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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

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


Episodes

How to Break a Disagreement Deadlock & A New Habit That Can Change Your Life

1/24/2022
When you or your child cut a cut or scrape, it is likely you grab some antibiotic ointment to put on it to prevent infection. This episode begins by explaining why that may not be such a good idea. https://www.mindfood.com/article/the-risk-of-overusing-antibiotic-creams-and-ointments/ Nothing is more frustrating than being in an argument with someone when you know you are right, and the other person refuses to see it or agree. So how do you resolve a conflict like this? Listen as I speak...

Duration:00:48:06

SYSK Choice: Your Ever-Changing Personality & Procrastination With Less Guilt

1/22/2022
As you may have discovered over the holidays, finding the right gift to give someone can be difficult. Yet, there is some science to it that can make gift selection and giving a little easier. This episode begins with some interesting insight on how to find the right gift for anyone. to. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4017156/The-science-perfectgift-Focus-experiences-make-sure-usefull-NEVER-suprise-someone.html Have you ever wondered why you have the personality you have?...

Duration:00:46:13

Is It Good to Be Cynical? & How We All Screw Up Our Personal Finances

1/20/2022
What do you crave? Well, whatever it is, the next time you crave it, there is something simple you can do that can make the craving pass quickly to help you avoid temptation. I begin this episode with this very easy tactic that has been proven to work. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psyched/201104/clenching-your-fists-increases-willpower Would you say you are a cynical person? A cynic is someone who doesn’t put much faith in the goodness of others. Many cynics say they are just...

Duration:00:49:10

Why We Enjoy Suffering & Understanding Your Freedom of Speech

1/17/2022
If you enjoy garlic, you are probably well aware that there is a downside to eating it - and that is it can make your breath stink. This episode begins with some easy and simple and practical advice from the Institute of Food Technologists that will neutralize garlic odor from your breath as well as from your fingers so you can eat as much of it as you like and not worry smelling like garlic. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130204142609.htm It sounds strange when you say it out...

Duration:00:44:10

SYSK Choice: Little Known Benefits of Exercise & Why It’s Good to Talk to Strangers

1/15/2022
Why do some buildings have revolving doors? After all, they are sometimes heavy and hard to push, and a lot of people hate them. So where did they come from? There must be a purpose to them. Listen to hear a very surprising story. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/63378/whats-point-revolving-doors If your 2022 New Year’s resolution involves exercising more, you really should listen to my guest Kelly McGonigal, research psychologist and lecturer at Stanford and author of the book, The Joy...

Duration:00:44:53

Interesting Ways Lifestyle Affects Your Health & A Better Way to Understand Numbers

1/12/2022
If you haven’t got a New Year’s resolution to work on yet - I’ve got one for you - it’s tackling clutter! This episode begins with some thoughts about what clutter does to your mental health and how you can fix it. http://www.timetoorganize.com/wp-content/uploads/realsimple-article.pdf There is something called “lifestyle medicine.” It is the idea that what you eat, how you exercise and generally how you live your life will affect your health - for better or worse. That likely comes as no...

Duration:00:45:48

How to Set Goals to Make Them Happen and Interesting Differences Between Generations

1/10/2022
The room where you work, whether that’s at home or in an office, should probably be 77 degrees. Why? This episode begins with an explanation of why 77 degrees is the perfect working temperature. https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-news/Pages/toohottoocold.aspx This is the time of year when people tend to set new goals for themselves. The process of how you set them can have a big impact on whether or not you actually achieve them, according to Michael Bungay Stanier. Often described as one...

Duration:00:47:54

SYSK Choice: How Your Biological Clock Works & Optimizing Your Meeting Time

1/8/2022
As admirable as it is to set a New Year’s resolution, the chances of sticking to it in the long term are slim. However, you can improve your odds of success. This episode begins with a strategy to help make life changes really stick. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-years-resolutionspsychology_us_5862d599e4b0d9a59459654c Although you have heard of your biological clock, there is a good chance you don’t really understand how it all works. Dr. Emily Manoogian is a post-doctoral fellow...

Duration:00:46:41

How to Tackle What’s Really Important & The Way Food Fights Disease

1/6/2022
Did you know that the scent of lavender is supposed to be calming? It may be the scent of trust, as well. This episode begins by explaining how lavender can make you appear to be more trustworthy – and why it works. http://rd.com/advice/relationships/habits-make-people-trust/ Who doesn’t have things to do that never seem to get done? We all have trips we want to take or goals we want to accomplish but we never seem to get around to doing them. So why is that? Sam Horn author of the book...

Duration:00:47:36

How Movement Affects Your Thoughts and Feelings & Understanding Your Right to Privacy

1/3/2022
Ever catch a glimpse of your computer screen in just the right light and see just how dusty and filthy it has become? So how do you clean it? Before you reach for window cleaner and a paper towel, listen to the beginning of this episode for the right way to clean off a monitor without causing damage. https://www.rd.com/article/how-to-clean-a-computer-screen/ You already know that physical exercise is good for your health. Today you will hear how simply moving your body can do wonders for...

