#1046 : Show- The Psychology of Good Health with Ronald Smith

The Staying Young Show

Show Topic: “The Psychology of Good Health with Ronald Smith”

Co-Hosts:  Judy Gaman, Mark Anderson

Guest: Professor Ronald Smith

 Segment 1:

  • An important part of taking ownership of your own health is to stop playing the victim card. (open discussion)
  • How psychology affects your health


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Coming up, our special guest Ronald Smith.    

Segment 2:

Today’s focus is on taking ownership on your own health.  Our special guest, Ronald Smith will be joining us shortly. 

Immortal minute

Ron is an experienced sociology professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He is skilled in student development, research, and adult education.  He was recently a political analyst on mid-term election night for ABC affiliate KAVU-TV in Victoria, TX.

 -It seems like we are taught from an early age to either rise above challenges or stay a victim.  Do you think family life can play a role in this?

-How can playing the “blame game” or “poor me” card become dangerous?

-Do you believe that social media can exacerbate the victim mentality mindset?

Segment 3:

We have Professor Ronald Smith on our show today discussing the psychology of good health and wellness. 

-What are some ways our listeners can break free from a victim mentality mindset?

-Tell us about a time you faced major challenges and circumstances.  What was the key to your success?

In 2013, I was homeless sleeping out of my truck. I was looking for full-time work as a college professor working multiple jobs part-time with little income. It was a low point in my life. However, I continued to stay positive although I felt miserable mostly and my circumstances started to change.

I eventually moved back into an apartment and shortly after I received a full-time teaching job in upstate New York, which I ultimately parlayed into a full-time teaching job back home in Texas closer to family.

So, in a few years I went from basically being homeless to having a full-time professor job, being on television as a political commentator and doing a radio show with prominent figures. If I would have wallowed in my misfortunes and maintained a (victim mentality) then perhaps I wouldn’t have had the motivation to continue through with reaching my goals.


Segment 4:

 Medical Mania Trivia – Chris

  1. What color is blood before it hits the surface? A. Red B. Green C. Blue D. Orange (A: A. Red, it is only blue when there is a lack of oxygen)
  2. True or false. The hip is a ball and socket joint.  (A: True)
  3. White blood cells help to fight off _________. (A: Infections)
  4. The top layer of the skin is also known as the what? A. Endodermis B. Epidermis C. Dermatitis D. Dermatoga (A: B. Epidermis)
  5. True or false. You do not burn calories while you sleep.   (A: False)


LAST WEEKS RIDDLE WAS: You are awoken to the sound of your doorbell at 7:00am.  It’s your parents showing up for an early breakfast.  You have milk, jam, eggs, and butter in your fridge.  What do you open first? Answer: The door

This week’s riddle: What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

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