Gossip is an insidious, nasty, and completely counter-productive behavior. Unfortunately it’s also a delicious, beguiling temptation because it reinforces our all too human desire to be one of the cool kids—to belong and to be on the inside.
If you are sheepishly thinking that you might be contributing to gossip, here are 3 reasons why you should stop and 5 tips for how to do it.
When you feel like gossiping, replace it with one of the following more productive activities:
When someone comes to you to gossip, you have just as much responsibility to shut it down. Try one of the following:
Gossip can feel great because it makes us feel like we’re part of something—a very primal human need. Like many of our more primitive desires, it can get us into trouble. Channel your gossip into more productive discussions. You feel so much better.
Click here for my free video on the Right Words to Say to Shut Down Gossip.