Why We need to be a little more honest- Practicing honesty and improving communication

Why We Need to Be a Little More Honest

I’ve always been called “the nice girl”; I avoid confrontation like a disease and rarely have mean comments to say to anyone.
Like Thumper in the movie Bambi, my philosophy has always been, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”
However, I have realized that keeping your mouth closed or sugar-coating the truth creates more trouble than there ought to be.
Whether we are doing this because we are afraid to hurt someone else, afraid to cause drama, or afraid to unmask the facade we have created throughout our lives, we have all left something unsaid. This indirect form of dishonesty can create miscommunication and doubt, as well as blind us and others from the truth.

Imagine if our society was completely honest- no holds bar, face to face. Imagine if we told each other how we really felt. If we said what was on our mind without be shielded by our phone screens, wouldn’t things be a little easier?

Some people suffering from depression could get the help they need. Others could get closure.

Think about all the compliments that go through our heads that we hesitate to share with those who may need them. Or the anger we carry because we shy away from confronting those who have hurt us.

Let me be clear, I am not saying, “let’s all say every thought we have.” I, in no way, support bullying or insulting other people. Sometimes we think negative thoughts and sometimes those thoughts should be left alone.

But at the end of the day, it’s better to have been honest about how you feel rather than allow unspoken words wreak havoc on your happiness.

Upset by what someone did? Tell them.

No longer interested in someone? Let them know.

Grateful for the people in your life? Show them how much you appreciate them.

Need support or contact? Reach out to people and explain how you feel.

It’s as simple as that.

In today’s society, it’s easier to answer Facebook when it asks “What’s on your mind” than our friends and family. But if we stop biting our lips and stop concealing how we feel, we can all live honestly.

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