a lot of things you likely believe that are not true. For example, sugar causes hyperactivity in children. That’s just one of several commonly held beliefs that are not true as I begin this episode of the podcast. http://www.rd.com/culture/false-facts-everyone-believes/You are constantly talking to yourself. And when you actually paid attention to what you are saying to yourself – you will be amazed. Shad Helmstetter author of the book What to Say When You Talk to Yourself (https://amzn.to/2NfCg9e...


The Important Difference Between Being Rich and Being Wealthy & How to Control Any Conversation
When you grocery shop, are you one of those people who sometimes changes their mind and takes items out of your shopping cart and stashes them somewhere in the checkout line so you don’t have to buy them? Well, stores are making it harder to do that and that is just ones of the ways grocery stores try to get you to spend more money. I start this episode with a list of several other strategies grocery stores use because knowing could help you save money. http://www.rd.com/slideshows/supermarket-tricks/There ...

How to Use Your Memory to be More Successful & The Secrets of Loving Couples
Couples should have a date night. That’s common advice to help keep the romance alive in long term relationships. But interestingly, “couple time” is not the highest quality time couples can have. In fact it doesn’t even come in second. Listen as I explain another way couples can spend their time that is much more rewarding. https://www.businessinsider.com/double-dates-improve-relationship-2018-2Do you know how to make your memory work to your advantage? If you have ever had your memory fail at exactly the ...

The Fascinating Things That Make You Human & Natural Remedies – Which Ones Really Work?
If you want to be more persuasive, there is one little sentence to tack on to the end of any request that is more likely to get people to do what you want. Listen as I begin this episode by revealing that one simple sentence. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10510974.2012.727941?journalCode=rcst20What makes you human? What is it about us that separates us from other earthly creatures? It’s a fascinating question that has been tackled by Michael Tomasello, professor of psychology and neuroscience ...


Really Dumb Things Smart People Do with Money and The Power of Having the Right Attitude
People who deal with the public as part of their job often begin to believe that people in general are not very bright. For example, one question workers at Disney theme parks are often asked is “What time is the 3 o’clock parade?” Which is, of course, a pretty stupid question on its surface. But it’s how the employees answer the question that makes Disney customer service so legendary – and any organization can do the same thing. https://www.disneyinstitute.com/blog/how-would-you-respond-if-asked-what-time...

If Your Heart Has Ever Been Broken - Listen to This & Amazing Ways Numbers Affect You
When I need to solve a problem or think of something creative, I often lie down, close my eyes and think. And it turns out that is good advice for everyone. I start this episode with some interesting research that reveals why lying down is a good position to think in. https://lifehacker.com/need-a-creative-boost-try-lying-down-5982463Just about everyone has had their heart broken even you, I bet. Psychologist Guy Winch, author of the book How to Fix a Broken Heart (https://amzn.to/2UD20it) joins me to expla...

How Social Media Sucks You In Without You Knowing It & How Chemicals in Your Home Mess with Your Hormones
Some people like their chocolate chip cookies crispy right out of the often while others like them soft and chewy and some people like them somewhere in between. This episode begins with an explanation of how to get them just the way you like them every single time. http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/baking/chocolatechip-cookie-typesEver find it hard to get off Facebook or Instagram? Ever find yourself checking social media more often than you know you should? That turns out to b...


How to be a Great Customer So You Get What You Want & What do Facebook and Google Really Know About You?
We have all heard how some people become sad or depressed during the winter months? Maybe it’s the lack of sunlight or the social isolation of winter – or maybe it’s all a myth. I begin this episode with a look at Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and reveal how real it really is. http://medicalresearch.com/mental-health-research/depression/sad-no-relationshipbetween-sunlight-and-depression/20863/Have you heard of “surveillance capitalism”? It’s the business of collecting data on you and me and then selling...

The Science of Making Meetings Not Suck & How to Be Much Happier (and Why You Should)
As I write and post this, much of the U.S. and other parts of the world have been hit by extreme cold in the last several days. So I begin today’s episode with a look at the science of how to stay warm when you are out in the cold. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6620391/How-brace-cold-Science-backed-ways-stay-warm.html“Boy I wish we had more meetings and I wish they lasted longer,” said no one ever in the history of mankind. At best, meetings are a necessary evil in business, organizations and e...

Amazing Stories Behind Cool Whip, Mac & Cheese and other Iconic Food & What It Takes to Be in the Top 1%
There is a good chance that your partner is not a lot taller or shorter than you are. People seem to be attracted to people who are of a similar height but it is not for the reasons you might think. This episode begins with a fascinating explanation of how height is involved in mate selection. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3408829/Size-DOES-matter-Choosingpartners-similar-height-genes-researchers-say.html)Despite the emphasis on eating natural, healthy and organic foods, we still eat a lot...


The Magic of Building On Your Strengths and How to Better Handle the Admin of Daily Life
Should you really get an annual check-up or go to the dentist twice a year? What about wearing sunscreen everyday? Are all these things really necessary? We begin this episode with a look what the experts say about common health advice you’ve heard all your life.(http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/slideshows/do-you-reallyneed-to-cover-the-toilet-seat-with-paper)If you got a bad grade in school, then that was the subject you were told to work on. Fix your weaknesses – get that grade higher....

How to Scientifically Make Your Brain Perform Noticeably Better & How to Effectively Hold a Grudge
How many times have you been told you should be thankful for what you have? Well, there may be some profound wisdom in that. I begin this podcast with some great research that shows how simple acts of gratitude can bring you benefits for a long time. http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/01/how-expressing-gratitude-changeyour-brain.htmlWhile you might think memory loss and cognitive decline are problems only for older people – you would be mistaken. Many younger people are walking around with sluggish, underper...

How the House You Live In Affects Who You Are & The Scientific Way To Lose Weight for the New Year
When you feel and ache or pain in your body, you likely reach for a Tylenol. And it turns out that you should also reach for one when you are feeling emotional pain as well; such as loneliness or distress. Why? I begin this episode with that explanation. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091222154742.htmNo matter how clean you think your home is, you are sharing your house with millions of creatures – both visible and invisible. From the tiniest germs to your dog or cat – all of these creatures h...


The Fascinating Reason Why More is Never Enough & What You Never Knew About Spices
Everyone seems to have a cellphone – ALL the time. But there are some circumstances when you really should put your phone away so others don’t see it. I begin this episode by discussing when that is and why it is important. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9589232/Putting-a-mobile-phoneon-the-restaurant-table-will-ruin-your-meal.htmlIt appears to be human nature to always want more. Then when we get what we want it is never enough. Why is that? It turns out there is a chemical in your brain t...

How to Stop Making Stupid Mistakes & How to Nail Your New Year’s Resolution
You think you understand the concept of distracted driving – yes? You know it is NOT a good idea to text and drive. But it turns out to be more complicated than that. I begin this episode with some fascinating research that shows that there is a residual effect when you get distracted that affects your driving for much longer than you think. You really need to hear this. http://www.calif.aaa.com/home/about/community-and-safety/hands-free-distractionstudy.htmlEver make a really stupid mistake? Wouldn’t it be...

Best Moments of 2018 You May Have Missed - Part 2
We end 2018 with the second of our two-part look back at the best moments of the past year. With so much fascinating information from the last twelve months, it is fun to hit some highlight moments and relive them. I know you will hear things in this episode that you either missed or forgot – so listen and enjoy!...


How to Become the Person You Really Want to Be & Why You Like What You Like
You probably associate yawning with being tired or maybe being bored. However, according to some interesting research, yawning has nothing to do with either one of those things. I begin this episode of the podcast at a look at why we yawn and why yawning is contagious. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=3425960&page=1Why is change so hard? Anyone who has made a New Year’s resolution knows that sticking with a major change is difficult. One of the big reasons is what executive coach Marshall Goldsmith calls ...

Best Moments of 2018 You May Have Missed – Part 1
With over 100 episodes a year, it is entirely possible you may have missed some of the best, most interesting moments of the past year. Or perhaps you may have forgotten some interesting intel you learned. So here are some highlights from 2018....

How to Get People to Notice Just How Great You Really Are & Answers to Fascinating Life Questions
Does being unhappy make you more likely to get sick or even shorten your life span? A lot of people believe that. So, in this episode we look at the science behind that belief. How could unhappiness cause illness? The answer is complicated and not what you probably think. http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2015-12-08-happiness-and-unhappiness-have-no-direct-effect-mortalityWouldn’t it be wonderful if people would notice and appreciate just how great you are at doing what you do? Yes it would be but it seldom happens...


The Amazing Science Behind Why You Dream at Night & How to Make Real Friends and Connections
There are a lot of theories and myths about alcohol and how not to fall victim to its effects. For example, mixing caffeine with alcohol will make you feel less sleepy or that light beers are healthier than regular beers. I begin this episode with an examination of which of these and other common held beliefs about alcohol are true or false. http://www.purewow.com/wellness/Alcohol-MythsWhy do you dream at night? Do those dream serve a purpose or are they random thoughts the brain has as your body rests? Jou...

How to Ask For and Get Anything You Want & How Medicine Has Changed in 100 Years
Do attractive people really get the best tables at a restaurant? Did you know menus are designed to steer you to particular dishes? These are just a few of the things I cover as we kick-off this episode. It turns out there are a lot of fascinating things going on behind-the-scenes at restaurants that are helpful for you to know. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2363861/The-restaurant-secrets-diners-know-Huge-mark-upswine-dishes-containing-chefs-saliva-blacklist-rude-customers.htmlMy father used to te...

Fascinating Stories Behind Holiday Songs and Traditions & How to Acquire the “It Factor” for Success
It is easy and tempting to overspend on holiday gifts. Plus retailers do everything they can to encourage you to spend more. So this episode begins with some strategies to help you spend a bit less and avoid those impulse purchases that you often wish you hadn’t made once you get home. http://www.womansday.com/life/work-money/g1877/how-to-stop-impulse-buying/Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? Why do we bring fir trees into our homes and decorate them? Why is Jingle Bells so popular at Christmas when it is ...


The Science of Achieving Your Goals & The Truth Behind Double Dipping and the 5-Second Rule
When you look at old holiday photos, you will notice something is definitely missing – and it is something you really wish was there. I begin this episode of the podcast with that missing ingredient and advice on how to put it back in to your photos for this Christmas and in the future. (Cheryl Lightle author of “The Creative Memories Way )How often have you started something but never finished? How often have you said you wanted to accomplish something but never actually got around to starting it? It turns...

Why We All Eavesdrop (Even When We Shouldn’t) & Important Business Etiquette You Never Knew
Sometimes you may find yourself in a bad mood for no real reason. So how do you snap out of it? We begin this episode with some very easy, practical and proven ways to get you out of your funk and back to being happy when you are feeling grumpy. http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/smart-living/10-science-backed-ways-to-beat-a-bad-mood-fast/ar-BBlfz4d#page=5Is eavesdropping nothing more than an impolite indiscretion – or is eavesdropping something humans must do? John Locke, Professor of Linguistics at Lehman...

