Episodes
How many times have you opened up a new box with electronics or shoes or maybe even some beef jerky and found one of those silica gel packs? If you look closely, they usually have warnings not to eat them - that doing so could be hazardous to your health. So, what exactly would happen if you did eat one of them? Just how dangerous are they? This episode begins with an explanation. https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/what-to-know-silica-gel For a few centuries now, humans have been...
Published 12/06/21
Published 12/04/21
People often listen to music while they are working because they believe it helps concentrate and possibly makes them more productive. Does it? This episode begins by exploring which, if any kind of music can help your concentration and productivity. https://www.businessinsider.com/10-minute-trick-to-boost-your-productivity-2016-1 Are you suggestible? Could you be hypnotized into believing something that isn’t really true? What about placebos? If I tell you a sugar pill will cure your...
Published 12/04/21
Something is probably missing in your old holiday photos. In fact, the older you get, the more you notice what’s not in them and you really regret it. This episode begins with that missing ingredient in your older pictures and advice on how to make sure you don’t make the same mistake with your holiday photos from now on. Source: Cheryl Lightle author of “The Creative Memories Way: https://amzn.to/3riziqL It’s a pretty universal problem - you start something but never finish. I bet it has...
Published 12/02/21
Why do people kiss under the mistletoe? When did that all start? This episode begins with a brief history of the mistletoe-kissing tradition. https://ourcommunitynow.com/local-culture/the-myth-behind-the-mistletoe You have never heard a discussion about pride, gratitude and compassion like this one. Psychology professor David Desteno of Northeastern University joins me to explain how these three emotions can fuel your personal and business success as well as create better relationships. We...
Published 11/29/21
Want to know if someone you like is truly compatible with you? Check out their taste in music. This episode begins with an interesting look at how your taste in music can have a big impact on who you are attracted to and who may be attracted to you. Turns out you can tell a lot about someone by the tunes they listen to. http://www.medindia.net/news/Music-Predicts-Sexual-Attraction-80223-1.htm I often urge you to tell other people about this podcast because word-of-mouth marketing is...
Published 11/27/21
Ever talk to someone who is looking at their phone and they act as if they don’t even hear you? This episode explains why that happens so often and why that is likely not the best time to try to talk to someone. https://www.yahoo.com/health/weird-way-looking-phone-mess-195042844.html You’ve heard those phrases like, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” or “Don’t judge a book by its cover” or “Everyone deserves a second chance" or “Think outside the box.” It may be time to rethink these common...
Published 11/25/21
Most of us have heard the poinsettia plants are poisonous to people and pets. How poisonous? Will eating leaves from a poinsettia kill you? Will it make you sick? Do you even need to be worried? This episode begins with some interesting facts about just how dangerous poinsettias are. https://www.stranges.com/are-poinsettias-poisonous/ Human instincts are what have helped us to survive. Yet, some of those instincts are not so practical in today’s modern world according to evolutionary...
Published 11/22/21
Just how accurate is Wikipedia? If you go to one of their articles, how likely is it to be correct and objective. This episode begins with some surprising facts about Wikipedia and its accuracy. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/wikipedia-explained-what-is-it-trustworthy-how-work-wikimedia-2030-a8213446.html As you know, people lie. In fact, we all lie. Often the lies we tell are small and inconsequential – other times they are a big deal. Pamela Myer is a leading experts on lies...
Published 11/20/21
Finding the right holiday for co-workers can be a challenge. You don't want to spend too much but you want to give something that shows you put some thought into it, at least. Listen as I begin this episode by making this gift-giving task easy while still giving people something they will actually like. If anything in this world is safe, you would think the spices in your spice rack would be. I mean what kind of danger could a little oregano or basil pose to you or your family? Well, you are...
Published 11/18/21
Ever have trouble hearing someone on the phone so you cover your other ear to block out the noise? This episode explains why there is a much better way than that if you want to hear someone better. https://www.oklahoman.com/article/3206007/strange-but-true-improve-clarity-of-phone-calls While the internet has given us so much, it has also robbed us of a lot of things many of us liked. For example, solitude, maps, handwritten letters, even the rolodex to name just a few. Pamela Paul has taken...
Published 11/15/21
You have probably heard that it not a good idea to allow your dog to sleep on the bed. Despite what the experts say, I am going to begin this episode by telling you exactly why it is probably just fine. http://www.purewow.com/entry_detail/national/22018/7-Reasons-Its-Actually-Betterto-Let-Your-Dog-Sleep-in-Your.htm  The world is full of people who over explain their ideas. To really be an effective communicator of ideas, the details can - and often do - get in the way. Brant Pinvidic is a...
Published 11/13/21
 If you have a male doctor who wears a tie, that tie could come into contact with you as your doctor examines you. This episode begins by explaining why that could be dangerous and why you should probably stay away from your doctor’s tie or maybe even ask him to take it off. https://www.webmd.com/women/news/20040524/nasty-neckties-doctors-ties-carry-germs Trying to understand the rules of English can be maddening. Some words follow the certain rules - others don’t. Some words that should...
