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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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  • Scientific Mysteries that Make No Sense At All & How to Stop People From Manipulating You
    Thu, Jun 21, 2018


    Want to feel REALLY good? Watch this YouTube video: http://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 on things that baffle science. Michael holds a PhD in quantum physics and is author of the book 13 Things that Don’t Make Sense : The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Times (http://amzn.to/2JSTD17) and he is co-host of the podcast series Science(ish) which looks at the scientific issues raised by popular culture fiction such as Hollywood films and TV.

    A lot of the time you use the word “that” in a sentence, it is totally unnecessary. Oh, and so is “totally” as in totally unnecessary. I’ll have a list of words you probably use that you don’t really need to – in fact you really shouldn't. http://www.themuse.com/advice/15-words-you-need-to-eliminate-from-your-vocabulary-to-soundsmarter#

    You may have people in your life who “gaslight” you. It is a form of manipulation and it is very toxic. Therapist Robin Stern, author of the book, The Gaslight Effect: How to Spot and Survive the Hidden Manipulation Others Use to Control Your Life (http://amzn.to/2M8RzyP), joins me to explain how it works and how to defend yourself from gaslighters. 

  • How to Be Beautiful and Why it Matters & Small Inventions that Rocked Your World
    Mon, Jun 18, 2018


    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. (http://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. Rachelle Smith, associate professor of psychology at Husson University, is author of the book The Biology of Beauty (http://amzn.to/2JOKMtn). Rachelle joins me to explain the importance of your own beauty and how to maximize what you have. 

    If you are going on a job interview it matters whether you are the first person interviewed or the last person or better yet, the fourth person. I’ll explain why. (http://www.businessinsider.com/always-go-fourth-during-interviews-2015-5)

    Seemingly small inventions like the razor blade, the TV dinner and paper money have had profound impacts on our lives and the economy in ways you never knew. Tim Harford, author of the book Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy (http://amzn.to/2JV5zM9) joins me for a fascinating explanation of how these innovations have transformed our lives.

  • What Really Motivates Humans & How to Talk to Anyone About Anything
    Thu, Jun 14, 2018


    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 work but there are other ways that are better says Daniel Pink, author of the book Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us (http://amzn.to/2LNHze7). Daniel joins me to offer some advice on how to successfully motivate yourself and others.

    Friends are important but I bet you didn’t know just HOW important. Let’s put it this way… research shows not having a strong social network is equal to smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. And that’s just one of the things I discuss about the importance of friends (http://www.rd.com/slideshows/friends-facts/#slideshow=slide2)

    Are you one of those people who hates small talk? Or perhaps you find it difficult to talk to strangers and connect with people. Or maybe you just wish you were better at conversation. If so, you need to listen to Jill Spiegel, author of the book How to Talk to Anyone About Anything (http://amzn.to/2t6tIb3). Jill is an expert when it comes to striking up conversations and making them count. Incidentally, she is also the great granddaughter of Joseph Spiegel, founder of the famous Spiegel mail order catalog.



  • How to Unlock Your Creative Genius & The Fascinating Connection Between Health and Happiness
    Mon, Jun 11, 2018


    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 CEO of Track Maven, a software analytics firm and he has been on the top “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes magazines. He is also the author of the new book The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea at the Right Time (http://amzn.to/2Jt9vaH). Allen joins me to reveal some fascinating science behind creative people and the creative process that we can all benefit from.

    It turns out that not all olive oil is what it appears to be. In fact a lot of extra virgin olive oil isn’t what the label says. Is there fraud in the olive oil business? And if it isn’t olive oil, what is it? We’ll discuss. (http://time.com/3894609/extra-virgin-olive-oil/)

    If happiness is a choice, why do so many people choose to be unhappy? That is just one of the questions I tackle with Rick Foster co-author of the book Happiness & Health: 9 Choices That Unlock the Powerful Connection Between the Two Things We Want Most (http://amzn.to/2JEdz78). I think you will be amazed by what Rick has to say about the connection between your health and your happiness. 

  • The Amazing Way Your Body Heals Itself & Why Your Reality isDifferent Than Mine
    Thu, Jun 07, 2018


    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 and more about how the healing process works and how to enhance it. Joining me to shed some light on all of this is Wayne Jonas, MD, professor of medicine at Georgetown University and author of the book How Healing Works. (http://amzn.to/2JB911l )

    We all make typos when we write emails. But what you probably realize is that those typos alter the impact of your message – sometimes in a good way and sometimes in a bad way. Listen as I explain. (http://www.aol.com/2015/06/01/your-email-typos-reveal-more-about-you-than-you-realize/)

    How you perceive your world is different than everyone else because your brain is so different than everyone else's. One great way to understand those differences in our brain is to look at some people with peculiar brain disorders. Science writer Helen Thomson author of the book Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains (http://amzn.to/2M6kswj) introduces you to a woman who gets lost going from her kitchen to her bathroom EVERY single time as well as the doctor who actually feels other people’s pain. It’s important to hear this because it gives you a clue as to why your brain sees a very different reality than mine or anyone else's. Plus Helen offers some brain enhancing techniques you can use that she has learned from the science. 

  • How to Easily Negotiate (Almost) Anything & Why You Need the Rat Race
    Mon, Jun 04, 2018


    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. (http://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 you can get discounts on many items in retail stores by asking but you have to ask the right way. To find out how listen to my discussion with Emily Hunter. Emily Hunter. Emily is an associate professor of management at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business, where she teaches negotiation and conflict management. (http://business.baylor.edu/directory/?id=Emily_M_Hunter)

    Who hasn’t felt guilty about not visiting grandma or some other friend or relative? You go when you can but you wish you could go more often– right? Well if you ever feel that way, there is something important to understand. It is called the “certainty of contact.” I’ll explain what it is. (Dr. Charles Foster, author of Feel Better Fast - http://amzn.to/2Jm9YdH

    How often have you heard people talk about the “rat race” and how important it is to get out of it? The idea is that the rat race is so stressful that it is somehow bad for you. But is it really? Not according to economist Todd Buchholz author of the book, RUSH: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race (http://amzn.to/2LiKQSF).  Todd makes a compelling case that the stress of the rat race is exactly the fuel we need. By the way Todd served as White House director of economic policy under George H.W. Bush. His latest book is called The Price of Prosperity: How Rich Nations Fail and How to Renew Them (http://amzn.to/2Linigr)

  • Why People Cheat & The Best Advice for People Who Are Too Busy
    Thu, May 31, 2018


    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, NOT monogamous? And what can you do if there has been cheating in your relationship? These are all important questions addressed by my guest Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg. Dr. Rosenberg is a board certified addiction psychiatrist, sex addiction counselor and he is author of the book Infidelity: Why Men and Women Cheat (http://amzn.to/2J2slRL) He also has a quiz on his website so you can assess your cheating potential. Go to : http://drkenrosenberg.com/

    When you go to a business function you are often given a name tag to wear. So which side of your chest should you put it on - left or right – or does it even matter? While in the scheme of things it may not matter much, there is a correct side and it all has to do with function. I’ll tell you which side is the better side according to etiquette experts. (http://emilypost.com/2009/05/right-or-left-where-to-wear-a-name-badge/)

    In our culture we are obsessed with saving time. We have gadgets and apps and systems all designed to make us more productive so we get more done in less time. But then what do you do with the time you saved? Probably use it to get more things done. So what’s the point? For a different look at how you spend your time and what you spend it on, listen to my guest, Laura Vanderkam, author of the book Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done (http://amzn.to/2xs4325). She has been speaking and writing about this topic for a while and has some interesting insight and practical advice I think you will enjoy hearing.


  • What YouShould (and Shouldn't) Do to Your Skin & How to Get Along Better with People at Work
    Mon, May 28, 2018


    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, M.D., explains some important facts about skin care you may not know and offer simple and practical tips to keep your skin looking and staying younger. Dr. Youn is the author of the book The Age Fix (http://amzn.to/2GTve5o), he is host of the podcast, The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show (http://www.dryoun.com/podcast/) and his website is www.dryounonline.com 

    Here’s an interesting physics question: Let’s say you have to get from point A to point B in the pouring rain. Will you get wetter by running or walking there? I’ll reveal the answer and explain the science. (http://gizmodo.com/5970075/do-you-get-less-wet-walking-or-running-in-the-rain)

    Have you ever had trouble getting along with people at work? It is a universal problem. And a big part of the problem is that people have different working styles. Some of those styles work well together – some clash. When you understand what those different styles are and how they work with each other, you can have a happier more productive work environment. Kim Christfort is an executive with Deloitte, an accounting and consulting firm, is co-author of the book Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships (http://amzn.to/2IRgE0a). She joins me to reveal how to better get along with and work with all the people at work.



  • How Heredity Works in Your Family & How toCreate and Deliver the Perfect Apology
    Thu, May 24, 2018


    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 passed down to you by your parents and ancestors? What will you pass down to your children and their children? Can you really inherit your mother’s laugh or your father’s depression? Heredity is a fascinating and often misunderstood topic. To help sort it all out is Carl Zinmmer. Carl is a writer for The New York Times and author of the book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potential of Heredity (http://amzn.to/2IG8KKR).  

    Couples fight about money more than most other subjects. That’s because they don’t talk about it until it escalates into a fight. So how can couples talk about money in a calm and reasonable manner so there are no fights? I’ll explain that in this episode (The Couple’s Guide to Financial Compatability by Jeff Motske - http://amzn.to/2KNiek2)

    When you do or say something that hurts someone else, you are supposed to apologize. But as simple as that sounds, sometimes an apology can make matters worse not better. In fact that is a lot about apologies and forgiveness people don’t understand. One person who understands this very well is Dr. Harriet Lerner, a psychotherapist and author of the book Why Won't You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts (http://amzn.to/2s7Nanl). Harriet joins me to dissect what does and doesn’t make the perfect apology and how to diver it so it really does some good.


  • The Fascinating Role Music Plays in Your Life & How to Harness the New Power of Online Communities
    Mon, May 21, 2018


    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.(http://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 (http://amzn.to/2IC5PTG) and How Music Works (http://amzn.to/2kcOYrP) joins me to examine the fascinating role music plays in our lives and why we like the music we like.

    Buying something that is biodegradable or has biodegradable packaging sound like a good thing. However, things don’t really biodegrade in a landfill like you think they would. Listen as we explore that topic. (http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/biodegradable-waste.html

    Have you heard of the “New Power”? It is the power of connecting communities. Uber does it. Airbnb does it. Facebook does it. Their power comes not from owning something but from connecting people. Henry Timms has explored this in his new book New Power: How Power in Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make it Work For You (http://amzn.to/2IzIDB7). He joins me to explain how it works and how you can put it to work for you and your organization.


  • The Art and Benefits of Wasting Time & 45 Billionaires Share Their Secrets to Success
    Thu, May 17, 2018


    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. (http://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 (http://amzn.to/2rNN18u). Robert joins me to discuss how we can all put these principles to build our own success.