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Powerful Strategies to Be More Assertive & Expert Travel Advice You Will Definitely Use
Who doesn’t love the smell of a Christmas tree? For most of us, the scent of pine is wonderful. So much so that it is in all sorts of products from car air fresheners to kitchen cleaners. As it turns out smelling pine is also good for you and we begin this episode of the podcast exploring the benefits of that most enjoyable scent. (http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/12/04/healing-power-pine/#ixzz2E8XgB7J4)A large percentage of people classify themselves as passive. Many of those passive people wish they wer...


The Surprising Link Between Money and Happiness & When Questions Are More Important Than Answers
When guests come in to your home, what do they notice most of all? If you are having guests into your house this holiday season you will want to hear this surprising list of things people notice when they come through your front door. http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/what-guests-really-notice-in-your-home/ss-BBnq4Uw#image=8Money matters. It determines your lifestyle, how long you must work and forces you to make decisions on how to spend it. So it would seem that having more money would ma...

The Real Science of Aliens, UFOs and Life On Other Planets & How to Handle Manipulative People
You most likely have a preference for either a neat or a cluttered work environment. So which is better? Well it depends on what type of work you are doing. Those two types of environments have an impact on you that affect your thinking. We begin this episode by exploring that. https://www.medicaldaily.com/clean-environment-leads-healthier-behavior-messy-desk-inspires-creativity-249383What are the chances that there is life on other planets? Have aliens visited earth? There is no shortage of speculation on ...

How to Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms and Family Treasures & The Story of Thanksgiving
Can certain sounds actually be good for your health? Yes, according to some important research. From a purring cat to the sound of a harp to crashing waves – certain sounds can have a very positive effect. We begin this episode with an explanation of which sounds do what. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/04/harp-music-blood-pressure-icu-patients-pain_n_1734615.htmlSomewhere in your home are some valuable family treasures or heirlooms that mean something special to you. Maybe it’s your mother’s wedding ...


The Fascinating History of Blue Jeans & Incredible Science About You and Your World
The evidence is pretty clear that in order to be productive and to do excellent work, you need to take breaks. You can’t just work non-stop. But when is the best time to take a break? I begin this episode by telling you EXACTLY when to take a break for optimum performance. http://www.menshealth.com/best-time-for-breakThere’s a pretty good chance you have at least one or two pairs of blue jeans – and maybe many more in lots of other colors! Jeans are the iconic American garment and have been for decades. Eve...

How to Respond When People Say NO! & Why You Need More Friends & How to Find Them
What’s the secret to a happy life? Probably the best people to ask are people who say they are happy. So we begin this episode by revealing what happy people say is what makes them so happy. John Izzo, author of The 5 Secrets You Must Know Before You Die (https://amzn.to/2DdJDLA)Probably the one word you hear more than any other throughout your life is –NO! For some people no means no but for others it means something else entirely. BJ Gallagher, author of the book Yes Lives in the Land of No (https://amzn....

What Really Influences How You Think & Something Fascinating Google, Amazon and Facebook Have in Common
Do you really need to get a physical exam every year? We begin this episode by exploring who should and maybe who should not get an annual check-up and why. http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/theres-no-evidence-you-need-annual-physical-exam-say-doctorsYour unconscious mind affects your thoughts and behaviors in ways you can’t imagine. That is the message from John Bargh, Yale professor of psychology and author of the book Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do (https://amzn.t...


How Human Nature Screws Up Your Life (and How to Fix It) & The Trouble with Recycling
In most places around the world, Siri comes with a female voice by default. Of course you can change it but most people don’t. This is true for most other voiced-based computer programs. Why? We begin this episode with the fascinating reasons why most people prefer their devices sound female. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/apps/a18018/why-is-siri-a-female-voice/Human nature – it is a collection of things we humans tend to do by default. Robert Greene, author of the bestseller The Laws of Human N...

What to STOP Doing if You Want to Succeed & How to Crush the Urge to Overeat
This episode is released a few days before most people in the U.S. change their clocks back to standard time. And each time we change the clocks, people complain about all the bad things that result from that. Well, there are some good things as well. So I begin with some of those and the reasons behind daylight savings time that you may not know or understand. http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a18011/in-defense-of-daylight-saving-time/When you get a bad grade on your report card in school...

The Science of Personality: Why You Are Who You Are & How to Make Changes That Stick
The weather can affect your buying decisions without you realizing it. That can be a big factor when you buy a big ticket item like a house or a car. This episode begins with an explanation of why and how the weather impacts such important decisions and why you are more likely to buy a convertible on a sunny day even though it may be a terrible idea. https://www.businessinsider.com/the-effect-of-weather-on-purchasing-decisions-2012-11You have a personality – right? Well actually, more than one. Science writ...


How Electronic Communication Gets You in Trouble & The History of Your Favorite Halloween Candy
We all have those times when we are stressed and need to chill out. So I begin this episode with some proven simple and easy ways to reduce anxiety and stress instantly – and one way is so easy all you have to do is listen a hit song from 1972. https://us.ditchthelabel.org/101-ultimate-ways-chill-reduce-stress/Most of your communication is probably virtual – email, text, telephone, etc. And as you and probably everyone else has learned, virtual communication can lead to misinterpretation and misunderstandin...

Body Language Secrets the FBI Uses & The Lost Art of Corporate Slogans and Why They Matter
If you don’t play a musical instrument – maybe you should. This is especially true if you are outgoing and an extrovert. It seems that your personality can predict with great accuracy, how much musical skill and talent you have. We begin this episode by exploring that. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uoc-hyg101315.phpWhile you are probably aware of how some body language clues work, you are about to get a much better and deeper understanding of it and how you can use it to improve your commun...

The Real Dangers of Too Much Pleasure & Why You Should Celebrate Every Failure
So you get ready to make a salad and you rinse the lettuce and carrots and tomatoes under the faucet for a few seconds. Does that really get rid of the pesticides and bacteria? We explore that very important question and you really need to hear the answer. http://www.menshealth.com/how-to-wash-produceDo you understand the difference between pleasure and happiness? It’s an important distinction because the more pleasure you seek, the less happy you become. That’s the contention of Dr Robert Lustig, author of...


What You MUST Know if You Fly Commercial Airlines & The Amazing Benefits of Taking Time for Yourself
Spending time with annoying and irritating people can be hazardous to your mental health! That’s according to some research from my alma mater, the University of Southern California. I begin this episode with that and how to bulletproof yourself from the negative effects of those most irritating people. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Annoying-people-can-slow-down-your-brain-Study/articleshow/16765621.cmsWhen you fly on a commercial airplane, I know you have questions about how commercial a...

Why Some Things & People Become Popular & How to Use Logic Effectively
Anyone who has ever cooked pasta has thought about using HOT tap water instead of cold to speed up the process. After all, hot tap water takes less time to boil. But is it really a good idea to cook with hot tap water? We begin this episode with a discussion on why it is such a bad idea. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/29/health/29real.htmlIt may seem as if it's luck or chance that causes some things catch on and become popular or go viral. But it isn’t luck really. If you’ve ever wondered why some restaura...

Why You Have Trouble Sleeping and How to Fix It & How to Succeed When You Feel Like You Don’t Belong
Even the best drivers get in serious accidents – usually because of bad drivers. So we start this episode with a look at why good drivers get into accidents and how to steer clear of them http://www.smartmotorist.com/traffic-and-safety-guideline/how-good-drivers-get-killed.htmlA lot of us don’t’ sleep very well. Often the problem is so chronic that we convince ourselves that it is normal but it is not according to Dr. Barry Krakow. Dr. Krakow is a board certified internist and sleep disorders specialist and...


Why You Are Drawn to Distractions and How to Stop It & Why You Need More Fun at Work
Is it illegal to kill a praying mantis? Not that you would want to – but could you actually be fined or go to jail if you got caught? We begin this episode of the podcast with a look at what the law really says and why you would never want to kill one anyway. https://www.thoughtco.com/is-it-illegal-to-kill-praying-mantis-1968526Funny thing about distractions… it seems that more you need to stay focused on your work, the more irresistible those distractions become. So how do you make those distractions less ...

The Amazing Reason You Get Disgusted & Inventions that Could’ve Happened Much Sooner
Not long ago I went to the supermarket only to find everything had been moved around. Nothing was where it used to be. Why? I’ll explain why they do that and other little tricks supermarkets play on you.  http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Supermarket-Psychology-Tricks-18344600?stream_view=1#photo-Ever wonder why certain things disgust you? The things you find disgusting may be perfectly acceptable – even pleasing to someone else. Disgust turns out to be a fascinating human emotion. No other animals get d...

Where Conspiracy Theories Come From & Which Do Humans Prefer – Strict or Loose Rules?
You probably just assume food grown organically is healthier – and maybe it is. But you also probably think that organic food tastes better. You may not think you think that – but you do. We start this episode with an explanation as to why. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2302835/Organic-food-labels-trick-thinking-food-healthier-tastier.htmlConspiracy theories abound! I’m sure you’ve heard that some people believe the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks or the Holocaust never happened or t...


Fascinating Mysteries that Baffle Science & The Incredible Story of Human Spaceflight
You tip the waiter at the end of a meal for a job well done. But when it comes to tipping the maid and other people at a hotel, it is actually better to tip them at the beginning of your stay so you get better service in the days to come. That’s just one of the very savvy travel tips with which we begin this episode of the podcast. http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/travel-mistakes-to-avoid-20131217/packing-for-the-long-haulDo we really have free will? Does the placebo effect actually work? Have alien...

How to Have a Good Day (Almost) Everyday & Extremely Fascinating Facts You Never Knew
I’ve lived with dogs most of my life (and one pretty cool cat) so I am fascinated by doggy behavior. And did you know that even though dogs will eat almost anything – they actually prefer two distinct flavors. We begin this episode of the podcast with that and some other interesting facts about what your dog is really thinking. (Paulette Cooper author of 27 Secrets Your Dog Wants You To Know) https://amzn.to/2xoCi83You have good days and you have bad days. So what if you could control that so that you had f...

Fascinating Ways Your Brain Works & Amazing Advice for People Who Are “Too Sensitive”
You may not have ever noticed this but hotels rarely offer milkshakes on their room service menu. And yet, if a hotel has a kitchen there is a good chance they have ice cream milk and a blender. But if you try to order a milkshake you probably won’t get it. Why not? The answer is simple, ridiculous and points out a big problem in American business today. (Steve Little author of The Milkshake Moment)Why does time seem to go by faster as we get older? Why do people love kitten videos? How can you spot a liar?...


The Sneaky Fees Businesses Charge and What to Do About It & The Fascinating History of Slang
What could be simpler than washing your hands? You’ve done it a zillion times. And yet you are probably not doing it correctly. With cold and flu season nearly here, it’s important to get this right so we begin this episode with some expert hand washing advice. http://www.rd.com/slideshows/hand-washing-mistakes/#slideshow=slide5I am sick of paying fees, Are you? There are fees for everything and the result is that nothing really costs what the price tag says – it’s the price PLUS all the fees. Bob Sullivan ...

