Is there something about the Holidays that makes gossip more prevalent? Within the last few weeks RumorsAboutMe is getting more hits than usual from people searching for advice on handling rumors about themselves.
It's a certainty that Holidays are tough for many. If someone is already having a hard time, often the pressure of the Holiday rush and the stress of dealing with family relationships only causes more unhappiness. It stands to reason that unhappy people engage in unhealthy behaviors at a greater frequency and that could account for an increase in the spreading of rumors.
People also tend to catch up with folks they haven't seen in a while around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. That creates more opportunity for gossip, especially among people that maybe don't have much to say to one another in the first place.
If you are one of those people searching answers about why you are being subjected to gossip, take comfort in knowing - it's not about you. It's about the person whose mouth is moving and the one whose ears are open to it.
As long as the nonsense (or even truths) they are crowing about won't harm your marriage, your livelihood or your children, bear it with dignity by pretending you don't have a clue it's even happening. This too shall pass.
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