    What if I told you that one-third of the fish in your store could be mislabeled? And that you may not be getting what you think you are? That is just one of the interesting facts about supermarkets I share in this episode.(http://www.thedailymeal.com/11-secrets-supermarkets-dont-want-you-know-slideshow)

    How often have you been told to stop wasting time? Well it turns out that is often really bad advice according to Professor Alan Lightman author of the new book, In Praise of Wasting Time (http://amzn.to/2ImyFHj). Alan explains the problems created by scheduling every moment of the day as well of the benefits of simply doing nothing. And those benefits are pretty impressive!

  • Fascinating Science of Food and Cooking & What May Be Wrong with Your Mouth and Teeth
    Mon, May 14, 2018


    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 understand it you instantly become a better cook. Dr. Stuart Farrimond is author of the book, The Science of Cooking ((http://amzn.to/2KYJT2C)  and he joins me to explain the science behind cooking the perfect cut of meat, how to best cook vegetables and how to choose the best pan to cook in.

    What are the ten most dangerous minutes to drive a car? That’s just one of the things you’ll learn when I explain how even good drivers can get better with a few simple techniques from the people at Popular Mechanics (http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a15465/driving-mistakes/

    Something is going on in the mouths of our children. It seems a lot more kids today need braces and other orthodontic work because their jaws are too small. That in turn can lead to other serious health problems according to Sandra Kahn, DDS, so author of the book Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic (http://amzn.to/2KZva7d). Listen as she explains the problem as well as the ramifications and what we can do about. 



  • How to Stop Being Too Nice Without Being a Jerk & Your Relationship with Television
    Thu, May 10, 2018


    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. (http://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 rather than offend. Aziz Gazapura used to be one of those people and he is now on a mission to help people stop being too nice and start being bold and authentic and do what’s right for them – not just what’s right for everybody else. Aziz is the author of the book Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty... And Start Speaking Up, Saying No, Asking Boldly, And Unapologetically Being Yourself (http://amzn.to/2I7IW68

    When your car breaks down it is likely for one of only a couple of reasons. I’ll tell you what those reasons are and how to prevent and/or deal with them when they happen. (www.roadsidesurvival.com)

    Television has changed a lot of the years and the change continues according to Amanda Lotz, professor of media studies at the University of Michigan and author of the book We Now Disrupt This Broadcast: How Cable Transformed Television and the Internet Revolutionized It All (http://amzn.to/2rwDCTC). She joins me to offer a fascinating look into how television has evolved, where it is most likely headed and how it will affect what you watch and how you watch it.


  • Should You Start Your Own Business? & The Dangers of Medical Myths & Health Misinformation
    Mon, May 07, 2018


    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. (http://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 decide to go freelance and do what they have always done – but do it as a consultant or contractor rather than as an employee. There are many ways to be an entrepreneur – but is it a smart thing for most people to do? Here to discuss that with me is Scott Shane. He is a professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western University and author of the book, Is Entrepreneurship Dead? (http://amzn.to/2rouVd7)

    I hate waiting in line. I imagine most people do. It turns out there is a whole science and vocabulary about waiting in line. Listen and discover how to make waiting in line less annoying, if that is possible. (http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/a6164/how-to-choose-the-fastest-line/)

    Health fraud is a topic I’ve been interested in for a long time. I am fascinated by so many of the false health claims that people believe even when there is no evidence to support them. Nina Shapiro, M.D., is also fascinated by this topic. She is the author of a new book called Hype: A Doctor's Guide to Medical Myths Exaggerated Claims and Bad Advice (http://amzn.to/2wl2cvs). She joins me to discuss what health information is true and not true – and how dangerous it is not to know the difference.

  • What Your Stuff Reveals About You & How Your Gut Affects Your Mood
    Thu, May 03, 2018


    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 book, Snoop: What Your Stuff Says about You (http://amzn.to/2HR1VSs). Sam joins me to explain what he discovered. 

    You probably don’t think a lot about food – but there are some fascinating things worth knowing. So we will explore things like how much food you eat in a year; the shelf life of Twinkies (if there is one) and what may be lurking in your peanut butter. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/17/food-facts_n_4788746.html)

    The bacteria in your gut could actually have a significant impact on your mood and your ability to think and solve problems. It sounds weird but the science for this is pretty substantial. Journalist Scott Anderson explored this thoroughly for his book (published by National Geographic) called The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection. Normally I am very conservative about what kind of health claims and advice I allow on the podcast but there really seems to be something to this and it could be of help for people with depression as well as people who have trouble with their gut. (http://amzn.to/2HOMx90) 

  • Why Time Seems to Fly& The Secrets of How Great Teams Work Together
    Mon, Apr 30, 2018


    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 constant? Is it possible to deliberately make time seem to move faster or slower? Alan Burdick is a staff writer and former senior editor at The New Yorker who spent 10 years researching this phenomenon. The result is his book, Why Time Flies (http://amzn.to/2rd4Rlg) . He joins me to reveal what he discovered. 

    If you have some vodka around the house, you should know that it is good for more than mixing cocktails. For example, it is an insect repellent and it’s great for washing windows – and that’s just the beginning! (http://mom.me/food/18977-top-10-unusual-uses-alcohol/item/washing-window/) . Listen to discover all the great uses for vodka.

    We all have to work in teams. Whether it is your family or a team at work or in an organization you belong to. So what is it that makes great teams work so well together? Daniel Coyle, author of the book The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups (http://amzn.to/2HCdGMe) embedded himself in some highly successful groups including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, Zappos, the San Antonio Spurs, andseveral others and he discovered what makes great teams – great. He joins me to share the secrets of highly successful teams.


  • How You Can Be More Powerful & Elastic Thinking: A Better Way to Solve Problems
    Thu, Apr 26, 2018


    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 Stanford University Graduate School of Business and author of the book Power: Why Some People Have it and Others Don’t (http://amzn.to/2I1hfN4). He explains how anyone can be a much more powerful presence. 


    Do you like kale? It has been called a super food and it now finds its way into all kinds of salads and other dishes. But a few years ago hardly anyone ate kale. So why and how did it become so popular? Is it really so great? You won’t believe the story. (http://spoonuniversity.com/news/real-story-behind-kale-became-famous


    There is logical thinking and then there is “elastic” thinking. Elastic thinking is a different way to approach problems. Leonard Mlodinow, author of the book Elastic Thinking: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change (http://amzn.to/2JrXqhl) reveals how this different way of thinking works and how it can often be a better way to solve the problems you face at work and at home. Leonard is a fascinating writer (he co-wrote a book with Stephen Hawking!) and I know you will find his insight enlightening. 

  • How to Be a Better Risk Taker & Mysteries of Science That Affect Your Life
    Mon, Apr 23, 2018


    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. (http://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: The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance (http://amzn.to/2HjkQoE) joins me to explain how important it is to take risks but also how to be a better risk taker so that you win more than you lose – and also how to learn from the risks that fail.

    Do you neatly fold your towel after a shower and place it on the towel rack? Or maybe you hang it on a hook? Well those are terrible things to do if you plan to use that towel again tomorrow! I’ll explain why. (http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a26125/dirty-bathroom-mistakes/

    Do you like science? How can you not? Science is everywhere and governs everything you do and explains why our world works the way it does. Scientist Scott Bembenek author of the book The Cosmic Machine: The Science that Runs our Universe and the Story Behind It (http://amzn.to/2qQDIFn) joins me to explain some fascinating principles and mysteries of science. One mystery he talks about is why you will often see an egg fall to the ground and break but never see an egg jump back up on the counter and reassemble itself. But according to some equations – it should. You have to hear him explain it. So come listen!

  • How to Sleep Much Better & The Ways Virtual Reality Will Change Your Life
    Thu, Apr 19, 2018


    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 sleep is – or feels like. For some real insight into how people sleep and how we can all sleep better, listen as I speak with sleep medicine specialist Chris Winter, M.D., author of the book The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It (http://amzn.to/2JVEHMd) 


    Anyone who spends time on Facebook knows that feeling of, “Why does everyone else’s life seem so wonderful compared to mine?” There is now research that proves this happens to everyone who goes on Facebook and that actually people’s lives aren’t any better than yours – it just looks that way. Listen and I’ll explain. (http://www.uh.edu/news-events/stories/2015/April/040415FaceookStudy) 


    Do you know much about virtual reality? You are about to. Peter Rubin, senior editor at Wired magazine knows a lot about it. In fact he is the author of a new book on the topic called Future Presence: How Virtual Reality is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy and the Limits of Ordinary Life (http://amzn.to/2HeLUFD). Peter joins me to explore some of the fascinating and fun parts of virtual reality and also some of the concerns about how it will impact how we humans live our lives.  


  • How to Create Excellence & An Easier Way to Financial Independence
    Mon, Apr 16, 2018


    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 (http://amzn.to/2qAE2qB) . So how have things changed since then? Co-author Tom Peters joins me to talk about that as well as discuss his new book The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last (http://amzn.to/2H2XQdo). Tom one of those people who always makes you think so I am sure you will find this conversation engaging.   

    Which is better for your car – synthetic motor oil or conventional motor oil? To answer that you need to know the difference so I’ll explain that and tell you what the experts recommend. (http://www.costcoconnection.ca/connectioncaeng/20150910?article_id=1320613&pg=NaN#pgNaN

    In our culture, we are encouraged to spend money. It is often difficult to save money and spend cautiously. Vicki Robin, author of the book Your Money or Your Life(http://amzn.to/2JMV1il) shares some fascinating ideas on how to look at money differently and spend wisely so you still get you everything you really want and also have money in the bank.


  • How Things Do (and Don’t) Become Popular & How to Navigate Difficult Social Situations With Ease
    Thu, Apr 12, 2018


    “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 Atlantic magazine and author of the book Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction (http://amzn.to/2HtzsCC). Derek reveals exactly how things become popular – and it isn’t the way you might think. 

    In schools today there is a lot of emphasis on typing on a keyboard rather than writing with pen and paper. So you may be surprised to hear the benefits kids receive by simply writing on paper – and maybe schools should re-think their policies that deemphasize penmanship in early grades. (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/science/whats-lost-as-handwriting-fades.html?_r=0

    Who hasn’t been socially anxious? I am sure you’ve been in one of those situations where a lot is on the line or you don’t know anyone and it makes it uncomfortable and difficult. This is especially true for the millions of people who are naturally socially anxious anyway. With some help is clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen author of How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety (http://amzn.to/2v7gVtb). Ellen is also the host of the wildly popular podcast, Savvy Psychologist (http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/savvy-psychologist) She joins me to offer some rock solid suggestions to help navigate those anxiety provoking situations so you act, look and feel like you belong.

