Science Behind Love and Friendship & How to Get Better At Saying No


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Every now and then you see someone being interviewed on television who has reached 100 years old - or older and claims to have smoked cigarettes and drank whiskey their whole life. Yet other people do all the right things and die young. This episode begins with and examination and explanation of this odd phenomenon and tells you what your odds are of living to 100 on the cigarette and whiskey diet. Source: Dr. Robert Butler author of The Longevity Prescription (

I’m sure you’ve heard these sayings:

  • Love conquers all
  • No man is an island
  • A friend in need is a friend indeed
  • You can’t judge a book by its cover

All these sayings have to do with our relationship (or lack of) with other people. But are they true? Well, Eric Barker has taken a look at the research on love and friendship and he joins me with some startling findings. Eric is author of the book Plays Well with Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Relationships is (Mostly) Wrong (

It can be really hard to say no. Yet, how many times have you said yes to someone and later regretted it? Wouldn’t it be great if you could say no more often and not feel so guilty about it? Here to tell you how is bestselling author Michael Tougias, author of the book No Will Set You Free. (

Bananas are interesting. First of all they don’t come from a tree even though you probably think they do. And technically a bunch of bananas is not called a bunch. There are some other interesting facts about bananas that I explain in this episode that you can use to impress your friends.


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