Gossip harms three people: The one who is gossiping, the one who is listening to the gossip, and the one who is being gossiped about.
Gossip damages and destroys relationships, reputations, and even lives. When you gossip or make fun of someone, you contaminate with your words. When you listen to gossip, you are a participant in it. Don’t destroy yourself or others by listening to or speaking harmful words.
You can interrupt the contentious conversation by starting a positive one. Turn it around by elevating the person being spoken about. Speak about their positive character and attributes instead. Remind the person who is gossiping that we all have shortcomings of our own and have failed many times by mishandling situations. When you do this, it’s like throwing water on a dangerous fire.
Think about squeezing all of the toothpaste out of a tube and trying to put it back in. It’s impossible.Similarly, once negative words are released, you can’t put them back, and sometimes, you can’t undo the hurt that it causes.
So what can help prevent gossip? Humility.Cultivate humility within yourself.Learn to control your speech. One word can make a difference, positive or negative.One word can create a bridge, or a barrier. One word can create isolation, or trust.