All my friends do is talk about other people. How can I stop them?
Well, this is a tricky one as people seem to love talking about other people. Of course, what it really boils to is the one doing the gossiping really isn’t happy about themselves. Our society seems to be conditioned to talk about others without taking the time to reflect inward. I would suggest reading the short story on gossiping as it will really open your eyes to the question of “why” people do this. However, to answer your question directly, I would have to say, “don’t try to stop them.” Work on yourself. Once you change, everything around you changes! If they like how you think and speak, they will follow you without even knowing it.