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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.

Something You Should Know Mike Carruthers / OmniCast Media / Cumulus Podcast Network

    • Science
    • 4.6 • 4.8K Ratings

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.

    Why You Need to Play More & The Good News and Bad News About Habits

    Why You Need to Play More & The Good News and Bad News About Habits

    The FedEx logo is legendary. It has won countless awards. Everyone who knows about logos says it is fabulous. Why? This episode begins with a look at what makes the FedEx logo so special. https://turbologo.com/articles/fedex-logo/
    Do you make a real effort to incorporate play into your life? Many of us believe that play is for children - which is certainly true but adding in some playfulness to your adult life has some real benefits you should be aware of. Joining me to discuss those benefits and offer ways to become more playful is psychotherapist Joanna Fortune author of the book Why We Play: How to Find Joy and Meaning in Everyday Life (https://amzn.to/3GuxF0K).
    So much of what we do is done without thinking. You can walk, talk, get dressed, brush your teeth and drive your car without having to think about each step along the way – you just do it. Those things become habits and that makes life so much easier. Yet most of us develop some bad habits along the way as well – things we would like to stop doing. So, what is the difference between a good habit and a bad one? How did you get some of those habits in the first place and why are the bad habits so hard to break? Here to explain how habits work is Russell A. Poldrack, a professor of psychology at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience (http://reproducibility.stanford.edu). He is also author of the book Hard to Break: Why Our Brains Make Habits Stick (https://amzn.to/3AKqqy4).
    If you take certain over-the-counter pain relievers, you could develop a hearing problem – especially if you are a woman. Listen as I reveal some research about pain relievers and hearing loss you need to know. http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/09/pain-relievers-increase-hearing-loss-risk/
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    • 50 min
    How Scarcity Influences What You Buy & How Social Media Clouds Your Perception

    How Scarcity Influences What You Buy & How Social Media Clouds Your Perception

    Your doctor is supposed to wash his or her hands between patients. But sometimes doctors forget. Would you speak up if you saw that and ask your doctor to wash up? This episode begins with a look at this important problem. https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-hospitals-want-patients-to-ask-doctors-8216have-you-washed-your-hands8217-1380582268
      Scarcity is powerful. It is the force that drives people to stock up on toilet paper before a storm or to buy something they might not buy because it is on sale for 2 days only. When something is hard to get it becomes more desirable. Sometimes things really are scarce but sometimes it may just be manipulation. Here to discuss how marketers use scarcity and why it works so well is Mindy Weinstein a marketing instructor at Grand Canyon University and the University of Denver, as well as a program leader for The Wharton School and Columbia Business School. Mindy is also author of the book THE POWER OF SCARCITY: Leveraging Urgency and Demand to Influence Customer Decisions (https://amzn.to/3tGrIpE)
    If you spend a lot of time on social media, it can become a lens through which you see the world. It takes on an importance that is a little proportion and it can become addicting. That is exactly what happened to Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, MD and author the book Influenced: The Impact of Social Media on Our Perception. (https://amzn.to/3EnuzsM). Listen as Brian tells his personal story of social media addiction and discusses what happens in your brain each time you click “Like”. It is an important story for anyone who worries they may be spending a little too much time on social media or have kids who may be doing the same.
    What will happen to your pets if you die before they do? You might think you know but listen as I explain what you need to do to make sure your wishes are followed – and it is not just about putting it in your will. http://pettrustlawyer.squarespace.com/
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    • 52 min
    SYSK Choice: The Good and Bad in Human Nature & Let’s Rethink Your Daily Routine

    SYSK Choice: The Good and Bad in Human Nature & Let’s Rethink Your Daily Routine

    People didn’t always eat cereal for breakfast. In fact, the idea really didn’t catch on until the 1940s and 1950s. So, where and how did they idea start? And how did it get so popular? This episode reveals the answers to these questions plus I explain how popcorn was really the first breakfast cereal. Source: David Hoffman, author of The Breakfast Cereal Gourmet (https://amzn.to/35UKIpr)
    Are humans inherently good or evil? Are we naturally inclined to be kind or are we more likely to act in our own self-interest? Historian Rutger Bregman joins me to take a serious look at human nature and how it sets us apart from other animals. Rutger is the author of Humankind: A Hopeful History (https://amzn.to/3fzk09e) and he has some great insight into what makes us tick.
    Think about all the decisions you make during a day. For instance, you decide when to have your first cup of coffee, whether to sit or stand, what to drink and what to eat – or not eat. All these things collectively make up your daily routine. And that routine can have an impact on your health and wellbeing. Stuart Farrimond, M.D. is here to explain how these little daily decisions matter and how you can optimize them to stay healthy and happy. Stuart is the author of Live Your Best Life: 162 Reasons to Rethink Your Daily Routine (https://amzn.to/2HpS0s0).
    Is the meat people eat okay to give to dogs? After all, a lot of people give their dogs meat. But should you do it or could it cause harm to your dog? Listen as I explore this question as well as explain what your dog thinks about all day long. Source: Paulette Cooper-Noble author of Dog Secrets: Fun & Fascinating Things Your Dogs Wants You To Know (https://amzn.to/2KBskd9)
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    • 51 min
    Why We Are So Often Wrong & How to Dial Down Anxiety

