Didja Know You Lie at Least 11 Times a Week?
You may want to tell the truth more often — it could make you healthier. But as hard as you may try, you can’t do it.
We all lie so much, we don’t even think about it. Sure, you might feel bad if you tell a BIG lie . . . like “Yeah, I remembered to pick up the kids. On an unrelated note, I need to go out this second and, um, buy some milk.” Otherwise, no.
But it turns out those lies are BAD FOR YOU. And according to a new study out of Notre Dame, the average person tells around 11 lies per week.
Sad to say, but the most honest of people in the study, they had people ages 18 to 71 tried their best not to tell ANY lies for 10 weeks. By the end of the study, those people were averaging about one lie per week. Here’s the crazy part: their overall HEALTH had improved.
In the 10 weeks of trying not to lie, the average person had about three fewer physical complaints, and four fewer mental health complaints. The theory here is obvious: Even if you don’t think about your lies, the stress that comes from telling them takes a toll on you. So the next time, you tell someone “the check’s in the mail” or “I won’t — in you mouth,” that last moment of pleasure could be the last thing you ever do.
Of course, going out like that could be worth it. Just sayin’.