  • How Your Money Actually Works & How to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness
    Mon, Apr 09, 2018


    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. (http://bit.ly/2qeuW3m)

    How does your money move around? In other words, you write me a check, how does the money get from your account to mine? What makes a $20 bill worth $20? And how does Bitcoin work? These questions and more are answered by my guest Charles Wheelan, who teaches economics at Dartmouth and is author of the book Naked Money (http://amzn.to/2qb0N58

    You probably have an ice maker in your freezer. If so , you should be aware that your ice maker has its own heater to keep it from freezing and that little heater is costing you. (http://science.time.com/2011/04/14/how-the-ice-in-your-drink-is-imperiling-the-planet/

    One reason that happiness can be so hard to find is because our brains aren’t wired for happiness – they are wired for survival. Rick Hanson, author of the book Hardwiring Happiness (http://amzn.to/2uY5Hr4) reveals how, with a little effort, you can rewire the brain so happiness becomes part of who you are

  • The 5 People Who Will Ruin Your Life (If You Let Them) & How to Make MotivationWork For You
    Thu, Apr 05, 2018


    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 has some ways for you to handle these people so they DON’T ruin your life. In fact when you implement his strategies, these people won’t bother you much you at all. Bill is the president of the High Conflict Institute and author of the book 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life. (http://amzn.to/2JjIBOH

    Ever been in an elevator where some guy is wearing way too much cologne? That happens because a lot of men are clueless about HOW to apply it – they think the more the better. So I will explain GQ Magazine’s recommendation on how men should apply cologne in just the right way. (http://www.gq.com/style/blogs/the-gq-eye/2013/04/how-to-put-on-cologne-guide.html)

    You know what motivation is – right? It’s that thing that gets you to your goal. But where does it come from? Why do some people seem more motivated than others? Jeff Haden knows. He is a speaker, researcher and author of the book, The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win (http://amzn.to/2q8Dvg4). Listen and you will have a much better handle on how motivation works and how to make it payoff for you.

  • Real Truth Vs Fake Truth: How to Tell the Difference & The Science of Failure: Why Things Go Wrong
    Mon, Apr 02, 2018


    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 isn’t. So joining me is Hector MacDonald, he is strategic communications consultant who has advised the leaders of some of the world’s top corporations as well as the British government. Hector is the author of a new book called TRUTH: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality (http://amzn.to/2pVUYs6) and I think you will find what he has to say very enlightening. 

    Everyone has been worried about their breath on occasion. We all know what a huge turn-off bad breath can be. So I will let you in on some proven strategies to fight bad breath when you aren’t able to brush your teeth. I’llalso tell you a few myths about bad breath that may surprise you. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/03/cure-bad-breath_n_1126196.html

    You’ve heard of Murphy’s Law… Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. But why is that so? Why do things go wrong? Whether it is your morning routine to get the kids off to school (which in my house OFTEN goes wrong) to how you do your job or cook Thanksgiving dinner to disastrous space shuttle launches – things can and do go wrong. Listen to Chris Clearfield, co-author of the book Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It (http://amzn.to/2pZgPy3)as he delves into the science of failure. You'll discover how failure works and more importantly how you can learn from failure to prevent it from happening again.


  • 5 Ways Your Phone Screws Up Your Life & What to Do When Your Whole World Falls Apart
    Thu, Mar 29, 2018


    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. (http://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 book, How to Break Up With your Phone (http://amzn.to/2IbpViD). For more information go to www.PhoneBreakUp.com And for a free copy of Catherine’s audio book version, go to www.Audible.com/something and start a free trial with Audible and you get one free book to download and keep even if you cancel your subscription. 

    Did you know that Cheerios were once considered an unapproved drug by the FDA? And do you know how many varieties of Cheerios there are? (Hint: More than 12) Those are just a few of the many fascinating things I discuss about this iconic breakfast cereal. (http://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/5-things-you-didn-t-know-about-cheerios

    So what do you do when your whole life fall apart? Of course you hope it never happens but life has a way of dishing up some pretty tough times to all of us at some point. Daphne Rose Kingma, author of the book, The 10 Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart (http://amzn.to/2IcSYma) reveals the secrets of getting through those horrible times so that life gets good once again. 

  • Secrets of Peak Performance We Can All Use& Fascinating Math You've Always Wondered About
    Mon, Mar 26, 2018


    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 performer from everyone else? High performance psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais has some interesting answers that can help you become a peak performer. Michael works with top musicians, action sports stars and athletes including the Seattle Seahawks. He is also the host of the podcast, Finding Mastery: Conversations with Micahael Gervais (http://findingmastery.net).

    The number of people who are near-sighted has grown dramatically over the last 20 years or so. Why? You’ve probably heard that it is because we do so much “close-up” work like looking at computer screens and reading books. But that is apparently not it. So what is the reason? Listen to find out.(http://www.nature.com/news/the-myopia-boom-1.17120?WT.mc_id=TWT_NatureNews

     Is zero really a number? What is so important about pi? These are just two of the fascinating aspects of mathematics I explore with mathematician Ian Stewart, retired Professor at the University of Warwick in England and author of several books including The Beauty of Numbers in Nature (http://amzn.to/2DUo0fM). Even if you are not a math lover, you will find this conversation fascinating.


  • Best of SYSK Volume 3
    Thu, Mar 22, 2018


    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 Episode

    Why Those Special Moments in Your Life Are So Special. Episode 79.

    http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/124-why-those-special-moments-in-your-life-are-so-special-the-5-numbers-you-must-know-to-stay-healthy/

    Alan Alda’s Advice on Communicating and Relating to Others. Episode 109

    http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/109-alan-aldas-advice-on-communicating-and-relating-to-others-how-to-fight-off-feelings-of-loneliness/

    How to Learn Anything Better and Faster. Episode 118

    http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/118-how-to-learn-anything-better-and-faster-are-people-inherently-good-or-evil/

    The Serious Consequences of Not Asking For What You Want. Episode 132

    http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/132-amazing-ways-genes-affect-your-behavior-the-serious-consequences-of-not-asking-for-what-you-want/


  • Why Life is Better Than You Think & Why We Swear
    Mon, Mar 19, 2018


    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 enlightenment according to Harvard Professor and bestselling author Stephen Pinker. In his new book, Enlightenment Now the Case for Reason, Science Humanism and Progress, (http://amzn.to/2FKuhNb), Stephen reveals that while many think the world is in decline, the opposite is true and he joins me to discuss. What he says will lift your spirits.

    (And remember, to get Stephen Pinker's audiobook version of Enlightenment Now for free from Audible, just go to www.audible.com/something and sign up for a 30-day trial and your first book is free!)

    If you use a handheld hair dryer, you may want to hold it a little differently than you probably do. That’s because hair dryers emit an electromagnetic force that may not be so good for your health. The same is true for other household appliances. I’ll explain which ones and what you should do differently. (http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/electromagnetic-fields-and-your-health)

    Do you swear? Chances are you do. Most people do. But why? Melissa Mohr, author of the book Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing (http://amzn.to/2Dty0fM) explain why every language has swearing and what purpose it serves. 


  • How to Craft a Luckier Life & Why You Tell Yourself Stories That Aren’t True
    Thu, Mar 15, 2018


    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. (http://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 more luck in it? Can you be one of those people that other people think of as lucky? Absolutely, says Janice Kaplan. Janice is the former Editor-in-Chief of Parade magazine and her new book is called How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life (http://amzn.to/2Dp0wiH). Janice joins me to discuss how luck really works and how anyone can craft a luckier life.

    Organic onions, swordfish and gluten-free muffins are just 3 things you shouldn’t buy at the supermarket if you want to save money. I’ll explain why and give you a few other things NOT to buy. (http://www.mc3cb.com/pdf_nutrition_articles/2011_3_8_7%20Worst%20Supermarket%20Rip.pdf)

    Has this ever happened…? You send an email or leave a voicemail for someone to get back to you – but they don’t. As a result, you start to imagine why they don’t. And the why is usually a negative story. Why do we do this? And how can we stop doing that? Scott Gortno is a therapist and author of the book , The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Stop Jumping to Conclusions. Free Yourself from Anxiety. Transform Your Relationships (http://amzn.to/2DjTHix). Listen as he explains this interesting quirk in human behavior and why it gets us into trouble.


  • The Secrets of Nonverbal Communication & The Fascinating Connection Between Food and Brain Performance
    Mon, Mar 12, 2018


    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 language. When people act a certain way or don’t make eye contact with you – it causes you to make assumptions about them. Plus, how YOU act and carry yourself causes people to make assumptions about you. All this non-verbal communication is fascinating and Tonya Reiman, Fox News, contributor and author of The Yes Factor: Get What You Want. Say What You Mean (http://amzn.to/2Fuh7rp), joins me to offer some insight and advice to help you better use nonverbal communication to your advantage. 

    If you don’t have time to floss, maybe you should chew some gum. It seems that chewing gum can do a lot for your oral health but you have to chew the right kind of gum and you have to make sure you don’t chew it too long. Listen to hear the explanation. (http://www.medicaldaily.com/oral-health-hack-chewing-gum-removes-100m-bacteria-10-minutes-similar-flossing-319120 )

    What you eat turns out to have a lot to do with how well your brain works. Eat the right foods and your cognitive performance increases. East the wrong foods and the opposite occurs. Neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Mosconi, author of the new book Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power (http://amzn.to/2HqihAA) explains the connection between food (and drink) and your brain and she offers her list of best and worst foods to eat if you want to optimize your brain’s performance.


  • The Real Reason You Buy What You Buy & How to Have That Difficult Conversation and Still Be Friends
    Thu, Mar 08, 2018


    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 don’t. Marketing expert Harry Beckwith, author of the book, Unthinking: The Surprising Forces Behind What We Buy (http://amzn.to/2FoSOHk) explains why we usually buy for reasons that have little to do with logic – even though we think otherwise. 

    All alcoholic drinks are not created equal. Some get you drunker, some are more likely to give you a hangover and one in particular is more likely to land you in a hospital emergency room although no one is really sure why. If you enjoy a cocktail, this is worth hearing. (http://www.menshealth.com/health/4-secretly-dangerous-drinks

    Ever go in to a conversation with the intent of changing someone’s mind? As you probably discovered, it almost never works. So perhaps that should not be the goal according to Celeste Headlee of Georgia Public Radio and author of the book We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter (http://amzn.to/2oXH1Zk). She discusses a different way to approach difficult conversations so they don’t end in arguments and maybe actually accomplish something. 


  • Why Are Great Innovators So Weird and Quirky? & What You Probably Never Knew About Cats
    Mon, Mar 05, 2018


    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: http://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 Curie and others seem weird and “off the charts” quirky compared to the rest of us? Melissa Schilling, professor of management and organization at the Stern School of Business at NYU is author of the book Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World (http://amzn.to/2GY5qFC). Listen and she explains why great genius is so often accompanied by quirkiness and what the connection is between the two.

    Want to be happier? Shorten your commute and sleep on the left side of the bed. Those are just two of the things that according to science can elevate your level of happiness. I’ll reveal more in this episode. (http://www.modernghana.com/lifestyle/3447/16/10-surprising-things-that-make-you-happier.html).

    There are about the same number of cat owners as there are dog owners in the U.S. So what is it about cats that make them so interesting and mysterious? And why do so many people love cats when it seems cats couldn’t care less about people - or anything else for that matter? Professor Leslie Lyons is a cat lover who also happens to run the Lyons Feline Genetic Laboratory at the University of Missouri (http://felinegenetics.missouri.edu/) . She knows more about cats that just about anybody. And she joins me to discuss the feline fascination so many people have.

