Something You Should Know

273 EpisodesProduced by Mike Carruthers / OmniCast Media

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… read more

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How to Use Failure To Make Your Good Ideas Better & Why You Check Your Phone 86 x a Day

April 25th, 2019


Imagine that while you are sleeping, a cleaning crew gets into your brain to clean out all the toxins so that your brain works better the next day. I know it sounds weird but it is exactly what happens. Listen as I …

How to Get People to Really Like You & Why Humans Can Be So Kind & So Cruel

April 22nd, 2019


You probably don’t write much with a pen and paper anymore. Most of us type. However, there are a lot of benefits to writing the old-fashion way. I …

How to Stop Postponing the Important Things in Your Life & How Food Fights Disease

April 18th, 2019


The scent of lavender is supposed to be calming. It may also be the scent of trust. I begin this episode by explaining how lavender can make you appear to be more trustworthy – and why.

How to Embrace Conflict and Fight Well & Why We Love to Live in Cities

April 15th, 2019


Grocery stores have a lot of germs. For one thing there is a lot of raw meat and fish moving around in the store. Some of those germs can cause you and your family to get really sick. I begin this episode with some very …

How to Use a Secret Identity to Get What You Want & Why We Have a Moon

April 11th, 2019


Sibling relationships change as we move from childhood to adulthood. Sometimes they change for the better – sometimes not. We begin this episode by …

The Science of Sin: Why We Do Bad Things & How to Lead When You Are Not in Charge

April 8th, 2019


Why does traffic just seem to stop for no reason then magically clear up? You are sure there must be an accident or construction but there isn’t. So what causes it? We begin this episode with an explanation of that. (

Time Cleansing: How to Make Time Work For You & The Ultimate RX For Your Pet's Health and Happiness

April 4th, 2019


Sometimes you have to ask a stranger for a favor. Perhaps you need to borrow their phone or help you carry something. And there is one proven way that will greatly increase the chances they will grant you that favor. I …

The Surprising Ways Algorithms Steer Your Life & How to Make Your Ideas Stick

April 1st, 2019


Do you ever long for the good old days? Nostalgia can be such a wonderful thing. We begin this episode with a look at why the past can seem so …

Are We Killing English or is It Just Evolving? & How to Make Big Changes Easier

March 28th, 2019


Springtime means the return of annoying allergy symptoms for a lot of us. I begin this episode with some simple but very effective techniques that can help minimize the suffering from allergies and they come from a top …

Toxins in Your Home You Really Need to Worry About & Cutting Edge Career Advice You Must Hear

March 25th, 2019


Salt makes food taste good – maybe too good. We begin this episode by discussing research that shows how salty foods may make you eat more food than …

How to Fail Well and Move On & Diet Tricks that Never Work and What Works Better

March 21st, 2019


Of course you want high self-esteem and you sure want your kids to have it. But there is actually only one way to get it and it is not the way a lot of people think. We begin this episode by discussing the one and only …

How to Apply the Science of Success to Your Career & What You Never Knew About Your Bones

March 18th, 2019


Isn’t it great when you have an “A-Ha Moment”? It’s when an idea or the answer to a problem just pops in your head. But is it actually a GOOD idea? We begin this episode by exploring whether those thoughts are worth …

How to Actually Make Yourself Smarter & How Too Much Efficiency Makes You Less Efficient

March 14th, 2019


Everyone has heard about antioxidants. In fact, a lot of people take antioxidant supplements. But is more better? We begin this episode with a look …

Negotiation Strategies for Regular People & Brain Hacks to Get Things Done That You Hate To Do

March 11th, 2019


Decision making is easy when you have to choose one of two options. However, when you add that third option (or more), it is amazing how the decision making process can fall apart – even for really smart people. This …

Fascinating Backstories of Modern Technology & What Really Determines How Long You Live

March 7th, 2019


Every driver has likely had the experience of encountering a motorcycle that “came out of nowhere.” How does that happen? There is actually an explanation for why this is such a common occurrence and we begin today's …

Surprising Ways We Influence Each Other & How to Handle Emotions at Work

March 4th, 2019


Ever have the feeling someone is watching you? Almost everyone has had the experience but do humans actually have the ability to sense that? I begin this episode by explaining the science behind the sense of being …

Amazing Factors that Determine What and How Much You Eat & How to Better Deal with Life’s Catastrophes

February 28th, 2019


Ever go out knowing your hair looks horrible or there is something wrong with your clothes? Everyone probably has but the more important question is – does anyone actually notice. This episodes begins with some …

Powerful Success Secrets You Never Knew & Why Conventional Wisdom is Often Wrong

February 25th, 2019


Can you tell just by looking if someone is honest and trustworthy? Actually you can but the reason will surprise you. Listen as I begin this episode of the podcast by explaining why you usually can trust in your …

The Damage Done by Your Negative Self-Talk and How to Fix It & Why Boys Falling Behind

February 21st, 2019


There are a lot of things you likely believe that are not true. For example, sugar causes hyperactivity in children. That’s just one of several commonly held beliefs that are not true as I begin this episode of the …

The Important Difference Between Being Rich and Being Wealthy & How to Control Any Conversation

February 18th, 2019


When you grocery shop, are you one of those people who sometimes changes their mind and takes items out of your shopping cart and stashes them somewhere in the checkout line so you don’t have to buy them? Well, stores …

How to Use Your Memory to be More Successful & The Secrets of Loving Couples

February 14th, 2019


Couples should have a date night. That’s common advice to help keep the romance alive in long term relationships. But interestingly, “couple time” is …

The Fascinating Things That Make You Human & Natural Remedies – Which Ones Really Work?

February 11th, 2019


If you want to be more persuasive, there is one little sentence to tack on to the end of any request that is more likely to get people to do what you want. Listen as I begin this episode by revealing that one simple …

Really Dumb Things Smart People Do with Money and The Power of Having the Right Attitude

February 7th, 2019


People who deal with the public as part of their job often begin to believe that people in general are not very bright. For example, one question workers at Disney theme parks are often asked is “What time is the 3 …

If Your Heart Has Ever Been Broken - Listen to This & Amazing Ways Numbers Affect You

February 4th, 2019


When I need to solve a problem or think of something creative, I often lie down, close my eyes and think. And it turns out that is good advice for …

How Social Media Sucks You In Without You Knowing It & How Chemicals in Your Home Mess with Your Hormones

January 31st, 2019


Some people like their chocolate chip cookies crispy right out of the often while others like them soft and chewy and some people like them somewhere …

How to be a Great Customer So You Get What You Want & What do Facebook and Google Really Know About You?

