4 Gossiping Benefits That You Didn't Know!

DAY 10, HUB #10

gossiping, a die hard habit
gossiping, a die hard habit | Source

Do you listen or ignore company's gossip?

  • I usually ignore those gossip.
  • I listen and ask for more details. Couldn't help myself !
  • I would tell them to stop gossiping.
  • I listen and kept quiet.
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Is gossiping a bad habit?

Does your ears started to itch when you overheard someone gossiping about another person's secret?

Is gossiping a bad habit?

Not necessarily. Look at the bright side.

There is various healing power of gossips which are hidden beneath the truth of this fact.

Most people are eager to hear the latest gossip about celebrities, friends, rivals, colleagues, neighbors and famous people who hold high power in societies or higher status than you are .

We may not like to be referred as “gossipers”, as the Chinese community used to say “San-pat-puo”, which means busybody, someone who speak evil of a person's private life.

Naturally, people treat gossipers as troublemaker in the society due to the ugly truth revealed. As the matter of fact, many gossipers misused the benefits of gossip in the wrong way.

They usually create a minor gossip into a huge one which makes everyone hated being gossiped. However, look at the bright side, it has been proven by psychologists that gossip is beneficial for us.

Gossiping helps to update ourselves, know the current market
Gossiping helps to update ourselves, know the current market | Source

1. In the company or business

It is a common issue to hear countless of gossips related to big company directors, a well known magnate who has power through wealth of position in the business world and even in government sectors through daily news, magazine, newspaper and online forums.

Gossip is one of the methods to keep ourselves updated all the time of social status, current news what’s happening or forecast hidden secrets that had been leaked out to the media and learn to manage our associates.

The healing power of gossip is to enable us to know where we stand in the society, how to adapt ourselves to the new environment and learn how to handle situation tactfully that changes in the shortest time.

Hence, only those who are quick to respond to the media and consumers gossips provide them positive and acceptable answers are able to stand firm and succeed in the business society.

There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true. ~Winston Churchill

Gossip Vs Rumours

Therefore, we need to recognize the difference between rumor and gossip. Rumors are untrue statements or reports, stories that bring harm to others while gossips are news that are actual in reality but not always nice to hear.

  • In some companies, the board of shareholders and directors purposely leaked out certain amount of positive news which had not been released to the media yet.
  • The reasons are to increase the price of their company shares, gain lots of profits and fame overnight. When the news has become a wildfire gossip among the public, a huge amount of shares are being bought in the shortest time, which in return, this gossip has turn out to be a blessing of disguise for the company’s shares, image and reputation.
  • The power of gossip helps to improve sales, marketing and push the company’s name into limelight in the presence of media such as newspaper, magazine, websites and live broadcast news.

Office rumors are the fastest and latest news that you can get daily
Office rumors are the fastest and latest news that you can get daily | Source

2. At work or office

In the office, we are always looking for juicy gossip about internal affairs between colleagues, rivals, someone with higher post facing estrangement in the marriage, conflicts of opinion or agreement between senior and junior employees and other negative stories that could result to retrenchment, resignation and dismissal in the management or human resources department.

People often resort to dirty tactics to retrieve negative information of someone with higher post in the office or at work because it could be useful in helping them to achieve their ambitious desire of taking over the post.

In order to do so, one has to prove his talents and abilities to the person in charge that he is able to undertake huge responsibilities and bring more benefits to the company.

What is Company Politics?

Sometimes, this gossip is also referred as “Company Politics” which means company employees are self divided into 2 or 3 groups of people (not the company’s management idea ).

  • These different groups of people are usually self centered, selfish and assist their own group in order to determine who has more power and authority to make decision on behalf of the company.
  • When the gossip is related to a colleague within the same department or similar position, it makes us become more alert, pay attention to his work attitude, whether he has hit the monthly sales target as these factors give us the chance to raise our social status, salary increment and work produced is being recognized and praised by other colleagues and the boss too.

More Gossip Benefits That You Don’t Know

1. Prevent bullying

2. Encourage co-operation in business and employees

3. Help social groups to reform bullies

4. Prevent “Good people” from being misused or bullied

5. Stop selfishness

6. Filter unfaithful and untrustworthy friends, employees and business partners

Neighbors gossip build up good connection
Neighbors gossip build up good connection | Source

3. In the neighborhood

It is common to hear our neighbors to gossip almost about anything, from family matters to our favorite pets.

