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Is Being a Gossip Lover Good or Bad? Find it Out Here

Is it gossip you're missing the most while working from home?

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A healthy gossip, having fun, pulling legs of each other in office make office surroundings livelier and bring people together. Pixabay

BY GOKUL BHAGABATI

If you are feeling a little low while working from home despite having all the facilities that one typically gets at the office or, even more, coffee, lunch time or even a short nap at home, it could be because you are missing out on neutral gossiping with colleagues.

Take no offence. In fact, according to experts, gossiping, or simply talking about someone who is not present, need not always be negative — it can also be positive or neutral.

“Interpersonal interactions and communication have always played a key role in people enjoying work — colleagues from work can be a great social support network,” Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at Fortis Healthcare, told IANS.

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Contradicting assertions found in popular “best habits of the rich” books, the research revealed that poorer, less educated people do not gossip more than wealthier, better-educated people. Pixabay

“In the current circumstances, it is natural that people are missing out on that interaction and face-to-face contact, which may be leading to a sense of boredom and monotony,” Parikh said.

A healthy gossip, having fun, pulling legs of each other in office make office surroundings livelier and bring people together.

“It is quite that a sudden change of working place will somehow affect the mental status,” said Pallavi Joshi, Clinical Psychologist at Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute in New Delhi.

According to a study by researchers from the University of California, Riverside, people gossip for 52 minutes a day on average.

The findings, published recently in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, showed that extroverts gossip far more frequently than introverts and younger people engage in more negative gossip than older adults.

Women gossip more than men, but only in neutral, information-sharing, gossip, said the research which looked at data from 467 people — 269 women, 198 men — aged between 18 and 58.

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Contradicting assertions found in popular “best habits of the rich” books, the research revealed that poorer, less educated people do not gossip more than wealthier, better-educated people.

Parikh, however, said that there are no personality types per se that would feel more burdened about working from home.

It is about individual preferences rather than personality types.

“What’s important is that the conversations stay positive and promote togetherness, and not gossip that crosses a line,” he said, adding that banter about day-to-day life helps us stay connected. “But it’s important that it must be with mutual consent and not cross boundaries”.

Those who are missing out on office gossip can take advantage of the digital tools to stay connected and have healthy conversations.

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Women gossip more than men, but only in neutral, information-sharing. Pixabay

“Given the lockdown situation, it’s a good idea to stay connected with friends and colleagues through individual and group chats and video calls to maintain a positive morale and have meaningful conversations. Social media can also play an important role in this, if we can use these mediums to stay connected, spread optimism and encourage social responsibility,” Parikh elaborated.

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Clinical psychologist Joshi also said that people working from home should do once-a-day group video calls for keeping a lighter mood.

Missing office environment by people working from home is quite normal.

“At the same time, getting anxiety, stress and sudden reactions are also obvious. Fortunately we have the Internet and other virtual world facilities to get connected with friends and colleagues. They are suggested to do once a day group video calls for lighter mood,” Joshi said.

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“Proper scheduling and per day project can help to deal with this situation,” she noted.

For example, apart from official work, take one task in hand to accomplish. It can be household chores or any other activity, which will give a feeling of accomplishment, she said. (IANS)

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Live in the Moment and Plan Your Future for a Stress-Free Mind: Study

To stay positive, live in the moment but plan ahead

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Mindfulness and staying positive can help fight stress. Pixabay

People who manage to balance living in the moment with planning for the future are best able to weather daily stress without succumbing to negative moods, says a new study.

According to the researchers, it’s well established that daily stressors can make us more likely to have a negative affect or bad moods.

“Our work here sheds additional light on which variables influence how we respond to daily stress,” said study researcher Shevaun Neupert, professor at North Carolina State University in the US.

For the findings, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, researchers looked at two factors that are thought to influence how we handle stress: mindfulness and proactive coping.

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People who manage to balance living in the moment with planning for the future are best able to weather daily stress without succumbing to negative moods. Pixabay

Mindfulness is when people are centred and living in the moment, rather than dwelling in the past or worrying about the future.