January 28th, 2019


We have all heard how some people become sad or depressed during the winter months? Maybe it’s the lack of sunlight or the social isolation of winter …

The Science of Making Meetings Not Suck & How to Be Much Happier (and Why You Should)

January 24th, 2019


As I write and post this, much of the U.S. and other parts of the world have been hit by extreme cold in the last several days. So I begin today’s …

Amazing Stories Behind Cool Whip, Mac & Cheese and other Iconic Food & What It Takes to Be in the Top 1%

January 21st, 2019


There is a good chance that your partner is not a lot taller or shorter than you are. People seem to be attracted to people who are of a similar height but it is not for the reasons you might think. This episode begins …

The Magic of Building On Your Strengths and How to Better Handle the Admin of Daily Life

January 17th, 2019


Should you really get an annual check-up or go to the dentist twice a year? What about wearing sunscreen everyday? Are all these things really …

How to Scientifically Make Your Brain Perform Noticeably Better & How to Effectively Hold a Grudge

January 14th, 2019


How many times have you been told you should be thankful for what you have? Well, there may be some profound wisdom in that. I begin this podcast …

How the House You Live In Affects Who You Are & The Scientific Way To Lose Weight for the New Year

January 10th, 2019


When you feel and ache or pain in your body, you likely reach for a Tylenol. And it turns out that you should also reach for one when you are feeling

The Fascinating Reason Why More is Never Enough & What You Never Knew About Spices

January 7th, 2019


Everyone seems to have a cellphone – ALL the time. But there are some circumstances when you really should put your phone away so others don’t see …

How to Stop Making Stupid Mistakes & How to Nail Your New Year’s Resolution

January 3rd, 2019


You think you understand the concept of distracted driving – yes? You know it is NOT a good idea to text and drive. But it turns out to be more complicated than that. I begin this episode with some fascinating research …

Best Moments of 2018 You May Have Missed - Part 2

December 31st, 2018


We end 2018 with the second of our two-part look back at the best moments of the past year. With so much fascinating information from the last twelve months, it is fun to hit some highlight moments and relive them. I …

How to Become the Person You Really Want to Be & Why You Like What You Like

December 27th, 2018


You probably associate yawning with being tired or maybe being bored. However, according to some interesting research, yawning has nothing to do with either one of those things. I begin this episode of the podcast at a …

Best Moments of 2018 You May Have Missed – Part 1

December 24th, 2018


With over 100 episodes a year, it is entirely possible you may have missed some of the best, most interesting moments of the past year. Or perhaps you may have forgotten some interesting intel you learned. So here are …

How to Get People to Notice Just How Great You Really Are & Answers to Fascinating Life Questions

December 20th, 2018


Does being unhappy make you more likely to get sick or even shorten your life span? A lot of people believe that. So, in this episode we look at the …

The Amazing Science Behind Why You Dream at Night & How to Make Real Friends and Connections

December 17th, 2018


There are a lot of theories and myths about alcohol and how not to fall victim to its effects. For example, mixing caffeine with alcohol will make …

How to Ask For and Get Anything You Want & How Medicine Has Changed in 100 Years

December 13th, 2018


Do attractive people really get the best tables at a restaurant? Did you know menus are designed to steer you to particular dishes? These are just a …

Fascinating Stories Behind Holiday Songs and Traditions & How to Acquire the “It Factor” for Success

December 10th, 2018


It is easy and tempting to overspend on holiday gifts. Plus retailers do everything they can to encourage you to spend more. So this episode begins …

The Science of Achieving Your Goals & The Truth Behind Double Dipping and the 5-Second Rule

December 6th, 2018


When you look at old holiday photos, you will notice something is definitely missing – and it is something you really wish was there. I begin this …

Why We All Eavesdrop (Even When We Shouldn’t) & Important Business Etiquette You Never Knew

December 3rd, 2018


Sometimes you may find yourself in a bad mood for no real reason. So how do you snap out of it? We begin this episode with some very easy, practical and proven ways to get you out of your funk and back to being happy …

Powerful Strategies to Be More Assertive & Expert Travel Advice You Will Definitely Use

November 29th, 2018


Who doesn’t love the smell of a Christmas tree? For most of us, the scent of pine is wonderful. So much so that it is in all sorts of products from …

The Surprising Link Between Money and Happiness & When Questions Are More Important Than Answers

November 26th, 2018


When guests come in to your home, what do they notice most of all? If you are having guests into your house this holiday season you will want to hear …

The Real Science of Aliens, UFOs and Life On Other Planets & How to Handle Manipulative People

November 22nd, 2018


You most likely have a preference for either a neat or a cluttered work environment. So which is better? Well it depends on what type of work you are doing. Those two types of environments have an impact on you that …

How to Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms and Family Treasures & The Story of Thanksgiving

November 19th, 2018


Can certain sounds actually be good for your health? Yes, according to some important research. From a purring cat to the sound of a harp to crashing waves – certain sounds can have a very positive effect. We begin this …

The Fascinating History of Blue Jeans & Incredible Science About You and Your World

November 15th, 2018


The evidence is pretty clear that in order to be productive and to do excellent work, you need to take breaks. You can’t just work non-stop. But when is the best time to take a break? I begin this episode by telling you …

How to Respond When People Say NO! & Why You Need More Friends & How to Find Them

November 12th, 2018


What’s the secret to a happy life? Probably the best people to ask are people who say they are happy. So we begin this episode by revealing what happy people say is what makes them so happy. John Izzo, author of The 5 …

What Really Influences How You Think & Something Fascinating Google, Amazon and Facebook Have in Common

November 8th, 2018


Do you really need to get a physical exam every year? We begin this episode by exploring who should and maybe who should not get an annual check-up …

How Human Nature Screws Up Your Life (and How to Fix It) & The Trouble with Recycling

November 5th, 2018


In most places around the world, Siri comes with a female voice by default. Of course you can change it but most people don’t. This is true for most …

What to STOP Doing if You Want to Succeed & How to Crush the Urge to Overeat

November 1st, 2018


This episode is released a few days before most people in the U.S. change their clocks back to standard time. And each time we change the clocks, …

The Science of Personality: Why You Are Who You Are & How to Make Changes That Stick

October 29th, 2018


The weather can affect your buying decisions without you realizing it. That can be a big factor when you buy a big ticket item like a house or a car. This episode begins with an explanation of why and how the weather …

How Electronic Communication Gets You in Trouble & The History of Your Favorite Halloween Candy

October 25th, 2018


We all have those times when we are stressed and need to chill out. So I begin this episode with some proven simple and easy ways to reduce anxiety and stress instantly – and one way is so easy all you have to do is …

Body Language Secrets the FBI Uses & The Lost Art of Corporate Slogans and Why They Matter

