Thanks to tabloids, Twitter and TMZ, gossip has a nasty rep­u­ta­tion. The truth of the matter: it’s actu­ally one of the most impor­tant ways we interact within our social and pro­fes­sional net­works, says Jack Levin, Ph.D., a pro­fessor of soci­ology and crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and co-​​author of Gossip: The Inside Scoop. And with the excep­tion of super-​​malicious rumour­mon­gering, sharing and receiving intel can offer a real boon to your emo­tional and phys­ical well-​​being.

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