Gossip can spread as quickly as proverbial “greased lightning”. One curious professor who wanted to know just how fast conducted a test, telling six students in “strict confidence” that a president from a large country was about to visit their university. A week later, 2,000 people knew about the fictitious story. And that wasn’t even slanderous gossip, which travels faster! Some psychologists and sociologists say gossip has a positive effect on mental health if it’s not mean or vindictive. In the work place, corporations sometimes collaborate with ‘the human network’ to “leak” good news like upcoming bonuses or the launch of a major new product. On the flip side of the coin, bad or malicious gossip traveling on the same network can harm and even destroy personal and professional relationships. The trick is to exercise intelligent control of our tongues by not spreading harmful gossip.