One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them because I know who I am. — First Lady Michelle Obama

Read this column about gossip, especially the 5-point checklist, and be mindful of the things you say about others today, refraining from all gossip.