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10 Reasons Not to Lie

Updated on March 27, 2013

All of us lie sometimes, but how many of us feel guilty or wonder whether we did the right thing?  Overall, most people agree that lying is a bad thing, but then again, who even decided what lying is?  A little white lie is supposed to be okay, but who can tell the difference? 

Well, let's be honest.  There's a difference between telling your girl/boyfriend his/her  favorite shirt looks fine and swearing that you never cheated on him/her.  Even in this case, lying may seem like the only option, but if you lie, that leaves something on your mind that he or she doesn't know, and that can really put a toll on a relationship.

But outside of just this one case, there are many terrible consequences of lying including the loss of friends, family and respect from others.

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1. The first reason one should choose not to lie is the obvious reason that it is immoral. Of course, if this doesn't mean much, then the next 9 reasons are for you.

2. Second, it can be very stressful to come up with alternate stories. Who wants to add more stress to their life?

3. By lying, you're avoiding facing the truth and you're not progressing or growing as a person.

4. What happens if you forget what you had lied about? Then you're out of luck.

5. Another reason is that by lying, you're showing disrespect to those around you. If you truly care about them, you must tell them the truth no matter how much it may hurt you. It's selfish to keep it from them.

6. If you tell the truth, you will no longer be alone in coping, and even if you get into trouble for it, in the end you'll at least learn from the mistake.

7. It takes a lot of bravery to tell the truth, so why not brave up and try it? There's no shame in being courageous.

8. If you always tell the truth, then people will love you for who you truly are and not the person you've invented.

9. Some of the most seriously embarrassing moments include being caught in a lie. Why risk being in this position?

10. And finally, you could lose everything: your friends, your husband or wife, your family, your job.

Lying simply isn't worth the risk. So why not step up and tell the truth? It may hurt, but it's almost always better in the end.

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    Nancy's Niche 6 years ago

    You can never remember to tell a lie the same way you did initially!

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    kassishae 6 years ago from Ohio

    I am absolutely fine with that. Definitely do link! I'm really glad you liked it. =)

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    You've done a great thing by putting this together so completely, yet concisely. Voted up and awesome because too many people don't understand that if they can't be trusted they have nothing. Super first point!

    I would like to link this hub to my truth quotes hub. Please let me know if you have any objection. Thanks!