Gossiping is good for health, therapeutic

Gossiping is good for health, therapeutic
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Gossiping Is Good For Health, Therapeutic. If you are trying to give up gossiping think again, as a new study has revealed that it might actually be good for your overall health!

New York: If you are trying to give up gossiping think again, as a new study has revealed that it might actually be good for your overall health!

As per the study, the act of keeping secrets exert not only an emotional toll, but physical damage as well. Keeping a secret is similar to carrying physical burden which can sap you of your energy.

"Being preoccupied by a secret at work can be demotivating," said Michael Slepian, assistant professor of negotiations at Columbia Business School, New York City and co-author of the study.

"The burden of secrecy can make things around you appear more challenging and if you're less motivated to tackle these challenges, your performance can suffer," Slepian noted.

A secret can preoccupy your mind and the more you think about it, the more you use personal, intellectual and motivational resources, Daily Mail reported.

For the study, scientists carried out a series of experiments to assess the effect secrets had on a subject's ability to judge the steepness of a hill.

Contrary to the assumption that women can't wait to disclose the secret, it is men who are first to spill the beans. Thanks to social media, men no longer wait to see their mates in the pub and typically share a secret within three hours.

While almost half of men admit to passing on the information within minutes of first being told about it, women will keep it to themselves for at least three and a half hours before passing it on.

"This is the same kind of outcome we see when people are carrying physical burdens, seeing the world as more challenging, forbidding and extreme," Slepian pointed out.

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