October 22nd, 2018


If you don’t play a musical instrument – maybe you should. This is especially true if you are outgoing and an extrovert. It seems that your …

The Real Dangers of Too Much Pleasure & Why You Should Celebrate Every Failure

October 18th, 2018


So you get ready to make a salad and you rinse the lettuce and carrots and tomatoes under the faucet for a few seconds. Does that really get rid of the pesticides and bacteria? We explore that very important question …

What You MUST Know if You Fly Commercial Airlines & The Amazing Benefits of Taking Time for Yourself

October 15th, 2018


Spending time with annoying and irritating people can be hazardous to your mental health! That’s according to some research from my alma mater, the University of Southern California. I begin this episode with that and …

Why Some Things & People Become Popular & How to Use Logic Effectively

October 11th, 2018


Anyone who has ever cooked pasta has thought about using HOT tap water instead of cold to speed up the process. After all, hot tap water takes less …

Why You Have Trouble Sleeping and How to Fix It & How to Succeed When You Feel Like You Don’t Belong

October 8th, 2018


Even the best drivers get in serious accidents – usually because of bad drivers. So we start this episode with a look at why good drivers get into accidents and how to steer clear of them

Why You Are Drawn to Distractions and How to Stop It & Why You Need More Fun at Work

October 4th, 2018


Is it illegal to kill a praying mantis? Not that you would want to – but could you actually be fined or go to jail if you got caught? We begin this …

The Amazing Reason You Get Disgusted & Inventions that Could’ve Happened Much Sooner

October 1st, 2018


Not long ago I went to the supermarket only to find everything had been moved around. Nothing was where it used to be. Why? I’ll explain why they do …

Where Conspiracy Theories Come From & Which Do Humans Prefer – Strict or Loose Rules?

September 27th, 2018


You probably just assume food grown organically is healthier – and maybe it is. But you also probably think that organic food tastes better. You may not think you think that – but you do. We start this episode with an …

Fascinating Mysteries that Baffle Science & The Incredible Story of Human Spaceflight

September 24th, 2018


You tip the waiter at the end of a meal for a job well done. But when it comes to tipping the maid and other people at a hotel, it is actually better to tip them at the beginning of your stay so you get better service …

How to Have a Good Day (Almost) Everyday & Extremely Fascinating Facts You Never Knew

September 20th, 2018


I’ve lived with dogs most of my life (and one pretty cool cat) so I am fascinated by doggy behavior. And did you know that even though dogs will eat …

Fascinating Ways Your Brain Works & Amazing Advice for People Who Are “Too Sensitive”

September 17th, 2018


You may not have ever noticed this but hotels rarely offer milkshakes on their room service menu. And yet, if a hotel has a kitchen there is a good chance they have ice cream milk and a blender. But if you try to order …

The Sneaky Fees Businesses Charge and What to Do About It & The Fascinating History of Slang

September 13th, 2018


What could be simpler than washing your hands? You’ve done it a zillion times. And yet you are probably not doing it correctly. With cold and flu …

How to Actually Think Better & The Secret of Eating What You Enjoy Without Guilt

September 10th, 2018


Many people wish they were taller. Unfortunately there is no simple fix for that. But there are ways to LOOK taller and we start this episode with some effective techniques.

Discover How to Be Luckier in Everyday Life & A Proven Way to Make Better Decisions

September 6th, 2018


People who travel a lot have to come up with their own travel hacks and secrets in order to stay sane! Several of the people who work for CNN and travel as part of their job, put together a bunch of really great tips …

How to Find Hidden Collectibles in Your Home & Powerful Career Advice You Haven’t Heard Before

September 3rd, 2018


Whenever you get a new credit card in the mail, you are encouraged to sign the back of it. In fact many say, “Not valid until signed.” But should you …

The Amazing Way Your House Influences Your Behavior & What To Do When You Can't Forgive

August 30th, 2018


If you want to ask someone on a date, you could call them up and ask or you could send a text or email. So which of those methods is most effective? …

How to Remember Anything, Anytime , Anywhere & The Dark Side of Success

August 27th, 2018


Have you ever thought to yourself, “When I lose weight, where does the fat go?” It is an interesting question and the fact is most health professionals cannot answer it. But I can – and will as we begin this episode.

How Pictures Always Make You More Persuasive & Do Men Really Prefer Blondes?

August 23rd, 2018


If you want someone to know you really care for them and that they are special to you, there are a few simple things you can do that can have a huge impact. I begin this episode with those things which I am sure will …

Are You Unknowingly Sabotaging Yourself? & The Amazing Story of the World’s Sand Shortage

August 20th, 2018


When you have pain – you want it to go away. While taking a pill or two can help ease the pain, there are some other interesting and unconventional ways to ease pain that have been proven to work. This episode begins …

What Really Makes Love Work Long Term & The Really Good News About Depression

August 16th, 2018


I suspect you’ve been cheated or lied to at some point in your life and thought to yourself, “How in the world did I fall for that?” There is actually a good reason why it happened to you and to every other human on the …

The Science of Being a Peak Performer & How to Improve Your Writing – Instantly

August 13th, 2018


Have you ever watched someone blow out the candles on a birthday cake and wondered, “Do I really want to eat cake after someone blew and spit all over it?” I have. So I start this episode with a look at the risks of …

How to Give and Get Criticism Well & How to Use Computer Algorithms to Solve Your Problems

August 9th, 2018


Somehow I simply cannot walk and text at the same time. And that turns out to be a good thing. I begin this episode with some fascinating research about texting and walking – and how the people around you hate you when …

What Really Controls Your Behavior & How Being Too Clean Can Make You Sick

August 6th, 2018


When it comes to successful online dating, the two things that seem to matter most are your screen name and your profile picture. I begin this …

The Benefits of Cursing & How the World is Getting Better - Even If It Doesn't Seem So

August 2nd, 2018


This episode begins with a look at some fascinating science of everyday life. For example, how the calorie count for food is determined, what does it take to actually crush a Lego brick, why water of the same …

What Music Does to Your Brain & The Amazing Benefits and Techniques of Decluttering

July 30th, 2018


Negotiating your own salary can be stressful and difficult. This episode begins with some proven ways to help you maneuver through the negotiation …

Why Eating Healthy Isn’t as Hard as You Think & How to Be More Productive Than Ever

July 26th, 2018


What’s the real reason people get angry over the little things? At least one leading expert believes it’s all about control. I begin this episode of …

Powerful Ways to Instantly Be More Persuasive & How to Create and Present the Right Image

July 23rd, 2018


Should you really not go swimming until a half hour after eating? Can you really get poison ivy by touching someone who already has it? These are …

Fascinating Ways Different Foods Affect You & Cool Life Hacks That Will Save You Time & Money