How to Actually Think Better & The Secret of Eating What You Enjoy Without Guilt
Many people wish they were taller. Unfortunately there is no simple fix for that. But there are ways to LOOK taller and we start this episode with some effective techniques. http://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/a37254/7-style-tips-that-will-make-you-look-taller/No one likely taught you how to think. So when you have a problem to solve or need to come up with a solution - you just think the way you think. But what if you could think better? Tim Hurson author of the book Think Better https://amzn.to/2CzM...

Discover How to Be Luckier in Everyday Life & A Proven Way to Make Better Decisions
People who travel a lot have to come up with their own travel hacks and secrets in order to stay sane! Several of the people who work for CNN and travel as part of their job, put together a bunch of really great tips and tricks they have learned from years and years of traveling – often by learning things the hard way. We begin this episode by sharing these great travel secrets so you can put them to use on your next trip.  http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/20-biggest-travel-mistakesCan you learn to be ...


How to Find Hidden Collectibles in Your Home & Powerful Career Advice You Haven’t Heard Before
Whenever you get a new credit card in the mail, you are encouraged to sign the back of it. In fact many say, “Not valid until signed.” But should you sign the back of your credit cards? For security reasons, maybe not. But there is something you might want to write in that little box instead. We start the episode by discussing that. http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1444/should-you-sign-the-back-of-your-credit-cardsSupposedly the average American home has about $2600 worth of stuff collecting dust th...

The Amazing Way Your House Influences Your Behavior & What To Do When You Can't Forgive
If you want to ask someone on a date, you could call them up and ask or you could send a text or email. So which of those methods is most effective? We begin this episode with the interesting answer. http://news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2015/09/email-versus-voicemail-romantics.shtmlWhen someone walks into your home, they immediately make assumptions about you. So what do people assume about you? What does your home say? According to Winifred Gallagher author of the book, House Thinking: A Room by Room Look a...

How to Remember Anything, Anytime , Anywhere & The Dark Side of Success
Have you ever thought to yourself, “When I lose weight, where does the fat go?” It is an interesting question and the fact is most health professionals cannot answer it. But I can – and will as we begin this episode. https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/26/health/lose-weight-where-does-it-go-partner/index.htmlIf the “lose-it-or-use-it” theory applies to anything – it applies to memory. U.S. Memory Champion Chester Santos, author of the book, Mastering Memory https://amzn.to/2P4LTay joins me to offer some techniques ...


How Pictures Always Make You More Persuasive & Do Men Really Prefer Blondes?
If you want someone to know you really care for them and that they are special to you, there are a few simple things you can do that can have a huge impact. I begin this episode with those things which I am sure will come in handy at some point in your life. http://www.caring.com/articles/5-surprising-actions-that-show-loveWhen you want to make a point or sell your idea or convince someone of something – nothing can do it like a picture. But what if you suck as an artist? Well, according to Dan Roam, that d...

Are You Unknowingly Sabotaging Yourself? & The Amazing Story of the World’s Sand Shortage
When you have pain – you want it to go away. While taking a pill or two can help ease the pain, there are some other interesting and unconventional ways to ease pain that have been proven to work. This episode begins with those and at least most of them will likely be new to you. http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/12-weird-pain-remedies/ss-AAcuOQ#image=1Self-sabotage is when you set a goal, attempt to achieve it and in the process screw the whole thing up all by yourself. Seems rather pointless, yet e...

What Really Makes Love Work Long Term & The Really Good News About Depression
I suspect you’ve been cheated or lied to at some point in your life and thought to yourself, “How in the world did I fall for that?” There is actually a good reason why it happened to you and to every other human on the planet. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201109/the-5-reasons-we-get-suckered-and-rippedWhile there is no shortage of advice for people in relationships – I think I have someone who will make you think differently about love and how it really works in the long-...


The Science of Being a Peak Performer & How to Improve Your Writing – Instantly
Have you ever watched someone blow out the candles on a birthday cake and wondered, “Do I really want to eat cake after someone blew and spit all over it?” I have. So I start this episode with a look at the risks of eating that cake once the candles are out. http://foodnetwork.wikia.com/wiki/Food_DetectivesA lot has been written about peak performance. There are books, articles, podcasts, seminars, speeches and many gurus all claiming to know the magical steps to achieving high performance in your career. S...

How to Give and Get Criticism Well & How to Use Computer Algorithms to Solve Your Problems
Somehow I simply cannot walk and text at the same time. And that turns out to be a good thing. I begin this episode with some fascinating research about texting and walking – and how the people around you hate you when you do it. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/people-who-text-while-walking-are-annoying-as-hell-study-confirms_us_55b8f3e7e4b0a13f9d1b0b13?ir=Healthy%2BLiving%C2%A7ion%3Dhealthy-living&utm_hp_ref=healthy-livingCriticism can be tricky. It is often hard to give it effectively and it is even ...

What Really Controls Your Behavior & How Being Too Clean Can Make You Sick
When it comes to successful online dating, the two things that seem to matter most are your screen name and your profile picture. I begin this episode by explaining what works best as determined by researchers who reviewed thousands of online profiles of people who were successful online daters and people who failed miserably. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150212212100.htmWhat determines your behavior? Is everything you do the result of your free will or is your behavior determined by somethi...


The Benefits of Cursing & How the World is Getting Better - Even If It Doesn't Seem So
This episode begins with a look at some fascinating science of everyday life. For example, how the calorie count for food is determined, what does it take to actually crush a Lego brick, why water of the same temperature feels colder than air of the same temperature – and more. http://mentalfloss.com/article/66086/11-scientific-explanations-everyday-lifeDo you swear? If so, why? Are there any benefits to swearing? And how has swearing changed over the years? These are a couple of the questions tackled by Em...

What Music Does to Your Brain & The Amazing Benefits and Techniques of Decluttering
Negotiating your own salary can be stressful and difficult. This episode begins with some proven ways to help you maneuver through the negotiation process effectively so you get the best deal and the most money possible. http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-negotiate-a-higher-salaryJust about everyone enjoys music. But it is more than mere entertainment. Researcher and writer Dan Levitin author of the book, This is Your Brain on Music discusses how people have used music throughout history and how we use i...

Why Eating Healthy Isn’t as Hard as You Think & How to Be More Productive Than Ever
What’s the real reason people get angry over the little things? At least one leading expert believes it’s all about control. I begin this episode of the podcast discussing the high cost your pay by getting so upset over nothing and how to let go of life’s little aggravations. (The Anger Trap by Les Carter https://amzn.to/2NYGHpd) So much of the advice on eating healthy is about what to avoid – meat, dairy, gluten, sugar, oil etc. But pediatrician Dr. Aaron Carroll, professor of Pediatrics at Indiana Univers...


Powerful Ways to Instantly Be More Persuasive & How to Create and Present the Right Image
Should you really not go swimming until a half hour after eating? Can you really get poison ivy by touching someone who already has it? These are just some of the common pieces of summertime advice you often hear. We’ll take a look at the science behind these and several others and reveal whether or not they are true. http://www.silive.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2012/07/summer_myths_debunked.htmlIf you want to be persuasive, it is not only what you say but how you prepare the person in advance to hear your mes...

Fascinating Ways Different Foods Affect You & Cool Life Hacks That Will Save You Time & Money
When you want something from someone else – like in a negotiation – it usually doesn’t pay to get mad. But it might be a good idea to get sad. This episode begins with some interesting research that can help you get better at getting what you want. http://www.thestar.com/business/careers/2015/07/02/wanta-raise-try-crying-it-8217-s-science-.htmlDoes eating sweets put you in a sweeter mood? Does thinking a food is high in fat rev your body up to burn the calories better? These are just a few questions I discu...

The Flawed Psychology of Low Price Shopping & Why You Get Sick and How to Prevent It
A kiss is just a kiss. Or is it? It turns out kissing does a lot. I begin this episode with some interesting facts about what kissing does, the messages it sends and why men and women tend to prefer different kinds of kisses. https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/relationships/20-things-you-never-knew-about-kissing/ss-AA3gtBDWhy would you ever want to pay more when you can pay less? Well, that turns out to be a complicated question. There is a cost to chasing the lowest prices according to Ellen Ruppel Shell,...


Understanding the Flaws in Your Evolution & The Story Behind Some of the Coolest Toys Ever
A lot of things about you determine how likable you are but there are a few simple techniques to make you appear more likable instantly. I start this episode with three ways, according to Psychology Today, that will make you more likable to others when you meet them. And they aren’t what you probably think. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/let-their-words-do-the-talking/201107/get-anyone-you-instantly-guaranteed-1Evolution is what got us to where we are today. But the evolutionary road we have travel...

How to Use the Element of Surprise to Be Successful & The Secret to Stopping Bad Breath Forever
Do you blush? Most people who do blush wish they didn’t because it is embarrassing and – as blushers know – it is impossible to stop doing it. But blushing has a purpose and I begin this episode by discussing who blushes, why they blush and what it means to others when you do. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-we-blush-social-embarrassmentI’m sure you know that feeling of delight when someone surprises you on your birthday or anniversary or surprised you for no particular reason at all. W...

The Mysterious Impact Strangers Have On You & Why You Are Bombarded By So Many Ads
Getting kids – or even some grownups – to eat their vegetables can be frustrating. However there are some simple techniques that researchers at Cornell University have studied that appear to be quite effective Listen and I’ll tell you how and you’ll discover the fascinating side effects of improving your reputation as a cook and a human being amongst your family members. And who wouldn’t want to do that? http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/OP/Loving_CookYou likely don’t give a lot of thought to how important ...


How Language Affects How You Think & The Fascinating Way Emotions Determine Your Success
Not drinking enough water is a big problem. And while being a little dehydrated won’t kill you, dehydration does have a lot of significant and negative effects on your physical and mental wellness. This episode starts with a look at some surprising findings. http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/5-signs-dehydration-besides-color-your-peeLanguage controls what you think and how you think it. Imagine how differently you would think if you didn’t have words like “left” or “right”? Or what if your langua...

Why You Are Not As Smart As You Think You Are & How Long Can You Reasonably Live?
It is rare to see a UPS truck turning left. Sure, sometimes they have to but they try not to. And there is a really good reason why that we can all learn from. I begin this episode with a discussion on that. (http://mentalfloss.com/article/60556/19-secrets-ups-drivers) Could it be you are not as smart as you think you are? Apparently so according to David McRaney author of the book and host of the podcast called You Are Not So Smart (https://amzn.to/2tGvPTq). David explains some of the interesting quirks an...

Why You Ask for Help All Wrong and How to Do It Right & The Myth of “Expert” Financial Advice
There is only one right way to build a fire. It has always been this way and it is unlikely anyone will ever come up with a better way. Interestingly, you probably already do it. I start this episode with an explanation on how to build the perfect fire. http://www.pratt.duke.edu/news/firePeople tend to ask for help all wrong! Humans like to help, we get joy from helping and if you ask the right way, you will often get the help you want. It’s HOW you ask that really matters. Social psychologist Heidi Grant,...


