The Power of Lies
Written by guest writer
“If you tell the truth, it becomes part of your past. If you tell a lie, it becomes part of your future.” ~John Spence
We all know what effects our lies can have on others, our loved ones, or whoever we lie to, or about. But, have you ever really thought of the consequences of your lies on your own health?
When you lie, and are either consciously or subconsciously afraid of getting caught, there’s no way around it, your body becomes stressed about it, and it’s going to let you know! Lies, no matter how big or little,(and yes, lies of omission are still lies), require effort to keep them hidden.
Many studies have been done, showing the serious effects that lying can have on your brain, body, and mental health. Some of these include stress, anxiety, unhappiness, headaches, trouble sleeping, accelerated aging, and depressing your immune system, leading to more colds, sore throats, and decreased digestive health. Basically as you have to keep up with more lies, your health goes down.
In a nutshell, here’s what happens…
You tell a lie –> your body begins to feel stress –> your nervous system releases cortisol in response to the stress –> your brain is in overload and it’s ability to make smart decisions suffers –> over time you may become angry towards the person you lied to, which of course is not really anger towards them, but a manifestation of your own guilt –> you lash out to protect yourself and shift the focus to something other than your dishonesty –> the burden of your lies begins to take it’s toll on you.
On the other hand, it’s been shown that being honest has a number of positive psychological benefits. In studies where people have purposely made an effort to remain truthful, they have reported better mental and physical health ,less physical symptoms, and improvements in their relationships.
So, here’s the moral of the story… telling the truth may may get you in trouble right now, but in the long run it’s much better to get things out in the open, and stay honest. Not only will your loved ones and acquaintances thank you, but you will thank yourself later.
Life is just better when you’re honest because you feel better about yourself!
Please feel free to share your thoughts or personal experiences!