Do you remember when you were a child and you used to lie about the jam you swore you didn’t eat, but, in truth, you ate? Do you remember what used to happen then? Yes, your mother used to speak to you about the importance of telling the truth. Although it might sound unnecessary; this article is about the same topic. We don’t ignore the irony of writing an article about the importance of telling the truth after having written deeply about the fact that sometimes it is ok to tell a lie. So, dear Speak Up London students, just to specify our intention, we are not denying what we said before…just showing you the other side of the same coin.
There’s a reason why everybody in the play “The Importance of Being Earnest” was so attached to the idea of honesty. Well, through this article we’d like to delineate some of the plausible reasons why today, this practice helps its practitioners more than lying does. Keep reading peeps!
The first reason that we would like to point out is the fact that by always telling the truth, the people around us will more easily consider us trustworthy… which will make it easier for us to influence their opinion on any topic.
The second reason is related to stress. Telling lies is stressful. Just think about it. Even just the idea of having to remember the lies you told in order to be consistent with the stories you made up is stressful. Let alone the actual doing of it! So, telling the truth helps you avoid unnecessary stress.
Let’s now speak about the deeper benefits that telling the truth brings to your life, in particular to your social relationships. When you open yourself up by telling the truth, the people around you might be pushed to do the same. This can have the positive effect of creating “a chain of truth” – due to the way you might have helped inspire the others – and of improving bonds with the people around you.
Even though these are just a few of the reasons why it should be better to tell the truth, we believe you’ve got the important message we wanted to share: telling the truth is good for you, it can help you in your personal life and in your work life, so there’s no need to learn it the hard way (like Pinocchio did), tell the truth!
Maria Chiara Strano