Published 11/11/21
With people drinking more around the holiday season, it is important to realize that not all drinks are created equal. This episode begins with some interesting differences between beer, wine and hard liquor that everyone should keep in mind because they can affect you differently. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1530-0277.2006.00190.x What makes a person lucky or unlucky? Are some people cursed with bad luck? Are some people born lucky? To explore these questions, we turn...
Published 11/08/21
Who doesn’t struggle occasionally to remember important things – like names or passwords or what to get at the grocery store? This episode begins with some very simple techniques that will help sharpen your memory so you remember. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7591279/DR-MICHAEL-MOSLEY-stop-forgetting-passwords-Does-gum-disease-really-cause-heart-attacks.html Ever had food poisoning? It is amazingly common. In fact, each year, millions of people get it, over 120,000 end up in the...
Published 11/06/21
You have likely heard the advice that you should get an annual physical exam from your doctor and you should go to the dentist twice a year for a checkup. And what about the recommendation that you wear sunscreen every day? Are all these things really necessary? We begin this episode with a look what the experts say about common health advice you’ve probably heard all your life - some of which may not be...
Published 11/04/21
Your siblings have had an important impact on you, whether you realize it or not. This episode begins by talking about how brothers and sisters can affect your personality and character later in life. https://www.unilad.co.uk/life/having-a-sister-makes-you-happier-and-more-optimistic-study-finds Have you ever had a déjà vu experience? Most people have. What is it? What causes it? Joining me to discuss that is Anne Cleary, she is a professor at Colorado State University where she studies the...
Published 11/01/21
What’s the best seat in a movie theater? While people do have their own preferences, there actually is one “best seat in the house” at least for the audio. You see, theaters are calibrated for sound from one seat in particular. This episodes begins by telling you which seat that is and where to sit if someone is already sitting in it. https://www.vulture.com/2016/10/how-to-find-best-seat-movie-theater.html?mid=twitter_vulture Can you change your life in four seconds? Yes you can and that is...
Published 10/30/21
What’s the difference between an antique, a collectible and a vintage item? This episode begins with a brief and helpful explanation. https://www.antique-hq.com/the-difference-between-antique-vintage-and-collectible-item-127/ Since we don’t swear on this podcast, we won’t use the word that BS stands for - but we all know what it is. As you are aware, a lot of people fling BS around to try to make themselves look good or try to sell you something. So, how do you tell what is true, what is a...
Published 10/28/21
If you are booking a commercial flight, what is the best seat to choose? You might want to look at row 49. Listen as I explain why flight attendant Sandra Jeenie Kwon (who has 7 million social media followers) says row 49 is where you will find the best seat on the flight. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10115201/Flight-attendant-reveals-best-seat-plane-four-rows-back.html Who hasn’t thought, “ I could stand to lose 5-10 pounds”? It seems like everyone wishes they weighed less....
Published 10/25/21
Is it possible to work and stay focused in a messy office or environment? This question has actually been tested by researchers at Princeton to see. Listen and find out what they discovered. https://aurorastorage.com/resources/additional-resources/workspace-clutter-reduces-focus-and-productivity/ For centuries people have used storytelling as a powerful way to communicate. The reason is - it is very effective. That is why great speakers and leaders use stories to make their point and win...
Published 10/23/21
There are a lot of benefits to being a happy person. This episode begins by discussing one more reason to look at the bright side of life that can really pay off in your later years. https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2021/09/421506/happiness-early-adulthood-may-protect-against-dementia The only way medicine makes advances is by testing new drugs, vaccines and procedures on people. It's very risky and comes at a steep price according to Dr. Paul Offit an attending physician in the Division of...
Published 10/21/21
Becoming a homeowner is a big goal for so many people. It is part of the American dream. But is owning a home always better than renting? This episode begins with some interesting facts that may make renting more attractive. https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/so-you-think-owning-a-home-will-make-you-happy-dont-be-too-sure/ Also, here is the link to the home ownership/rental calculator: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html What is your...
Published 10/18/21
It is called the “psychology of requests.” That is, if you want someone to do something for you, it is all about how you phrase it. This episode begins with a discussion on the best ways to ask people, so they respond the way you want and do things you want them to. http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/09/persuasive-techniques-that-actually-work.html Every day you are presented with problems. According to my guest Marie Forleo, all those problems can be solved with the right attitude and the...
Published 10/16/21
Passwords are a real pain. If it is too random, you can’t remember. If you it too easy, you could easily be hacked. So this episode begins with a simple formula to create a new password that you will remember and no one else will ever guess. Source: Eran Katz author of Where Did Noah Park The Ark (https://amzn.to/3at5fmx). When you are asked to make a choice, your decision on what to choose is influenced by so many things including how the options are presented to you, who is presenting them...
Published 10/14/21