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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.

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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 Pride Compassion and Gratitude Drive Success & Using the Internet For Better Health

    How Pride Compassion and Gratitude Drive Success & Using the Internet For Better Health

    Why do people kiss under the mistletoe? When did that all start? This episode begins with a brief history of the mistletoe-kissing tradition. https://ourcommunitynow.com/local-culture/the-myth-behind-the-mistletoe
    You have never heard a discussion about pride, gratitude and compassion like this one. Psychology professor David Desteno of Northeastern University joins me to explain how these three emotions can fuel your personal and business success as well as create better relationships. We seldom talk about emotions as tools for success but you will find this discussion fascinating and useful for your own life. David is author of the book Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride (https://amzn.to/3FFW3sI). And he has a TED Talk about pride you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VML4VmSlCc&t=1190s
    There are always a few people on you Christmas holiday gift list who are hard to shop for. Listen as I explain a few very easy yet thoughtful gift ideas that are sure to be appreciated. 
    We’ve likely all gone to the internet to look up health information or try and diagnose some symptom we’re experiencing. After all there is a lot of great health information online that could be useful. However, how you use that information you find is really crucial according to cardiologist Dr. Kapil Parakh author of the book Searching for Health: The Smart Way to Find Information Online (https://amzn.to/3CORNVP). Listen as he offers some great strategies to help you better navigate the internet for the right information and then how to use it to improve your health and give you peace of mind.
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    • 50 min
    SYSK Choice: The Power of Word-of-Mouth Marketing & Why Dogs Love Us

    SYSK Choice: The Power of Word-of-Mouth Marketing & Why Dogs Love Us

    Want to know if someone you like is truly compatible with you? Check out their taste in music. This episode begins with an interesting look at how your taste in music can have a big impact on who you are attracted to and who may be attracted to you. Turns out you can tell a lot about someone by the tunes they listen to. http://www.medindia.net/news/Music-Predicts-Sexual-Attraction-80223-1.htm
    I often urge you to tell other people about this podcast because word-of-mouth marketing is considered to be one of the most effective and powerful methods to spread the word about an idea, or product or - yes a podcast. So who starts word of mouth marketing about something and what causes it to spread? Ted Wright, CEO of a marketing firm called Fizz and author of the book Fizz (https://amzn.to/2lLeUiA) is an expert on this subject. Listen as he joins me to explain how word-of-mouth marketing works and how you can make it work for your ideas or business.
    How clean is the air in your home? Probably not as clean as you think and probably not as clean as it could be. Listen to hear how you can easily make your indoor air a lot healthier. (Source: Jeff May, author of “My House Is Killing Me!” (https://amzn.to/2nhDZ5c)
    For centuries, dogs and people have gotten along pretty well. Why is that? Canine researcher Dr. Clive Wynne, founding director of the Canine Science Callaboratory at Arizona State University and author of the book Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You (https://amzn.to/2l4STLc) joins me to explain our amazing bond we have with dogs how to make it even stronger.
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    • 50 min
    Why Conventional Wisdom is Often Wrong & How Others Shape You Thoughts and Actions

    Why Conventional Wisdom is Often Wrong & How Others Shape You Thoughts and Actions

    Ever talk to someone who is looking at their phone and they act as if they don’t even hear you? This episode explains why that happens so often and why that is likely not the best time to try to talk to someone. https://www.yahoo.com/health/weird-way-looking-phone-mess-195042844.html
    You’ve heard those phrases like, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” or “Don’t judge a book by its cover” or “Everyone deserves a second chance" or “Think outside the box.” It may be time to rethink these common conventional wisdoms, according to attorney David Libman author of the book 100 Reality Checks (https://amzn.to/2E7JGqW) . Listen as David explains that a lot of these phrases sound good but actually turn out to be really lousy advice.
    There is something called “The Waiter Rule.” It’s actually the idea of former Raytheon CEO Bill Swanson and it has to do with how people treat waiters. Listen as I reveal why it is important to know about this important rule and why it is a very good indicator of a person’s character. https://www.rightattitudes.com/2007/09/12/waiter-rule-interpersonal-skills/
    You are being influenced in subtle ways by all the people around you. Often, you have no idea it is even happening according to Matthew Jackson, a professor of economics at Stanford University and author of the book The Human Network: How Your Social Position Determines Your Power, Beliefs and Behaviors (https://amzn.to/2EvVfJY). Listen as he discusses how people in your circle influence your thoughts and behaviors and how you influence theirs. 
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    • 46 min
    How Urges and Instincts Can Sabotage Your Success & What The Universe is Made Of

