“Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.” William Shakespeare (quote source).
While yet to be reviewed and published, the “Science of Honesty” study was presented at the American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual Convention in Tampa, Florida. The study reports that participants in a “no-lie” experiment group experienced fewer mental health and physical complaints, and experienced relational improvements when compared to a control group that made no change to their frequency of lying.
By the way- they determined Americans lie on average 11 times per week…
Surprised? I was. Well, a little bit. Ok, not really surprised.
Lies create stress. Dishonesty erodes relationships and ruins careers. Distorting the truth leads to a delusion- a false narrative that person actually begins to believe.
Just as unsurprising to me as the number of lies we tell, is the statement that lies are bad for our health. Truth is freedom and life.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32 KJV)