7 Harmful Effects of Gossip to Think of ...

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With gossip, harmful effects are a given.

The thing is, everyone does it – myself including.

We don't necessarily mean to be hurtful, but the fact remains that there are some very harmful effects of gossip.2

I'm not going to say never, ever do it again – it's human nature, it happens.

However, as women we really need to stand up for one another rather than tearing each other down.

Maybe if we think about what we're doing before spreading that rumor, sharing that story, or divulging that less than flattering opinion of someone else, we can recognize that it's coming from a place of insecurity, jealousy, or pain in ourselves.

Don't get me wrong, I need to do the same thing – and I bet a lot of you can benefit knowing the most important reasons not to gossip, as well.

1. Bad Karma

One of the most harmful effects of gossip is that it will come back to haunt you.

If you're gossiping about someone else, you can rest assured that, at some point, someone will also gossip about you.

It might even be the same people with whom you're sharing rumors.

It's always important to treat others the way you want to be treated – that's a cliche for a reason: it's true.

You might think you're just talking about something innocuous and unimportant, but think about this: would the person you're gossiping about think it's not important?

2. It Isolates You

Ultimately, gossiping will isolate you.

People will still talk to you and you'll still have friends, certainly.

However, you'll be known as That Girl – The Gossip.

You'll carry that mark like a scarlet letter – a big, red G, in this case.

Gossiping reflects badly on you, even if you don't realize it.

Your besties may secretly resent you, or your boss may hear of your actions.2

Think to yourself about someone you know who gossips a lot – how do others feeling about him or her?

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