July 19th, 2018


When you want something from someone else – like in a negotiation – it usually doesn’t pay to get mad. But it might be a good idea to get sad. This episode begins with some interesting research that can help you get …

The Flawed Psychology of Low Price Shopping & Why You Get Sick and How to Prevent It

July 16th, 2018


A kiss is just a kiss. Or is it? It turns out kissing does a lot. I begin this episode with some interesting facts about what kissing does, the messages it sends and why men and women tend to prefer different kinds of …

Understanding the Flaws in Your Evolution & The Story Behind Some of the Coolest Toys Ever

July 12th, 2018


A lot of things about you determine how likable you are but there are a few simple techniques to make you appear more likable instantly. I start this …

How to Use the Element of Surprise to Be Successful & The Secret to Stopping Bad Breath Forever

July 9th, 2018


Do you blush? Most people who do blush wish they didn’t because it is embarrassing and – as blushers know – it is impossible to stop doing it. But blushing has a purpose and I begin this episode by discussing who …

The Mysterious Impact Strangers Have On You & Why You Are Bombarded By So Many Ads

July 5th, 2018


Getting kids – or even some grownups – to eat their vegetables can be frustrating. However there are some simple techniques that researchers at Cornell University have studied that appear to be quite effective Listen …

How Language Affects How You Think & The Fascinating Way Emotions Determine Your Success

July 2nd, 2018


Not drinking enough water is a big problem. And while being a little dehydrated won’t kill you, dehydration does have a lot of significant and negative effects on your physical and mental wellness. This episode starts …

Why You Are Not As Smart As You Think You Are & How Long Can You Reasonably Live?

June 28th, 2018


It is rare to see a UPS truck turning left. Sure, sometimes they have to but they try not to. And there is a really good reason why that we can all learn from. I begin this episode with a discussion on that. (

Why You Ask for Help All Wrong and How to Do It Right & The Myth of “Expert” Financial Advice

June 25th, 2018


There is only one right way to build a fire. It has always been this way and it is unlikely anyone will ever come up with a better way. Interestingly, you probably already do it. I start this episode with an explanation …

Scientific Mysteries that Make No Sense At All & How to Stop People From Manipulating You

June 21st, 2018


Want to feel REALLY good? Watch this YouTube video: It’s a dull and boring video about folding towels …

How to Be Beautiful and Why it Matters & Small Inventions that Rocked Your World

June 18th, 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 …

What Really Motivates Humans & How to Talk to Anyone About Anything

June 14th, 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 …

How to Unlock Your Creative Genius & The Fascinating Connection Between Health and Happiness

June 11th, 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 …

The Amazing Way Your Body Heals Itself & Why Your Reality is Different Than Mine

June 7th, 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 …

How to Easily Negotiate (Almost) Anything & Why You Need the Rat Race

June 4th, 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 …

Why People Cheat & The Best Advice for People Who Are Too Busy

May 31st, 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 …

What You Should (and Shouldn't) Do to Your Skin & How to Get Along Better with People at Work

May 28th, 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. (

How Heredity Works in Your Family & How to Create and Deliver the Perfect Apology

May 24th, 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 …

The Fascinating Role Music Plays in Your Life & How to Harness the New Power of Online Communities

May 21st, 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 …

The Art and Benefits of Wasting Time & 45 Billionaires Share Their Secrets to Success

May 17th, 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 …

Fascinating Science of Food and Cooking & What May Be Wrong with Your Mouth and Teeth

May 14th, 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 …

How to Stop Being Too Nice Without Being a Jerk & Your Relationship with Television

May 10th, 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. (

Should You Start Your Own Business? & The Dangers of Medical Myths & Health Misinformation

May 7th, 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 …

What Your Stuff Reveals About You & How Your Gut Affects Your Mood

May 3rd, 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. (

Why Time Seems to Fly & The Secrets of How Great Teams Work Together

April 30th, 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 …

How You Can Be More Powerful & Elastic Thinking: A Better Way to Solve Problems

April 26th, 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? …

How to Be a Better Risk Taker & Mysteries of Science That Affect Your Life

April 23rd, 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 …

How to Sleep Much Better & The Ways Virtual Reality Will Change Your Life

April 19th, 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 …

How to Create Excellence & An Easier Way to Financial Independence

April 16th, 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 …

How Things Do (and Don’t) Become Popular & How to Navigate Difficult Social Situations With Ease

April 12th, 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 …

How Your Money Actually Works & How to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness

April 9th, 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 …

The 5 People Who Will Ruin Your Life (If You Let Them) & How to Make Motivation Work For You

April 5th, 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 …

Real Truth Vs Fake Truth: How to Tell the Difference & The Science of Failure: Why Things Go Wrong

April 2nd, 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 …

5 Ways Your Phone Screws Up Your Life & What to Do When Your Whole World Falls Apart

March 29th, 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 …

Secrets of Peak Performance We Can All Use & Fascinating Math You've Always Wondered About

March 26th, 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 …

Best of SYSK Volume 3

March 22nd, 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 …

Why Life is Better Than You Think & Why We Swear

March 19th, 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 …

How to Craft a Luckier Life & Why You Tell Yourself Stories That Aren’t True

March 15th, 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 …

The Secrets of Nonverbal Communication & The Fascinating Connection Between Food and Brain Performance

March 12th, 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 …

The Real Reason You Buy What You Buy & How to Have That Difficult Conversation and Still Be Friends

March 8th, 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 …

Why Are Great Innovators So Weird and Quirky? & What You Probably Never Knew About Cats

March 5th, 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 …

Why Complainers Complain and How to Stop Them & Using Games to Accomplish Your Goals

March 1st, 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 …

The REAL Reason Why You Do the Things You Do & Important Etiquette in the 21st Century

February 26th, 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 …

How to Design YOUR Perfect Life & Why Humans Make So Many Irrational Decisions

February 22nd, 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 …

How to Deal With Every Jerk You Meet & How to Take Stunning Photos with Your Cellphone

February 19th, 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.

What it Really Takes To Be a Winner & What to Do About the New Culture of Rudeness

February 15th, 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 …

The Best Way to Find Someone to Love & How to Come Up With Better Ideas

February 12th, 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 …

Forgiveness or Revenge: Which is Better? & How You Spend Money and What it Says About You

February 8th, 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 …

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

February 5th, 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 …

How to Ooze Self-Confidence & The Magic of Doing What You’re Good At

February 1st, 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 …

How to Be Truly Fascinating & What Are You Really Afraid Of?

