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Something You Should Know

Something You Should Know

Author: Mike Carruthers / OmniCast Media

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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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The Magic of Building On Your Strengths and How to Better Handle the Admin of Daily Life
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 necessary? We begin this episode with a look what the experts say about common health advice you’ve heard all your life.(http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/slideshows/do-you-reallyneed-to-cover-the-toilet-seat-with-paper)If you got a bad grade in school, then that was the subject you were told to work on. Fix your weaknesses – get that grade higher. Is that really good advice? Maybe you are better served by focusing on what you are good at rather than trying to improve your abilities for things you don’t like and are not particularly skilled at. Tom Rath, senior scientist and adviser to the Gallup organization and author of the book Strengths Finder 2.0 (https://amzn.to/2TUQ2jI) explains why focusing on your strengths rather than trying to fix your weaknesses is a much better life strategy. Want your kid to eat healthier? It’s all in the packaging and presentation. Listen as I explain some fascinating research from Yale University that explains how cartoon stickers can help you get your kids to eat right. https://www.chicagotribune.com/living/ct-xpm-2012-08-22-sns-rt-us-stickersbre87l0li-20120822-story.htmlAna amazing amount of your day is devoted to the little details of life. Everything from errands to filling out forms, writing emails, taking the car in service – you know what I mean. Elizabeth Emens, a law professor at Columbia Law School has identified all these tasks as – Life Admin. And she has some great ways to deal with all those tasks effectively and efficiently so you can get on to the bigger things in life. Elizabeth is author of the book, Life Admin (https://amzn.to/2syggwZ) and she joins me to discuss and offer some great advice.  This Week’s Sponsors-LinkedIn. For $50 off your first job post, go to www.LinkedIn.com/Podcast-ADT. Go to www.ADT.com/smart to learn how ADT can design and install a smart home system for you.-Quip. Get your first refill free when you buy a quip toothbrush at www.Get Quip.com/something-Care/of Vitamins. For $25 off your first month of personalized vitamins, go to www.TakeCareOf.com and us the promo code: something-Geico. Go to www.Geico.com to see how Geico can save you money on your car insurance
How to Scientifically Make Your Brain Perform Noticeably Better & How to Effectively Hold a Grudge
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 with some great research that shows how simple acts of gratitude can bring you benefits for a long time. http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/01/how-expressing-gratitude-changeyour-brain.htmlWhile you might think memory loss and cognitive decline are problems only for older people – you would be mistaken. Many younger people are walking around with sluggish, underperforming brains. Why? Listen as I talk with Steven Masley, M.D., an affiliate clinical associate professor at the University of South Florida, a fellow of the American Heart Association and author of the book, The Better Brain Solution (https://amzn.to/2VLIgdO). Dr. Masley explains the 5 things that are causing so many people of all ages to have brain fog and underutilize their mental power. Then he reveals how to reverse it so you are using all your cognitive function and memory.Do you know people who never seem to get sick? While some of it may be luck, a lot of it has to do with certain habits they perform that keep them from becoming ill. Listen as I describe several ways you can better arm yourself against winter colds and other bugs.  https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/10-secrets-from-people-who-never-get-sick/ss-BBROEI0#interstitial=2Holding a grudge does nobody any good – right? Well maybe. It really depends on how you define a grudge. Writer Sophie Hannah has a way to use grudges to your advantage. Sophie is the author of the book How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment―The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life (https://amzn.to/2AD8Rkd). She joins me to explain how grudge holding – when done correctly – can lead to a happier life and better relationships.This Week’s Sponsors-LinkedIn. For $50 off your first job post, go to www.LinkedIn.com/Podcast-ADT. Go to www.ADT.com/smart to learn how ADT can design and install a smart home system for you.-Quip. Get your first refill free when you buy a quip toothbrush at www.Get Quip.com/something-Care/of Vitamins. For $25 off your first month of personalized vitamins, go to www.TakeCareOf.com and us the promo code: something-Geico. Go to www.Geico.com to see how Geico can save you money on your car insurance
How the House You Live In Affects Who You Are & The Scientific Way To Lose Weight for the New Year
