If you’re tempted to spill some juicy gossip you just heard, stop yourself before you text your BFF and consider these questions: Is it absolutely true? Is there a chance the story could get twisted? Will this come back to bite me in the butt? Would someone be hurt by my telling someone else this? Am I just looking for an easy way to bond with a pal over someone else’s business?
If you answered “yes” to any of those, don’t tell. It’s not going to be worth the guilt, the drama, or the hurt that could potentially be caused by not keeping a secret. And think of it this way: If you tell your friends everyone else’s business, do you really think they’re going to tell you about theirs?