Scientific Mysteries that Make No Sense At All & How to Stop People From Manipulating You
Want to feel REALLY good? Watch this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHiKxytbCWk. It’s a dull and boring video about folding towels and will make you (or at least many people) get chills and give you a “brain orgasm.” Why? No one really knows for sure but I’ll explain what is known about it as I start this episode.How could 95% of the universe be missing? Why is it that science can’t quite explain why we need to die or how free will works? Michael Brooks joins me for a fascinating discussion ...

How to Be Beautiful and Why it Matters & Small Inventions that Rocked Your World
When you search for something in Google does it matter what order you put the words in? What about punctuation – does that matter? We start this episode with the best ways to optimize Google searches to get the best results. (https://edu.google.com/coursebuilder/courses/pswg/1.2/assets/notes/Lesson1.5/Lesson1.5Wordordermatters_Text_.html)What makes someone beautiful? Can you really become more beautiful? These are important questions because beauty and attractiveness have some clear benefits for everyone. R...

What Really Motivates Humans & How to Talk to Anyone About Anything
Do nice guys finish last? Sure, there are a lot of successful nice guys but there are a lot of successful jerks too. So which is it? The answer may actually lie somewhere in between. This episode begins with some interesting insight into that (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/06/why-it-pays-to-be-a-jerk/392066)Humans are motivated by….what? Traditional thinking has been that carrots and sticks – in other words rewards or punishments are the best way to get people to do things. Well that may ...


How to Unlock Your Creative Genius & The Fascinating Connection Between Health and Happiness
Humans are programmed to flirt. It’s the beginning of the process that keeps the species going forward. And while some people are clearly better at the art of flirting – there is some science to it as well. I begin this episode with scientifically proven ways to improve your flirting skills.  (http://theweek.com/articles/448643/how-flirt-according-science)One thing that makes us human is our creativity. We are all creative and many of us could be even more creative according to Allen Gannett. Allen is the C...

The Amazing Way Your Body Heals Itself & Why Your Reality is Different Than Mine
Ever feel good about saving a spider because you took it out of your house and put it outside rather than killing it? It seems like a noble thing to do. But what you may not know is what is likely to happen to that spider once you put it outside. This episode of the podcast starts with that interesting explanation. (http://www.burkemuseum.org/blog/curated/spider-myths)You probably don’t think about it much but the way your body heals itself from illness and injury is really remarkable. We are learning more ...

How to Easily Negotiate (Almost) Anything & Why You Need the Rat Race
Mental health is complicated. But there are some things that can trigger depression in almost anyone. I begin this episode with a list of things that can cause you to lose your objectivity and make you sad if you let them. (https://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/therese-borchard-sanity-break/surprising-reasons-young-people-get-depressed/)If you knew there was a good chance that you could get a discount on a new shirt or pair of pants or a vacuum cleaner – but you had to ask – would you? It turns out that yo...


Why People Cheat & The Best Advice for People Who Are Too Busy
When you sit down to eat, several things affect how MUCH you eat and how much you enjoy the food. I begin this episode by revealing how the environment and atmosphere of the room in which you are eating can have a big impact. When you learn the details, you can use this information to help you eat less while enjoying your food more. (http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/outreach/musiclight.html)Sometimes people in relationships cheat. No secret there. But why? Are we programmed to cheat? Are humans, by nature,...

What You Should (and Shouldn't) Do to Your Skin & How to Get Along Better with People at Work
Does having more sex make a couple happier – or is it just that happier couples have more sex? We begin this episode by looking at which is the cause and which is the effect. (http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2015/may/more-sex-does-not-lead-to-happiness.html)You likely know the importance of staying out of the sun and using sunscreen when you are in the sun. But proper skin care involves much more than that. As we begin the unofficial start of summer, Dermatologist and plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, ...

How Heredity Works in Your Family & How to Create and Deliver the Perfect Apology
Years ago coffee was called “The Think Drink” in a marketing campaign. Those were the golden days of coffee. Later coffee was demonized as something that caused all kinds of health problems. Later it turned out, coffee had health benefits and was just fine to drink – but not too much. So we begin this episode with a look at the research to discover whether coffee is good or evil. (http://www.rd.com/slideshows/coffee-myths/#slideshow=slide6)Ever think about what traits or behaviors or illnesses may have been...


The Fascinating Role Music Plays in Your Life & How to Harness the New Power of Online Communities
No one likes getting a shot at the doctor’s office. But there is something you can do to ease the pain. We begin this episode with a little strategy that can cut the pain in half. But you have to do it just right. (https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27514-hold-your-breath-to-dampen-the-pain-of-an-injection/)Music plays an important role in our lives – but why? We don’t need it to survive yet every culture on the planet has music of some sort. John Powell, author of the books Why You Love Music (https:/...

The Art and Benefits of Wasting Time & 45 Billionaires Share Their Secrets to Success
You know what is one of the most common decorating mistakes people make? It is hanging art on the walls incorrectly – usually too high. I’ll explain a simple rule that art galleries and museums use and you should too. (https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-high-to-hang-pictures/)Imagine asking 45 successful, billionaire entrepreneurs what made them successful. That’s exactly what Robert Jordan did for his groundbreaking book, How They Did It: Billionaire Insights from the Heart of America (https://amzn.to/2r...

Fascinating Science of Food and Cooking & What May Be Wrong with Your Mouth and Teeth
When you have a meeting it is usually sitting down in an office at a table. That just may be one of the worst ways to conduct a meeting and maybe it is why nothing much gets accomplished. There is a better way and it is something Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and others do. I’ll explain what that is as we begin this episode. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/09/walking-meetings-at-linke_n_7035258.html?utm_hp_ref=business)If you cook, you are a scientist. Food science is fascinating and when you underst...


How to Stop Being Too Nice Without Being a Jerk & Your Relationship with Television
What is the stronger motivator – reward or punishment? In other words, does hurt more to lose something than it feels good to gain something? We start this episode t with a look at some interesting research into this. (https://source.wustl.edu/2015/05/carrot-or-stick-punishments-may-guide-behavior-more-effectively-than-rewards/) Some people are just way too nice. They sacrifice their own needs for the needs of others. They are so worried about what other people think of them that always want to please rathe...

Should You Start Your Own Business? & The Dangers of Medical Myths & Health Misinformation
What color lipstick makes a woman most attractive? Do women prefer a beard on a man or not? What can anyone do to make themselves more attractive? We begin this episode by exploring this. (https://www.healthyway.com/content/ways-to-be-more-attractive-according-to-science/)Entrepreneurship is alive and well. So should you start a business? Maybe you already have. When you think about it, people who drive for Uber or rent out a room in their house on Airbnb are being entrepreneurial. So are people who simply ...

What Your Stuff Reveals About You & How Your Gut Affects Your Mood
The more decisions you make during the day, the worse you get at it. It’s called “decision fatigue” and everyone gets it. Listen as we begin this episode and discover just how it happens and what you can do about it. (http://jamesclear.com/willpower-decision-fatigue) What does your stuff say about you? Tons, according to my first guest, Sam Gosling. Sam sent investigators and scientists to snoop around people’s homes and offices to discover what can be learned by their belongings. The results are in his boo...


Why Time Seems to Fly & The Secrets of How Great Teams Work Together
In my house, whenever we turn on the microwave oven in the kitchen – it screws up the Wi-Fi. Why is that? And is there anything you can do to prevent that? We start this episode by exploring the microwave/Wi-Fi conflict. (http://io9.com/why-does-your-microwave-oven-mess-with-the-wi-fi-connec-1666117933) Time sure flies when you are having fun. We’ve all had that experience but have you ever wondered why that is? Why should time seem to travel faster at one time and slower at other times even though time is ...

How You Can Be More Powerful & Elastic Thinking: A Better Way to Solve Problems
When you go grocery shopping it is hard to resist the urge to buy things you know you shouldn’t. Temptation is down every aisle! So what can you do? There is a simple yet very effective technique that will help you resist those urges.  (http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/OP/Trigger_Apple) You probably know someone you would consider powerful. So how did they get their power? Where did it come from? And can you be more powerful? Listen to Jeffrey Pfeffer is a professor of Organizational Management at the Stan...

How to Be a Better Risk Taker & Mysteries of Science That Affect Your Life
One way to blow your credibility in any conversation or in anything you write is to misuse or mispronounce words or phrases. So this episodes starts with some commonly misused words and phrases to make sure you are using them correctly. (https://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/10-speaking-and-writing-errors-that-erode-your-credibility.html)  Taking risks can be good – or bad. It’s all in how you approach the risk and it also seems to depend on how old you are. Kayt Sukel, author of the book The Art of Risk:...


How to Sleep Much Better & The Ways Virtual Reality Will Change Your Life
Of course you know better than to talk on your phone while driving – but you should also tell other people in the car to stay off their phones as well. This episode starts with a discussion on why passenger’s phone conversation can be trouble for the driver. (http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2010/05/half-heard-phone-conversations-reduce-performance) How well do you sleep? Before you answer you should know that you may not HAVE the answer. So many people sleep so poorly, they don’t even know what good sle...

How to Create Excellence & An Easier Way to Financial Independence
Passengers get kicked off airline flights a lot more than they used to. Do airlines have the right to just give people the boot for any reason? This episode begins by explaining why you can get kicked off any flight for almost any reason. (http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2015/04/09/how-to-get-kicked-off-flight/?intcmp=HPBucket) The idea of “creating excellence” really became popular back in 1982 with the publication of the huge, best-selling book, In Search of Excellence (https://amzn.to/2qAE2qB) . So how hav...

How Things Do (and Don’t) Become Popular & How to Navigate Difficult Social Situations With Ease
“Eat your veggies – they’re good for you!” Every parent has said that to a child and yet, as a parent, you probably shouldn’t. I start this episode of the podcast with some fascinating research about what to tell kids about healthy foods. (http://www.chicagobooth.edu/about/newsroom/press-releases/2014/2014-05-08)What if I told you that nothing really goes viral? You’d probably say, “Of course it does – cat videos, songs, lots of things go viral.” Well, not according to Derek Thompson, senior editor at the A...


How Your Money Actually Works & How to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness
I recently appeared on a different podcast to talk about the evolution and success of Something You Should Know. To listen to my appearance on "On Mic with Jordan Rich," follow this link: http://onmicwithjordanrich.blubrry.net/category/episodes/Confident people just have a way about them. The way they act and talk draws people to them. So how can you be (and appear) more confident? I begin this episode with some expert advice on how to project confidence. (https://bit.ly/2qeuW3m)How does your money move aro...

The 5 People Who Will Ruin Your Life (If You Let Them) & How to Make Motivation Work For You
Could some freaked-out passenger actually open the door on an airplane in the middle of the flight? There have been news reports of attempts to do so – but is it possible? That is one of the things I discuss regarding how things work on commercial airliners to begin this episode. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3023336/The-answers-question-ve-flying.html)There are five types of people who can ruin your life. All five are what you would call “high-conflict” types of people. Bill Eddy ...