January 29th, 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 …

A Better Way to Make Your Choices in Life & How to Be Irresistible to the Opposite Sex

January 25th, 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 …

Why Timing REALLY is Everything & Ways to Save on Medication You Never Knew

January 22nd, 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 …

What People Really Think About You & Why a Little Dishonesty is Probably Okay

January 18th, 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 …

How to Have a Voice You Love & Proven Money Strategies for Every Day

January 15th, 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 …

Benefits of Being Messy & Household Hacks You WILL Use

January 11th, 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 …

Why You Get Shy (and What to do About It) & A Better Way to Make New Years Resolutions Stick

January 8th, 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 …

How Not to Die & How to Be More Courageous

January 4th, 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 …

Great Ways to Save Money in 2018 & Why You Feel Embarrassment – and How Not To

January 1st, 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 …

Best of Something You Should Know 2017 Vol-2

December 28th, 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 …

Best of Something You Should Know 2017 - Vol 1

December 25th, 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 …

Amazing Ways Genes Affect Your Behavior & The Serious Consequences of Not Asking For What You Want

December 21st, 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 …

How to Make or Break Any Habit Successfully & How to Calm Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent

December 18th, 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 …

The Secret to Achieving Any Goal & Why We Love the Same Christmas Songs Year After Year

December 14th, 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 …

How to Make Your Point So People Get It & Dealing with the Growing Entitlement Mentality

December 11th, 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 …

Proven Ways to Be Instantly Happier Forever & Things About Christmas You Never Knew

December 7th, 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 …

When Knowing Nothing Actually Gives You an Advantage & The Proven Way to Live a Long, Long Life

December 4th, 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 …

What Every Perfectionist Needs to Know & How to Increase Your Fitness Level Fast

November 30th, 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 …

Why It is So Hard For People to Admit When They’re Wrong & The Real Way You Get Promoted at Work

November 27th, 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 …

Why Those Special Moments in Your Life Are So Special & The 5 Numbers You Must Know to Stay Healthy

November 23rd, 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 …

The Amazing Benefits of Showing Appreciation & Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs You Probably Never Heard

November 20th, 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 …

Understanding the Flow of Time and How You Perceive It & How to Make Parenting Easier

November 16th, 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 …

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

November 13th, 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 …

Home Remedies Proven by Science to Work & How to Give a Killer Presentation Every Time

November 9th, 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 …

The Fascinating Difference Between Reality and Your Perception & Why You Have More Resilience Than You Think

November 6th, 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 …

How to Learn Anything Better and Faster & Are People Inherently Good or Evil?

November 2nd, 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 …

Is There Life After Death? & Why Procrastinators Shouldn’t Try to Change

October 30th, 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 …

Life Lessons Worth Hearing from a Decorated Navy Seal & How to Ace Your Next Job Interview

October 26th, 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 …

How You Decide What and How Much To Eat & Using Your Imagination for a Better Life

October 23rd, 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, …

Bill Gates’ Cyber Security Expert Explains How to Stay Safe Online & Mastering the Art of the Pitch

October 19th, 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 …

The Best of Something You Should Know, Episodes 1-70. Moments You May Have Missed

October 16th, 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, …

Simple Strategies for a Fabulous Relationship & How to Develop Mental Toughness to Handle Hard Times

October 12th, 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 …

How to Be More Likeable & How to Be a Better Food Shopper

October 9th, 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 Best Way to Achieve Any Goal & How the American Love Affair with the Automobile is Changing

October 5th, 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 …

Alan Alda’s Advice on Communicating and Relating to Others & How to Fight Off Feelings of Loneliness

October 2nd, 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 …

The Fascinating Stories Behind Your Favorite Toys & The Secrets to a Long Life

September 28th, 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 …

How to Perform Better When the Pressure is On & Where Germs are Lurking and How to Protect Yourself

September 25th, 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 …

How Did Google Become So Powerful and Finding Success When You Are Not an Extrovert

September 21st, 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 …

Best Entrepreneurial Advice You’ll Ever Hear & Why We Can’t Have Civil Debates Anymore

September 18th, 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 …

How Numbers Fool You All the Time & 3 Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor

September 14th, 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 …

How NOT to Be Stupid Ever Again & What’s Really In Your Personal Care Products

September 11th, 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 …

Why Your Perceptions Often Deceive You & How Smart People Fall Victim to Fraud

September 7th, 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. …

A Closer Look at Your Personality & Why You "Click" with Some People and What it Means

September 4th, 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 …

Exactly What to Say to Get What You Want & How to Stop Being Distracted by Technology

August 31st, 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 …

A Proven Secret to Success You Never Knew & Being Happy Even If Your Home Isn't "Martha Stewart Perfect"

August 28th, 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, …

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

August 24th, 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 …

Why You Eavesdrop on People & How to Be More Creative

August 21st, 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 …

Where Your Core Beliefs Come From & The Bright Side of Failure

August 17th, 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 …

Fixing the Flaws in Your Thinking & How History Has Shaped Our Lives

August 14th, 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 …

The Fascinating Math of Everyday Life & Why Diets Fail (and What Works Better)

August 10th, 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 …

Why You Need At Least One Friend Right Now & Finding Success Without the Struggle

August 7th, 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 …

Simple Strategies to Be Much Healthier & How to Be Happy At Work Even if You Hate Your Job

August 3rd, 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 …

How to Be a Better Driver & Why We Waste 40% of Our Food

July 31st, 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 …

What It Means To Be Spiritual and the Benefits You Get & How Your Survival Instinct is Killing You

July 27th, 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 …

How to Be More Persuasive & Networking Strategies That Really Work

July 24th, 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 …

What’s Wrong with Boys? & How Smart Companies Treat Their Workers

July 20th, 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 …

How to Tell the Truth From a Lie & How to Bounce Back From the Toughest Times in Life

July 17th, 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 …

How to Sharpen Your Mind and Memory & How to Prevent a Machine From Taking Your Job

July 13th, 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 …

Amazing Things Happen When You Go Outdoors & What to Say in an Argument (So You Don’t Regret It Later)

July 10th, 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 …

The Hidden Realities of the Universe & Dealing With the Workplace Bully

July 6th, 2017


When you have a big decision to make, all kinds of things can influence that decision. But one thing I bet you never thought of was the lighting in the room. Yet, it turns out that lighting can have a significant impact …

A Tour to the Heart of the Internet (and Why It Smells) & Improving Your Self-Discipline to Achieve Success

July 3rd, 2017


Of course you know that if your hand is in water long enough, your fingertips get shriveled up and wrinkly. But wait, everything else in the world SWELLS up when it gets wet, so why do fingers do the opposite? I think …

What Really Influences Why You Eat - What You Eat & How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

June 29th, 2017


Okay, if you were to stand in downtown Detroit and start walking south for as long as it took, what is the first foreign country you would encounter? …

If the Walls in Your Home Could Talk, Here’s What They’d Say & How to Win at Confrontation Every Time

June 26th, 2017


Everyone knows that as you age, your mental function declines. But when does that begin? Age 40? 50? I’ll tell you what the science says.

