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Something You Should Know

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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.

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.

Location:

Southport, CT

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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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@mike_sysk

Language:

English

Contact:

Strand Media 2651 Catherine Rd. Altadena, CA 91001 (626) 460 - 8261


Episodes

Why Exercise is Hard and How to Make it Easier & Food Pairings that Taste Sensational

1/21/2021
One of the benefits of houseplants is that they clean the air in your home or office - right? Well, not exactly. Houseplants are great and they do offer some benefits, but cleaner air is not one of them. This episode begins with a discussion about this that I know you will find interesting. https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/12/health/plants-do-not-clean-indoor-air-trnd-wellness/index.html Exercise is difficult. 80% of us don’t exercise much. If exercise is so important, why is it so hard to do?...

Duration:00:46:04

Why We Are Wired to Do Everything Wrong With Money & The Meaning of Time

1/18/2021
Have you ever asked yourself, “Is it ever too late?” If you don’t set your social and professional course early in life, will you miss out? Parents often worry that if their kids don’t get on the right track early on, they will have trouble later on. This episode begins with some interesting and optimistic research on why this worry may be unfounded. Source: Susan Krauss Whitbourne author of “The Search for Fulfillment” (https://amzn.to/3bXWqTF) We all mistakes with our money - we can’t help...

Duration:00:49:43

SYSK Choice: How Long Term Love Works & A Different Approach to Depression

1/16/2021
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 planet. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201109/the-5-reasons-we-get-suckered-and-ripped While there is no shortage of advice for people in relationships – I think I have someone who will make you think differently about love and how it really...

Duration:00:47:58

The High Cost of Being So Busy & What if You Get Hit By a Bus Tomorrow?

1/14/2021
Happiness can be elusive - especially now.. Being locked down with little to do and being away from friends can really take a toll. However, there are a few things that you can do to be happier even now during this pandemic. This episode begins with some of the essential ingredients to create a general sense of happiness that definitely work. http://www.biopsychiatry.com/happiness/ Being busy and getting a lot done can have its rewards. There is a great sense of accomplishment when you get a...

Duration:00:51:08

Why Friends Are So Important & The Pros and Cons of Drinking

1/11/2021
If you ask most people if stress can lead to cancer, I think they would say yes. I imagine there are cancer patients who believe they got cancer because of the stress in the life. So what does the research say about this? This episode begins with a look at some conclusive science about stress and cancer that should come as a relief to people who are stressed as well as cancer patients. Source: Nancy Snyderman, M.D. author of Medical Myths That Can Kill You (https://amzn.to/3biHlf4) People...

Duration:00:53:27

SYSK Choice: How to Be a Top Performer & Great Writing Hacks

1/9/2021
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 -even long before Covid-19. So I start this episode with a look at the risks of eating that cake once the candles are out. http://foodnetwork.wikia.com/wiki/Food_Detectives A lot has been written about peak performance. There are books, articles, podcasts, seminars, speeches, and many gurus all claiming to know the magical steps to...

Duration:00:45:53

Strange Ways Friends Influence Your Life & Why It is So Hard to Ask for Help

1/7/2021
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. https://www.rd.com/list/shred-documents/ It is amazing how people in your life influence you in ways you don’t realize. The things you do, the decisions you make...

Duration:00:46:30

The Science of Taste & How to Change a Habit for Good

1/4/2021
In the search for love, you’ve probably heard claims that pheromones can make you more appealing. And some perfumes and colognes claim to have pheromones in them that will do the trick. This episode looks at those claims and whether they will really improve your love life. https://www.rd.com/article/do-pheromone-perfumes-really-work/ Will a dessert taste sweeter on a round plate than on a square plate? Do candles on the table actually improve the taste of a meal? A lot of things can...

Duration:00:48:31

SYSK Choice: How Constructive Criticism Works & Algorithms for Everyday Life

1/2/2021
I don’t know about you but 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 you do it. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/people-who-text-while-walking-are-annoying-as-hell-study-confirms_us_55b8f3e7e4b0a13f9d1b0b13?ir=Healthy%2BLiving%C2%A7ion%3Dhealthy-living&utm_hp_ref=healthy-living Criticism can be tricky. It is often hard to...

