Happiness Through Honesty

February 21, 2017

Never tell a lie, your mother may have told you.

But you probably tell lies every day. To yourself, your co-workers, your family.

Sorry I’m late, there was an accident on the freeway.

Looks great, honey. Wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m doing the best I can.

But the real truth is that, in a general sense of things, we are not truthful. And why should we be? Dishonesty can make difficult moments easier to deal with.

It also makes us normal. If lying wasn’t a common activity, it wouldn’t be something our mothers would even warn us about. And every lie we discovered would paralyze us with anxiety. What do you mean, you didn’t have other plans last Friday?!

Then what’s the harm? If everybody’s doing it, why shouldn’t I? Why can’t I tell a lie if it makes my life easier?

The simple reason is that it doesn’t make your life simpler, it only postpones the inevitable hardship. The reason you feel a need to be dishonest won’t go away because you’re ignoring it. And many times it only gets worse when you kick that can further down the road.