Then, we look at the history of your home. Every room in your home has a story to …

How to Live to 100 (or at Least Get Close) & How to Have More A-Ha Moments

June 23rd, 2017


This episode starts with 3 great tips that will help you save time and get more done from one of the world’s top productivity experts.

Then, there are 5 communities in the world – called “Blue Zones” – where the people …

The 2 Ways People Get Rich & How to Read People Instantly

June 19th, 2017


Ever have that feeling that you’re being watched? Or stared at? Do humans really have the ability to know if someone is watching them? We’ll explore that.

Also, there are two ways to get rich - assuming you don’t inherit …

How to Psych Yourself Up For Anything & How to Survive Family Get-Togethers

June 15th, 2017


Some people love rollercoasters and scary movies – but why? What is the appeal of being scared half to death? Today, you'll find out why.

Then, we’ve …

How to Be More Popular & What's Wrong with The Science of Finding New Cures

June 12th, 2017


Do people have to take off their shoes before coming into your house? In Asian cultures this is a pretty common custom – and I’ll explore all the …

How Technology Affects You in Ways You Don't Know & Medical Myths You Probably Still Believe

June 8th, 2017


The number of parents of who spank their kids as a means of discipline has dropped significantly over the past several decades – but some parents still do it. And in other countries, spanking is much more commonplace. …

What It REALLY Means to Be Healthy & How to Capture Attention in a Distracted World

June 6th, 2017


You know that strawberries, garlic, tomatoes and broccoli are good for you but interestingly, how you cook them can make them more – or less - …

How to Heal Emotional Injury & How Trust Works

June 2nd, 2017


If you use a wire brush to clean your outdoor grill – you should stop because someone could get hurt. I’ll start this episode by explaining why.

Also, …

How to Fix the "Dumbing Down of America" & Good News from the War on Cancer

May 30th, 2017


One of the joys of summer is being able to go barefoot – as long as you are careful. But of course many business establishments won’t allow you …

How Complaining Makes You Stupid and Unsuccessful & Sugar and Your Health

May 26th, 2017


It’s the weirdest thing – but when you make typos in your emails it does a couple of unusual things that can really influence what the reader thinks of what you wrote – and what they think of you as a person.

Then, if …

How to Start Your Own Business for $100 & The Toll Taken by Working Too Much

May 23rd, 2017


Every credit card bill comes with a due date. And if you pay the balance every month by the due date – you don’t pay any interest. But if you carry a …

How to Make Yourself Measurably Smarter & Why You Don't Always Need a Pill When You Get Sick

May 18th, 2017


Are your legs crossed right now? You’ve probably heard that crossing your legs can lead to varicose veins, high blood pressure and other health problems. Are these concerns real or are they myths? Find out as we begin …

Interesting Quirks of the Human Brain & How Your 5 Senses Affect Your Behavior

May 16th, 2017


Everyone feels safer when a lifeguard is on duty. But you may be relying more on the lifeguard than you should, especially if you have kids. In this …

The Psychology of Stuff: Why You Keep What You Keep & The Science of Giving: The Amazing Rewards of Being Kind

May 12th, 2017


What’s the best way to NOT get a ticket from the cops? In this episode, we start off with some advice from actual police officers that will help you …

Do You Know Who You REALLY Are and How Others See You? & How Most People Get Rich (and How You Can Too)

May 9th, 2017


New clothes are not necessarily CLEAN clothes. In fact, there is a good chance other people have worn your new clothes before you. We start this episode discussing why and how to wash new clothes before you wear them.

How to Daydream, Distract and Doodle Your Way to Success & A World of Video Games You Never Knew

May 5th, 2017


People who overeat tend to do so at the same time on the same days. You’ll discover when those times are so you can defend yourself against …

How Social Media Marketing Works (and Doesn't Work) & The Story Behind the 3-Digit Security Code on Credit Cards

May 2nd, 2017


The 3-digit security code on your credit card is for, well – security. But does it really do anything to keep you secure? We’ll explore that on today’s episode.

Plus, social media marketing is supposed to be the way to …

What's the One Thing You Should Do Right Now? & The Difference Between Talent and Creativity

April 28th, 2017


When you negotiate your salary, you can feel very insecure and unsure of yourself. How much are you worth? How much should you ask for? Who should …

How to Handle Criticism & How to Make Your Relationship Happier - Right Now

April 25th, 2017


Want to keep your fresh cut flowers, fresher? My grandmother always said put aspirin in the water and I’ve also heard you should put a penny in the …

How to Cook the Perfect Burger & Learn How You Learn - to Learn Better

April 21st, 2017


Just like food, medications have expiration dates. But just how accurate are they? Is it better to take an expired medication or no medication at all? We’ll explore that in this episode of the podcast.

Then, when you …

How to Spot a Liar & the Essential Elements of Good Writing

April 18th, 2017


What’s your favorite sleep position? It turns out that one sleep position is better than the others for eliminating “brain waste” and preventing Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s and other brain problems. In this …

How Employees Can Save a Business If They're Allowed & Latest Advice on Dealing with Pain

April 15th, 2017


Spring brings potholes. And while you try to avoid them, sometimes you cannot. So what is the best way to navigate one? I’ll explain what automotive …

How Do You Know Who to Trust & Who to Like? - & What You Can Do to Fix Healthcare

April 11th, 2017


Some people can’t imagine exercise without having their cellphone. You can listen to music, text and chat and it helps the time fly by. Well, there is also a problem with exercising with your cellphone and we will …

Making Money from Garage Sales, Craigslist and eBay & the Power of Courage from Someone Who Had a Lot of It

April 7th, 2017


“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” You’ve heard that a million times because it isn’t fair to judge someone by their looks alone. Okay, fair enough. But maybe those initial snap judgments serve a purpose. We’ll explore …

How to Deal Effectively With a Bad Boss & How "Small Data" Uncovers Huge Trends and Saved LEGO

April 4th, 2017


Have you ever stayed out too late and then had to show up at work the next morning looking and sounding bright and chipper like everything is fine? According to science, there are a few tactics that will help you look …

How Intellectual Property Laws Can Get You in Trouble & Finding Time for the Important Things in Life

March 31st, 2017


When you cook with alcohol we all know that it burns off pretty quickly – right? Wrong. You will be amazed how long it takes for alcohol to …

Why "Follow Your Passion" is Horrible Advice & Secrets to Get the Best Price On a Car

March 28th, 2017


You probably think identity thieves are looking on the Internet to steal your identity. And while that is partly true – that is not the way most …

How Luck and Chance Shape Your Destiny & The Importance of Asking Good Questions

March 23rd, 2017


Did you know you can use your travel mug as a safe to store valuables? Or that you should email yourself a photo of your passport & ID before you …

Important New About Infectious Diseases & Looking at Life without Sight

March 20th, 2017


Do you really have a year to send a wedding gift? That turns out to be one of several etiquette myths we’ll explore on today’s episode.