Duration:00:39:40

What People Really Think Of You & How to Make Your Point So People Get It

12/31/2020
We have all had the experience of a fly landing on our food and then pondering whether to toss it out or eat it. This episode begins with some guidelines that will help you decide what to do the next time it happens. https://theconversation.com/should-i-throw-away-food-once-a-fly-has-landed-on-it-50895 Your success in life is due in large part to how well 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...

Duration:00:43:41

How to Make Hard Choices Easier & How to Be Irresistible

12/28/2020
I am sure you have had to perform under pressure. 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. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160120091714.htm We all have so many choices for everything – breakfast cereal, cars, food,...

Duration:00:42:28

SYSK Choice: Overcoming Shyness & How to Make 2021 Resolutions Stick

12/26/2020
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 - and the best mugs for different drinks. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2257063/Study-finds-hot-chocolate-tastes-better-orange-mugs.html It is amazing how many people consider themselves shy. In fact, almost all of us feel shy in certain situations. But why are some people more shy...

Duration:00:40:51

Why We Love the Same Old Christmas Songs & A Powerful Way to Achieve Any Goal

12/24/2020
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. This episode begins as I explore the power of giving. http://www.medicaldaily.com/acts-kindness-toward-others-helpful-when-dealing-stress-365218 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...

Duration:00:45:26

Why You Should Treat People Like Dogs & Interesting Ways Language Changes

12/21/2020
We are taught that jealousy and envy are not productive emotions. Well, maybe. This episode begins with a look at how jealousy and envy can actually help you achieve your goal. And, I explain the difference between jealousy and envy because they are not the same thing. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/a19918585/jealous/ Successful dog training is all about conditioning and giving rewards for good behavior. Yet when we want people to change their behavior, we are more inclined to...

Duration:00:50:31

SYSK Choice: Your Brain on Music & Awesome Decluttering Hacks

12/19/2020
Negotiating your own salary can be stressful and difficult. This episode begins with some proven ways to help you maneuver through the negotiation process effectively, so you get the best deal and the most money possible. http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-negotiate-a-higher-salary Just about everyone enjoys music. But it is more than mere entertainment. Researcher and writer Dan Levitin author of the book, This is Your Brain on Music (https://amzn.to/2zRC39i) discusses how people have...

Duration:00:46:34

Why We Love Our Cars & What Happens if You Live to 100

12/17/2020
Are you planning to re-gift a gift this Christmas? People have been regifting forever - although it was a Seinfeld episode that made the concept popular. This episode begins with a discussion of how you should re-gift and what the rules are. https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/g30169200/regifting-etiquette-rules/ For many of us, our car is extremely important. It is hard to imagine life without a car. So how did the automobile become such a big part of our lives in a relatively short...

Duration:00:50:07

Interesting Quirks of Being Human & The Weird Ways We Count Things

12/14/2020
During the holidays, we use a lot of power strips to plug in lights and decorations. So this episode begins with a list of things to NEVER do with power strips for the safety of everyone in your home. And you will probably be surprised by some of what you hear. https://www.familyhandyman.com/article/things-you-should-never-do-with-power-strips/ As a group, we humans are kind of quirky. There are things we do and ways we behave that are uniquely human and sometimes cause problems for...

Duration:00:49:46

SYSK Choice: The Secret Life of Money & Hardwiring Happiness

12/12/2020
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. https://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2015/04/01/12-things-truly-confident-people-do-differently/?sh=2e5271174766 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...

Duration:00:44:47

How to Follow Through On Your Good Intentions & What’s Going On Inside Your Brain

12/10/2020
Christmas is a fun holiday with lots of stories and traditions. This episode begins with some interesting facts about Christmas you may not know. Ever wonder why we use the term Noel at Christmas time? OR did you ever wonder what Christmas decorations are edible? Listen to discover the answers and other fascinating Christmas intel? (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/50-things-yule-never-know-653613) We all have the best of intentions. We so often say we are going to do things with the...

Duration:00:45:46

Why Food Doesn’t Taste As Good As It Used To & Overcoming Awkwardness

12/7/2020
The corona virus vaccine comes as a shot -most likely two shots! And getting shots is no fun. So this episode begins by explaining what you should do just before, during and after you get the shot to make it hurt less. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9018211/Pain-Grimacing-make-injection-bearable-study-claims-ahead-COVID-vaccine-rollout.html Why are so many people overweight? There are likely several contributing factors and one of them seems to be how food tastes. In short,...

Duration:00:54:30