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 emotional pain as well; such as loneliness or distress. Why? I begin this episode with that explanation. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091222154742.htmNo matter how clean you think your home is, you are sharing your house with millions of creatures – both visible and invisible. From the tiniest germs to your dog or cat – all of these creatures have an impact on you. In fact, if you own a cat, there is an excellent chance of getting infected with a parasite that will change your behavior! I know it sounds crazy but you have got to hear this. Rob Dunn, biologist and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University joins me to discuss the fascinating world inside your home you never knew was there. Rob is author of the book Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live (https://amzn.to/2VE0j5K)One of the big pitfalls of writing texts or emails is that people can misinterpret your intent – particularly if you are being sarcastic. But I have a solution that will make sure people will understand what you are really trying to say in your written communication. http://mentalfloss.com/article/73392/winky-faces-make-your-texts-sarcastic-scientists-sayDo you know what your set point weight is? Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows there is a point where you get stuck and it is really hard to drop more weight. Jonathan Bailor, author of the bestselling book The Calorie Myth has researched this for his new book The Setpoint Diet (https://amzn.to/2SK4V8r). He joins me to explain why people get stuck on their set point weight and how to outsmart your body so you can lose more weight.  This Week's Sponsors-Capterra. To find the right software for your business visit www.capterra.com/something-ADT. Go to www.ADT.com/smart to learn how ADT can design and install a smart home system for you.-Geico. Go to www.Geico.com to see how Geico can save you money on your car insurance.
The Fascinating Reason Why More is Never Enough & What You Never Knew About Spices
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 it. I begin this episode by discussing when that is and why it is important. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9589232/Putting-a-mobile-phoneon-the-restaurant-table-will-ruin-your-meal.htmlIt appears to be human nature to always want more. Then when we get what we want it is never enough. Why is that? It turns out there is a chemical in your brain that drives this behavior. To explain, I am joined by Daniel Lieberman, MD, who is a professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University and author of the book The More Molecule, How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex and Creativity – and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race (https://amzn.to/2RBclxi).Of course you know the results of reheating pizza in the microwave are horrible and heating it in the oven takes too long. But there is another way that is very fast and won’t leave your pizza all soggy and mushy. https://sciencenotes.org/why-microwave-pizza-with-a-glass-of-water/ What do you know about spices? One thing for sure is that your food would be pretty bland without them. But there is so much more to the world of spices and how to use them. Food science writer Stuart Farrimond, author of the book Spice (https://amzn.to/2GWVm4K) explains the science and lore of spices and offers suggestions to help you use them to cook tastier, more interesting food.  This Week's Sponsors-Capterra. To find the right software for your business visit www.capterra.com/something-ADT. Go to www.ADT.com/smart to learn how ADT can design and install a smart home system for you.-Geico. Go to www.Geico.com to see how Geico can save you money on your car insurance.
How to Stop Making Stupid Mistakes & How to Nail Your New Year’s Resolution
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 that shows that there is a residual effect when you get distracted that affects your driving for much longer than you think. You really need to hear this. http://www.calif.aaa.com/home/about/community-and-safety/hands-free-distractionstudy.htmlEver make a really stupid mistake? Wouldn’t it be great if you could make far fewer of them and make a lot more good decisions instead? Listen to Charlie Seraphin author of the book, (One Stupid Mistake: Smart Decision-Making in a Crazy World https://amzn.to/2s3Qq3A.) He walks you through the process that will help you avoid mistakes, especially the big ones. Plus, he explains the importance of owning and learning from the mistakes you will inevitably make. People love to watch reruns of old TV shows and re-watch old movies – but why? You know how it is going to end so why watch it again. Well there is a reason for that and it is the same reason people like hearing the same songs over and over. http://www.livescience.com/23148-tv-reruns-may-replenish-tired-minds.htmlPeople have been making New Year’s resolutions for a long time and scientists have studied the idea and the process a lot over the years. What has become clear is that there are some strategies that can dramatically improve your chances of success. Keith McArthur has looked at the science and joins me to help you achieve your New Year's resolution or any other goal for that matter. Keith has a podcast and blog called My Instruction Manual (https://myinstructionmanual.com/) and he is author of a book called (Winning Resolutions https://amzn.to/2BYi7zi.)This Week's SponsorsADT. Go to www.ADT.com/smart to learn how ADT can design and install a smart home system for you.Geico. Go to www.Geico.com to see how Geico can save you money on your car insurance.