Also, we’ve all heard the stories of terrible, deadly disease outbreaks in other …

Why So Many Kids Fail to Launch & Exercise Myths That Will Surprise You

March 16th, 2017


Next time you do something really embarrassing in front of other people – you will remember what I am going to tell you in this episode – and it will make you feel a lot better about whatever embarrassing thing you did.

What Your Dog is Really Thinking & Why Superstitions Actually Work

March 13th, 2017


What’s the best way to deal with a jerk? Well, according to psychiatrist Dr. Mark Goulston, there is one word that will shut them up – and it is kind …

Challenging the Rules of Sleep & Surprising Insights Into the Mother/Son Relationship

March 8th, 2017


Did you know emergency room doctors hate Ramen Noodle Soup? It’s one of several things many ER doctors say they never have in their home. I’ll tell you what those things are and why they are dangerous.

Also, someone …

How Use Your Mind the Way It Was Designed & What Will People Remember About You When You Die?

March 5th, 2017


Next time you are stressed, there is one particular song you need to listen to – it’s Weightless by Macaroni Union. In this episode, I’ll explain …

Taking Better Care of Your Brain & What's Wrong with Cheese?

February 28th, 2017


That motorcycle just came out of nowhere! How often have you had that experience? There is actually a fascinating reason why drivers in cars have such a hard time seeing and avoiding motorcycles. I’ll explain what it is …

How to Achieve More with Less & What You Need to Know About Cars

February 20th, 2017


Some things you swear are true – just aren’t. For example, you’ve heard that sugar causes hyperactivity in children, right? Or that you should never …

How to Think Smarter and Better & Documents You Should Shred You Never Knew

February 15th, 2017


Do you act trustworthy because people perceive you that way – or do people perceive you as trustworthy because you act that way? Confusing, huh? But it’s also fascinating how people judge us based on how we look – and …

Good News for Introverts & Getting Control of Your Money

February 8th, 2017


What is your favorite fast food hot dog? 5 Guys? Shake Shack? Burger King? A self-proclaimed hot dog connoisseur did the research – and see if you …

Cutting Edge Advice on How to Age Better & How to Be a Better Leader

February 3rd, 2017


You are wasting too much time on email. It’s estimated that you waste 30 seconds each time you stop and check it. So how can you cut down on the amount of time you waste? In this episode, you’ll discover some great …

The Decline of Brand Loyalty & The Odds of Everyday Life

January 31st, 2017


“Maybe you should sleep on it before you decide.” That’s pretty common advice – but is it good advice? We’ll explore the science of sleeping on a …

What Really Motivates You & The Science of Chocolate and Weight Loss

January 28th, 2017


What motivates you? Money is probably high on the list. But it is important to realize that there IS a list. Money isn’t the only thing. In fact money can sometimes be a de-motivator. So you see it’s complicated. Here …

How Hope Can See You Through Hard Times & How to Hire a Realtor

January 24th, 2017


Ever feel hopeless? Humans are born to be hopeful. Interact with any 2-year old and you will see and hear nothing but hope in what they say and do. …

How to Improve Your Memory & Job Search Strategies That Really Work

January 20th, 2017


Don’t you just hate it when you need to remember something but your memory fails you? Well, perhaps you can fix that. In today’s episode, memory expert Ron Fry, author of the book Master Your Memory has some techniques …

A Path to Achieving Your Dreams & Fixing Loneliness in a Relationship

January 17th, 2017


Do you have unfulfilled dreams? Many of us do. While a lot of gurus tell you that you should pursue your passion, follow your dreams and go for the …

How Your Telomeres Affect Your Health & Kids and Electronics - What Parents Must Know

January 13th, 2017


Want to appear more attractive? Being attractive isn’t just about physical appearance. How people perceive is determined by a lot of things. In this episode I’ll explain some ways anyone can be seen as more attractive.

Fascinating Reason You Go to Work & Will Robots Take Over the World?

January 10th, 2017


Why do you get up and go to work? It’s probably not a question you’ve ever had to answer but it is an interesting one. Many people think that human beings work for the money. While that is partly true – no one wants to …

How Money Plays Tricks On You & How To Stop It

January 7th, 2017


There’s nothing more embarrassing than those awkward moments in life – when your fly is down or there is spinach in your teeth or you embarrass yourself accidentally. But how you handle those moments is what really …

How to Stop Being So Busy & A Respected Doctor Reveals the Real Fountain of Youth

January 3rd, 2017


People talk about how busy & overwhelmed they are like it is a badge of honor. However, being busy doesn’t mean you get more done. And it often …

Where to Find True Happiness & How to Feel in Control of Your Money

December 26th, 2016


Want to be happy? First you need to understand what happiness is – and isn’t. Dr. Amit Sood, author of “The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness” explains why happiness is so often elusive and offers some great, concrete …

Incorporating Rituals to Help You Succeed & Why Alcohol Makes Some People Act Like Morons

December 19th, 2016


Do you have any little rituals in your life? Humans historically love rituals. And it turns out that rituals can play an important role in giving …

Why You Should Rest More to Be Productive & The Myths That Kill Relationships

December 13th, 2016


You can rest when you’re dead! When it comes to the American worth ethic, many people have bought into this idea. But working hard for long hours and not taking time off can actually be counterproductive. Alex …

The Dangers of Going to the Doctor or Hospital & The Best Ways to Get Organized

December 9th, 2016


Who knew going to the doctor or the hospital could be so dangerous? Sure there are a lot of sick people there so you could catch some weird disease …

Why We Like What We Like & Dealing with Passive Aggression

December 5th, 2016


If you need a spark for your next creative idea, there is a place in your town you can go get it no matter where you live. And it is probably open right now. I’ll tell you where it is. Also, why do we like what we like? …

Great Advice on How to Succeed from a Self-Made Billionaire

November 28th, 2016


How do you cure a cough? Well there is a cure that has been floating around the internet – but I think has been around longer than that – and people swear it works. Yet it can’t possibly. We’ll explore this mystery. …

How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed & Get On With Your Life

November 25th, 2016


It’s easy to blow off your flu shot and not worry about it. That is until you or someone in the family get the flu. The flu is nothing to mess around with in my opinion. My father died from complications of getting the …

