Episode 3: What gossip does to your brain

Remember back in the 80's (yes, I'm dating myself) there were those subtle "This is your brain on drugs" commercials? They would show an egg (THIS IS YOUR BRAIN) and a frying pan (THIS IS DRUGS) and then they would fry the egg in the pan (THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON DRUGS). Ok, well, maybe they weren't so subtle.

I don't suppose anyone thinks about gossip being in the same league as drugs, but in this weeks Self Care Video I talk about what is happening in your brain when you gossip, and the very selfish reason why you might want to re-think doing it. (Hint: it has nothing to do with morality or being "nice". This is YOUR BRAIN we are talking about.)


If you get the urge to gossip, pay attention to what is going on in your head. Why did you notice the thing you want to gossip about? What are you training your brain to look for? 

If you do choose to gossip, pay attention to the feeling it generates for you. How long does it last? Is it supporting your long term goals? Or is it a short term gain traded for long term losses?

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