“So what’s the latest gossip?” This seems like an innocent enough question. What’s so bad about gossip anyway? Isn’t it just a way to connect and catch up with others?
Every time you talk ABOUT another person in a negative light TO another person, you are tainting their reputation. The person you are speaking TO now sees the person you are speaking ABOUT in a different light.
It also affects how people see YOU. Do you think people are going to trust you with information if they know you as a “big mouth” type person?
Gossip hurts everyone and stifles the growth of relationships, so be very cautious of people who talk to much, and be sure YOU are not the person people come to for information but never trust enough to confide in.