  • Why Complainers Complain and How to Stop Them & Using Games to Accomplish Your Goals
    Thu, Mar 01, 2018


    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 and even wrote a book on it called, No Complaints: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Joy (http://amzn.to/2CNYU1M). Listen as she reveals why some people complain about every little thing and strategies to stop yourself from complaining and to stop complainers from complaining.

    Look at any print or web ad and you will likely see the images on the left and the text on the right. There’s a reason for that – it is one of the techniques advertisers use. I’ll discuss several more you should be aware of. http://prezi.com/if57qeh9nw7a/key-to-advertisement/

    Have you heard of the word “gamification”? You do it with your kids when you make cleaning their room a game instead of a chore. Fitbit is a good example of gamification. They make a game out of fitness. Other businesses do it as well – and you probably also do it in your life. Dave Eng is an expert on gamification. He is an adjunct  professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College and he joins me to discuss how gamification works, why it’s go effective and what some of the concerns are. Dave’s website is www.Davengdesign.com


  • The REAL Reason Why You Do the Things You Do & Important Etiquette in the 21st Century
    Mon, Feb 26, 2018


    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 to the doctor get healthy – right? Well, what if the reason you THINK you do things isn’t the real reason? I want you to listen to Robin Hanson an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and author of the book, The Elephant in the Brain (http://amzn.to/2F4Vvk8). He explains that often the reason we THINK we do things is not the reason at all – and why it is important to understand all of this.

    I bet you’ve wondered how good a memory your dog or cat has. How long do they remember an event or a command or the last time you played with them? Listen and I think the answer will surprise you. (http://www.su.se/english/research/research-news/new-findings-on-animal-memory-1.222566)

    You might think etiquette is kind of an old-fashioned concept with little relevance in the 21st century. But you’d be wrong to think that. Etiquette is as valid today as ever – maybe more so. Thomas Farley, author of Modern Manners: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Social Graces (http://amzn.to/2F1xpHf), answers some common etiquette questions people have about social media, weddings, cellphones and more.

    His website is www.whatmannersmost.com

  • How to Design YOUR Perfect Life & Why Humans Make So Many Irrational Decisions
    Thu, Feb 22, 2018


    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 profile and then incorporate ways to live your life that are in line with your personality. When you do, life gets easier.

    By the way, to take the personality test Gretchen talks about, go to her website www.GretchenRubin.com

    Then, a lot more kids today have allergies and eczema compared to previous generations. And it may have to do with your dishwasher. You’ll want to hear this.

    We humans are very good at making irrational decisions. It seems we can’t help ourselves. We like to think we are rational beings but so often what we do and how we think is driven by something else. Ron Brafman, co-author of the book Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior explains why we do irrational things and offers some advice to help you be more rational when everyone else isn’t. 

    To see the before and after images of my living room courtesy of Modsy.com, go to: http://bit.ly/2EKrpmG


  • How to Deal With Every Jerk You Meet & How to Take Stunning Photos with Your Cellphone
    Mon, Feb 19, 2018


    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 so jerky and reveals the different categories of jerks and then offers some tactical advice to deal with them and still get what you want.

    Did you know different airlines have different flying styles? Did you know the armrest closest to the aisle on an airplane that can’t be raised actually CAN be raised if you know a little trick? These are just two of the fascinating behind-the-scenes facts about air travel that we’ll explore.

    Everyone today has a camera on them almost all the time. And cellphone cameras have gotten pretty good. So, since you may likely be photographing much of your life, why not make those photos the best they can be? Photographer Jim Miotke, founder of www.BetterPhoto.com and creator of the online course Outstanding Photography offer some simple tips and idea that will transform your cellphone photos so they truly capture the moment.

    Come see my dog Taffy and her new Bark Box on the episode page on the website. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/2HtCYN8

    To discover more about Bark Box go to: www.BarkBox.com/something

    Check out Health IQ. They offer lower rates on life insurance for health-conscious people. See if you qualify by going to: www.HealthIQ.com/something


  • What it Really Takes To Be a Winner & What to Do About the New Culture of Rudeness
    Thu, Feb 15, 2018


    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) reveals some fascinating stories and research that anyone can use to improve your chances of winning in whatever you choose to do.

    There isn’t a soul alive who hasn’t gotten an email or 2 (or thousands!) offering male enhancement pills, creams and lotions. The problem is, none of them work. And there is even a bigger problem with these fake potions. Listen to discover what it is.

    Are people becoming ruder? Sure seems that way to me. So where did this need to be “brutally honest” come from? Danny Wallace, author of the book F You Very Much (http://amzn.to/2HeCzxV) looks at the origins of this new lack of civility as well as what it is doing and how we can stop it.

  • The Best Way to Find Someone to Love & How to Come Up With Better Ideas
    Mon, Feb 12, 2018


    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 stay in love and she has some great suggestions on where to go to find love and how to keep the spark alive in the long term.

    Why do retail prices still end in 99 cents - as in $29.99? Do retailers still think we don’t know that $29.99 is closer to $30 than $20? It turns out that pricing strategy still works and I’ll explain why.

    Everyone has creative ability. It’s just a matter of understanding your particular creative process and how to use it. That’s according to Roger Von Oech, author of the book, A Whack on the Side of the Head (http://amzn.to/2nT7XK7). Roger has been studying, researching and speaking about creativity for years and he will help ignite your creative thinking to come up with better ideas.

  • Forgiveness or Revenge: Which is Better? & How You Spend Money and What it Says About You
    Thu, Feb 08, 2018


    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/2BgFwNI)  talks with me about how to best deal with someone who has hurt you and he explores whether or not you can make a case for revenge in some circumstances.

    There is a good chance you have a favorite coffee mug. Lots of people do. And I think you will find it either odd or comforting just how attached people get to their coffee mug and what they feel if someone else uses it or – God forbid – it breaks!

    All your life you deal with money. And how well you deal with it and understand it will have a huge impact on you. Jeff Kreisler author of the book Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter (http://amzn.to/2nMsCiQ) uncovers some of the mysteries of money like why you enjoy spending money on some things but hate spending money on others; how you decide what the value of things are; why you will spend more on vacation than you will at home for the very same things and more.

  • How Your Friends Influence What You Think, Feel and Weigh & Why It’s So Hard to Ask for Help (But Ask Anyway)
    Mon, Feb 05, 2018


    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 influenced by the people around you. Dr. Nicholas Christakis is a physician, sociologist and author of the book, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (http://amzn.to/2BVJAQ3) and he explains how this phenomenon works and why it is so important.

    A lot of people have gotten very sick this winter from colds and flu. Often it is the result of touching things with germs on them then transferring those germs from your hands to your face. I’ll reveal all the things at work you want to make sure NOT to touch or at least clean before you do so you don't get sick.

    Ever struggle to do something, like carry too many grocery bags – and someone offers to help and you say, “No thanks, I got it.”? Why? You need help, someone offers – why in the world would you decline? But we do it all the time. It seems that people just don’t like asking for help. Nora Klaver, author of the book, Mayday! Asking for Help in Time of Need (http://amzn.to/2EDT0Tq) explains why it is that we are so reluctant to ask for help and why accepting help is often a much better decision for so many reasons. 


  • How to Ooze Self-Confidence & The Magic of Doing What You’re Good At
    Thu, Feb 01, 2018


    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 Confidence (http://amzn.to/2El5bV0) has some excellent strategies to increase your confidence that you can put into practice immediately.

    The U.S. Postal Service is a part of everyone’s life. And sometimes it seems that they can make your life difficult. So, I have some tips from actual postal employees to help you navigate the postal service with more efficiency and do it in less time.

    Are you doing what you are really good at? Or do you work in a job that leaves your true skills idle and untouched? Sir Kenneth Robinson, author the book,  Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life (http://amzn.to/2GAxyPP) explores ways to discover what you do well and then find ways to incorporate those things into your life. It’s important because when you do what you are good at and it is something you find satisfying, it can transform your life.


  • How to Be Truly Fascinating & What Are You Really Afraid Of?
    Mon, Jan 29, 2018


    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 find you interesting and how to use your personal fascination to great benefit.

    If you love guacamole, there is a secret ingredient I want you to try the next time you make it. It’s just a tablespoons worth but it is going to make all the difference in the world, according to Esquire magazine.

    What are you afraid of? If you watch the news you would think that crime, terrorism and natural disasters are the real threats. But they are not – at least not statistically. The things that harm and kill more people are much more mundane according to Dan Gardner, author of the book, The Science of Fear (http://amzn.to/2DTW8ws). Listen and understand what is really likely to do you harm and what isn’t. It’s going to help you live longer, healthier and happier.


  • A Better Way to Make Your Choices in Life & How to Be Irresistible to the Opposite Sex
    Thu, Jan 25, 2018


    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 – everywhere choices abound! And that can be great except that too many choices can actually be paralyzing. Anyone who has spent more time choosing what show to watch on Netflix than actually watching a show knows what I mean. Barry Schwartz, author of the book, The Paradox of Choice (http://amzn.to/2n9IpHD) joins me to explain whytrying to make the “best” choice may be a waste of time and he offers a better way to make choices that will leave you more satisfied.

    Have you heard that we only use about 10% of our brain? Well, that turns out to be nonsense and it is just one of several myths about the brain we will clear up in this episode.

    What attracts men to women and women to men? Allan Pease has some very interesting answers. Allan has been studying how people communicate and he is author of the book, Why Men Want Sex and Women Need Love (http://amzn.to/2Fcp7IW). Listen as he explains how to make yourself more attractive to the opposite sex based on evolutionary drives and urges that still rule our feelings and actions. 


  • Why Timing REALLY is Everything & Ways to Save on Medication You Never Knew
    Mon, Jan 22, 2018


    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 book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (http://amzn.to/2Dne4Ml) reveals why timing is so important and how to time events in your life to be more successful.

    Who hasn’t reheated pizza in the microwave? Everyone does with predictably disappointing results. Listen and you'll discover a better way that doesn’t take much more time but delivers much better results.

    And wouldn’t it be great to save money on prescription drugs? It turns out there are a lot of ways to save beyond the simple advice of getting generic drugs rather than name brands. Edward Jardini, M.D is author of the book How to Save On Prescription Drugs: 20 Cost Savings Methods (http://amzn.to/2mY1bBH) and he has some very clever ways to keep more money in your pocket and not waste it on medicine. 

  • WhatPeople Really ThinkAbout You & Why a Little Dishonesty is Probably Okay
    Thu, Jan 18, 2018


    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 people when you meet them? Vanessa Van Edwards has been studying people and their behavior for a long time. She is author of the book Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People (http://amzn.to/2rfyB3T) and she joins me to discuss some effective strategies to improve your people skills like you won’t believe.   

    Then, there is a fascinating limitation of the human brain you must know about. IT seems you cannot keep track of more than 3 things at once unless condition is met. What is it? Listen and find out.

    Since you were a child you’ve heard that honesty is the best policy. However, dig as little deeper and you’ll find that most of us think a little dishonesty is probably okay. The fact is we do think dishonesty is acceptable as long as it is not too much and as long as it is not too overt. Dan Ariely, author of the book, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves (http://amzn.to/2Dg1FtE)explains the little ways we are all a bit dishonest and why we think it is perfectly fine - so maybe it is.