    Why We Are So Often Wrong & How to Dial Down Anxiety

    Why does it seem that your stomach growls at exactly the wrong time? It is right when the room is full of people and very very is quiet. That's when your stomach emits those grumbling noises that you are certain everyone can hear. This episode begins with an explanation as to why your stomach growls in the first place and what you can do to prevent it. https://www.outsideonline.com/1784166/why-does-my-stomach-growl
    A lot of the time you think you are right – you are really wrong. You see humans seem to like to believe things that are just not true. Often, we tend to believe things are actually worse than they really are. It’s important to understand how and why this happens. Here to discuss this odd human quirk is Bobby Duffy, a professor of public policy at King’s College in London and author of the book Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything (https://amzn.to/2qdz9aK).
    Doesn’t it seem that people are more anxious than they used to be? Tempers are shorter, patience wears thin quickly, and people just seem generally worried about so many things. So how can we dial down the anxiety and worry? That’s what Olivia Remes is here to discuss. Olivia is an anxiety researcher at the University of Cambridge in London. Her writing has appeared in several major publications and she posts a lot of information on the topic on Twitter. (@OliviaRoxann). Listen as she offers some simple ways to ease your anxiety and find more joy in life.
    There is a good chance you hit an afternoon slump around 3 pm. You can try a cup of coffee to help fight it off but there is actually a way to prevent yourself from getting – or at least minimizing that late day slump. Listen as I explain a simple yet effective technique. https://www.thorne.com/take-5-daily/article/avoiding-the-afternoon-energy-slump
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    • 51 min
    What You Didn’t Know About Skin Care Products & Why We Measure Everything

    What You Didn’t Know About Skin Care Products & Why We Measure Everything

    Being neat is generally considered a good thing. But is neater, better? This episode begins with a look at the difference between neat and messy people and the pros and cons of each. Source: David H. Freeman author of A Perfect Mess (https://amzn.to/3X6IsnK)
    What is the difference between all the soaps, lotions and potions of skin care products? After all, there are so many and all at very different prices. Are the expensive ones really better? What about the ingredients – are they safe? Do any of these products really get rid of wrinkles? Here to discuss this is dermatologist Dr. Fayne Frey who has been independently testing skin care products for years. Listen as she explains what products are absolutely necessary and how to choose the best products for yourself. Dr. Frey is author of the book The Skincare Hoax (https://amzn.to/3UGFhkV) . Her website is https://www.fryface.com
    We like to measure things. In fact, we like to measure everything. That’s why we have inches, miles, grams, meters, feet ounces and all the rest. By measuring everything, we make sense of the world. And how those measurements came to be is quite interesting. Here to explain the history and science of measurement is James Vincent, senior reporter for The Verge and author of a book called Beyond Measure: The Hidden History of Measurement from Cubits to Quantum Constants (https://amzn.to/3V1LGaj).
    One interesting way to tell if someone is lying is to listen to how they tell a story. When people are making things up, they tend to weave the story differently than when someone is recalling a true story. Listen as I explain the difference. http://lifehacker.com/5959543/true-or-false-pay-attention-to-structure-to-tell-if-a-story-is-made-up
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    • 52 min
    SYSK Choice: John Cleese’s Guide to Creativity & The Role Chance Plays in Your Life

    SYSK Choice: John Cleese’s Guide to Creativity & The Role Chance Plays in Your Life

    People make judgements about you the minute the lay eyes on you. This episode begins by explaining how those first impressions are determined and how to maximize your grooming and dress so people are impressed. Source: Image consultant Sherry Maysonave author of Casual Power (https://amzn.to/3ffMODA)
    John Cleese has been entertaining millions of people for years as a member of Monty Python, as well as a movie actor in a variety of films including Harry Potter and James Bond movies. He has also spent some time examining the creative process and wrote a book about it called Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide (https://amzn.to/3lKW5G7). Listen as John reveals how he creates his own special brand of humor and offers his advice on how anyone can be more creative in whatever they do.
    Does everything happen for a reason? People like to think so. However, maybe we are here on this earth doing what we do all as a result of a series of amazingly random events. Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, film producer and author of the book A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You (https://amzn.to/36IesVO). Sean joins me to reveals all the things that had to happen to bring us all to where we are today.
    What is laughter? Sure, we’ve all experienced it but how do you define it? And why is laughter called “the best medicine”? Listen as I explore some interesting facts about laughing that you probably haven’t heard. Source: Robert Provine author of Laughter: A Scientific Investigation (https://amzn.to/2IRDN7E)
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    • 49 min

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