How to Become the Person You Really Want to Be & Why You Like What You Like
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 look at why we yawn and why yawning is contagious. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=3425960&page=1Why is change so hard? Anyone who has made a New Year’s resolution knows that sticking with a major change is difficult. One of the big reasons is what executive coach Marshall Goldsmith calls “triggers.” Triggers are the things that can in the way of achieving your goals. In fact, his book is called Triggers (http://amzn.to/2dWTWog). Listen as Marshall offers really solid, concrete advice for making lasting positive changes in your life and achieving your goals. If you have never heard Marshall speak, you will love this interview and you will come away inspired. Have you ever wondered why you like the things you like? It is interesting that one person can hate something another person loves. It applies to food, colors, fashion, cars – almost anything. Why is that? What influences our tastes and preferences? Listen as I speak with Tom Vanderbilt author of the book You May Also Like http://amzn.to/2h8YecT and discover why you prefer some things over others and why your favorite color is your favorite color.What really matters when it comes to health and long life? It may have less to do with diet and exercise (although they are important) and more to do with the kind of person you are. To find out if you are that kind of person, you need to answer an important question. Listen and I will tell you what that question is. (Dr. Paul Persall author of Write Your Own Pleasure Prescription https://amzn.to/2RdFqyU) 
How to Get People to Notice Just How Great You Really Are & Answers to Fascinating Life Questions
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 science behind that belief. How could unhappiness cause illness? The answer is complicated and not what you probably think. http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2015-12-08-happiness-and-unhappiness-have-no-direct-effect-mortalityWouldn’t it be wonderful if people would notice and appreciate just how great you are at doing what you do? Yes it would be but it seldom happens. If you want to really get noticed – if you want people to really see how competent you are, you have to project an image of competence. Jack Nasher, a consultant and negotiation trainer is author of the book Convinced: How to Prove Your Competence and Win People Over (https://amzn.to/2BqWojk) Jack joins me to explain what it takes to really get people (including your boss) to see just how great you are and how well you do your job.What time is it at the North Pole? Why does a whip crack? Why do people stick out their tongue when they are concentrating on a task? These are just some of the interesting questions I tackle with science writer Ivan Semeniuk. Ivan along with New Scientist magazine, published a book called Why Don’t Penguins Feet Freeze? (https://amzn.to/2R6JMHV) (yes we answer that one too.) which explores some of these fascinating questions you’ve always wondered about.What makes a food a “comfort” food? It turns out your favorite comfort food has more to do with who cooked it and where you ate it than it does with the food itself. Listen as I explain. https://www.journals.elsevier.com/appetite/media-coverage/we-love-comfort-food-because-we-love-the-cookThis Week's Sponsors-Quip. Get your first refill pack free when you buy an electric toothbrush at www.GetQuip.com/something-Robinhood. Get a free stock when you sign up at something.robinhood.com-Stitch Fix. Get an extra 25% off when you keep all the items in your box at www.StitchFix.com/something
The Amazing Science Behind Why You Dream at Night & How to Make Real Friends and Connections
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 you feel less sleepy or that light beers are healthier than regular beers. I begin this episode with an examination of which of these and other common held beliefs about alcohol are true or false. http://www.purewow.com/wellness/Alcohol-MythsWhy do you dream at night? Do those dream serve a purpose or are they random thoughts the brain has as your body rests? Journalist Alice Robb, author of the book Why We Dream (https://amzn.to/2LmMMuy) explores the science of dreaming and reveals some proven ways that you can use your dreams to help you in your waking life.What is the best tasting ketchup? Is it some fancy organic gourmet ketchup or is it Heinz or Hunts or maybe Del Monte? Blind taste tests reveal a very clear winner. Listen and discover which ketchup reigns supreme. (The New Best Recipe cookbook by America's Test Kitchen - (https://amzn.to/2LmL9gd)You probably have a lot more electronic friends on social media, texts and email than you have real friends. And while electronic friends are fine, having traditional friends and connections is probably more important than ever before. Susan RoAne author of the book How to Work a Room (https://amzn.to/2ElLcrk) explores the importance of friendships and offers practical ways to find and make new friends.This Week's Sponsors-Quip. Get your first refill pack free when you buy an electric toothbrush at www.GetQuip.com/something-Robinhood. Get a free stock when you sign up at something.robinhood.com -Stitch Fix. Get an extra 25% off when you keep all the items in your box at www.StitchFix.com/something
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Jones

