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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

Description:

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

SYSK Choice: The Science Behind Human Quirks & Why Counting is Complicated

12/3/2022
During the holiday season, you likely use a lot of power strips to plug in lights and decorations. This episode begins with some advice about what NEVER to plug in to a power strip for the safety of everyone in your home. And you will probably be surprised by what you hear. https://www.familyhandyman.com/article/things-you-should-never-do-with-power-strips/ Human beings are quirky. We do things and behave in ways that are frankly a bit odd. Where do these quirks come from and why do we do...

Duration:00:50:40

Why You Need to Play More & The Good News and Bad News About Habits

12/1/2022
The FedEx logo is legendary. It has won countless awards. Everyone who knows about logos says it is fabulous. Why? This episode begins with a look at what makes the FedEx logo so special. https://turbologo.com/articles/fedex-logo/ Do you make a real effort to incorporate play into your life? Many of us believe that play is for children - which is certainly true but adding in some playfulness to your adult life has some real benefits you should be aware of. Joining me to discuss those...

Duration:00:49:35

How Scarcity Influences What You Buy & How Social Media Clouds Your Perception

11/28/2022
Your doctor is supposed to wash his or her hands between patients. But sometimes doctors forget. Would you speak up if you saw that and ask your doctor to wash up? This episode begins with a look at this important problem. https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-hospitals-want-patients-to-ask-doctors-8216have-you-washed-your-hands8217-1380582268 Scarcity is powerful. It is the force that drives people to stock up on toilet paper before a storm or to buy something they might not buy because it is on...

Duration:00:48:02

SYSK Choice: The Good and Bad in Human Nature & Let’s Rethink Your Daily Routine

11/26/2022
People didn’t always eat cereal for breakfast. In fact, the idea really didn’t catch on until the 1940s and 1950s. So, where and how did they idea start? And how did it get so popular? This episode reveals the answers to these questions plus I explain how popcorn was really the first breakfast cereal. Source: David Hoffman, author of The Breakfast Cereal Gourmet (https://amzn.to/35UKIpr) Are humans inherently good or evil? Are we naturally inclined to be kind or are we more likely to act in...

Duration:00:48:35

Why We Are So Often Wrong & How to Dial Down Anxiety

11/24/2022
Why does it seem that your stomach growls at exactly the wrong time? It is right when the room is full of people and very very is quiet. That's when your stomach emits those grumbling noises that you are certain everyone can hear. This episode begins with an explanation as to why your stomach growls in the first place and what you can do to prevent it. https://www.outsideonline.com/1784166/why-does-my-stomach-growl A lot of the time you think you are right – you are really wrong. You see...

Duration:00:47:44

What You Didn’t Know About Skin Care Products & Why We Measure Everything

11/21/2022
Being neat is generally considered a good thing. But is neater, better? This episode begins with a look at the difference between neat and messy people and the pros and cons of each. Source: David H. Freeman author of A Perfect Mess (https://amzn.to/3X6IsnK) What is the difference between all the soaps, lotions and potions of skin care products? After all, there are so many and all at very different prices. Are the expensive ones really better? What about the ingredients – are they safe? Do...

Duration:00:49:15

SYSK Choice: John Cleese’s Guide to Creativity & The Role Chance Plays in Your Life

11/19/2022
People make judgements about you the minute the lay eyes on you. This episode begins by explaining how those first impressions are determined and how to maximize your grooming and dress so people are impressed. Source: Image consultant Sherry Maysonave author of Casual Power (https://amzn.to/3ffMODA) John Cleese has been entertaining millions of people for years as a member of Monty Python, as well as a movie actor in a variety of films including Harry Potter and James Bond movies. He has...

Duration:00:48:41

The Secret to Being More Resilient & Why Thrill Seekers Do What They Do

11/17/2022
Teenage lovers hold hands but as people get older, we see it less and less. And that may be a bad thing. This episode begins by discussing the benefits of holding hands with someone you love. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/the-brain-on-love/ You have likely faced a challenging situation and wished you had been able to bounce back better and faster. It seems that some people are just more resilient in the face adversity. Is it something you are born with or can you learn to...

Duration:00:53:02

How Cars Changed The World & What's Going On In Your Unconscious Mind?

11/14/2022
Having bad posture not only impacts how you appear to others, it can also have an effect on your physical and mental health in ways you may not know. This episode begins by explaining what those effects are and how to instantly improve your posture. https://bit.ly/3NT6aQ5 Think of how the car has changed the world. It is because of cars that we have roads and bridges and tunnels and motels and destinations to visit – there are so many things that exist because of the automobile. Of course,...

Duration:00:52:42

SYSK Choice: Why Emotional Agility is So Important & Is Earth Safe from Asteroids?

11/12/2022
How likely is it that your umbrella will attract lightning in a storm or that the elevator you are in will suddenly drop? Ever worry that a big spider will come after you and jump on you? This episode begins with some insight into these and other common worries and whether or not they could likely happen. https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/everyday-dangers-not-to-worry-about Are you good at handling difficult emotional situations? Do you try hard to push negative emotions...

