Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I only ever told the truth. I used to have a theory that if I only told the truth, I would get better at detecting lies. I thought I could learn to recognize sincerity like an old friend, and when there was no sincerity in a person’s voice, face, or demeanor, then I would know they were lying. It hasn’t been quite that simple, but I think I was on to something.
I can usually tell when people are being false with me in a general sense. I can tell when people are talking trash about others just to feel better about themselves, but that’s generally because that’s the only reason anyone talks trash. When you’re really trying to help someone, it sounds friendly, not gossipy.
This week, tell the truth as much as possible. Be honest about what you see, feel, think, and experience. The truth will not always be nice, so you’ll have to decide whether what you have to say is helpful or appropriate. While it may be challenging at first, I think you’ll find that honesty significantly improves your relationships and frees up your energy.