  • How to Have a Voice You Love & Proven Money Strategies for Every Day
    Mon, Jan 15, 2018


    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 to improve the sound of your voice. Then if you want to learn more, check out Roger’s program, The Perfect Voice at www.ThePerfectVoice.com.

    Have you heard that it is a good idea to let your cellphone battery run all the way down to zero? Supposedly that is to help it last longer and keep a better charge. Is it true? We’ll find out.

    All of us have asked some basic financial questions at some point such as: Is it better to own or rent a home; buy or lease a car; pay off debt of save money? Jack Otter, editor at Barrons.com and author of the book, Worth…Not Worth It? (http://amzn.to/2D5U68I) has examined these questions, done the math and come up with the answers. Listen as Jack may surprise you with what he has to say about what you should do with your money.

  • Benefits of Being Messy & Household Hacks You WILL Use
    Thu, Jan 11, 2018


    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 turns out that life is messy and often life doesn’t fit neatly into categories, files and folders. Tim Harford, journalist, economist and author of the book Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives (http://amzn.to/2Die1Cw) explains why being neat isn’t always the solution and suggests ways to embrace the messiness of life and use it to your advantage.

    Also, I’m sure you’ve noticed that whenever you cry, you get a runny nose. Why? Listen and find out.

    Then, sooner or later – and probably sooner, you will need to clean something. And no one knows better how to keep your life clean and sparkly bright than Jolie Kerr. Jolie is an advice columnist and host of the podcast, “Ask a Clean Person.” She is also author of the book, My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag (http://amzn.to/2Df2BPL). NO ONE loves to clean like Jolie and you will love her cleaning hacks that I know you will use within hours if not minutes after hearing them.

  • Why You Get Shy (and What to do About It)&A Better Way to Make New Years Resolutions Stick
    Mon, Jan 08, 2018


    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 life or success? Bernardo Carducci, Director of the Shyness Research Institute (http://www.ius.edu/shyness/) at Indiana University Southeast and author of The Pocket Guide to Making Successful Small Talk offers some incredible insight into becoming what he calls a successful shy person.

    Also, how you sign your name reveals a lot about you. Listen as I discuss a fascinating study that looked at signatures of big bosses (like Donald Trump, Barack Obama and Richard Branson, to name a few) and what their signature revealed about their personality.

    By now a lot of people who made New Year’s resolutions are struggling. The fact is most resolutions fail. So maybe there is a better way. Caroline Arnold, author of the book, Small Move, Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently (http://amzn.to/2m5jOTz) reveals a simple, easy and virtually foolproof way to set and achieve a resolution - or any goal for that matter.

  • How Not to Die &How to Be More Courageous
    Thu, Jan 04, 2018


    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 book, How Not to Die (http://amzn.to/2ClpQq2).  Dr Greger explains how lifestyle changes not only will eliminate and reverse heart disease but also help with other life threatening conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease and more.

    Here are the websites mentioned by Dr Greger:

    ·       http://www.truehealthinitiative.org/ 

    ·       http://www.pcrm.org/kickstartHome/mealplan/week-1

    Then, some very simple yet powerful advice to improve your love relationship from John Gottman, one of the best known experts in the field of relationship psychology, He says 2 little things will make all the difference in the world. Listen to discover what they are.

    Plus, do you ever wish you were more courageous? Are there things you haven’t done because you lacked the courage to do them? Speaker and consultant Bill Treasurer author of the book Courage Goes to Work (http://amzn.to/2Aj4Nms) will help you realize you probably have more courage than you think and how to become more courageous in spite of the fear you face. 

  • Great Ways to Save Money in 2018 & Why You Feel Embarrassment – and How Not To
    Mon, Jan 01, 2018


    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 yourself to sleep. I’ll reveal some easy, proven ways.

    Then, why do we feel embarrassment? In those moments when you think you’ve made a huge embarrassing blunder – what do other people actually think? Probably not what you think they think. Embarrassment expert David Allyn, author of the book, I Can’t Believe I Just Did That (http://amzn.to/2zMSoqD) offers some valuable insight into embarrassment and how NOT to feel so bad when you screw up.  

  • Best of Something You Should Know 2017 Vol-2
    Thu, Dec 28, 2017


    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 Episode

    The Two Ways People Get Rich with Matthew Schiff Podcast Episode 79.

    http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/079-the-2-ways-people-get-rich-how-to-read-people-instantly/


    Exactly What to Say to Get What You Want with Phil Jones. Episode 100

    http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/100-exactly-what-to-say-to-get-what-you-want-how-to-stop-being-distracted-by-technology/


    Simple Strategies for a Fabulous Relationship with Arielle Ford. Episode 112

    http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/112-simple-strategies-for-a-fabulous-relationship-how-to-develop-mental-toughness-to-handle-hard-times/


    What Your Dog is Really Thinking with Camilla Gray-Nelson. Podcast Episode 51. http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/051-what-your-dog-is-really-thinking-why-superstitions-actually-work/



  • Best of Something You Should Know 2017 - Vol 1
    Mon, Dec 25, 2017


    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 Episode

    How to Think Smarter with Dr. Art Markman. Podcast Episode 46. http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/046-how-to-think-smarter-and-better-documents-you-should-shred-you-never-knew/

    The Power of Magical Thinking with Matthew Hutson Podcast Episode 51. http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/051-what-your-dog-is-really-thinking-why-superstitions-actually-work/

    How Social Media Does & Doesn’t Work with Ed Keller. Podcast Episode 65.

    http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/065-how-social-media-marketing-works-and-doesnt-work-the-story-behind-the-3-digit-security-code-on-credit-cards/

    How to Daydream, Distract and Doodle Your Way to Success with Srini Pollay, M.D. Podcast Episode 66

    http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/066-how-to-daydream-distract-and-doodle-your-way-to-success-a-world-of-video-games-you-never-knew/


  • Amazing WaysGenes Affect Your Behavior & The Serious Consequences of Not Asking For What You Want
    Thu, Dec 21, 2017


    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://amzn.to/2CJZgXF explains how your genes make you want to do things that are often not good for you (like overeat or drink too much). However, there are strategies you can use to help prevent your genes from leading you astray.

    Have you ever avoided asking someone for something – like for a raise or for a date? Asking can be hard but in many cases, if you don’t ask you don’t get. Linda Babcock, Walton Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon and author of the book, Women Don’t Ask (http://amzn.to/2BGui3e) offers advice on ways to ask that make it easier – so you don’t feel so uncomfortable. Because the more you ask, the more you get.

    You probably never knew this but there is a simple trick that makes anything taste better. Whether it is a meal you cook or candy bar you get at the store, this one little trick improves the taste and it amazingly simple. I’ll explain what it is.

  • How to Make or Break Any HabitSuccessfully & How to Calm Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent
    Mon, Dec 18, 2017


    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 techniques to start new habits and explains why you should never really try to “break” a habit. There is something else you should do instead.  

    Did you know you have more than five senses? For example, when you move your foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal when you drive, you are using another sense that allows you to find those pedals without looking or using any other of your five senses. I’ll explain what it is and what it is called.

    There is real power in calming down. That’s according to Gyatri Devi, M.D., author of the book, A Calm Brain: How to Relax Into a Stress-Free, High-Powered Life (http://amzn.to/2on2EoX). Because our brains are always active – checking texts and emails and rushing around, we don’t have the d"own time" we need that allows the brain to perform at its best. Dr Devi has some ways to do that and she reveals the amazing benefits of a calm brain. 

  • The Secret to Achieving Any Goal & Why We Love the Same Christmas Songs Year After Year
    Thu, Dec 14, 2017


    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 20+ years and author of the forthcoming book, Quiet Mind, Epic Life (due in 2018) explains how he gets people to achieve their wildest dreams. And it turns out to be pretty simple.

    Is there a laser pointer in your house? Sure it is fun to watch your cat chase the light – and there are even toy lasers for kids. But are they safe? Could it damage someone’s eyesight if you point it at them?  Interestingly there has been a case of that happening – but only one. And there are millions of laser pointers. So what’s the deal? The answer is in this episode.

    Have you ever wondered why there are hardly any new Christmas songs? Why do we listen to the same old songs every year? Ronald Lankford, scholar and author of the book, Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells & Silent Nights (http://amzn.to/2ACcGIu ) reveals why some Christmas songs are popular for decades and why we love those songs so much. 

  • How to Make Your Point So People Get It & Dealing with the Growing Entitlement Mentality
    Mon, Dec 11, 2017


    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 people don’t know what their point is. And even when they do, they don’t make it clear to the listener. In this discussion Joel reveals how to make your point crystal clear.

     Then, the Navy Seals have something called the “40% Rule.” It has to do with human potential. When I first read it a while ago, I cut out the article and always remembered it during those teams when I needed to get more out of myself. I think you’ll find it useful in your life as well.

    Are today’s kids and young adults too entitled? Do they think the world owes them something? Well, certainly not all of them think that but there does seem to be a growing entitlement mentality in our culture. So where did it come from? According to psychologist Michael Wetter, it is primarily a parenting problem. Parents want to protect their children and keep them happy but the unintended consequence is that kids are not prepared for the real world. Dr. Wetter is author of the book Earn It!: What to Do When Your Kid Needs an Entitlement Intervention (http://amzn.to/2BZL1hO) and he offers some great advice and insight to deal with this problem.  


  • Proven Ways to Be Instantly Happier Forever &Things About Christmas You Never Knew
    Thu, Dec 07, 2017


    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, there are four questions you should ask on a first date to see if you should bother with a second date. I’ll tell you what those questions are.

    Plus, you are about to learn things about Christmas you never knew. Why do we celebrate this holiday the way we do, wheredid it really come from who is responsible for the way we view all things that are Christmas? Bruce Forbes is a professor of religious studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and author of the book Christmas: A Candid History (http://amzn.to/2B7pWEN) explains some of the fascinating facts behind Christmas and why he believes there are actually 2 Christmases – the religious one and the cultural one. And his explanation is fascinating. 

  • When Knowing Nothing Actually Gives You an Advantage & The Proven Way to Live a Long, Long Life
    Mon, Dec 04, 2017


    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 according to Liz Wiseman, who is a researcher, adviser and teacher and has been ranked as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world. Liz is also author of the book, Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work (http://amzn.to/2jcNLR2). For anyone fearful of having to start a new job or career or a new anything, you need to hear what Liz has to say. 

    Also, is there really a “Fountain of Youth?” There's something pretty close according to cardiologist Dr. John Day, author of the book, The Longevity Plan (http://amzn.to/2Aslo9a). There is a village in a remote part of China where the people who live there live a very long time and never suffer from heart disease, diabetes or obesity. What is it these people know and do that allows them such a long life? We unravel the mystery with Dr Day.

    Plus, how often have you apologized for something unnecessarily? We all do it: Someone steps on your foot and you say, “I’m sorry.” Why? It wasn’t your fault. Interestingly, successful people apologize less because over-apologizing weakens your message and tends to make you less competent. We explore that in this episode of the program. 