Proactive coping is when people engage in planning to reduce the likelihood of future stress, the researchers said.

To see how these factors influence responses to stress, the study included 116 people between the ages of 60 and 90, and 107 people between the ages of 18 and 36.

All of the study participants were in the US.

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For the findings, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, researchers looked at two factors that are thought to influence how we handle stress: mindfulness and proactive coping. Pixabay

The researchers found that engaging in proactive coping was beneficial at limiting the effect of daily stressors, but that this advantage essentially disappeared on days when a participant reported low mindfulness.

“Our results show that a combination of proactive coping and high mindfulness results in study participants of all ages being more resilient against daily stressors,” Neupert said.

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“Basically, we found that proactive planning and mindfulness account for about a quarter of the variance in how stressors influenced negative affect,” Neupert added.

“Interventions targeting daily fluctuations in mindfulness may be especially helpful for those who are high in proactive coping and may be more inclined to think ahead to the future at the expense of remaining in the present,” Neupert concluded. (IANS)

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Talkative Children Perform Better at School: Study

Chatty kids do get good marks at school

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Researchers have found that young children go on to achieve more academic success when their verbal skills are enhanced. Pixabay

Dear parents, if you want to boost your childs academic performance, let them chat more. Researchers have found that young children go on to achieve more academic success when their verbal skills are enhanced.

The study, by researchers at the University of York in the UK, looked at why children from wealthier and well-educated family backgrounds tend to do better at school.

The researchers found that children from families of higher socioeconomic status had better language abilities at nursery school age and that these verbal skills boosted their later academic performance throughout the school.

“Our findings show that a child’s learning at home, when they are under five, is really important to their chances of later academic success,” said study lead author Sophie von Stumm, Professor at the University of York.

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Children from high socioeconomic backgrounds were at an advantage when it came to their non-verbal skills – such as solving puzzles, drawing shapes and copying actions – before they started school, the researchers said. Pixabay

For the findings, published in the journal Child Development, the researchers looked at data from nearly 700 British children.

The children’s pre-school ability was tested at four-years-old and their educational outcomes were tracked throughout school up until the age of 16.

According to the researchers, differences in language skills between children explained around 50 per cent of the effect of family background on children’s achievement in the first year of school.

This achievement gap widened over the course of their education, the study suggests.

“Kids from more advantaged backgrounds are more familiar before starting school with the language patterns and linguistic codes that are used in formal educational settings and are expected by teachers,” Stumm said.

“Not all kids get the same start in life, but this study highlights the importance of helping parents of all backgrounds to engage with their children in activities which enhance verbal skills – such as reading bedtime stories and engaging the child in conversations,” Stumm added.

According to the researchers, activities designed to improve verbal skills boost cognitive, social and emotional development, in addition to benefitting parent-child bonding.

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The researchers also looked at non-verbal ability at nursery school age and found that it had a smaller, but never-the-less significant role in explaining the link between background inequalities and academic success.

Kids from high socioeconomic backgrounds were at an advantage when it came to their non-verbal skills – such as solving puzzles, drawing shapes and copying actions – before they started school, the researchers said. (IANS)

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Whatsapp Works to Introduce Dark Mode to Desktop Users

WhatsApp working to bring dark mode for its desktop version

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WhatsApp is working towards introducing the dark mode to the messaging platform's desktop version. Pixabay

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is said to be working towards introducing the dark mode to the messaging platform’s desktop version. This is the latest news.

“The dark theme was recently released for WhatsApp beta for Android 2.20.13+ and WhatsApp beta for iOS 2.20.30.25. But… what’s missing now? WhatsApp Web and Desktop!, WABetaInfo,” a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates, reported on Tuesday.

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WhatsApp is working towards more features to ensure a bug-free experience for desktop users. Pixabay

The messaging platform is working on the feature in the recent few updates, in order to ensure the best bug-free experience is handed out to the users.

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“…They are still working to implement the dark theme correctly. In fact, the background colour for emojis isn’t transparent but it’s still white.

“The development team still needs to tweak a bit the UI, but it already looks amazing and they already reached great results!”, WABetaInfo added. (IANS)