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Article -> Telling the Truth to Create Happiness

Date Added: May 2017

As much as we like to believe everyone is ethical, truthful and full of integrity; this is untrue. We have all interacted with individuals who lie. There is a correlation between telling the truth and happiness.

What may begin as small lies to customers, employees or family can cascade into larger fabrications. We don’t want to tell the full truth as to why an order was missed, service was disappointing, or why you’re really calling in sick.

We rationalize these deceptions as being okay, only to continue to bend the truth more frequently. As this occurs, we know it is wrong and become unhappy with ourselves. Resisting truth equates to opposing happiness.

Being truthful leads to happiness. We feel better about ourselves, thereby being better leaders at work, with our families, and in our communities. If we speak the truth, we live the truth. Isn’t this the essence of integrity and ethics?

Telling the truth is not always easy and there are times when we have confidential information which shouldn’t be shared. My response is, “I can’t share that information because it’s confidential” or “unfortunately, I’m not able to share this information now.”

A study asked dying people in hospice what they wished they had done differently in their lives. The list includes: having the courage to be myself, discovering my purpose earlier, learning to express feelings more, not worrying about things that never happened, taking more risks, caring less about what others thought, paying less attention to others’ expectations, and living more in the moment.

Each relates to being more truthful with themselves. Here is a simple formula for readers still struggling with the relationship between truth and happiness. If you follow the way of being honest with others by always telling the truth, your life will be more gratifying and filled with happiness because you will feel better about yourself.

When you feel better about yourself, your happiness spreads to your co-workers, team, customers, family, and others. It becomes contagious, and others will want to be more truthful because they will respect the integrity you have in being truthful.

David Yeghiaian is committed to inspiring others through faith and leadership. Reach him at david@unique-solutionsinc.com.

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