Good for you!
What about well meaning news? That's not gossip.
Oh, but it is.
According to the Oxford American Dictionary gossip is: Casual talk, especially about other people's affairs.
It's human nature to talk, share and purge to our friends. It's how we connect.
Connecting is great, but make sure that it's your own news that you share.
Why is gossiping such a ruinous activity?
Because we don't trust those who talk about others. We wonder what they say about us.
Trust is essential in all relationships.
Your success is built on the trust of family, friends, your co-workers, and customers.
To protect your hard work and success decide now to avoid any speaking about those not present.
This includes text and e-mail messages. Not kidding.
How do we do this when people love to talk about others?
One way to avoid engaging in other-talk is to redirect the conversation by telling the person that you'd rather hear about them.
This usually works. Most people love to talk about themselves.
If this ploy doesn't end the spewing of information, kindly tell the person that you're not comfortable talking about those not there.
Refuse to take part in, listen to or share information on others not present.
Trust and your integrity are closely aligned. Do not blow it with idle conversation.
Gossip is like the fabled siren's song. It entices and lures us. We get sucked into the seductive tones until we are smashed on the rocks of truth.
Because the person in question usually finds out and you're the one shot full of holes in the end.
I've cut people from my life because I couldn't trust them.
We value those we trust.
Be a person others value.
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