Living An Honest Life

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Honesty: In All Shapes, Forms And Sizes

Think back to when you were five years old and the way that you viewed the world. If you were raised in a good family, then you can relate to the fact that almost everything around you was based on the idea of having fun. At that age, you didn’t have responsibilities, expectations, work or pressure. You just lived you life having fun. As you grew older, you learned the importance of being honest with yourself and others; living an honest life.

You discovered how the world is no longer a cute, little, fun place where everything goes your way. You realized that the world is a big playground full of bullies who tempt you to sin, lie and deceive others; for a moment, you even considered putting honesty aside as you saw no positive results from it. Through honesty, you learned that others would take advantage of you and you would end up getting hurt in the end, when all along you had good intentions.

Not everyone has had a negative experience with honesty but almost everyone can agree that honesty is important not only for you but for everyone around you. Living an honest life prevents you from feeling corrupt inside and allows you to feel good about yourself. Even if you don’t always get the results that you want, at least you know that you are doing the right thing. Don’t connect honesty with winning because they are not always in the same boat.

Some people win by lying but that does not make them winners in my eyes. Trust me when I say that they don’t feel good about themselves when they are winning and lying. Maybe in the moment, they enjoy the high of winning, but in the long run, their sins are chipping away at their soul. You have to make the decision of what’s more important to you: waking up in a successful state of mind but feeling corrupt inside or waking up with less success and feeling like an angel inside.

I hope you decide to take the angel route because this is the route of growth and growth often leads to success; it might just take longer than the shortcuts provided by lies and deceit. Remember that life is not a race but a marathon; it does not matter how long it takes you to reach your desired level of success, as long as you do it honestly and with pure intentions. It’s very easy to fall in the trap of sin and temptation and much more difficult to get out of it. Therefore, take your time and live an honest life even if you don’t see the immediate results you have always dreamed of.

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Honesty Is The Best Policy

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Honesty And Integrity

One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to lead an honest life. Waking up every single day knowing that you are willing to be sincere and free of deceit and untruthfulness is one of the best feelings; your mental health joyfully cheers you on! Honesty is the best policy to live by in your everyday interactions; that and integrity.

Maintaining strong moral principles and uprightness is something respectable to live by; people will commend you for it. It also just feels splendid to be able to live your life with integrity. Even if life is difficult at times and gives you lemons, it makes a whole world of a difference when you are doing your part by living honestly and full of integrity.

You will also win more in life when you are consistently honest. Some people will like to tell you otherwise, “No man, if you’re honest all the time, people will trample all over you. You gotta know how to play the game!” What game? Lying just to get by or win certain people or situations over? As 2Pac once said, “You don’t have to lie to kick it.”

While lying and providing misinformation will certainly reward you with certain outcomes, in the end, you will just suffer on the inside. This is because lying slowly corrupts you, and the more that you do it, the more immune you become to the feeling of corruption. In other words, you get used to feeling corrupt; it becomes the new you.

Don’t live by this policy. You can win just as much or even more by leading an honest life. People will learn to put their trust in your hands and newer and bigger doors will open up for you. One of the best feelings in the world is waking up in the morning to new opportunities that were opened up to you on the previous day; you feel ecstatic and on top of the world.

Honesty should be your new policy from now on!

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Stay True To Yourself

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Reasoning | Intuition

The best thing you can do for yourself is to be authentic with others and show your true colors. Putting an image on for others eats you alive; it prevents you from expressing your true emotions, feelings, characteristics and opinions.

Staying true to yourself also means being honest with your intentions. Follow your intuition because most of the time it is right. Sometimes we choose not to follow our intuition because our mind interferes; it tries to rationalize and logically prevent us from going through with an action.

But you will realize that when you listen to your intuition despite your mind saying otherwise, you will be thankful for having followed your intuition; it is there to help you. Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without conscious reasoning.

Reasoning is not always necessary in life. There are some events in which reasoning prevents you from staying true to yourself. Each event is different based on the individual; we cannot judge for others.

All you can do is be smart:

  • Use your mind when reasoning is best suited
  • Use your intuition when you understand something immediately
  • Balance the two and stay true to yourself

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Mental Health Intros Begin With Honesty

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Honesty Is The Heart Of A Therapeutic Relationship

Thank you for joining me! My name is Dr. Alexander Sinu, MD. I am a psychiatry resident in the New York City area and I created this website so that we can share meaningful experiences and advice about mental health. This is intended to be a therapeutic platform where we can come together and share our experiences and advice on how to manage mental health concerns, life stressors and ending mental health stigma. The stigma of mental health is slowly fading and my goal is to build a community that will help us lead happier and healthier lives. We are in this together!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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