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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 Technology Changes Who You Are & The Nuts and Bolts of Making Friends

    How Technology Changes Who You Are & The Nuts and Bolts of Making Friends

    How many times have you opened up a new box with electronics or shoes or maybe even some beef jerky and found one of those silica gel packs? If you look closely, they usually have warnings not to eat them - that doing so could be hazardous to your health. So, what exactly would happen if you did eat one of them? Just how dangerous are they? This episode begins with an explanation. https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/what-to-know-silica-gel
    For a few centuries now, humans have been interacting with machines in all kinds of ways. In the process, those interactions have changed who we are and how we live. As machines become more advanced with robotics and AI, our interactions with those machines will become deeper and more intimate. In some cases, it already has. Could we one day actually have relationships with machines - could robots actually be our friends - or even lovers? Debora Spar believes the ways humans and machines relate to each other is something we should all be interested in. Debora is a professor of business admin at Harvard Business school, former president of Barnard College. She is also author of the book Work, Mate, Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny (https://amzn.to/3xMLhOo) and she joins me to offer some fascinating insight into how machines have and continue to change us. 
    Everyone knows Santa but we don’t know much about Mrs. Claus. Listen as I explain who she is and why we seem to know so little about this mysterious woman who helps keep Santa’s workshop buzzing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs._Claus
    People report that they have fewer friends and feel more isolated than in previous generations. Especially around the holidays, that feeling of isolation can really sting. And the only solution is to connect with people. But how do you do that if it doesn’t come easily to you? Psychologist Dr. Elicia Nademin joins me to offer simple yet effective ways to connect with the people around you that will make you feel great and who know -- could lead to friendship or even romance. Dr. Nademin is author of the book Don’t Be A Stranger: Creating Connections & Memorable First Impressions in Every Day Life (https://amzn.to/2ZSRAUg).
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    • 54 min
    SYSK Choice: Your Suggestible Brain & Must-Ask Doctor Questions

    SYSK Choice: Your Suggestible Brain & Must-Ask Doctor Questions

    People often listen to music while they are working because they believe it helps concentrate and possibly makes them more productive. Does it? This episode begins by exploring which, if any kind of music can help your concentration and productivity. https://www.businessinsider.com/10-minute-trick-to-boost-your-productivity-2016-1
    Are you suggestible? Could you be hypnotized into believing something that isn’t really true? What about placebos? If I tell you a sugar pill will cure your headache, will your headache go away? It’s fascinating to think that the human brain can be fooled into thinking and doing things. Erik Vance is a science writer who has explored why it seems your brain is so suggestible – even if you believe it isn’t. He is the author of the National Geographic book, Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal (https://amzn.to/2L5ptqn) and he joins me to shed light on this interesting phenomenon of the human brain and what it means.
    You know when you go to drug store and right next to the name brand lotion or shampoo or pain reliever is the store brand in a bottle that looks kind of like the name brand but a lot cheaper? So is it the same as the name brand? Listen to discover the answer. (Shopsmart magazine 12/2014 issue)
    If you are sick and you go to the doctor, you expect the doctor will treat you somehow. He’ll give you medicine or something. And the doctor knows you expect him or her to do something – so you walk out with a prescription. But there is a flaw in that process that is leading to a lot of patient overtreatment. Norway neurosurgeon Christer Mjåset has explored this problem and has come up with 4 questions to ask your doctor went he prescribes a medication or medical test. Hear what they are and discover why this is so important. Dr. Mjåset did a TED talk on this which you can see here: https://www.ted.com/talks/christer_mjaset_4_questions_you_should_always_ask_your_doctor?language=en
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    • 45 min
    How to Finish What You Start & Strange Ways Germs Spread at Home and Work

    How to Finish What You Start & Strange Ways Germs Spread at Home and Work

    Something is probably missing in your old holiday photos. In fact, the older you get, the more you notice what’s not in them and you really regret it. This episode begins with that missing ingredient in your older pictures and advice on how to make sure you don’t make the same mistake with your holiday photos from now on. Source: Cheryl Lightle author of “The Creative Memories Way: https://amzn.to/3riziqL
    It’s a pretty universal problem - you start something but never finish. I bet it has happened to you. I also bet there are some things you say you want to accomplish but never quite find the time to actually get around to starting them? You are not alone. Jon Acuff, author of the book Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done (https://amzn.to/3lkzGBc) researched the science of setting and achieving goals. He joins me to explain where people go wrong and how to set and reach goals that are truly important to you.
    Can you really rely on the 5-Second Rule ? What about double dipping - is it really so bad? And just how gross is it to eat birthday cake after someone blows out the candles? Listen as I explore all of these questions about food and germs and illness with scientist and Clemson University professor Paul Dawson, author of the book Did You Just Eat That? (https://amzn.to/2PqKLOw)
    Seems like texting doesn’t really require punctuation. Yet maybe it should – at least sometimes. Listen as I explain why certain punctuation can make you sound more sincere and other punctuation makes you sound less sincere. What’s so interesting is it only applies to texts but does not apply to any other type of written communication. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563215302181

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    • 49 min
    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

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