6 Times Honesty Isn’t Actually The Best Policy

Lying is bad, we all know this. We were raised to tell the truth and as great as that may be in theory, in reality honesty is not always appropriate. As much as I’d love to be honest all the time, I’m pretty sure if I always said what I truly thought, I’d either be six feet under or very close.

Lies are necessary, but not all the time. These, my friends, are times it’s totally acceptable to lie your little butt off.

When a coworker asks how they look.

If this were your real friend, you would be 100% honest. This, however, is not your friend; this is your coworker, an acquaintance. You don’t know them well enough to be honest, but you know them well enough to know that an honest evaluation of their awful attire will make life at work a living hell.

When your friends ask if you’re okay.

You’re not in any way okay, but you don’t feel like saying that, so you lie. Maybe tomorrow when the feelings aren’t so raw, you’ll be willing to be honest, but now you’re just not feeling it. I know, I know, lying to friends is really bad, but sometimes you simply don’t want to talk about it. Plus, if you’re truly that close, they’ll most likely know that you’re lying any way.

When someone asks you how much you’ve drank.

Drink responsibly. We all know we should, but sometimes you just want to enjoy a bevvy without the fear of judgement. Who needs to know about the tequila shot(s) you took at the bar before you brought those oh so innocent beers to the table? As far as everyone else is concerned, you’ve drank as much as them and you’re completely okay with that.

When you tell your friend everything is going to be okay.

Maybe everything will work out, but you don’t know that. If you’re being honest with yourself, things aren’t looking good. When you’re dealing with a physical mass of tears, the last thing you want to do is take away hope and make things worse.

When you lie about forgetting.

That lunch with Kate, or shopping trip with John, maybe it was just a meal with the mother, but we’ve all forgot about something one time or another. No one’s perfect, but forgetting always seems to let someone else down. We’d much rather blame our shortcomings on our circumstances than admit that we just didn’t remember.

Social Media.

Let’s face it, social media is a hotspot for dishonesty. You don’t care that your friend from school has just gotten a new job, but you don’t want to look like a twat, so you either have to like it or comment. Social media is built on lies. People lie about their lives, people lie about their opinions; people lie in general. This is okay on social media, because whether it be Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat, social media was founded on dishonesty.


All children are beautiful, make of that what you will.

The point is, we all lie. It’s not nice, it’s not right, but sometimes it’s okay. The truth is a beautiful thing, but only most of the time. There are always going to be times when dishonesty is the best policy.

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