Real Truth Vs Fake Truth: How to Tell the Difference & The Science of Failure: Why Things Go Wrong
We have a lot of devices – cellphones, tablets, laptops – and they all need to be charged up constantly. How much does that cost? And how much does it cost to run a television, light bulb or a Tesla every year? Listen to discover the answers. (http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ekhf45ellkj/ipad-1-50-per-year/) It seems as if the truth has taken a beating in recent years. Your truth may not be my truth and then, of course, there is alternative truth. Huh? It’s time we take a closer look at what the truth is and ...


5 Ways Your Phone Screws Up Your Life & What to Do When Your Whole World Falls Apart
If you have a big decision to make, wait until you have to go to the bathroom. I begin this episode by explaining why a full bladder helps make better decisions. (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110228163141.htm)Do you control your phone or does your phone control you? It seems we can’t live without a cellphone for more than a few minutes. But what if you actually tried? What if it actually made things better? Catherine Price has taken a critical look at our relationship to smartphones in her ...

Secrets of Peak Performance We Can All Use & Fascinating Math You've Always Wondered About
Your homeowner’s insurance (and renter’s insurance if you have it) covers much more than you probably realize – and it is worth knowing. For example, if you receive counterfeit money – your homeowner’s insurance may likely cover you for the loss. Who knew? And that’s only one thing we will discuss that your insurance probably covers. (http://consumerist.com/2012/04/12/stuck-with-a-forged-check-homeowners-insurance-to-the-rescue/)How do peak performers get to the top of their field? And what separates a peak...

Best of SYSK Volume 3
A few times every year I like to shine a spotlight on some of the best moments from past episodes you may have missed. This time, it’s moments from the last few months of 2017. It’s a busy time of year, so in case you missed some moments, here are a few really great ones.. The links below will take you back to the original episodes from which these segments are taken so you can listen to the complete interviews if you wish.Topics and Links in this EpisodeWhy Those Special Moments in Your Life Are So Special...


Why Life is Better Than You Think & Why We Swear
Everyone has a blood type right? Well, not really. Some people have no blood type – not to be confused with people who have a universal blood type. Do you know if you are type A, B, AB or 0? Why do you have a blood type anyway? That’s the first topic of conversation today. (http://mosaicscience.com/story/why-do-we-have-blood-types)To hear tell, the world is going to hell. Watch the news and it seems as if we are on the road to self-destruction. But we are not. In fact we are living in an age of enlightenmen...

How to Craft a Luckier Life & Why You Tell Yourself Stories That Aren’t True
People hate unsolicited advice – and they seldom follow it. Still, that doesn’t stop us from dishing it out to those we are trying to help. Well maybe there is a better and more effective way to influence people other than just telling them what we think they should do. I’ll tell you what it is. (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/do-the-right-thing/201407/giving-people-advice-rarely-works-does)Some people have all the luck. But why? Why are some people luckier than others? Can you create a life that has ...

The Secrets of Nonverbal Communication & The Fascinating Connection Between Food and Brain Performance
If you flip a coin and it comes up heads a couple of times in a row, chances are you would bet the next flip will come up tails. That is the perfect example of the “gambler’s fallacy.” Because the next flip is NOT more likely to come up tails. It gets gamblers in Las Vegas in trouble but it can also get you in trouble if you let it enter in to your decision making process. (http://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=committing-the-gamblers-fallacy-may-be-in-the-cards-new-research-shows)You instinctively know about body l...


The Real Reason You Buy What You Buy & How to Have That Difficult Conversation and Still Be Friends
Handwriting analysis sounds like it might be scientific. After all some courts allow it during trials and it has helped to convict defendants. But how reliable is it really? When put to the test, do handwriting experts do better in spotting a forgery or confirming a signature than you or me? We’ll discuss that. (http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Tests/grapho.html) You like to think that when you buy something, you do it for sound smart and logical reasons. And maybe YOU do. But most people d...

Why Are Great Innovators So Weird and Quirky? & What You Probably Never Knew About Cats
TV networks manipulate programs to make more time for commercials – a LOT more time. I’ll discuss that and you might want to watch this YouTube video that demonstrates just how it works. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6i1VVikRu0. And here is the source for this story: http://www.wsj.com/articles/cable-tv-shows-are-sped-up-to-squeeze-in-more-ads-1424301320  We all have our little quirks and idiosyncrasies. But why is that great innovators like Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Marie ...

Why Complainers Complain and How to Stop Them & Using Games to Accomplish Your Goals
Why is Stephen Hawking still alive? Most people who are diagnosed with ALS die within 5 years. Stephen Hawking was diagnosed in his 20’s and today he is in his 70’s. We begin this episode by looking at his amazing longevity. (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stephen-hawking-als/)Do you know a complainer? It’s a trick question because you probably know a lot more than one. In fact, you might be a complainer without realizing it. Cianna Stewart has studied the subject of complaining in great detail a...


The REAL Reason Why You Do the Things You Do & Important Etiquette in the 21st Century
So, what’s the deal with high fructose corn syrup? People talk about it a lot. Some say it is horrible for your health while others claim it is fine. But do you know what it actually is? Without stepping into the controversy, I’ll explain what it is exactly and how it is different than regular corny syrup or sugar for that matter. (http://www.finecooking.com/item/24865/corn-syrup-vs-high-fructose-corn-syrup)Why do you do the things you do? Everything you do has a reason. You go to school to learn and you go...

How to Design YOUR Perfect Life & Why Humans Make So Many Irrational Decisions
Back in Grandma’s day, you had to spend an afternoon defrosting the freezer once in a while. Today we have frost-free freezers but unfortunately they can do damage to the frozen food in there. I’ll explain what to do about it.One of the reasons life is so stressful is because we try to do things that we are just not wired to do. Gretchen Rubin, host of the “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” podcast and author of the audiobook The Four Tendencies has a solution. She explains how to figure out your own personality...

How to Deal With Every Jerk You Meet & How to Take Stunning Photos with Your Cellphone
Why do you sigh? Usually it is because you feel relief or you are sad or tired. But it turns out there is more to a sigh than you thought. In fact it turns out to be good for you. I’ll explain as I start this episode.The world is full of jerks. And unfortunately you have to deal with them. So what’s the best way? Here with some expert help is Bob Sutton, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford and author of the book The A**hole Survival Guide (http://amzn.to/2HqacwR). Bob explains why jerks are s...


What it Really Takes To Be a Winner & What to Do About the New Culture of Rudeness
Want to be more persuasive? There is a simple phrase or two you can add to any request that will increase the chances that almost anyone will do you the favor you ask. I’ll tell you what those phrases are.If you’ve been watching the Olympics, you’ve seen THE best athletes in the world competing against each other. So how do you get to be the best? And what separates the very best from the “pretty good?” Ashley Merryman, co-author of the book Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing (http://amzn.to/2CiopYU...

The Best Way to Find Someone to Love & How to Come Up With Better Ideas
So the dentist has you open your mouth wide and while he is poking around in there with sharp instruments, he asks you a question. Why? You can’t really answer. I’ll explain this and other fascinating things that go on in the dentist’s office.Since it is Valentine’s week, I think you’ll enjoy hearing my discussion with Helen Fisher, author of the Anatomy of Love A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray  (http://amzn.to/2EvFAvd).  Helen has been studying how people connect, fall in love and st...

Forgiveness or Revenge: Which is Better? & How You Spend Money and What it Says About You
Has anyone ever told you that you couldn’t sing or carry a tune? Kids are often told that and it can really embarrass them and leave a lasting impression. The truth is just about anyone can sing and sing well. So forget what you were told and listen to my explanation.The ability to forgive is wonderful. But while people can forgive we also have the ability (and often the desire) to seek revenge when someone has harmed us. Psychologist Michael McCullough author of the book Beyond Revenge (http://amzn.to/2BgF...


How Your Friends Influence What You Think, Feel and Weigh & Why It’s So Hard to Ask for Help (But Ask Anyway)
Identity theft is often NOT the result of some high-tech scam. It is frequently because someone digs through your trash and finds documents with personal information. I start this episode explaining ways you haven't heard before to protect yourself from low-tech but highly effective dumpster divers who want to steal your identity.It is amazing how people you know influence you in ways you don’t realize. The things you do, the decisions you make and the thoughts you think can all be heavily but unknowingly i...

How to Ooze Self-Confidence & The Magic of Doing What You’re Good At
When you fly on an airplane – you think things. Like: “How good, is the air I’m breathing? Will I get drunker than normal if I drink at 35,000 feet? What if some lunatic tries to open the airplane door during the flight?” I’ll reveal the answers to these and other common questions about air travel.Some people seem to be born with a lot of self-confidence. But most of us are not. So how do we increase our confidence and project it to the world? Psychotherapist Sheenah Hankin, author of the book, Complete Con...

How to Be Truly Fascinating & What Are You Really Afraid Of?
You have likely been the victim of the Doorway Effect. It’s when you walk into a room and forget why you walked in there. We start this episode with an explanation of what this is and why it happens.Wouldn’t it be great if people regarded you as particularly fascinating? Well it turns out there are specific ways to do that according to Sally Hogshead, speaker and author of the book Fascinate: The 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation (http://amzn.to/2BBZT4I). Sally reveals what you can do so that others ...


A Better Way to Make Your Choices in Life & How to Be Irresistible to the Opposite Sex
I am sure you have had to perform under pressure. And so you know that it is difficult to do and often your performance suffers. But why? Well a couple of interesting things happen in that situation and when you understand them you can make the experience of performing under pressure a lot easier. Listen as I begin this episode with this fascinating intel.Then, we are going to explore the process of making choices. Today, we have so many choices for everything – breakfast cereal, cars, food, careers – every...

Why Timing REALLY is Everything & Ways to Save on Medication You Never Knew
Sure, it’s great to want more money but if you don’t have the time to enjoy it – what’s the point? We begin this episode with a look at why spending more of your money on things that actually create more free time for you can make your life much more enjoyable. While the phrase “timing is everything” is tossed around a lot, it turns out there is a lot of wisdom in it.  In short, it is not just WHAT you do in your life that is important it – it is also WHEN you decide to do it. Daniel Pink, author of the boo...

What People Really Think About You & Why a Little Dishonesty is Probably Okay
I bet this has happened to you… you are all set to take a bite of something delicious when you notice a fly has landed on it - a filthy disgusting fly! So is that food still safe to eat? Find out what the science says as we begin this episode of the program.Then, your success in life is due in large part with how you deal with people and how people perceive you. Wouldn’t it be great to know how to make yourself more approachable and interesting to others? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to size up and read ...


How to Have a Voice You Love & Proven Money Strategies for Every Day
Do you often find yourself in the slowest line at the supermarket? Me too. Is it bad luck or just your perception? I’ll explore what’s behind this universal annoyance and suggest a better way to handle this.It seems everyone hates the sound of their voice when they hear it played back. But what if you LOVED the sound of your voice? Vocal coach Roger Love explains how anyone can have a beautiful voice – you are not stuck with the one you have now. Listen to this episode and you will instantly have the tools ...

