• Kushil Gunasekera

July 2021- Truthfulness

This month we explored the importance of the value Truthfulness in our lives, with the aim of being better than we used to be!

Truthfulness is known as the fact of being true, or being realistic and true to life.

Truthfulness is about accepting, understanding and presenting any truth. It revolves around being both Truthful to yourself and to others.

Being one of the vital life skills, truthfulness holds the highest value in making our society fair.

Being dishonest may often seem like an easy way out of a situation. However, the truth matters, both to us as individuals and to society as a whole.

As individuals, being truthful means that we can grow and mature, learning from our mistakes. It helps us make better decisions, generate and receive trust, paves the way for greater success and enables happiness through personal growth.

For society, truthfulness makes social bonds, and lying and hypocrisy breaks them.

It all begins with being true to oneself and others!

A virtuous cycle: When we are honest with ourselves, we can reflect accurately, better appreciate our identity.

Personal growth, in turn, allows us to quickly find other positive emotions, such as trust, self-esteem and acceptance. Positive emotions can generate greater and more consistent happiness.

5 simples reasons to be more Truthful and better than we used to be:

1. Be gentle with yourself, you need to acknowledge that lying is not working for you anymore.

2. Small lies open the door to bigger lies. Being honest about little things helps you be honest about more important things.

3. Think about the issues you are most likely to lie about. Examine what you think might happen if you told the truth. Why are these issues problems for you?

4. Lying to keep the peace is often a way of avoiding tough conversations about your relationships and your life. Speaking the truth is the path to real intimacy.

5. Keep in mind that being more honest doesn't give you license to be unkind. There are times when a less-than-honest but more loving response is more appropriate.

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