Duration:00:49:24

SYSK Choice: How to Avoid Stupid Mistakes & Successful New Year's Resolution Strategies

1/1/2022
We all know driving while distracted is a bad idea - particularly driving and texting. In fact, distracted driving is more complicated than you might imagine. This episode begins with some fascinating research that shows that there is a residual effect when you get distracted that can adversely affect your driving for a long time. https://unews.utah.edu/up-to-27-seconds-of-inattention-after-talking-to-your-car-or-smart-phone/ We’ve all made really stupid mistakes. What if I told you that you...

Duration:00:40:54

How to Use the Science of Success & What Goes On Inside Your Bones

12/30/2021
Isn’t it great when you get one of those “A-Ha Moments”. You know, when an idea or the answer to a problem just pops in your head and it feels just perfect. But is it? We begin this episode by exploring whether those thoughts you have during an A-Ha moment are really valid and magical or not. to. http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2016/March/Insight_Correctness/ There are a lot of slogans and clichés about success. For example, “It’s not what you know it’s who you know” or “Nice guys finish...

Duration:00:46:35

How You Can Make Yourself Smarter & When Efficiency Actually Slows You Down

12/27/2021
Ask just about anyone and they will tell you that antioxidants are really good for you. In fact, some people take antioxidant supplements probably assuming that if they are good for you - then taking even more is even better. Is it? We begin this episode with a look at antioxidants, what they do and when too much of them may be a bad thing. https://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2013/03/09/do-you-really-need-antioxidants You probably like to think you are smart. And...

Duration:00:46:02

SYSK Choice: Our Christmas Wish of Hope & Courage

12/25/2021
Want to look younger - dramatically younger? I begin this episode with 3 simple ways that change how people perceive you. If you do these things, you will instantly appear younger than your actual age. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21895379 Human beings are born to be hopeful. If you interact with any 2-year-old and you will see and hear nothing but hope in what they say and do. Yet as adults we sometimes lose hope. And that's never good. This holiday season, I want to share with you a...

Duration:00:39:51

Backstories of Christmas Songs and Traditions & How to Have the It Factor

12/23/2021
We all know how easy it is to overspend when we go shopping. Plus, it is no secret that retailers do everything they can to encourage you to spend even more while you are in the store. This episode begins with some strategies to help you spend a bit less and avoid those impulse purchases that you often wish you hadn’t made once you get home. http://www.womansday.com/life/work-money/g1877/how-to-stop-impulse-buying/ Why do people kiss under the mistletoe? Why do we drag evergreen trees into...

Duration:00:40:57

How to Be an Adult & Why Traffic Jams Happen and How to Fix Them

12/20/2021
Remember a few years ago when people were saying, “Sitting is the new smoking”? Seriously, what could possibly be so bad about sitting? This episode begins by explaining the problem and what you can do to counter the effects of too much sitting. http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/10/tv.heart.health/ Something has shifted over the last few generations. It used to be that kids looked forward to growing up, becoming an adult and leaving home. Yet, many young people today dread the thought. Why?...

Duration:00:47:40

SYSK Choice: How to Optimize Your Speaking Voice & How Animals Affect You

12/18/2021
For many of us, the Christmas holiday season is very special. Yet, there was a time in the United States when it was illegal to celebrate Christmas. The episode begins with an explanation of when and why Christmas was outlawed. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/g2972/surprising-christmas-facts/?slide=25 A big part of the image you present to people is from your voice and the way you speak. Yet, a lot of people don’t like their voice and wish it sounded better or...

Duration:00:48:21

Why Having Fun Really Matters & Powerful Strategies to Tame Your Email

12/16/2021
Why do people sometimes choke when they swallow? Is it really because it went down “the wrong pipe”? This episode begins with an interesting look at what swallowing is all about and why sometimes thing go wrong. Source: Joel Herskowitz, author of Swallow Safely (https://amzn.to/3pXFjqv) You probably think that having fun is something you do after the hard work is done. Fun is a reward, not a necessity. Yet, there is some solid evidence that having fun is good for you. In fact, making it a...

Duration:00:50:41

What You Never Knew About Your Favorite Holiday Movies & What Sarcasm Does

12/13/2021
Which is better at stopping a cough - cough syrup with codeine or chocolate? This episode begins with some surprising intel on what works to stop that nagging urge to cough. https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/chocolate-can-fight-coughs-better-than-some-cold-medicine/ What’s your favorite Christmas movie? Could it be White Christmas or It’s a Wonderful Life or maybe Home Alone? Well, whatever it is, it will likely come up in my conversation with film historian Jeremy Arnold. Jeremy teamed up...

Duration:00:50:34

SYSK Choice: The Science of Smiling & The Power of Radical Candor

12/11/2021
If I asked you, could you tell me where your main water shutoff valve is for your home? Do you leave your garage door opener in your car? These are just a couple of important questions you should ask yourself. This episode begins by answering those and other questions and answers you really need to know. https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/things-every-homeowner-must-know/ As sincere as you think you are, most of the smiles you make throughout the day are fake ones. That’s just...

Duration:00:43:56