“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”
– James E. Faust
As much as we like to pretend that we don’t, people lie all the time. We tell little white lies to save ourselves from trouble, to save other people’s feelings, and to keep someone else’s secrets. Although it may be a normal occurrence, it’s one that can destroy relationships.
Love cannot grow in dishonesty. Even the smallest deceits can destroy the trust between two people. That’s why all the best relationships are completely honest and open. Here are 6 things you’ll only understand if you’re in an honest relationship.
1. You Feel Free
Honestly isn’t just about not lying, it’s about being open about who you are. When you’re in that kind of relationship with someone, it allows to not only be open about yourself, but also learn more about yourself too. It lets you be vulnerable with the person that you love and show them your true colors even on a bad day. That’s the sort of freedom that some people can only dream of.
2. You Grow Emotionally
Children lie and tell stories. As we grow into adults, we begin to leave behind those childish habits. However, we often still lie or conceal the truth sometimes, which only serves to stunt our growth. Being completely honest with someone helps you to grow, mature, and become a better person.
3. You Forgive
Forgiving someone who’s wronged you is often a difficult task. It’s made even harder when you don’t fully trust that person because you know that they’ve lied to you in the past. Thankfully, you and your partner don’t have that issue. Since this trust between you two is so strong, you can easily let go of almost every issue that arises.
4. You Learn How To Cooperate
Some couples will bicker and disagree about every little thing until it finally drives them apart and they end their relationship. Because of that, learning how to cooperate with your significant other is crucial. You and your partner both know that your relationship is 50/50 and that you both need to put in some effort. As well as that, you both know how to compromise so that everyone is satisfied.
5. You Communicate Well
Cooperation and compromise aren’t the only crucial components to a healthy relationship. On of the most important skills that two people in a relationship need to have is the ability to communicate efficiently. Since you and your life partner are always open with one another, communicating is never a problem for you two.
6. You Develop a Strong Self-Worth
Being fully honest with someone takes a lot of effort. You need to have a huge amount of respect for someone before you can trust them enough to be yourself and always tell them the truth. When someone respects you that much, it shows you that you have value as a person. That sort of feeling inspires a huge amount of self-worth and confidence that is crucial to your emotional wellbeing.
Honestly really is the key to a happy, healthy, and strong relationship. Telling the truth to your partner at all times takes respect and trust, two things which are vital in an emotional bond. Anyone who has this kind of relationship will know just how wonderful it really is.
Do you know someone who’s in a relationship like this? Share this article with them to let them know how lucky they really are.