This is a scary episode. Huge wake up call though.

Jan 18th
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Lisa Sa

To forgive is divine. Or is it? http://kernalspopping.com/2018/09/19/to-forgive-is-divine-or-is-it/

Jan 16th
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Lisa Sa

For someone who is supposed to be an expert, Charles Kiefer answered most questions with some variation of "I don't know about that." I'm not sure if he didn't want to give too much away from his book, but he definitely didn't make me want to buy it.

Jan 14th
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Jose Carlos Schultz

EwDá

Jan 12th
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Lisa Sa

I don't really agree with the characterization of Democrats and Republicans. Democrats don't ALWAYS want change and once they get what they want just want somethinge else. For example, Democrats would rather the Trump administration NOT change the accomplishment that the Obama administration put into effect.

Jan 10th
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just free

I'M still listening :)

Jan 9th
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Bicycle World

interesting information about differences between conservatives and progressives

Jan 8th
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Ka Rin

A kid playing more with the box than the new toy? Sounds rather like a cat. Also, heating up water with your pizza does not absorb "excess radiation". It'll only create more steam which makes your pizza soggy.

Jan 8th
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Kathleen Ramm

Does anybody else think the host’s voice sounds kinda like the guy from fnaf sister location?🤔

Jan 3rd
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Brian Barstead

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Jan 2nd
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Bicycle World

Not much of a Podcast listener until this Podcast made me into a avid listener, enjoying the content of the program.

Dec 28th
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Rija Kunwar

good jan is here

Dec 23rd
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John Tye

I call BS for taking a pill that's a placebo. If it's the act of therapy etc. then don't teach/train people to take a pill. If your body is going to heel let it.

Dec 19th
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Lisa Sa

Mike, this has definitely become my absolute favorite podcast to listen to. The topics are great and I really like the way you steer the conversations. I'm slowly making my way through all prior episodes. Thanks and keep them coming!!

Dec 18th
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Carlos Perez

nice

Dec 14th
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Carlos Perez

good episode

Dec 14th
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Carlos Perez

Carlos Perez n

Dec 14th
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Tech Hassle

The weekend effect is because if they are sick enough to check in on a Friday they are actually sick. Compared to the masses that should be using urgent care and not the er for their splinters and coughs.

Dec 13th
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Lori Perron

great advice from Dennis honest, direct & respectful is a excellent way to handle conflicts.

Dec 10th
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Lauren Doyle

Water treatment

Dec 7th
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J A

Lauren Doyle why?

Jan 3rd
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Isaac Nuno

Actually, I was under medication for depression for years and it helped but I was always dependent on it. I actually switched my diet completely, started eating simple healthy foods, and did research on which types of foods replenish serotonin in the brain and it actually worked. I've been off antidepressants now for about 6 years and I feel better now then when I was taking pills. Also, taking the pills made me even more depressed at times because of the subconscious thought that taking medication means something is wrong with me. Maybe it won't work for everyone but it worked for me. I agree with her 100%

Dec 5th
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