The Connection Between Honesty and Good Health

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By Susi Amendola

Being truthful in our thoughts, words, and actions can create integrity and harmony in our lives. It provides us with a foundation for connected relationships with others and ourselves. When we are able to speak what we truly feel and believe, we set the foundation for honest and open communication with others.

Being truthful can also be linked to good health. In 2012, Anita Kelly, a psychology professor at the University of Notre Dame, spent 10 weeks tracking the health of 110 adults. “When they told more lies, their health went down,” she has said. “And when they told the truth, it improved.” In fact, she found that people who told three fewer minor lies a week had four fewer mental health complaints and three fewer physical complaints.

Deliver Truth with Compassion

Telling the truth can be very different from simply voicing our opinions and judgments. Yesterday while shopping, I was trying on clothes in the dressing room and I heard the woman next to me saying to her friend, “I’m just going to tell you the truth! That dress looks awful on you! I hate that color and the way it hangs!” The other woman said, “Really? I kind of like it, I feel good in it.” The woman was offering her friend an opinion that didn’t match what her friend was feeling. Opinions connect us to our thinking mind. They are quite often rooted in judgments, where as being truthful requires listening to our hearts. Real truth involves a level of compassion that can trump the negative effects of the brutal honesty we deliver to others in order to be real. Using the truth as a weapon lacks compassion. For our inner truth to emerge we need to hold a place of tenderness as we pay attention to what we are feeling in each moment. This kind of moment-by-moment awareness leads us to what is true.

How Yoga Can Help Us Be More Truthful

Our daily yoga practice gives us the tools to face ourselves with kindness and honesty. On our yoga mat we have the choice to listen to our body or disregard what is being presented to us in every moment. For example, if we start to slide into a seated forward bend and we feel the agonizing pull of the hamstrings, we can retreat, push, or pause. If we retreat, we disengage and that may take the pressure off, but we also might lose some valuable information the posture is offering us about ourselves if we were to stay engaged. If we push through, we are going against the simple truth that our body is telling us (or yelling us) in that moment. We are disregarding the message to reach some sort of outcome or meet some goal we have created for ourselves. If we pause, we can listen more deeply and gather more information. We are inviting a dialogue with our own body.

When we become skilled at pausing and listening we gain a sense of clarity and honesty with ourselves. This kind of honesty goes a long way in teaching us about aligning with our own inner truth. When we step out of what is true for us, we pay a price. If we try to be someone else or something else, or if we try to be somewhere we are not, it’s like trying to swim against the current.

Doing yoga postures daily gives us the opportunity to align ourselves with how we are feeling. In time, we begin to trust ourselves and honor what is right for us. We move, we observe, we explore our edges. We notice our resistance, our sensations, and feelings as we drop into the richness of each moment. It’s there that we meet our authentic self. The more we practice, the more opportunity we have to cultivate a heartfelt connection to ourselves. Being authentic comes from knowing ourselves and honoring what we know to be true for us in any given moment. If we think, speak and act from our truth our lives begin to take shape around the organizing principle of honesty. The truth finds its way from our hearts into the hearts of those around us.

Have you noticed a difference in how you feel when speak the truth?

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Success and Honesty

The success principle of honesty is a lost art among many people. To be honest is a part of success, because it shows that a person can be trusted. When we are people of our word, letting our yea be yea, and our nay, nay, we actually reveal that we are worth doing business with, that we are worth something.

We cannot escape the fact that we and our words are one. If we lie, we are seen as a liar. If we tell the truth and aim to be a person of integrity, then people will see us as upright. Our word should be our bond. When we say we will do something, people ought to be able to carry that to the bank.

Honesty shows that we honor those with whom we associate. We respect them. It does not matter how good we are with our talents and gifts. Regardless of how well we do what we do, if our words cannot be trusted, people will lose faith in us. People love to do business with those who are fair, honest and reliable.

Actually, if you are going to attract the attention of the key players in the business world, those who stand out above the rest, you will have to learn how to be honest in your dealings with your fellowman. Your reputation will get around before you arrive on the scene.

People are always talking, and if you are not an honest person, word will get around that you cannot be trusted. Your character, the Book of Proverbs points out, is more valuable than silver or gold. This is true, even though many in today’s society do not want to believe it.

If you are a liar, or someone who cheats people out of their money by taking the money and then refusing to do the job you were hired to do, or refusing to do the job well, then you will find that people who could enrich you, will avoid you at all costs.

You cannot do away with the fact that you are judged by your character above all else. People may admire what you have, but who you are matters much more.

Here are three tips on developing honesty that will assist you in becoming the kind of person people love to be associated with:

1. Be quick to hear, but slow to speak. Do your best to only give your word, when you are serious about keeping it. Your word must mean something. It must have value. Let your yes be yes, and your no, no.

2. Do not practice trying to always get something for nothing. Never practice stealing from anybody. Always do your best to do whatever job you take on. Be your best and do your best. Let people see that you can be counted on to accomplish goals and assigned tasks and to do so to the best of your ability.

3. If you mess up or make a mistake, take responsibility for your actions, and be willing to make restitution if you have to. Do not allow others to have to pay for your failures. Man up. Woman up. Yes, you may be chewed out. But when people see that you refuse to throw the blame, they will sense that you are a person who can be trusted.

Never be afraid to be honest and live honorably before men. Your character will last long after you are gone. So be sure and make it count.
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