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How honest are you?

Yesterday I and my husband went to a bookshop where we bought a few items. He paid for the books in cash and as we were walking out, he suddenly turned around and went back into the shop. I didn’t know what happened but when he was back out he said “They gave me too much change”. I was so glad to see my husband honest and I’m proud to be married to him.

This made me wonder, how honest are we?

NAB bank here has a ad right now which shows some experiment that they conducted to test how honest Australians are? They tested people randomly in different cities. The tests they conducted were as follows.

  1. They had a barista which intentionally gave customers more change than they were owed, and waited for people to return the difference.
  2. They had someone drop cash filled wallets on a street in Sydney and waited for it to be returned.
  3. They had a man drop some money in the street and checked how many people returned the cash.

Have a look at the videos below.

The result was:

  1. For the change test, 91% of the people returned the change.
  2. For wallet test, 88% of the wallets were returned.
  3. For dropped money test, 95% people stopped, picked up the money and gave it to the man.

 I am really happy that there are so many honest people around. All of us like to think that we are honest but in our hearts we also know that there are times we tell fibs and also we engage in a little dishonesty too from time to time.

If you were Pinocchio, how long would your nose be now?

  • Normal nose length
  • Just your arms length
  • So long that you couldn’t properly see it’s tip right now.

No, No, No, be honest about your dishonesty now! This is an honesty test and you are lying about this as well?!!! (Just kidding :))

According to a research, the average person tells around 11,000 lies during their life, which means we tell 2 to 3 lies a week. If we really break it down like that it does look like a lot.

What about white lies? I read somewhere, “If you tell a lie that doesn’t hurt anyone in anyway, you can get away with that”. Do you agree?

I will give you some examples, the obvious ones.

The girlfriend buys jeans and tries it in front of the mirror and asks her boyfriend, “How do I look.”. It is too tight and colour is red so basically she looks awful. What should he say? As you know this is a situation where you don’t want to hurt the other person’s feelings and at the same time want to be honest.

I believe lying is a habit and if you start it, you will, most likely, continue lying, be they white lies or not. Remember when we were kids, they teach us, honesty is the best policy, believe it and practice it. So the best practice is not to lie in first place. This saves having to come up with lies to cover more lies.

Tell me your story?