According to the Holidays Calendar (2022), April 30th was National Honesty Day. This is a day that celebrates both honesty and candor. This holiday was originally invented by the author M. Hirsh Goldberg to serve as a contrast to April Fool’s Day, the day of pranks and deceit.
It has been said that honesty is the best policy. Perhaps this is true, but to be honest with other people, we must first be honest with ourselves. And to be honest with ourselves, we need to know and understand ourselves. This might sound like a lot of work, and that is because it is. Knowing ourselves is a lifelong process and pursuit, as we are constantly evolving and adapting. Knowing ourselves means knowing our motivations, fears, desires, and goals. When we know ourselves, we can begin to accept all our parts, which enables us to extend honesty and openness to others.
So, how can you celebrate this national day? Here are some ways you might be honest with yourself or others:
- Be honest about what you need. No one can read your mind.
- Be honest about your expectations in relationships.
- Be honest about who you are, even if you fear others rejecting you.
- If someone hurts you, tell them. Seek connection instead of resentment and silence.
- Be curious and conscious of your potential instinct to lie about something.
- Consider whether telling the truth has been easy for you in the past.
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Written by Liz, Mental Health Counseling Master’s Level Intern