  • What Every Perfectionist Needs to Know & How to Increase Your Fitness Level Fast
    Thu, Nov 30, 2017


    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 where perfectionism comes from, why it is a problem and what you can do about it.

    Then, anyone who is going to go in for surgery needs to take something with them. I’ll tell you what it is that will make you feel better, reduce the pain and lower your blood pressure – and all you have to do is listen!

    And who doesn’t want to be more fit? But there are a lot of myths about fitness and what does and doesn’t work to get you in shape. Award winning journalist Robert J. Davis author of the book Fitter Faster (http://amzn.to/2AekU8t) helps separate the truth from fiction and has some simple strategies that will improve your fitness level quickly.


  • Why It is So Hard For People to Admit When They’re Wrong & The Real Way You Get Promoted at Work
    Mon, Nov 27, 2017


    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 really good at choosing just the right holiday gift for people while others of us are not. Buying the wrong gift can send the wrong message and land you in trouble. If you are “gift-giving challenged, you’ll want to hear this list of gifts you should never buy anyone.

    And if you think hard work and dedication are the things that will get you promoted at work, you are wrong.Sure, they are important but moving up requires more than competence, it requires understanding how the game is played. Patty Azzarello, author of the book, Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life (http://amzn.to/2k3BSjz) explains what matters and what doesn’t when it comes to getting ahead on the job.


  • Why Those Special Moments in Your Life Are So Special & The 5 Numbers You Must Know to Stay Healthy
    Thu, Nov 23, 2017


    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 Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact (http://amzn.to/2yY3fOH). Dan shares his explanation of why some moments are so important and reveals how to construct more of them in your life and the many benefits of doing so.

    Also, most managers have at least some understanding of how important it is to praise their employees for a job well done. But just how important is it really? If you are a manager you should hear this and if you work for a manager, you should play this episode for him or her.

    And we simply must do something about heart disease. It is the #1 killer and yet it is virtually all preventable. Cardiologist Dr. John Kennedy, author of The Heart Health Bible (http://amzn.to/2yZUbsF) explains what it means to have heart disease (it is more than just having a heart attack) and reveals the five numbers you – and everyone else - need to know that will help make you bullet proof to the devastating effects of heart disease.  

    And you'll hear me talk about the wonderful work ofBarbara & Joe Saltzman of the Jester & Pharley Phund. The website is http://www.theJester.org

  • The Amazing Benefits of Showing Appreciation & Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs You Probably Never Heard
    Mon, Nov 20, 2017


    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 appreciate hearing what she has to say so that you can start appreciating more!

    Also, would you know it if a pickpocket tried to lift your wallet out of your pocket? You’d like to think you’d feel but you probably wouldn’t. So discover how to protect yourself from a pickpocket because there are a lot of them out there looking for people who don’t know how they operate.

    And what are the traits of a successful entrepreneur? Michael Sonnenfeldt knows. Michael is a serial entrepreneur who founded Tiger 21, a networking group of “high net worth” entrepreneurs and he is author of the book, Think Bigger (and 39 other winning strategies from successful entrepreneurs) (http://amzn.to/2AWkUrA). Michael discusses what separates great entrepreneurs from the not-so-great ones and offers some easy to follow advice for anyone who wants to up their entrepreneurial game. 

  • Understanding the Flow of Time and How You Perceive It & How to Make Parenting Easier
    Thu, Nov 16, 2017


    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 experience the passing of time. She also explains how you can make time – or at least the way you perceive it – either speed up or slow down.

    Also, you know you should drink a lot of water but you may not know all the reasons why. When you hear them, you may just want to go get yourself some water.

    Plus, no one ever said parenting was easy. Psychologist Wes Crenshaw author of the book, Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens (http://amzn.to/2hr182v) offers some straight forward, down-to-earth advice for parents to be more effective parents and to make the process of parenting simpler.


  • How to NOT Be Offended By Things and People You Don’t Agree With & When Owning a Home is Not Always Better Than Renting
    Mon, Nov 13, 2017


    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 latest book is called,  What’s Wrong with Damn Near Everything (http://amzn.to/2AnTIBN). Larry offers his no-nonsense view of finding happiness and success while not getting outraged and offended by things you don’t agree with.

    Then, there are some common American behaviors that can get you branded as a "loud obnoxious American tourist" in other countries. I’ll explain what they are and how to avoid them when you travel abroad.

    finally, conventional wisdom has always been that it is better to own a home rather than rent. But today, that isn’t always true. Jane Hodges, author of the book Rent vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice (http://amzn.to/2haDVhi). She explains why owning is best for some and renting is best for others. A lot of it has to do with how old you are, where you are in your life and career and how much money you have.

  • Home Remedies Proven by Science to Work & How to Give a Killer Presentation Every Time
    Thu, Nov 09, 2017


    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 medications that will surprise you and could save your life.

    One day you WILL have to speak in front of people. Whether it’s a presentation at work or a speech in front of a large group, there are things you can do to make it easier and far more effective. It’s all in the preparation – but it has to be the right kind of preparation. Public speaking expert and coach Darlene Price, author of the book, Well Said: Presentations and Conversations that Get Results (http://amzn.to/2zoIgZb), joins me with some powerful advice.

    Plus, you probably think you can “catch up” on your sleep by sleeping in on the weekends. If so, think again. If you are sleep deprived, there is a better way to fix your sleep – and it doesn’t have to do with how many hours you sleep – rather, it’s about HOW you sleep.

  • The Fascinating Difference Between Reality and Your Perception & Why You Have More Resilience Than You Think
    Mon, Nov 06, 2017


    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/2zQQKEN  explains how you can control, alter and improve your perception to help you see the world as it really is.

    Plus, could you be doing things that cause people to NOT like you? There are several behaviors, including a few you may be doing on Facebook, that can be real turn-offs to others.

    And how resilient are you? Probably a lot more resilient than you think you are. Andrew Zolli, author of the book, Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back (http://amzn.to/2zQFzfi) explores how resilience works and what allows most of us to bounce back – but others to stay stuck.

  • How to Learn Anything Better and Faster & Are People Inherently Good or Evil?
    Thu, Nov 02, 2017


    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. Well, maybe according to Josh Kaufman, author of the book The First 20 Hours (http://amzn.to/2ix9SUN). According to Josh, what you do in those early hours of learning can really accelerate you learning curve.

    Also, if you ever stay at hotels you need to be aware of a scam that is amazingly easy to fall for if you don’t know what it is. So, I’ll fill you in.

    Are people inherently good – or not? That is a question that has been debated by philosophers for centuries. And it is something explored in the book, The Fear Factor (http://amzn.to/2gEDvzm). Researcher Abigail March is the author and she is also an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Georgetown University. She explores what makes some of us altruistic and others callous and uncaring. It’s a fascinating discussion with a silver lining.

  • Is There Life After Death? & Why Procrastinators Shouldn’t Try to Change
    Mon, Oct 30, 2017


    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 kayaking accident in Chile several years ago. She was dead for 30 minutes. But she came back. Wait until you hear the story she tells of her experience of dying and returning to tell the tale. Dr. Neal is the author of the N.Y. Times best-selling book To Heaven and Back (http://amzn.to/2yFC7EL) .

    If you are a wine drinker, you have no doubt gone to take a sip only to see a fruit fly swimming in your glass. Should you toss out the fly and drink the wine or start all over? There is a little science you need to hear.

    And why are procrastinators made to feel bad that they always wait until the last minute to accomplish a task? What does it matter as long as it gets done? According to clinical psychologist Dr. Mary Lamia, author of the book, What Motivates Getting Things Done: Procrastination, Emotions, and Success (http://amzn.to/2zGr0Md). procrastinators should stop feeling bad and stop trying to change. First of all it is almost impossible to change and secondly, there is no reason to. And she explains all of that in today’s episode.

  • Life Lessons Worth Hearing from a Decorated Navy Seal & How to Ace Your Next Job Interview
    Thu, Oct 26, 2017


    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 book Make Your Bed (http://amzn.to/2l05XR9) which explains some important life lessons he gave in that speech– and he explains some of them with me in this episode.

    Also, it is fairly well accepted that eating food late at night can lead to weight gain. But is it really true? Wait until you hear the facts.

    And going on job interviews can be stressful and nerve-racking. But understanding the process and how to prepare can make it easier and improve your chances of actually getting the job! Vicky Oliver author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions (http://amzn.to/2yy58Uv) reveals what job interviewers are looking for, what they are likely to ask, how they try to trip you up – and more.

  • How You Decide What and How Much To Eat & Using Your Imagination for a Better Life
    Mon, Oct 23, 2017


    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.

    Plus, we take a look at your imagination. Your imagination can run wild and create problems for you or you can use it to create a better life for yourself. James Mapes, researcher, speaker and author of the book Imagine That (http://amzn.to/2zaPpIC) helps you understand what your imagination is and how to use it to your advantage.

    Have you heard the advice that it is better to spend money on experiences than on material things? While there may be some wisdom in that, it isn’t always true. I’ll explain why.

  • Bill Gates’ Cyber Security Expert Explains How to Stay Safe Online & Mastering the Art of the Pitch
    Thu, Oct 19, 2017


    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 and his family. He is the CEO of Secure Anchor Consulting and author of the forthcoming book, Online Danger (http://amzn.to/2z0L6iQ). You will want to hear what he has to say.

    Also, everyone knows you should rinse produce before you eat it. What they don't know is - for how long?If you really want to get the bacteria and pesticides off, those few quick seconds under the tap are not helping much at all. I’ll explain how you should do it.

    And if you want to be persuasive, you have to master your “pitch.” Whether it’s getting a table at the restaurant or a better seat on an airplane or just getting your kids to do what you ask – it’s all in the pitch. And to discuss how to sharpen you pitch is Anthony Sullivan. You know Anthony from TV – “Hi, it’s Anthony Sullivan for Oxi-Clean…”

    Anthony has written a book called You Get What You Pitch (http://amzn.to/2xA2biN) and he has some great advice to be more persuasive.

  • The Best of Something You Should Know, Episodes 1-70. Moments You May Have Missed
    Mon, Oct 16, 2017


    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 Episode

    Physical Intelligence with Thalma Lobel. Podcast Episode 69 http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/069-interesting-quirks-of-the-human-brain-how-your-5-senses-affect-your-behavior/

    Life Hacks with David Pogue Podcast Episode 13 http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/013-great-life-hacks-to-make-life-simpler-why-conversations-get-so-nasty/

    Safety Rules with Tracey Brown Podcast Episode 23 http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/023-how-all-our-safety-rules-make-life-more-dangerous-the-amazing-power-of-kindness/

    Smart Machine with John Markoff Episode 37 http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/037-fascinating-reason-you-go-to-work-will-robots-take-over-the-world/

    Selling Your Stuff with Aaron Lapedis Episode 58 http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/058-making-money-from-garage-sales-craigslist-and-ebay-the-power-of-courage-from-someone-who-had-a-lot-of-it/

    The Risks in Life with Amram Shapiro Episode 43 http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/043-the-decline-of-brand-loyalty-the-odds-of-everyday-life/

    Exercise Myths with Gretchen Reynolds Episode 52 http://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/052-why-so-many-kids-fail-to-launch-exercise-myths-that-will-surprise-you/

  • Simple Strategies for a Fabulous Relationship & How to Develop Mental Toughness to Handle Hard Times
    Thu, Oct 12, 2017


    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 learn about phubbing – or maybe it is spelled pphubbing. Anyway, it’s how your cellphone can mess up your relationship and it affects a lot of people - maybe even you.

