The Challenge: During this time period, I resolve to not gossip.
The History: I admit it, gossiping is fun! It’s also mean and deceitful. But oh, what a guilty pleasure! I like to think of myself as a good person, but then I remember all the times I’ve spoken about someone behind her back or told a secret that wasn’t mine to tell. I’ve been a lonely girl for as long as I can remember, but I always feel like I belong when I get with a group of girls and gossip. It’s usually always girls, most men seem immune to the pleasures of gossiping. I get the most enjoyment out of being the informant.
My current workplace is mostly all women. When I’m not busy, I tend to spend a fair amount of time whispering, judging, and/or making fun of someone.
The Reasons: I want to do this because I want to feel better about myself. Also, I am often asking myself “What do they say about me when I’m not around?”
The Benefits: I truly feel that not spending my time gossiping will make me feel better about myself. Additionally, I feel that part of the reason women gossip is to feel better about their own indiscretions and misfortune. Thus, not gossiping will make me seem more confident.
The Plan: My plan is to not get involved when I hear gossip. I won’t take part in the discussion and I will try to find something else to keep me occupied. I’m actually pretty good at tuning people out.
The Time Period: I’m giving myself one gossip-free week.