Duration:00:48:40

The Trouble With Clutter & The Appeal of Pop Culture

11/10/2022
When you shop for big ticket items like a house or car, the day you choose to go really matters. This episode begins with a look at what days are best and worst to go house hunting or car shopping. https://www.weatherads.io/blog/how-weather-affects-consumer-behavior-and-purchase-decisions Clutter has a way of sneaking up on you. First, it’s a drawer, then a closet, then a spare room fills up with stuff and before you know it, your house is full of clutter. And anyone who has tried, knows...

Duration:00:48:09

How to Make The Biggest Decision of Your Life & Curiosities of The Human Mind

11/7/2022
Your mother probably told you not to lie – and she was right. Of course, there are the moral reasons for not lying but it seems lying is also bad for your health. This episode begins with the reasons why. http://newsinfo.nd.edu/news/32424-study-telling-fewer-lies-linked-to-better-health-relationships For most of human history, people married NOT for love. It is only recently that this idea of committing to someone because you fall in love came about and a lot of times it doesn’t work very...

Duration:00:51:24

SYSK Choice: Money Tips to Help You Save & How Building Design Impacts You

11/5/2022
First impressions matter. That’s because once a person makes judgements about you, it can be difficult to change it. This episode begins by revealing 3 things people decide about you within the first 30 seconds and how you can make sure you put your best foot forward. Source: Sherry Maysonave author of Casual Power (https://amzn.to/2Thh1I7) Why should you fill your gas tank on Monday instead of Friday? Does transferring credit card balances to lower interest rate card make sense? What’s the...

Duration:00:50:47

The 4 Stages of Mastering Any Big Change & The Latest In The War On Cancer

11/3/2022
While I am certain you are a safe driver, there is one tip race car drivers know that will make you an even safer driver, particularly in the event when you need to suddenly take evasive action. This episode begins with this important tactic that will make you more in control behind the wheel. Source: http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/top-10/top-10-editors-tips-to-prevent-a-car-accident.html Change is scary. Often it means loss. But it can also mean opportunity. Since you can’t stop the...

Duration:00:50:57

The Fascinating World of Boredom & The Origins of Halloween Customs

10/31/2022
Everyone knows what a placebo is. We have talked about the placebo effect on previous episodes. Most people probably think of it as applying to medication. However, I begin this episode by explaining how the placebo effect works with sleep. And the information could come in handy on those days you are feeling tired. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24417326/ I am sure you have felt bored at times – whether standing in line, waiting at the doctor’s office or just sitting around with nothing to...

Duration:00:49:57

SYSK Choice: Why Everyone’s Perception is Unique & How to Outsmart Your Smartphone

10/29/2022
When people get angry, it is pretty common for them to get upset and maybe start yelling at whoever made them mad. That is a bad idea. This episode begins with a discussion how on to use anger to your advantage, so you get what you want without everyone getting mad at each other. Source: Thomas A. Schweich, author of Staying Power (https://amzn.to/34Qrb85). You and I can look at the same thing yet see it differently. We all look at the world through filters and biases that cause us to see...

Duration:00:47:41

Why Little Things Really Matter In Relationships & Cool and Weird Stories About Cemeteries

10/27/2022
What follows is a list of the most popular Halloween candy overall in the U.S. Listen as I explain why this list is important if you plan to give out candy to trick-or-treaters this year: Reese’s Cups Skittles M&M’s Starburst Hot Tamales Sour Patch Kids Hershey’s Kisses Snickers Tootsie Pops Candy Corn Source: https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/most-popular-halloween-candy-37144800 There is conflict in every relationship. What helps to ease the conflict is doing all the “little things”...

Duration:00:50:29

How Your Body Clock Really Controls Your Life & Exciting New Trends in Entrepreneurship

10/24/2022
Girls cry more than boys – that seems apparent. But why? Is it social conditioning or something more? Listen as I reveal what one researcher has discovered about boys and girls and tears. Source: Michael Gurian, author of What Could He Be Thinking?-How A Man's Mind Really Works (https://amzn.to/3evpJkm). Your body clock controls when you wake up and go to sleep – or at least when you SHOULD wake up and go to sleep. But does your body clock – or circadian rhythm – adapt to you or must you...

Duration:00:53:32

SYSK Choice: The Key Elements of Kindness & What Science Really Is

10/22/2022
Confidence makes you more attractive. It just does. So, I begin this episode by offering a short list of simple things you can do that will make you feel and appear as confident as possible. https://www.askmen.com/money/body_and_mind_150/173_better_living.html You often hear people use the words kind and nice interchangeably. Actually though, they really don’t mean the same thing. To be kind is a lot harder and riskier and has a much greater chance of making the world a better place. Nice is...

Duration:00:53:03

Quitting: How To Know When To Walk Away & Why Some People Love Conspiracy Theories

10/20/2022
What do the following symptoms have in common: Tiredness, dizziness, stomach issues, headaches, dry skin, joint problems and depression? The answer is that you may be able to eliminate or minimize those symptoms with one very easy change to your daily routine. Listen and I’ll tell you what it is. https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/dehydration-and-anxiety Quitters never win and winners never quit. We have all heard that. Quitting has a bad reputation. People who persevere are the...

Duration:00:50:57