New research finds that gossip actually has some surprising health benefits.
More than senseless bad-mouthing, gossip can provide social cohesion and enhance feelings of well-being, reports the The Daily Telegraph (UK).
"Gossip isn't scandal and it's not merely malicious," said Pulitzer Prize Poet Phyllis McGinley. "It's chatter about the human race by lovers of the same."
Similarly, broadcast journalist Barbara Walters offered: "Show me someone who never gossips and I'll show you someone who isn't interested in people."