Benefits of Being Messy & Household Hacks You WILL Use
It sucks when you have a cold. I’m sure you’ve heard that you should drink a lot of fluids and get rest and eat chicken soup – but there are other things you may not have heard before that can help alleviate the symptoms of a cold while you wait for it to go away. And since this is cold season, we begin this episode with great ways to ease the misery of having a cold. Everyone knows being neat and tidy is preferable to being messy. But wait! Not so fast. Says who? There is a case for being messy. Because it...

Why You Get Shy (and What to do About It) & A Better Way to Make New Years Resolutions Stick
How can drinking hot cocoa from an orange mug taste different from drinking hot cocoa from a blue mug? I’ll explain some interesting research that shows how color affects our perception of taste.Plus, a large percentage of the population report that they are shy. In fact, almost all of us feel shy in certain situations. But why are some people more shy than others – are they born that way or is it something they learn? Most importantly, what can shy people do so that their shyness doesn’t interfere in their...


How Not to Die & How to Be More Courageous
Even though we all know not to talk or text while driving – it can be so tempting. After all, what harm can it do to send a text while stopped at a traffic light? Well, you might be surprised. Research by AAA found there is a residual effect even after you are done texting or talking that can impair your driving. This episode begins with this interesting intel. Heart disease is the #1 killer in the U.S. And yet it is almost completely preventable. That’s according to Michael, Greger, M.D. and author of the ...

Great Ways to Save Money in 2018 & Why You Feel Embarrassment – and How Not To
I love strawberries. But I hate how they go moldy so fast. Well, there is a way to make them last longer – and that is just one of the great life hacks I have for you to begin this episode. Then, if you want to save money, the people at Consumer Reports are experts. Senior Editor Tobie Stanger joins me with some simple but powerful ways to keep more of your own money in your own pocket. Also, if you have trouble sleeping and counting sheep doesn’t work, there are other, far more effective ways to lull yours...

Best of Something You Should Know 2017 Vol-2
Here is the second of our two, year-end episodes that look back at some of the most fascinating people and topics of the year. I know you’ll enjoy these excerpts and below are the links to the original episodes from which these segments are taken so you can listen to the complete interviews if you wish.I’ll be back next week with all new episodes to usher in 2018. Thank you for your support this past year.Happy New Year!Topics and Links in this EpisodeThe Two Ways People Get Rich with Matthew Schiff Podcast...


Best of Something You Should Know 2017 - Vol 1
As 2017 draws to a close, this is the first of two, year-end episodes that look back at some of the most fascinating people and topics of the year. Below are the links to the original episodes from which these excerpts are taken so you can listen to the complete interviews if you wish.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Topics and Links in this EpisodeHow to Think Smarter with Dr. Art Markman. Podcast Episode 46. http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/046-how-to-think-smarter-and-better-documents-you-should-s...

Amazing Ways Genes Affect Your Behavior & The Serious Consequences of Not Asking For What You Want
Do you keep stuff? You know, things from your past that you have a hard time giving up even though you don’t use them anymore? This episode begins with some interesting advice on what to keep and what to toss or give away.You probably know that your genes influence things your eye color or hair color. But did you know that your genes also influence your behavior? Jay Phelan, an evolutionary biologist at UCLA and author of the book, Mean Genes: From Sex to Money to Food, Taming Our Primal Instincts, http://a...

How to Make or Break Any Habit Successfully & How to Calm Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent
You can manipulate your brain to change your mood. How? Biofeedback. For example, when you are happy you smile. But it also works in reverse - if you smile, that makes you happy. And there are other ways I’ll discuss that you can improve your mood by doing very simple things. It’s fascinating.Then, have you ever wanted to create a new habit or break an old one? Charles Duhigg author of the book The Power of Habit (http://amzn.to/2yKznVb) joins me to discuss the science of habits. He offers some great techni...


The Secret to Achieving Any Goal & Why We Love the Same Christmas Songs Year After Year
It is called the “helper’s high.” It’s that feeling you get when you do something nice for someone else. It isn’t only a theory, there is solid evidence that doing the smallest thing for someone else is good for you. I’ll explore that as we begin this episode of the podcast.Achieving any goal can be tough, whether it is a New Year’s resolution or some other important goal you want to accomplish. But there is a little secret that makes achieving any goal more likely. Matthew Ferry, a top executive coach for ...

How to Make Your Point So People Get It & Dealing with the Growing Entitlement Mentality
Does love at first sight exist? Many experts say no but many people claim to have experienced it. So what’s the truth? We begin this episode by looking at this intriguing phenomenon.Then, whenever you speak, you should have a point. And not only should you have a point but you must make sure the person listening gets your point. Communications trainer Joel Schwartzberg, author of the book, Get to The Point: Sharpen Your Message and Make Your Words Matter (http://amzn.to/2A5k8aL) explains that too often peop...

Proven Ways to Be Instantly Happier Forever & Things About Christmas You Never Knew
How’s your driving? Sure you know you are a good driver but what do other drivers think? This episode starts with a slightly unusual driver’s test.Then, you know those people who are always so happy? Is it hard work to be that happy or does it just come naturally? David Niven author of several books on happiness including 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People (http://amzn.to/2kqKd17), explores the science of happiness and offers amazingly simple strategies to make you and those around you a lot happier. Also, ...


When Knowing Nothing Actually Gives You an Advantage & The Proven Way to Live a Long, Long Life
I bet you have Googled medical symptoms you are experiencing. Everyone does. But the information you get can be contradictory and often times inaccurate. However, there is a place to go online that has accurate information and you’ve probably never heard of it before. We start this episode with that.Then, conventional wisdom is that having experience is always better than being a beginner. Well, not so fast. It turns out that starting at something as a newbie gives you a real advantage if you do it right ac...

What Every Perfectionist Needs to Know & How to Increase Your Fitness Level Fast
Grandma was right! I start this episode by looking at some old home remedies that actually work for when you get sick. And you just might be surprised which ones they are.Also, if you or someone you know is a perfectionist, that is a heavy burden. It is hard to be perfect in an imperfect world. Clinical psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo is an expert on this and author of the book, Better Than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love (http://amzn.to/2zP9d9g). She reveals ...

Why It is So Hard For People to Admit When They’re Wrong & The Real Way You Get Promoted at Work
Everyone with a cellphone has dropped it. So why is it when it falls to the ground, it always seems to land screen-side down? I’ll explain the science behind it.Then, human beings have a hard time admitting when they are wrong or that they believe something that isn’t true. Psychologist Carol Tavris, author of the book Mistakes Were Made but Not By Me (http://amzn.to/2Blf7vL) explores this phenomenon and explains how it causes a lot of problems in relationships and what we can do about it.Some people are re...


Why Those Special Moments in Your Life Are So Special & The 5 Numbers You Must Know to Stay Healthy
Every parent wants to have a positive influence on their child. But what are the experiences and messages kids take away with them when they finally leave the nest? How have mom and dad left their mark? This episodes starts by answering those questions - and you may be surprised.Then, you are really going to enjoy my discussion with Dan Heath about what makes those special, memorable moments in your life so special. Dan and his brother Chip are authors of the book, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experien...

The Amazing Benefits of Showing Appreciation & Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs You Probably Never Heard
You are as healthy as you think you are. This episode starts with a look at some fascinating research that says you are about as healthy as you believe. So can you think your way to good health? Let’s find out.Then I explore the amazing power of appreciation with Noelle Nelson, psychologist and author of several books on the subject including, The Power of Appreciation (http://amzn.to/2j3obwS). I turns out that when you are more appreciative, good things happen to you both mentally and physically. You’ll ap...

Understanding the Flow of Time and How You Perceive It & How to Make Parenting Easier
When you talk to your partner, there is something you do – or don’t do, that can predict with amazing accuracy whether or not your relationship will survive and thrive or crash and burn. I start this episode with an explanation of what that is exactly.Then, time is constant but we all experience time differently in different situations. Marnie Makridakis author of the book, Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life (http://amzn.to/2yjzCr3) reveals how to improve the way you...


How to NOT Be Offended By Things and People You Don’t Agree With & When Owning a Home is Not Always Better Than Renting
You have to have experience to advance in any profession – or do you? Experience is good but in many cases being a rookie is even better. I’ll explain why in the first segment of this episode.Then, have we gotten too sensitive and too politically correct? A lot of people think so, including Larry Winget. Larry has been called the “Pitbull of personal development.” He has spoken to over 400 of the Fortune 500 companies and hosted the A&E TV series “Big Spender” and has authored six best-selling books. His la...

Home Remedies Proven by Science to Work & How to Give a Killer Presentation Every Time
The holiday season is upon us! And if the holidays stress you out, you are in excellent company. I’ll explain who else finds the holidays stressful and why.Also, we take a look at home remedies that REALLY work. Pharmacologist Joe Graedon, founder of the www.PeoplesPharmacy.com and author of the book, The People’s Pharmacy (http://amzn.to/2z6Vabs) has been researching home remedies for a few decades now – figuring out what works and why. He joins me with some fascinating intel on home remedies and other med...

The Fascinating Difference Between Reality and Your Perception & Why You Have More Resilience Than You Think
When you are playing a game, should you let your child win? It’s a question every adult asks themselves. If you beat them will it hurt their self-esteem? Listen and hear some interesting thoughts on that question.Also, how you see the world has a lot to do with your perception. How you interpret events is unique and different from everyone else. Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, author of the book, Perceptual Intelligence: The Brain’s Secret to Seeing Past Illusion, Misperception and Self-Deception (http://amzn.to/2...


How to Learn Anything Better and Faster & Are People Inherently Good or Evil?
Have you ever heard of misaphonia? It’s a real thing. If you have it, that means that certain sounds – like someone chewing their food with their mouth open or slurping their soup - drive you crazy. But people who have misaphonia also have something else going for them that is actually pretty good. I’ll explain what that is.Then, have you ever wanted to learn something new like a foreign language or a musical instrument? But maybe you didn’t bother because it would just take too long to get proficient at it...

Is There Life After Death? & Why Procrastinators Shouldn’t Try to Change
I suspect we all mispronounce words from time to time. Either we learned them wrong or we get lazy. I know I usually pronounce affidavit as if it has a D on the end instead of a t because it is just easier. It’s wrong but it is easier. We start today’s episode by looking at some commonly mispronounced words because some people will judge you harshly when you mispronounce words.Then, what happens when you die? Of course we don’t know for sure – or do we? Dr. Mary Neal is a medical doctor who drowned in a kay...

Life Lessons Worth Hearing from a Decorated Navy Seal & How to Ace Your Next Job Interview
44% of Americans believe red cars cost more to insure. It is just one of many misconceptions about auto insurance people tend to believe. Listen as I explain these myths and reveal why it is important to know them because there is a good chance you believe at least one.Then, listen to Admiral William McRaven. A 37-year Navy Seal, Admiral McRaven delivered the commencement speech at the University of Texas in 2014. The video went viral and has now been seen by millions. Admiral McRaven is the author of the b...