    And what makes some people mentally tougher than others. Psychotherapist Amy Morin, a columnist for Forbesand Psychology Today has had to learn the hard way. She went through some difficult times where mental toughness was a requirement. She is author of the book The 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do (http://amzn.to/2xhXkCG) and she has some terrific insight into how to handle the inevitable tough times that life dishes out.

    Both guests in this episode have audio books available at Audible. For your free audio book and 30-day free trial, click here or go to www.Audible.com/something.

  • How to Be More Likeable & How to Be a Better Food Shopper
    Mon, Oct 09, 2017


    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 are planning to travel during the holidays this year, it is time to start making those plans a reality. I'll explain why waiting will cost you money.

    And, would you consider yourself a savvy food shopper?  The problem is that food companies make a big effort to get you to buy foods that may not be as good for you as you think. Registered dietician Susan Burke March, author of the book Making Weight Control Second Nature (http://amzn.to/2yhWzhZ) has some excellent and practical advice for making healthy food choices in the store. She explains why a lot of the overweight and obesity problem we have today is because of poor choices in the supermarket. And she joins me to help fix that.

  • The Best Way to Achieve Any Goal &How the AmericanLove Affair with the Automobile is Changing
    Thu, Oct 05, 2017


    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, and author of several best-selling books including Succeed – How We Can Reach our Goals (http://amzn.to/2xGKUrp)  explains what works and what doesn’t work if you have a goal you really want to accomplish.

    Do you worry about elevators when you ride them? What if they fall – would you survive? Well, you need to hear the facts about elevator safety when compared to stairs and escalators.

    Plus, Americans have long had a love affair with the automobile. But could things be changing? Owning a nice car isn’t necessarily the status symbol it once was – at least as far as younger people are concerned. Anne Fernandez, co-author of the book, Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effect on Our Lives (http://amzn.to/2k4Z5BT)  has taken a long hard look at the American car culture and you’ll be fascinated by what she has discovered.


  • Alan Alda’s Advice on Communicating and Relating to Others & How to Fight Off Feelings of Loneliness
    Mon, Oct 02, 2017


    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 communication which is also the subject of his new book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? (http://amzn.to/2xzCkKY)

    Also, when you touch someone who has remarkably soft skin – it may all be an illusion. In fact it may just be evolution playing a little trick on you. Listen as I explore this.

    And loneliness is a big problem in the U.S. and all over the world. Marriage and family counselor, Dr. Pat Love co-author of the book Never Be Lonely Again: The Way Out of Emptiness, Isolation and a Life Unfilled(http://amzn.to/2wM9J6j) joins me. Dr. Love explains how you don’t have to be alone to feel loneliness and why loneliness is such a painful feeling. Then she offers advice to feel more connected.

  • The Fascinating Stories Behind Your Favorite Toys & The Secrets to a Long Life
    Thu, Sep 28, 2017


    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 he came out in 1964. Before they were toys, Slinky and Silly Putty were actually part of the World War II war effort and then evolved into toys. If you like classic toys, you will love my conversation with Tim Walsh author of a beautiful coffee table book called Timeless Toys(http://amzn.to/2ygBald).

    With all the health advice available today, you would think we would all be healthier, slimmer and more fit than anyone in history. But of course, that’s not the case. Much of the information we get is confusing and contradictory. So Professor Merlin Thomas took a deep dive into the research to find out what is true, what isn’t and what the best health advice is to follow. He joins me in this episode to reveal what he discovered. Professor Thomas is a physician and author of the book, The Longevity List ( http://amzn.to/2ygbxk9).

    Also, you know how handy that clingy, plastic wrap can be in the kitchen – except when it doesn’t cling and when it gets all tangled up. While I don’t normally do kitchen tips, this piece of wisdom is going to save you so much time and frustration in the kitchen that is well worth sharing.

  • How to Perform Better When the Pressure is On & Where Germs are Lurking and How to Protect Yourself
    Mon, Sep 25, 2017


    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 for the New York Times and he’s author of the book, Clutch: Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don’t (http://amzn.to/2wCwIk7). If you would like to know how improve your performance in the clutch, you will want to hear what Paul has to say.

    Then, with cold and flu season coming, we all need to protect ourselves against germs. And no one knows more about how to do that than Allison Janse. She and Dr. Charles Gerba (aka “Dr Germ”) are authors of The Germ Freaks Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu (http://amzn.to/2xqJWzh). Allison joins me to explain where germs are lurking, how to protect yourself and how not to get too freaked out by it all.

    And the next time you get stressed out, grab some chewing gum. How can it help de-stress you? I’ll explain in this episode.

  • How Did Google Become So Powerful and Finding SuccessWhen You Are Not an Extrovert
    Thu, Sep 21, 2017


    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 the book Googled: The End of the World As We Know It (http://amzn.to/2wANv77). Listen as Ken explains just how Google became such a big part of all of our lives.

    Also, most people probably believe that sex can cause a heart attack. Maybe you’ve wondered about it yourself. But what does the science say? Could the exertion of sex trigger a cardiac event – or not? You’ll find out.

    A lot of the advice on success encourages people to “Get out there.” That in order to be successful, you have to mingle, shake hands, network and be social. But for many of us, that is scary, anxiety-provoking and exhausting. Morra Aarons-Mele author of the book, Hiding in the Bathroom (http://amzn.to/2wIHa4N) explains how introverts or anyone who is socially anxious can still be successful and meet all the right people – and do it on their own terms.

  • Best Entrepreneurial Advice You’ll Ever Hear & Why We Can’t Have Civil Debates Anymore
    Mon, Sep 18, 2017


    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 entrepreneurial projects. He sees a lot of mistakes made by both investors and entrepreneurs and has some great advice for people who are serious about starting their own company – large or small. Ross is the founder and CEO of Village Capital and author of the book, The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas and What to Do About It (http://amzn.to/2xK6fkS).

    Plus, did you know the best way to prevent the spread of colds and flu is to wash your hands regularly. But it turns out millions of us are not doing a correct and thorough job, which puts you at risk of getting sick. I’ll explain the science and technique of washing your hands well.

    And why have political discussions gotten so ugly? In fact any discussion or debate of a controversial topic can easily deteriorate into name calling and attacks on a person’s character. People even dissolve friendships because of differences of political opinion. It didn’t used to be that way. So what changed? Deborah Tannen has studied this for a long time. She is a Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of several books including, The Argument Culture: Stopping America’s War of Words (http://amzn.to/2xJH8yO). Listen as Deborah explains why things have gotten so nasty and what we can all do about it.


  • How Numbers Fool You All the Time & 3 Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor
    Thu, Sep 14, 2017


    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, author of the book Proofiness: How You’re Being Fooled by Numbers (http://amzn.to/2x1UODq), has studied how numbers are used to deceive and mislead. And he explains how to detect bogus numbers when you hear them.

    When you take a multiple choice test – like for your driver’s license – have you ever heard that it is best to go with your gut instinct? Or go with your first answer? It’s common advice but is it good advice? I’ll explain what the research says.

    And before you go to the doctor again, there are some things you need to hear first from Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright. She is a physician and author of the book Back to Balance: The Art, Science and Business of Medicine (http://amzn.to/2y7epAyb). She offers some excellent ways to navigate the health care system and deal with your doctor to help make sure you have better health outcomes. 

  • How NOT to Be Stupid Ever Again & What’s Really In Your Personal Care Products
    Mon, Sep 11, 2017


    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 seven factors are present. Listen to hear what they are and you’ll do far fewer stupid things in the future - maybe never again! BTW, you can find Adam on Twitter - @IAmAdamRobinson.

    Also, it turns out that sarcasm is good for your brain. Whether you deliver it or hear it from someone else, it makes your brain work differently. It's really interesting.

    Then, what about all those personal care products you use every day? Is constant exposure to moisturizers, deodorant, lipstick and other cosmetics safe? After all, the FDA monitors these things. But Alexandra Spunt, author of No More Dirty Looks: The Truth about Your Beauty Products (http://amzn.to/2gVnFDW) says there is real concern about the ingredients in some of these products. For example, there is lead is many lipsticks. How can that be? Listen to hear just what the concerns are and how you can protect yourself.


  • Why Your PerceptionsOften Deceive You &How Smart People Fall Victim to Fraud
    Thu, Sep 07, 2017


    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 Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us (http://amzn.to/2eLXgaX)  explains why you completely miss much of what you think you see and how those distorted perceptions can cause you trouble.

    Also, why do people get goose bumps? Does it serve some sort of evolutionary purpose? The answer will surprise you.

    It isn’t just the elderly or dumb or greedy people who fall victim to fraud. A lot of smart people get taken too.  Financial crime expert Jeffrey Robinson, author of the book, There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute (http://amzn.to/2j50Qyb) explains how big a problem fraud is, how enticing fraudsters make it all seem and how to make sure you do NOT become a victim.

  • A Closer Look at Your Personality & Why You "Click" with Some People and What it Means
    Mon, Sep 04, 2017


    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 Are You, Really? The Surprising Puzzle of Personality (http://amzn.to/2vWHYm7 ) examines why you are who you are and how much of your personality is changeable and how much is set in stone.

    Then, if you think someone is lying to you, there are a few words and phrases to look out for. Liars tend to use certain language that can help you determine if they are being truthful or not.

    Also, have you ever just clicked with someone? You know that feeling of instant connection? It can happen in a romantic way but also happens platonically and with people at work. Ori Brafman, author of the book Click (http://amzn.to/2vWATSC ) has studied this phenomenon and believes strongly thatthese relationships are special. Ori says we shouldn’t just brush it off as “love at first sight.” Listen and understand why these relationships are worth exploring.

  • Exactly What to Say to Get What You Want & How toStop Being Distracted by Technology
    Thu, Aug 31, 2017


    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/2vGIR2R). Phil is one of the world’s top sales trainers and he has researched and studied what words and phrases work in what situations to help you get the outcomes you want in all areas of your life.

    Plus, it is important to maintain a good credit score – but you might be surprised to learn what things do and don’t affect it. I’ll explore that as well.

    And, do you know what “cyber overload” is? It’s being so distracted by all your devices that you can’t focus on what’s important. It is a huge problem and it leaves many of frustrated that we can’t get things done because of all the disruption from technology. Joanne Cantor, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin and author of the book Conquering Cyber Overload (http://amzn.to/2x7iZAQ) reveals the toll this problem is taking and what we can all do to stop being controlled by technology.

  • A Proven Secret to SuccessYou Never Knew & Being Happy Even If Your Home Isn't "Martha Stewart Perfect"
    Mon, Aug 28, 2017


    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 Walker. Sam has been an editor and sports columnist at the Wall Street Journal for 20 years and author of the book, The Captain's Class: The Hidden force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams (http://amzn.to/2wBoB6H). Sam discovered one special element of winning teams that you will never guess. And it turns out it is applicable to teams in business and organizations as well as sports.