Gossiping between neighbors helps the neighborhood to distinguish whose news is accurate, analyze the morality in human behavior and the boundary of the neighbor intervention into someone else family affair.

Why Do Our Neighbors Gossip SO Much?

  • People often gossip when a neighbor’s son has gone astray due to bad influence of friends or classmates.
  • The reason is to help the victim to realize what is right and wrong, help him to get back to the right track before there is no turning back.
  • Some people may appreciate the good intentions while some may find the neighborhood being a busybody, a gossiper who has nothing else better to do than interfere a person’s personal problems.
  • Hence, it depends on how the person reacts to being gossiped and who are the gossiper.
  • Another healing power of neighborhood gossip is to build up a better community to help each other in case of robbery, a fire breakout, a helping hand in times of need and harmonize different religions or cultures.

What would you do when a gossip about someone you trust turns out bad?

  • I would rather believe this person whom I trust than the gossip.
  • I would ask this person about the so-called gossip.
  • Ignore the gossip. Pretend nothing happen.
  • Sort it out. Trace out who started the gossip.
  • Believe the gossip and stop seeing this person.
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Another Benefit of Gossiping

Gossip provides a way of comparing social status in our work, a great way for us to compare each other in order to improve ourselves to become a better person, stronger personality and influence others too.

Furthermore, gossip helps to dig out the truths which had been hidden behind a person personality and character which we may not have realize or fooled by his feign ignorance. When a gossip is being “Let the cat out of the bag”, we could see the true color of this person either good or bad.

Hence, let's just look at the bright side of gossip, don't let the disadvantages "throw a wet blanket" over it !

© 2012 peachy

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Comments 16 comments

Kerry43 4 years ago

How interesting, I have never read a hub about gossip before. I actually moved out of a home once, due to the amount of malicious gossip that went on in that neighborhood - it can be quite stressful just to hear it. You provide some interesting information on the workplace side of this issue.

Well done!


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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author


I am sorry to hear that your neighborhood did those malicious gossip which hurt you. As I had mentioned, people tend to misuse the advantage of gossip by turning it a bad influence instead.

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ROBERTHEWETTSR 3 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

We all listen to gossip even though we may pretend to not be interested.

Sometimes it's a harmless laughing matter, but when it is hurtful my attention turns to other matters Very interesting and well written hub.

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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author


Yeah, gossip can be hilarious but sometimes hurting too, depend on what topic i ups brought

Vivolooks 3 years ago

I enjoyed reading this:) Will definitely forward it to all my friends to have read too

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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

Thanks for reading and supporting my article. Great appreciated.

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ChitrangadaSharan 22 months ago from New Delhi, India

Enjoyed this hub about 'Gossip.' Harmless gossiping can be rejuvenating. It would be wrong to say, that I have never enjoyed it.

Interesting hub on a unique topic. Interesting pictures too, thanks!

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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author


thanks, I love discussing different topics

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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

I don't think I am a gossip, but I am nosy. Well, more curious. If the gossip could benefit me or some one I care about I will listen, if not, then I ain't got time for it. I have family members who could go on for hours about other family members, I am at the age now when I just kindly tell them to "cut it out" and get a hobby! :)

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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author


yeah, i have sister in laws age 60++ and still gossip about other siblings backside

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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks for your comments

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nicolas-ray 21 months ago from Stamford, CT

Pretty interesting article and one that I can recall happening also in my old neighborhood. The people on my street always seemed to enjoy talking about this person or that person and the gossip was usually just speculation which had no backing. I tend to take things said with a grain of sand and like to hear things from the horses mouth.

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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author


true, some gossip are just false fact while some are truth

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Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago

Peachy, this is so true. Once I overheard at the company I worked for long ago two people gossiping about a woman who had ten kids and some other stuff. I walked up to these people and I said, could you please tell me what happened to the other eight kids, cause I only took two home.

Good article, voted up and shared.

Blessings and Hugs.

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kiwinana 15 months ago from New Zealand

I hate gossip and if I do hear it I make sure I never repeat it.

Interesting reading.

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peachpurple 15 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

yeah, most gossips are negative.

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