How You Decide What and How Much To Eat & Using Your Imagination for a Better Life
When you see people do embarrassing things, it is sometimes hard not to laugh or judge. But interestingly, you probably do the same or similar things that are just as embarrassing. I’ll explain how I know that.Also, could the size and color of your plate affect how much you eat? Dr. Brian Wansink, Director of the Food & Brand Lab at Cornell University and author of the book, Mindless Eating (http://amzn.to/2yqYHTp) offers some fascinating research that shows the different things that impact our food choices...

Bill Gates’ Cyber Security Expert Explains How to Stay Safe Online & Mastering the Art of the Pitch
How do you stand out in a crowd? It turns out that the people in a crowd who you notice first are usually doing something with their mouth. You can do it too. I’ll tell you how.Then, everyone must be vigilant in order to stay safe online. And one person who knows a lot about that is Dr. Eric Cole. He served as Commissioner on Cyber Security for President Obama, he’s advised the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and the FBI. Eric is also personal network security agent for Microsoft founder Bill Gates...

The Best of Something You Should Know, Episodes 1-70. Moments You May Have Missed
Since this is episode 113, and since the audience for this podcast has grown so large over the past several months, it occurred to me that many listeners haven’t heard many of the earlier episodes. So, for this episode, I went through the first 70 episodes and picked out some of the best, most interesting moments. Then if any of those moments sound intriguing, I have put the links below to the original episodes if you would like to hear the entire episode. Topics & Links in This EpisodePhysical Intelligence...


Simple Strategies for a Fabulous Relationship & How to Develop Mental Toughness to Handle Hard Times
While it is hard NOT to get angry sometimes, anger can take a toll on your health and lifespan. I’ll discuss some research that explains what is and isn’t worth getting angry about.Then, what does it take to have a happy relationship? You are going to hear some of the simplest, smartest and easiest advice to follow that can instantly start to transform your relationship. And it comes from Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret (http://amzn.to/2xV8Aqc). Her website is www.soulmatesecret.com.Also, you’ll...

How to Be More Likeable & How to Be a Better Food Shopper
Remember Doc & Marty's time machine in Back to the Future? It was made out of a DeLorean. And one of the cool things about the DeLorean was how the doors opened up. But you hardly ever see those doors on other cars despite their coolness. Why? I’ll explain.Then, would you like to be more likable? Speaker and coach Michelle Tillis Lederman is author of the book The 11 Laws of Likability(http://amzn.to/2xQVPio). She explains what makes someone likable and how anyone can improve their likability.Also, if you a...

The Best Way to Achieve Any Goal & How the American Love Affair with the Automobile is Changing
When you order a drink in a restaurant, whether it is iced tea, water or a cocktail, there is often a little piece of lemon or some other fruit dangling on the rim. After you hear what I am about to tell you, you will probably will never want to squeeze and toss that fruit in your drink again.Then, the art of setting and achieving goals. There is a lot of science here that can really help anyone succeed. Dr Heidi Grant Halverson, Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia University...


Alan Alda’s Advice on Communicating and Relating to Others & How to Fight Off Feelings of Loneliness
The sugar you eat, the video games you play, the TV you watch and the music you play can all have an important impact on your brain function. I start this episode by explaining the science of how these things affect your brain power.Then, I’m sure you know Alan Alda from his years on M*A*S*H, The West Wing and countless other television shows and movies. What you may not know is that Alan Alda is also an expert on personal communication. He joins me in this episode to discuss the science and art of communic...

The Fascinating Stories Behind Your Favorite Toys & The Secrets to a Long Life
It’s easy to order pizza online – but should you? It turns out that ordering pizza (or any take out food) over the phone rather than online may be better for your waistline. How can that be? I’ll explain in this episode.I love classic toys and with the holiday season around the corner, this is a great time to reminisce about some favorite old toys. Not only do they bring better great memories, they often have great backstories. For instance, did you know Mr. Potato Head was actually quite controversial when...

How to Perform Better When the Pressure is On & Where Germs are Lurking and How to Protect Yourself
What makes a man attractive to a woman? Obviously it depends on the people and a lot of other individual factors. However, evolution plays a role in this and I’ll explain why the color red and the size of one of a man’s fingers can actually make him more appealing to women.Then, we explore the problem many of us have – performing under pressure. Why do some people crumble while others excel when the stakes are high? To offer some insight into that is Paul Sullivan. Paul writes the “Wealth Matters” column fo...


How Did Google Become So Powerful and Finding Success When You Are Not an Extrovert
Itching. Just the mention of it probably makes you itch – and you REALLY want to scratch that itch, don't you? But why? Why do itch and why does it feel so good to scratch it? Find out in today’s episode.Then, you probably have been or will be on the Google website today, or use Google Docs or YouTube or some other Google product. Why is Google so successful? Why have they grown so big, so quickly? Someone who has attempted to find those answers is Ken Auletta, media critic for The New Yorker and author of ...

Best Entrepreneurial Advice You’ll Ever Hear & Why We Can’t Have Civil Debates Anymore
If you have a newer car that doesn’t require a key, there’s a good chance you have – or almost have – forgotten to turn the engine off. Since you don’t have to turn the key off like in older cars, it is easy to forget. That’s creating some problems that you need to know about if you have – or plan to have a car with a keyless ignition.Then, if there is a bit of the entrepreneurial spirit in your blood, you’ll want to hear what Ross Baird has to say. Ross is a venture capitalist who deals with and funds new ...

How Numbers Fool You All the Time & 3 Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor
There are zippers all over your house - on your clothes, on your purses and backpacks. And if you look closely, some of those zippers probably have the initials YKK on them. I’ll explain how I know that and what says about that zipper.Then, people use numbers and statistics to support their argument all the time. The weird thing is we tend to believe statistical evidence whenever someone tosses it out. But actually, we should question it closely. Why? Because so often those numbers are wrong. Charles Seife,...


How NOT to Be Stupid Ever Again & What’s Really In Your Personal Care Products
Why are there no male waiters at Hooters? Why are there no male Rockettes? Isn’t that discrimination? Actually, the law allows it and I’ll explain how and why.Then, if you don’t want to do stupid things you need to hear what Adam Robinson has to say. Adam is one of the co-founders of the Princeton Review and is now a top financial adviser. I watched a Power Point presentation he created about, “How Not to be Stupid” so I asked him to explain it to you. In essence, we do stupid things when one or more of sev...

Why Your Perceptions Often Deceive You & How Smart People Fall Victim to Fraud
Have you ever put your car in “Drive” while it is still rolling backwards a little bit? People do it all the time – yet it is terrible for your car. I’ll explore this and several other things drivers do that can ruin their car and hurt the value.Then, a look at how your own perceptions often deceive you. For example, would you notice something unusual if it popped out in front of you? You would think so. But it turns out you are not as observant as you think you are.  Daniel Simons author of the book, The I...

A Closer Look at Your Personality & Why You "Click" with Some People and What it Means
You probably assume that in almost any situation, a face-to-face meeting is always better than a phone call or email or text. And certainly if you are inviting someone on a date, you would think face-to-face is the way to go. But is it? Could technology improve your odds of success over old-fashioned face-to-face? I think you’ll find this interesting.Plus, your personality is what makes you – you. But where did it come from? Can you improve your personality? Professor Brian Little, author of the book, Who A...


Exactly What to Say to Get What You Want & How to Stop Being Distracted by Technology
From an early age you were told not to lie. Yet we all do it to some degree. And maybe that’s not all bad. When you look at kids who lie, the research reveals some very interesting things – and we will explore that in today’s episode. Also, how many times have you looked back on a conversation and wish you had said something different – something brilliant? Well now you can. Listen to my guest Phil M. Jones, author of the book Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact (http://amzn.to/2vG...

A Proven Secret to Success You Never Knew & Being Happy Even If Your Home Isn't "Martha Stewart Perfect"
Do you swear? Sometimes – at least for some of us – it is hard NOT to. And it just may be appropriate when you are in pain. Some fascinating research offers some real benefits of profanity - when used sparingly.Also, there is an interesting phenomenon in sports – and that is, how some teams dominate a sport for several years. They become a dynasty. So what is it that causes that? Is it superstar players or excellent coaching? No. Those thing are important but not the differentiating factor according to Sam ...

Interview with Mark Manson author of "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" & Using Brain Science to Enhance Your Performance
Penicillin is great for treating a lot of common medical complaints. But a lot of people avoid penicillin because they believe they are allergic to it. We begin this episode by revealing why most of those people are wrong. How can that be? I’ll explain.Then, Mark Manson, the author of the best-selling book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (http://amzn.to/2g5bofO) explains how letting go of the need to be the best at everything – or even most things - can be very liberating and even beneficial. The fact ...


Why You Eavesdrop on People & How to Be More Creative
When you go grocery shopping you are bombarded by health claims. Food labels claim things are all-natural, organic, multi-grain and 100% this or that. But what do these claims really mean to you? You may be surprised to discover how much of it is hype and doesn’t really mean much.Plus, do you eavesdrop? Yes, you do. Eavesdropping – that is obtaining information about people that you aren’t supposed to have – is human nature according to linguist John L. Locke, author the book Eavesdropping: An Intimate Hist...

Where Your Core Beliefs Come From & The Bright Side of Failure
People generally believe attractive people are smarter than unattractive people. Why? Good question. We’ll explore that and other things that influence how you think.Then, why is a conservative - conservative and a liberal – a liberal? Where do our core beliefs come from? And can people change our minds about them? Can we change theirs? Dr. Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptics magazine and author of the book The Moral Arc (http://amzn.to/2fMk2Q6)  takes a look at why we believe what we believe and what in...

Fixing the Flaws in Your Thinking & How History Has Shaped Our Lives
Many grocery stores now boast that they sell “locally grown” produce. Perhaps you’ve wondered just how local is it – where does that locally grown produce come from? We begin this episode with an explanation of just how far away produce can originate and still be called – locally grown.Then, let’s take a look at how you think. In particular, a look at the flaws in how you think. Matthew May is an innovation strategist, speaker and author of, Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking (http...


The Fascinating Math of Everyday Life & Why Diets Fail (and What Works Better)
Everyone knows that coffee can help you think and focus and can even improve your mood – especially that first cup in the morning. Years ago, coffee advertising contained the tagline… “Coffee, the THINK drink.”   But it just may be that all the research showing how good coffee and caffeine are for mental function is flawed. If you are a coffee drinker, you are going to want to hear this.Then, we look at all the math you use in everyday life. Mathematician, Jordan Ellenberg, author of the book How Not to Be ...

Why You Need At Least One Friend Right Now & Finding Success Without the Struggle
When you get pulled over by the police, it can be very hard to talk your way out of getting a ticket – but not impossible. This episode begins with some suggestions by a police officer of what NOT to say to a cop who pulls you over and you’ll learn why less is more when it comes to talking your way out of that ticket.Plus, the importance of friendship.  My guest, psychologist Michael Thompson, author of the book Best Friends, Worst Enemies (http://amzn.to/2eLFvIh) has spent decades studying friendship in ch...

