Yes, lying is bad. But no matter how much we insist we want the whole truth and nothing but the truth, these lies are socially acceptable ones. In fact, tell the truth in these situations and things may not look so good for you in the future.
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We can’t ever admit we slept in or sat on the couch refusing to get ready. And we knew we would be late. But we can’t just admit that we had an off morning. Instead we must blame it on the faceless strangers who wouldn’t go when the light was green or who insisted on doing five miles under the speed limit.
Unless the person is truly awful (abusive, cheating, etc.), you’re not going to tell a friend you don’t approve. Just because you may not click personality-wise doesn’t justify hurting a friend or causing a relationship problem. Instead you smile, nod, and secretly hope your friend comes around.
Some people apologize for a messy house but there is no mess. That’s a different story. But the ones who know their car or house qualifies for an episode of Hoarders apologize and you must brush it off like it’s okay. You can’t tell your friend you don’t want to sit down.
I think we’ve all heard “there’s no such thing as a stupid question” enough. The idea behind it is a good one: you want people to feel comfortable to ask for help. Nothing wrong with that. But there are questions that shouldn’t be asked. You’ve been told ten times or you know it’s an uncomfortable, impolite question. And sometimes a question is just pointless and the answer is unnecessary.
You’ll never use it. You may not even know what it is. You’d re-gift it but what if your friend asks to see it? If it’s from a relative you definitely can’t get rid of it. They will look for it. So you instead have a box at the back of your closet for all your awful presents and you dig it out when that person is coming over. Yes, I wear this sweater with Santa and all eight reindeer every Christmas season, Grandma.