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Canada, October 6, 2017: “He got a pay rise? Ah, he’s a smooth talker, after all!” Hushed conversations in the corridors often begin like that, don’t they?
To some people, gossip is therapeutic. The comfort of sharing a few resentful words in confidence gives people an uncanny lift. But why do we gossip? And more importantly, why do we love to gossip?
We are all aware that we shouldn’t talk about people behind their backs. However, despite condemning the practice, in theory, we are all guilty of indulging in gossips every now and then. But why do we gossip, after all?
A new Canadian research answers the question and suggests that the practice is actually good for us!
As part of the research, 290 heterosexual Canadian students aged 17-30 were required to full three questionnaires as honestly as possible.
One set of questions aimed to measure their competitiveness against fellow members who associated with the same gender. This competition further strengthened if the participants saw fellow members as a potential competitor for a partner.
The other two questionnaires were focused to gauge the probability of the participants to indulge in gossip and positioned instances if and when they think gossiping are acceptable.
Psychology Behind Gossip
The results revealed that people competitive towards fellow members of the same sex indulged in increased levels of gossip. Further, these members were more likely to hold the viewpoint that gossiping about people behind their backs is okay.
The study also established that women demonstrated higher chances of indulging in gossip than men. It further suggested that gossiping allows women to gather more information about potential competitors while on the lookout for partners. Hence, females placed increasing social value in participating in gossip.
It was further revealed that women gossiped more about physical appearances and discussed other social information. On the other hand, men talked about the achievements of others behind their backs.
Researchers Reveal Why Do We Gossip
According to Adam Davis, the lead researcher of the study from the University of Ottawa, Canada, “The findings demonstrate that gossip is intimately linked to mate competition and not solely the product of a female gender stereotype that may be viewed as pejorative.”
The study successfully answers the question: ‘Why do we gossip?” and suggests that gossiping should not be perceived as a flaw of one’s character.
Davis believes gossiping is a highly evolved social trait and mandates its importance for healthy interpersonal relationships.
By indulging in gossip, members of the community attempt to show off enviable characteristics- Adam Davis terms this as ‘intrasexual competition’.
The research concluded that there exists a positive link between perception towards gossiping, the amount of gossiping that individuals indulge in and the level of intrasexual competitiveness.
Gossip And Its Effects
Like there are two sides to a coin, the practice of gossiping can be both, good and bad.
We often indulge in gossip to share our worries and seek reassurance and support. Alternatively, by talking about others, we often attempt to speak well about ourselves and our addressee, however indirectly.
However, gossip can take a demeaning route if it is motivated by an underlying nastiness. It can very easily escalate to distrust and awkwardness.
Going by this new research that traces the legitimacy of indulging in gossip, there exists a need to refine our stance about gossip.
(The research can be accessed online in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science.)
IANSlife brings you the co-founder of YES MADAM, Mayank Arya who speaks of the benefits of at-home salon services.
We all prefer comfort over anything and everything. Nothing is more comfortable than getting everything under your own roof. One of the most amazing perks of subscribing to an at-home salon service provider is that you can watch your favourite TV show or OTT series while having your hair treated or nails done. Amidst, Covid-19 and working from home some of the beauty services can be taken simultaneously. Getting beauty services at your home keeps you relaxed and calm. During festivals when you are already busy the on-demand salon services can do wonders for your mind, body and soul.
Usually many customers have problems related to hygienic surroundings. Of course, they do not know if the place is properly sanitized or not. For such kinds of customers "At home Beauty services" is nothing but the most appropriate option. There is something about being in a familiar environment that makes you feel at total comfort instantly and allows you to enjoy the treatment in a much better way. Create your own bubble with the most appropriate hygienic conditions according to your requirements and take the at-home salon services.