Simple Strategies to Be Much Healthier & How to Be Happy At Work Even if You Hate Your Job
This episodes starts with a discussion about the psychological tricks grocery stores use to get you to spend more time in the store. Because the more time you spend, the more money you spend. However, when you understand what some of these tricks are, you can prevent yourself from falling victim to them and as a result, save yourself some money.Then, there are so many simple things you can do to improve your health and add years to your life. Dr. David Agus has been on a mission to interpret medical data in...


How to Be a Better Driver & Why We Waste 40% of Our Food
Someday you will need a plumber – and there are some things you need to understand before you that emergency comes and in fact, there are a few things you should know that may prevent that emergency from coming or at least delay it.Most people think they are good drivers. But are they really? It depends on your definition of what a good driver is. Tom Vanderbilt, author of the book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do and What It Says About Us (http://amzn.to/2umxLAg) explores some of the problems and soluti...

What It Means To Be Spiritual and the Benefits You Get & How Your Survival Instinct is Killing You
When was the last time you cleaned your credit or debit cards? Or the remote for the TV? There are a lot of things around the house you never think to clean – but you will after you hear this.Then, how spiritual are you? Psychiatrist Dr. Anna Yusim, author of the book Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life (http://amzn.to/2tglpsf), discusses what it means to be spiritual and what recent scientific research says about the benefits of spirituality both for...

How to Be More Persuasive & Networking Strategies That Really Work
Emails are tricky. They aren’t supposed to be too formal like a letter – or too casual like a text. How you sign off your emails has a lot to do with the overall tone. Some experts looked at the most common ways people sign off on their emails and I’ll tell you which are the preferred – and which are may be sending the wrong message.Then, would you like to be more persuasive? Jay Heinrichs is a real expert at this, having written several books on the topic. One of those books is Thank You for Arguing: What ...


What’s Wrong with Boys? & How Smart Companies Treat Their Workers
You’ve probably wondered whether it is more efficient to turn off a light or your computer when you are not using it – or just leave it on. Well, I will have the “electrical efficiency answer” for that question in this episode.Then, as a father of boys, I am concerned about how views have changed when it comes to boys. Today much of what has always been standard boy behavior is now viewed as defective. That what we really need is for boys to be more like girls. But what does the science say? Michael Gurian,...

How to Tell the Truth From a Lie & How to Bounce Back From the Toughest Times in Life
Commercials will often tell you, for example, that a shampoo will make your hair 5 times “silkier.” Okay let’s think about that. How in the world do you measure how “silky” your hair is – let alone how it is now 5 times silkier than it was before? Yet it is amazing how people fall for it.Also, how good are you at separating the truth from fiction?  Former CIA officer Michael Floyd, author of the book, Spy the Lie (http://amzn.to/2t7ZORN) explains how the experts do it – and why it isn’t always about what th...

How to Sharpen Your Mind and Memory & How to Prevent a Machine From Taking Your Job
Are you more likely to rate a meal better if it has a mediocre appetizer, a decent main course and a spectacular dessert or the opposite - a meal that has a spectacular appetizer, decent main course and mediocre dessert? I’ll tell you the answer and why it is important.Then, are you doing everything you can to take care of your brain? You’ve probably heard that crossword puzzles or brain teasers are supposed to keep you sharp. But does that work? Does something else work better? Michael Gelb, author of the...


Amazing Things Happen When You Go Outdoors & What to Say in an Argument (So You Don’t Regret It Later)
People in western countries smile a lot. For example, we smile at people on the street for no real reason. In many other countries, all this smiling could get you in trouble. I’ll explain.Then, we explore the benefits of just being out in nature. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods (http://amzn.to/2tY1LF4) and Vitamin N (http://amzn.to/2u1Cn0N) reveals the incredible – and scientifically proven – things that happen to both children and adults both physically and mentally.Also, the power of touch...

The Hidden Realities of the Universe & Dealing With the Workplace Bully
When you have a big decision to make, all kinds of things can influence that decision. But one thing I bet you never thought of was the lighting in the room. Yet, it turns out that lighting can have a significant impact on a decision you make. I’ll explain how and what is optimal “decision making lighting.”Then, my discussion with theoretical physicist, string theorist (and occasional guest star on “The Big Bang Theory”) Brian Greene, author of several books including, The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes...

A Tour to the Heart of the Internet (and Why It Smells) & Improving Your Self-Discipline to Achieve Success
Of course you know that if your hand is in water long enough, your fingertips get shriveled up and wrinkly. But wait, everything else in the world SWELLS up when it gets wet, so why do fingers do the opposite? I think you’ll find the answer quite interesting.Also, what is the Internet – and where is the Internet? We think of the Internet as being virtual but there is a physical Internet – there has to be. Those network connections all have to connect somewhere. Journalist Andrew Blum author of the book, Tub...


What Really Influences Why You Eat - What You Eat & How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck
Okay, if you were to stand in downtown Detroit and start walking south for as long as it took, what is the first foreign country you would encounter? This is one of the fascinating questions/facts that I know you will find interesting – and might even win you a drink in a bar bet.Then, it is so weird what things influence your opinion and enjoyment of the food you eat. You might like to think you are too smart to be fooled by things like the color of the plate, or the music being played or the weight of the...

If the Walls in Your Home Could Talk, Here’s What They’d Say & How to Win at Confrontation Every Time
Everyone knows that as you age, your mental function declines. But when does that begin? Age 40? 50? I’ll tell you what the science says.Then, we look at the history of your home. Every room in your home has a story to tell. The bedroom is particularly fascinating and wait until you hear about your bathroom! Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace State Apartments and other royal palaces in L...

How to Live to 100 (or at Least Get Close) & How to Have More A-Ha Moments
This episode starts with 3 great tips that will help you save time and get more done from one of the world’s top productivity experts.Then, there are 5 communities in the world – called “Blue Zones” – where the people live substantially longer and with a lot less illness than the rest of us. So what goes on in these places that drastically improves longevity? Dan Buettner, along with National Geographic, investigated this and what they found is in the book The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the...


The 2 Ways People Get Rich & How to Read People Instantly
Ever have that feeling that you’re being watched? Or stared at? Do humans really have the ability to know if someone is watching them? We’ll explore that. Also, there are two ways to get rich - assuming you don’t inherit the money. Lewis Schiff, Executive Director of The Business Owners Council and author of the book Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons (http://amzn.to/2sCvDpt) has spent a lot of time studying wealthy people and he offers some great insight into...

How to Psych Yourself Up For Anything & How to Survive Family Get-Togethers
Some people love rollercoasters and scary movies – but why? What is the appeal of being scared half to death? Today, you'll find out why. Then, we’ve all been in the situation where we HAVE to perform well and because of that we lose our confidence, get nervous and catastrophize all the horrible things that could happen if we fail. Why on earth do we do that when it does nothing but makes us perform even worse? The trick is to “psych yourself up.” Daniel McGinn, senior editor at Harvard Business Review and...

How to Be More Popular & What's Wrong with The Science of Finding New Cures
Do people have to take off their shoes before coming into your house? In Asian cultures this is a pretty common custom – and I’ll explore all the reasons why this is a really good idea for everyone, everywhere else too. Then we’ll look at pros and cons of popularity. In high school, being popular is great – but it turns out that there are 2 types of popularity – and the one most of us think of - actually does more harm than good in the long run. Mitch Prinstein, professor of psychology at the University o...


How Technology Affects You in Ways You Don't Know & Medical Myths You Probably Still Believe
The number of parents of who spank their kids as a means of discipline has dropped significantly over the past several decades – but some parents still do it. And in other countries, spanking is much more commonplace. But for those parents who still spank, there is a new reason to stop – and it has nothing to do with the kid – and all to do with the parent’s wellbeing. Also in this episode, just how does modern technology affect you? It’s a fascinating discussion you’ll hear when I speak with Clive Thom...

What It REALLY Means to Be Healthy & How to Capture Attention in a Distracted World
You know that strawberries, garlic, tomatoes and broccoli are good for you but interestingly, how you cook them can make them more – or less - healthy. I’ll explore that in this episode. Then, how well do you take care of your health and well-being? In order to really take good care of your health, you need to understand what good health looks like. Matthew Edlund, M.D. and author of the book Healthy Without Health Insurance (http://amzn.to/2qZCdBT) offers an interesting and insightful view of your health...

How to Heal Emotional Injury & How Trust Works
If you use a wire brush to clean your outdoor grill – you should stop because someone could get hurt. I’ll start this episode by explaining why. Also, we don’t hesitate to treat physical wounds – but emotional wounds are things we tend to shrug off and assume time will heal – except sometimes it doesn’t. Psychologist Guy Winch author of the book Emotional First-Aid (http://amzn.to/2qH30nb) explores these wounds caused by failure, guilt and rejection and how to treat them. Then, your personal and professi...


How to Fix the "Dumbing Down of America" & Good News from the War on Cancer
One of the joys of summer is being able to go barefoot – as long as you are careful. But of course many business establishments won’t allow you inside because, they say, it is against the law or it violates health regulations if they let you in without shoes. . And that is completely false. Going barefoot is illegal NOWHERE in the U.S. Also, we hear a lot about the “dumbing down” of society. Are people today more interested in the Kardashians than they are in the real important events of the day? Attorney ...

How Complaining Makes You Stupid and Unsuccessful & Sugar and Your Health
It’s the weirdest thing – but when you make typos in your emails it does a couple of unusual things that can really influence what the reader thinks of what you wrote – and what they think of you as a person. Then, if you have a complainer in your life – run, don’t walk. Complaining makes you stupid and ruins your chances for success. Trevor Blake author of Three Simple Steps (http://amzn.to/2rmLFUw) explains some of the science behind complaining and why being around a complainer can suck the life right ...

How to Start Your Own Business for $100 & The Toll Taken by Working Too Much
Every credit card bill comes with a due date. And if you pay the balance every month by the due date – you don’t pay any interest. But if you carry a balance month-to-month, the rules are different. You pay interest every day on the unpaid balance. So, the question is, if you make your payment earlier than the due date, do you save money? We start this episode by doing that math. Then, starting your own business is a romantic idea. But is it practical? Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup (http://a...


How to Make Yourself Measurably Smarter & Why You Don't Always Need a Pill When You Get Sick
Are your legs crossed right now? You’ve probably heard that crossing your legs can lead to varicose veins, high blood pressure and other health problems. Are these concerns real or are they myths? Find out as we begin this episode of the podcast. Also, can you make yourself smarter or is your intelligence level set? Well, in recent years it has become clear that there are things you can do – simple things really – that can seriously improve your intelligence in a dramatic and measurable way. Dan Hurley is...

Interesting Quirks of the Human Brain & How Your 5 Senses Affect Your Behavior
Everyone feels safer when a lifeguard is on duty. But you may be relying more on the lifeguard than you should, especially if you have kids. In this episode we start by discussing what you may not know about swimming safety – with or without a lifeguard. And this information could save your life one day. Then the weird paradox of the human brain that what we want may not be what we need and what we need may not be what we want – or so your brain thinks. Science writer David DiSalvo, who has written for Fo...