Trust and honesty are inseparable in a healthy relationship.
To be honest in a relationship means, telling your partner the truth not minding the circumstances surrounding you. It is the ability to be open and true to yourself and to your partner.
An honest partner is straightforward and transparent in words and action. Honesty builds trust in a relationship.
Can honesty hurt a relationship?
Honest communication is the key to a successful relationship. Being honest with your partner does not negatively affect your relationship. Rather, it helps to build and develop trust in a relationship.
Honesty is the best policy. Out of every other qualities people crave for in a potential partner, honesty is among the best. A relationship without it is bound to face serious challenges.
How does being honest enhance a healthy relationship?
Honesty helps to build and develop trust, and trust is an important factor in a healthy relationship.
When you are always honest with your partner, it helps them to develop confidence in you and equally believe every promise you make.
Why is it so hard to be honest in a relationship?
The fear of hurting your partner is the major reason why it is hard to be totally honest in a relationship. You are afraid of revealing your secrets to your ideal partner to avoid losing him/her.
Some things are meant to be kept secret. For instance, your past life or mistakes are not meant to be revealed to your partner as it may cause some problems in your relationship.
Except there is a need for that (telling your partner about your past). But if it is not necessary, then keep it to yourself.
How do you show honesty in your relationship?
Below are the ways you can be more honest with your partner, and also make him/her to be willing to tell you the truth always.
1. Do as you say
Let your action match with your words.
Don’t be someone who says a thing and does another thing. It is not a sign of intergrity. Rather, be careful to carryout every promises or words you’ve spoken.
Your partner may have taken note of your words. Deviating from it will make you a liar.
2. Always consider your partner’s feelings
Remembering that your partner is an emotional being, and can be hurt. It will help you to avoid lying to him/her.
Always consider their emotions. How will he/she feel if they discover that you lied to them?
What will happen to the relationship after they’ve realized you’re not trustworthy?
Asking yourself these questions will help you to always tell your partner the truth, no matter the circumstances surrounding you. But if you don’t put their feelings into consideration, you will continue being dishonest to them.
3. Be ready to understand and forgive your partner
If your partner revealed a secret to you, maybe they cheated on you, forgiving him/her will motivate them to say the truth next time.
But if you fail to understand or pardon them, they will never try to be honest with you again. All these can be done by improving your communication skills.
Learn how to communicate better in your relationship.
Understand your partner’s feelings and do not rush into judgment.