    How Urges and Instincts Can Sabotage Your Success & What The Universe is Made Of

    Most of us have heard the poinsettia plants are poisonous to people and pets. How poisonous? Will eating leaves from a poinsettia kill you? Will it make you sick? Do you even need to be worried? This episode begins with some interesting facts about just how dangerous poinsettias are. https://www.stranges.com/are-poinsettias-poisonous/
    Human instincts are what have helped us to survive. Yet, some of those instincts are not so practical in today’s modern world according to evolutionary biologist Dr. Rebecca Heiss, author of the book Instinct: Rewire Your Brain with Science-Backed Solutions to Increase Productivity and Achieve Success (https://amzn.to/3oxbQTq). Rebecca joins me to talk about how these instincts such as the instinct for self-deception and variety and the fear of others can really sabotage your success. Then, she offers strategies to override those instincts when you need to. 
    What’s in a black hole? What’s a multiverse? When will the sun burn out? These are just a few of the fascinating questions I discuss with Daniel Whiteson, professor of physics at UC Irvine and author of the book Frequently Asked Questions About the Universe (https://amzn.to/3oCeTtR). Listen as Daniel takes some pretty complex ideas about the universe and makes them interesting and understandable to everyone.
    Your sense of touch is more powerful than you may have ever realized. What you touch and how it feels can actually change the way you think. Listen as I reveal some fascinating research about how this works. https://news.yale.edu/2010/06/24/touch-how-hard-chair-creates-hard-heart
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    • 55 min
    SYSK Choice: Spotting Lies to Get to the Truth & The Many Effects of Noise

    SYSK Choice: Spotting Lies to Get to the Truth & The Many Effects of Noise

    Just how accurate is Wikipedia? If you go to one of their articles, how likely is it to be correct and objective. This episode begins with some surprising facts about Wikipedia and its accuracy. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/wikipedia-explained-what-is-it-trustworthy-how-work-wikimedia-2030-a8213446.html
    As you know, people lie. In fact, we all lie. Often the lies we tell are small and inconsequential – other times they are a big deal. Pamela Myer is a leading experts on lies and deception and she joins me to take us all on a journey into how deception works, how to identify it and how to get people to tell you the truth. Pamela Myer is author of the book Liespotting (https://amzn.to/2K8Bj2b) and you can watch her TED talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_6vDLq64gE.
    How many times have you seen a sign at the store that says “You Break It You Buy It.” Can a store actually enforce that? Accidents happen – so how can you be forced to pay for something just because it slipped out of your hand or because you walked by something just as it fell and broke? Listen and find out what the law says. https://blogs.findlaw.com/common_law/2012/01/if-you-break-it-must-you-buy-it.html
    You may have noticed that the world is getting a lot louder. And all that noise is taking a toll on you – whether you realize it or not. Noise can take a toll on your physically and psychologically according to Mathias Basner, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert on how noise affects sleep and health.

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    • 51 min
    Serious Health Concerns with Kitchen Spices & Shortcuts to Solving Problems

    Serious Health Concerns with Kitchen Spices & Shortcuts to Solving Problems

    Finding the right holiday for co-workers can be a challenge. You don't want to spend too much but you want to give something that shows you put some thought into it, at least. Listen as I begin this episode by making this gift-giving task easy while still giving people something they will actually like.
    If anything in this world is safe, you would think the spices in your spice rack would be. I mean what kind of danger could a little oregano or basil pose to you or your family? Well, you are about to find out and you will likely be very surprised. In the December 2021 issue of Consumer Reports magazine is an article about how many spices in your kitchen likely contain heavy metals such as lead, arsenic or cadmium. Lisa Gill, investigative reporter for Consumer Reports authored the article and she joins me to discuss the shocking findings of their tests on spices. Here is a link to the story which contains the chart Lisa refers to that explains how each spice tested - good and bad. https://www.consumerreports.org/food-safety/your-herbs-and-spices-might-contain-arsenic-cadmium-and-lead/
    We humans are pretty good at solving problems. Yet sometimes we make the solution harder than it has to be. If you can change the way you look at the problem, you may find a shortcut to the solution you are looking for. That’s according to Marcus du Sautoy, professor for the public understanding of science and professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford and author of the book Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut in Math and in Life (https://amzn.to/3qOlbZM) Marcus joins me with some fascinating ways to approach problems better.
    The day after Thanksgiving is a big day for shopping. It is also a big day for plumbers. Calls for plumbers spike on Black Friday. Listen as I explain why that is and what you should do so you don’t have to call a plumber in the first place.https://www.pmmag.com/articles/101718-black-friday-is-busiest-day-of-the-year-for-plumbers
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    • 47 min

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