At least for young girls, being open and honest is the key to better relationships and a happier life, a new study suggests.
"The more that one is authentic in meaningful relationships, the more intimate and close their friendships will be," Theran suggested. The findings are published in the June issue of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
Conflict sometimes healthy
Although past work has indicated that social connections may be undermined by too much honesty, the author found evidence to the contrary. In fact, she noted that seeking to avoid conflict by sacrificing honesty did not appear to be an effective way to handle disagreements.