The biggest and the major concern during the times of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the duration of time where the whole world is fighting a virus, we all need to be extra careful about exposure to any kind of infection. With at-home salon services, you do not have to expose yourself to dozens of people on your way but you can allow yourself to enjoy excellent services within the safety of your home. With vaccinated beauticians, it becomes much safer to get the treatments done. In at-home salon services, the beauticians wear a PPE kit that includes a mask, gloves, bodysuit, and a face shield. They utilize only monodose (single-use) products. Moreover, they also sanitize the area where the set-up is done to deliver the services.
Sometimes, even if you book an appointment, you have to travel a lot far and still the beautician keeps you waiting. The in-house beauty treatment services are much more flexible. It's all up to you, one can book the date and time whenever they need the service, and the beautician will be there at your doorstep. If it is a busy week or an impromptu decision, one can always rely on the on-demand salon services.
. The in-house beauty treatment services are much more flexible. | Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash
The session with family and friends
Who doesn't love to gossip around and chill with friends and family while getting their manicure and pedicure done? There are so many nosy customers while you visit the salon that just kills your buzz. But a salon at home with your friends and family especially during the times of festivals provide you with the most relaxing and happy vibes.
With the up-gradation in technology, the on-demand salon services do not let you pile up the house chores. While you are working from home and want to get your house festive ready with services like pest control, sanitization, sofa cleaning, carpet cleaning, kitchen cleaning, bathroom cleaning at-home services like Yes Madam always keep you sorted.
(Article originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: salon, pandemic, safety, hygiene, family, friends, comfort
By Aishwarya Jain
Also, lowering down the crime level would act as a major factor towards a happy society. People who witness crimes, or come across evidence of a crime in their local area, can suffer anxiety and may feel demoralised or powerless. We should also teach them to stop judging people by materialistic things and accept everyone with all their flaws. Media plays an important role in making society happy because they have the power of reaching out to billions of people and helping them out through a solution-based approach.
As per Aishwarya Jain, the Founder of IM Happiness, a social community that works to increase awareness of mental well-being, "Every great leader always talks about building a happier society from Chanakya to J.R.D. Tata. As J.R.D Tata said, "I do not want India to be an economic superpower. I want India to be a happy country". Happiness makes good things happen. It actually promotes positive outcomes. It's high time corporates start taking importance of mental well-being like it's happening around the world. Last week, Nike became the latest company to close its offices for a week to give employees a mental health break. That's after LinkedIn, Bumble, and Hootsuite have all shut down their offices for a week this year to address mental health. I think the global revolution of happiness has started."
Our brains are literally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are negative or even neutral, but when they are positive. Yet in today's world, we ironically sacrifice happiness for success only to lower our brain's success rate . When we are happy -- when our mindset and mood are positive -- we are smarter, more motivated, and thus more successful. Happiness is the centre, and success revolves around it. IM Happiness is a community that believes happiness is a skill to be enhanced by training and practice. The team works day and night to help the sufferers get rid of their mental chaos and teach them the skill of being optimistic and happy in every situation, either favourable or adverse. They work on the aim of the United Nations Goals of promoting good health and well-being and have worked closely with the organisation. The team is utilizing the power of Science and Spirituality in achieving this aim.
IM Happiness is initiating a new campaign, 'Hello Happiness'. | Photo by Dylan Sauerwein on Unsplash
IM Happiness is initiating a new campaign, 'Hello Happiness'. The campaign unites 30+ celebrities from across the country to have a surprise conversation with selected people in India. Ranveer Brar, Daniel Weber, Masoom Minawala Mehta and Ash King are some of the celebrities who will be a part of this campaign. With this campaign, the community wants to help people deal with their emotions and to motivate them. The campaign is free of cost and the nominee just has to register, wherein the unique algorithm will connect the nominee with a celebrity or other mentors on a call according to their keywords.
The community is trying to bring a change but it is the society's accumulative effort to spread awareness and to make oneself happy. We should try to start small and it will eventually make a great difference because a better society allows us to lead a better life.
(Article originally published on IANS by N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keyowrds: Happiness, society, IM happiness, campaign, India, community
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