Gossip digs in its claws by making us feel like we have something in common, but it’s ultimately divisive.
It’s difficult not to join in without being labelled a Buzz Killington. The easy way out? The next time someone passes on a juicy tidbit, there are two options. First, ask if they heard it from the person it’s about. Perfectly innocent question, calls out the gossip for what it is straight away. The second option is to acknowledge the gossip before mentioning something positive about the person involved (“…but she does have great hair!”). Goodbye gossip!