Honesty Day

There are times when it is acceptable to ‘stretch the truth’ or tell a harmless white lie to spare someone’s feelings, but only in certain circumstances. At all other times, honesty is the best policy, and there is too much dishonesty around that it makes it hard to trust people. However, there is a day to be truthful at all times, which is on Honesty Day.

April 30th is the day to tell the truth, no matter how hard it can be, as Honesty Day. That means if your friend tries on a new top and asks how they look in it on that day, you may want just to change the subject if you don’t want to tell them the truth about them not looking good (however, if they do look good in it then there is no problem). However, telling the truth can be challenging, especially if you made a mistake and ashamed of it. That means this is the day to admit the mistakes you made in the past, and if you did tell a lie about something, it is time to fess up about that too.

That is the day to talk to children about the importance of honesty and encourage them to tell the truth even if it gets them into trouble. Remind them too that even if they get into trouble after telling the truth, they will be commended for doing so as well. And will be in further trouble if they tell a lie. You also want to be honest with kids as much as possible, and once again with anyone else. Now, is it a good idea to tell your boss what you really think of them (unless you like them that is)? Maybe some truths can still be withheld if it may cost you your job!

History Of Honesty Day

M. Hirsh Goldberg, the author of Book Of Lies, decided to establish Honesty Day in the early 1990s as he wanted to select one day to value the truth and honesty since there are so many lies being told. That way, if there is a day to trust others, Honesty Day is the day to believe what others say. The Maryland governor was once a press secretary who wanted to dedicate April 30th as Honesty Day since it is the polar opposite to April Fool’s Day on the 1st and Tell a Lie Day, which is on April 4th. In early April, there is foolishness, but the last day of April is pure honesty. What a contrast.

How To Acknowledge Honesty Day

If someone asks you a question, answer it honestly no matter how hard it is. Or, why not share a truth about yourself on social media if you are brave enough to do so and don’t forget to use #HonestyDay for the hashtag.

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