Dangers of Relying on Gut Instinct & How Sounds Impacts Your Health

November 22nd, 2016


I’m sure you have, at some point in your life, relied on your “gut instinct.” You made a decision that just felt right at that moment.  And while that may be fine for small decisions – is it really smart to use your gut …

Making Your Ideas Happen & How to Get Back Up When Life Knocks You Down

November 17th, 2016


Have an idea – or an invention? Then you have GOT to listen to this podcast. My first guest is Jeremy Gutsche founder of and author of Better and Faster. Jeremy explains how having an idea is fine it is …

A New & Better Way to Make Commitments & The Magic of Math

November 14th, 2016


What do you think of when you think about making commitment? To me, commitment means hard work and sacrifice with a hope of something good happening later. But maybe that’s not the best way to look at it. Commitment is …

Safety Tips from a CIA Spy & The Truth About Performing Under Pressure

November 9th, 2016


Keeping your family, yourself and your home safe is probably something you think about – a lot.  Besides the common sense things , what else can you do? Listen to former CIA Officer (spy) Jason Hanson, author of Spy …

How All Our Safety Rules Make Life More Dangerous & The Amazing Power of Kindness

November 8th, 2016


When you go on an airplane, you can’t take liquids or knives or box cutters because, well, those are the rules. But are those rules making us safer? …

The Power of Storytelling & Making Waves to Get What You Want

November 4th, 2016


Remember sitting in school and the teacher said, “Let me tell you a story…” You’d put your pencil down, lean back and listen. That’s because everyone …

Success Strategies from Alan Weiss & Loving Where You Live

November 1st, 2016


You don’t have to look very hard to find success gurus who claim to know exactly what you need to do to be successful. I am pretty careful about …

Difference Between a Good Entrepreneur and a Great Entrepreneur

October 28th, 2016


What separates good entrepreneurs from GREAT entrepreneurs? One thing is the ability to create an new market category rather than compete for market share in an existing category. That is the message of Christopher …

Become a Brilliant Negotiator & Finding You Purpose in Life

October 26th, 2016


Are you a good negotiator or would you prefer to avoid it like the plague? Well, the fact is we all negotiate every single day – and a big part of …

How to Become a Very Powerful Person & Amazing Things to Help You Live Longer and Healthier

October 24th, 2016


What makes a powerful person – powerful? That’s a fascinating question. And when you understand the answer, you too can be more powerful. That’s …

Finally Get That Project Done & Food Science to Be a Better Cook

October 21st, 2016


Did you know bacon is really a low-fat food? That is just one of the many fascinating food science facts you’ll discover when you listen to food writer David Joachim author of The Science of Good Food. You’ll also …

How to Be Much More Productive & How to Get the World's Attention

October 19th, 2016


Interesting thing about productivity – it’s not just about getting MORE things done, it’s also about figuring out what NOT to do. That’s one of the important messages from my guest, New York Times reporter Charles …

How to Be Very Persuasive

October 17th, 2016


How can you be more persuasive? There is no better person to answer that question than my guest in this episode – Robert Cialdini, author of the landmark book Influence and the new book PRE-SUASION. The idea of …

How to Start Your Own Successful Business

October 14th, 2016


I bet you’ve had an idea for a business – right? So what’s stopped you? Many people think entrepreneurship is too risky or that you need some …

Great Life Hacks & Why Conversations Get So Nasty

October 11th, 2016


Who couldn’t use some great life hacks? I love them!  And no one is better at finding them than David Pogue author of Pogue’s Basics: Life. This is a …

Become the Person You Want to Be & Great Ways to Save Time & Money

October 10th, 2016


Perhaps you’ve noticed – sometimes life can hard. And sometimes we make it even harder for ourselves. Legendary executive coach Marshall Goldsmith …

Accelerate Your Success By Being Scrappy

October 5th, 2016


Sometimes it’s just not enough to work hard and play by the rules. Sometimes you have to be “scrappy.” Terri Sjodin author of the best-selling book …

What Happens When You Die? Easy Weight Loss & How Fatherhood Changes Men

October 3rd, 2016


What happens when you die – or almost die? We’d all love to know the answer to that question. While skeptics say there is no life after death – many of us believe in an afterlife. And those beliefs (on either side) are …

The Airline Industry Inside the Cockpit & How to Instantly be More Likable

September 29th, 2016


Air travel is the safest. But when things go wrong they go horribly wrong. So should we be concerned about airlines and pilots and what goes on in …

Amazing Ways Others Influence You, Why Employers Can't Find Good Talent & Manners that Matter

September 26th, 2016


People influence in ways we don't realize. Jonah Berger author of "Invisible Influence" reveals how this works and how you can be more influential. Also, why employers have a hard time finding the right workers and how …

How Social Media Creates The "Fear of Missing Out", Medical Miracles & Is Work/Life Balance a Myth?

September 22nd, 2016


Why didn't Steve Jobs let his own kids have cellphones? FOMO! "The Fear of Missing Out." Listen to what FOMO and being addicted to cellphones may be doing to you. Plus do medical miracles really happen? And the myth of …

How Music Affects You, Facts You Never Knew Were True & Neat vs Messy

September 19th, 2016


How does music affect your brain? Dan Levitin author of This is Your Brain on Music explores. Plus there are facts you could swear are true - that …

Understanding & Reducing Stress and The Law of Averages is No Law at All

September 12th, 2016


Stress is mostly a distortion of your perception. Life is almost never as bad as we think. Dr. Arthur Ciaramicolli author of "The Stress Solution" …

Power of Word of Mouth Marketing - Your Secret Facebook Folder and Dirty Hotel Rooms

September 9th, 2016


Ted Wright author of FIZZ discusses the power of word of mouth marketing and how anyone can do it. Plus, how to find messages you may not know exist …

You Are a Victim of Food Fraud & Don't Know It

September 6th, 2016


Larry Olmstead author of "Real Food Fake Food" discusses the problem of food fraud. It turns out much of the food you eat isn't what you think it is - or has been altered in some way without telling you. Plus why women …

Helicopter Parents & What's Happening On Our Highways

August 12th, 2016


Educator Julie Lythcott Haims author of How To Raise an Adult talks about the unintended consequences of helipcopter parents. Plus Edward Humes, …

AOL Founder Steve Case & How to Interpret Studies & Staistics

August 12th, 2016


AOL founder Steve Case discusses the future of technology. Statistician John Johnson author of "Every Data" reveals the truth behind studies and …

000 Welcome to Something You Should Know

August 11th, 2016


Just a brief hello from Mike Carruthers, host of Something You Should Know. Mike explains the background and history of how the podcast started and …

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