No one seems to worry about telling a few “white lies” during the course of a day, but research indicates telling the truth improves both mental and physical health. Researchers from the American Psychological Institute recruited 110 adults and asked half of them to stop lying for ten weeks. The participants were not allowed to openly lie, but they could dodge questions, keep secrets or omit the truth if they wanted. The second half of the group were not special instructions about lying, but were asked to keep a record of the number of lies they told each week.
Both groups reported that they decreased the numbers of lies they told, but the group instructed not to lie showed signs of better health. When they told three fewer lies, they reported fewer complaints about their mental and physical health. Participants in this group found themselves being honest about a lot of daily activities. They found they stopped making excuses about being late or failing to do something. They also found that their close personal relationships improved when they told fewer lies. Dr. Bryan Bruno from the department of psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital says the average person tells eleven lies per week. He added, “Lying less is not only good for your relationships, but for yourself as an individual. People might recognize the more devastating impacts lying can have on relationships, but probably don’t recognize the extent to which it can cause a lot of internal stress.”– Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Can Telling the Truth make You Healthier?, By Alexandra Sifferin, http://healthland.time.com/2012/08/06/can-telling-the-truth-make-you-healthier; Accessed August 6, 2012
Psalm 51:6 (HCSB) “Surely You desire integrity in the inner self, and You teach me wisdom deep within.”