    Plus, does it matter whether you read a book on a Kindle or some other e-reader? Does reading a real book with paper pages improve your understanding and comprehension? The answer may surprise you.

    Then, is it really a good idea to have – or strive to have – the perfect home? While it might be nice to follow Martha Stewart’s example, perhaps it is impossible for most people. Weighing in on this is Lisa Quinn is a former self-described Martha Stewart impersonator who has her own TV show on The Live Well Network called Home with Lisa Quinn. She is also author of the book called Life is Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets (http://amzn.to/2w9SaLq). She offers some relief and practical suggestions for those who would like the perfect home but find that is daunting if not impossible to maintain it. 

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  • Interview with Mark Manson author of "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" & Using Brain Science to Enhance Your Performance
    Thu, Aug 24, 2017


    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 is most of us are mediocre at most things we do and maybe that is okay.

    Then, you already know that your mood affects how you walk. But it also turns to work the other way too -  how you walk affects your mood.

    What if you could enhance your mental performance and give yourself a real advantage in everything you do? Neuroscientist Mark Fenske, author of the book, The Winner’s Brain (http://amzn.to/2g4B3VM), explores the science behind focus, motivation and achievement and offers practical suggestions to help give yourself a mental edge. 

  • Why You Eavesdrop on People & How to Be More Creative
    Mon, Aug 21, 2017


    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 History (http://amzn.to/2uVfH3Y). Listen as John takes you on a journey through the history of eavesdropping, how every living creature (and even plants) eavesdrops and why it is necessary for survival.

    Also, you know you are not supposed to talk on your phone and drive at the same time because it increases your chances of getting into a crash. But why? Is it really that hard to do those 2 things at the same time? And does using a hands-free device make it any safer?

    And creativity is something that separates humans from other creatures. But why is it some people are more creative than others? Is creativity something you can develop or is it a gift given to a select few. Speaker and comedian Bob Stromberg, creator of the online course called “Mastering the Craft of Creativity” (http://www.bobstromberg.com/something) reveals how all of us can use our creativity better.

  • Where Your Core Beliefs Come From & The Bright Side of Failure
    Thu, Aug 17, 2017


    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 influences those beliefs. And if you want to change someone’s mind, Michael explains strategies that work and don’t work.

    Also, in the late summer, bees and wasps get particularly aggressive. I’ll explain why and what you should do so you don’t get stung.

    Plus, we explore the importance of failure. Sure, failing at something really sucks but sometimes it is necessary – and it isn’t the end of the world. Megan McArdle, author of The Upside of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success (http://amzn.to/2vJGPQp) explains why it is important to embrace failure as a process toward success. It isn’t just the old clich?s of “learn from your mistakes”, failure serves a real purpose if you don’t let knock you down.

  • Fixing the Flaws in Your Thinking & How History Has Shaped Our Lives
    Mon, Aug 14, 2017


    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://amzn.to/2tRYBiL ) and The Elegant Solution (http://amzn.to/2uR61Eh) , explains how we so often go wrong when we solve problems, make decisions or come up with ideas. He has tested thousands of people and found that almost all of us make some pretty common mistakes that prevent us from coming up with the right solution. And he offers simple strategies to get your thinking back on track.

    Also, perhaps you’ve heard that many people now cover up their webcam with a piece of tape to prevent hackers from spying on them. Is that really necessary? I’ll explain what the experts say you should do.

    And, how has history shaped our lives? Patrick Wyman, host of the Tides of History podcast http://wondery.com/wondery/shows/tidesofhistory/ discusses the importance of history in all our lives. For example, you probably didn’t know that the fall of the Roman Empire is the reason why we speak English. Listen to Patrick’s fascinating explanation. 

  • The Fascinating Math of Everyday Life & Why Diets Fail (and What Works Better)
    Thu, Aug 10, 2017


    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 Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking (http://amzn.to/2uyMDx6) reveals just how important math is and how it is constantly changing. He also discusses how not to be tricked by statistics and numbers that are designed to mislead you.

    People do better work when they get a reward. It applies to people at work or kids at home – and it comes as no surprise. What’s interesting is that it actually depends on the type of reward. It doesn’t have to be a big reward, it just has to be the right reward to get people to do their best work. I’ll explain.

    Also, why don’t diets work? Diet books and programs are as popular as ever but we continue to get heavier. Yoni Freedhoff, M.D., author of the book The Diet Fix (http://amzn.to/2vMM55m) explains the reasons why your next diet is likely doomed to fail and what works better to get the weight off and keep it off. 

  • Why You Need At Least One Friend Right Now&Finding Success Without the Struggle
    Mon, Aug 07, 2017


    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 children and adults. I remember him saying years ago that “Friendship is the glue of childhood.”   It may also be the glue of adulthood. Michael believes friendship is vital – but it is not so much how many friends you have but the quality of the friendships you have that really matters.

    Also, have you ever eaten dried apples? They are pretty tasty but more importantly the health benefits seem to be substantial. Listen and discover what eating dried apples can do.

    Then, get a better understanding of how success works from Jonathan Fields, author of the book and host of the podcast called, The Good Life Project (www.GoodLifeProject.com ). Jonathan explains why some people struggle and never achieve their dreams while others reach their goals without the struggle. If you want to be successful in whatever you do, you should listen to what Jonathan has to say.  

  • Simple Strategies toBe Much Healthier & How to Be Happy At Work Even if You Hate Your Job
    Thu, Aug 03, 2017


    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 into easily digestible information we can all use to be healthier. Dr. Agus is a professor of engineering and medicine at the University of Southern California and author of several books including The Lucky Years (http://amzn.to/2vC3LAy). Listen to what he has to say and start getting healthier – now.

    Also, when you kiss someone you tilt your head one way or the other. Which way do you go? I’ll explain why it matters.

    Plus, how happy are you at work? Apparently a huge percentage of workers are not very content with the work they do or the place where they do it. Psychologist Gayle Van Gils, author of the book, Happiness at Work (http://amzn.to/2utrfrt) offers some practical ways to make work a better place to be. After all, you spend a lot of time there – why not make it a pleasant experience?  

  • How to Be a Better Driver & Why We Waste 40% of Our Food
    Mon, Jul 31, 2017


    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 solutions that could all get us where we are going faster and safer.

    Then, the “Illusion of Asymmetric Insight.” It’s a fancy term for how you think about other people and what you think - they think about you. When you listen, it’ll all make sense and you’ll understand why it is important.

    Also, you’ve probably heard the statistic that about 40% of all food goes to waste. While we all have a part to play in fixing the problem, it turns out that government rules and regulations are actually a big part of the problem. Baylen Linnekin is a food policy lawyer, speaker and author of the book, Biting the Hands that Feed Us ( http://amzn.to/2vLzJde) explains some of the rules about donating food, catching fish and growing your own food that cause us to waste food.

  • What It Means To Be Spiritual and the Benefits You Get &How Your Survival Instinct is Killing You
    Thu, Jul 27, 2017


    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 your health and happiness. 

    Also, don’t you hate it when you grab a pen to write something and no ink comes out? I’ll tell you what the experts say to get the ink flowing again quickly.

    And there’s a problem with your survival instinct. Dr. Marc Schoen, Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine and author of the book, Your Survival Instinct is Killing You (http://amzn.to/2uJPqoC) explains how our survival instinct was meant to keep us safe from imminent danger - like a lion who wants to eat you. But today, we don’t need it for that. Consequently, that instinct can cause problems if we don’t learn to regulate it. It can cause us to act inappropriately and can take a toll on our health. So he explains how to manage that instinct and turn down the intensity. 


  • How to Be More Persuasive &Networking Strategies That Really Work
    Mon, Jul 24, 2017


    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 Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion (http://amzn.to/2uDWt1U). Jay joins me for a lively discussion on what works –and doesn’t work in persuading other people to understand your point of view.

    Also, when you have to shut down your Wi-Fi or other device, the advice is often to leave it off for 30 seconds or so before restarting. What’s the reason? And do you really have to?

    And, we take a look at the practice of networking. We have all been told how important it is to get out there and meet people because, well, it can lead to something. But often it only seems to lead to a big pile of business cards and not much else. Larry Mohl, former Chief Learning Officer for Motorola Cellular and American Express and is author of the book Networking is Dead (http://amzn.to/2tjFpKC), explains how traditional networking doesn’t usually work – and he offers some more efficient and effective ways to connect with people who can help you. 


  • What’s Wrong with Boys? & How Smart Companies Treat Their Workers
    Thu, Jul 20, 2017


    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, therapist and leading expert in this field is author of a book called, Saving Our Sons (http://amzn.to/2u1ZgAS). He joins me in this episode to discuss the future of boys – and whether they really should be more like girls.

    Then, the next time you have a bowl of cereal, I want you to add something to the milk that you just may find makes the whole experience better.

    And, how leaders treat the people who work for them has a big impact on how well workers perform, how well people work together and how profitable a company ultimately is. Marketing consultant and speaker, Simon Sinek, author of the book, Together is Better (http://amzn.to/2udrdqk) explains what happens when organizations focus on the people – rather than just the bottom line and how doing so will actually improve the bottom line virtually all the time. He also offers strategies for managers to implement some simple changes.

  • How to Tell the Truth From a Lie& How to Bounce Back From the Toughest Times in Life
    Mon, Jul 17, 2017


    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 the other person says – but what YOU say to THEM that will reveal the truth.

    Plus, you know the green wasabi that comes with your sushi? There is a good chance it isn’t real wasabi at all. I’ll explain the wasabi story and why a lot of it is phony.

    Resilience. Some people have it and some don’t. It is the ability to handle and bounce back from adversity. Psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Southwick author of the book, Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges (http://amzn.to/2t5OZ3G) offers up some great ways to handle those tough times and become stronger and better as a result.

  • How to Sharpen Your Mind and Memory &How to Prevent a Machine From Taking Your Job
    Thu, Jul 13, 2017


    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 book Brain Power (http://amzn.to/2tgwbOm) has gone through the research and I think you’ll be fascinated by what he has to say.

    Plus, you may want to steer clear of cars with bumper stickers and decals. Why? People with bumper stickers tend to have some interesting behaviors in common.

    And as machines get smarter, the more people worry that their jobs will be taken over by those smart machines? What can you do to protect yourself? Tom Davenport, Professor at Babson college and author of the book Only Humans Need Apply (http://amzn.to/2vetgas) assesses how big a threat machines are – and how to protect yourself from losing your job to automation or a robot.

  • Amazing Things Happen When You Go Outdoors & What to Say in an Argument (So You Don’t Regret It Later)
    Mon, Jul 10, 2017


    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 is something people talk about – but what is it really? Does human touching really do anything beneficial?

    And we explore the problem of what to say in an argument. Often we say the wrong thing in the heat of the moment and come to regret it. What is the right thing to say? Psychotherapist Carl Alasko, author of Say This Not That (http://amzn.to/2tXTuRq),offers his 5 rules for arguing that you will want to remember.

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