Yet, when I think about how I can really help other people it comes down to something very simple. Stay positive. It is easy to get caught up in gossip, whether it is at work or within your own family. I am a reformed gossip myself. I spent my twenties and thirties trashing coworkers on more occasions than I'd like to admit. Why? I couldn't even tell you. Maybe it was my insecurity. Perhaps it was my desperate quest to "fit in" with others and make them laugh. Looking back, it was counterproductive and downright mean. I never came away from those gossip sessions feeling better about myself.
Easiest way to help others and make your workplace or family a better place is by not chiming in.