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Honesty
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     challenging words:    omission, best, dishonesty, employment, truthful, honesty, deceitful, benefits, saying, policy, exaggerate, reputation, truth, conscience, instance, receive
     content words:    George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Honest Abe, Thomas Jefferson


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Honesty
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Two American presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, were known specifically for being honest. Washington, our nation's first president, said, "Honesty is the best policy." Lincoln, the 16th president of the USA, was nicknamed "Honest Abe." Thomas Jefferson, our nation's third president, wrote in a letter that "honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." Honesty is the act of being truthful. The opposite of honesty is dishonesty. A dishonest person is someone who is deceitful and who is not trusted. It may be difficult for some people to be honest, but it is well worth the effort. Honesty is the number one character trait that people want to see in others.
 
2     It may surprise you to learn that there are benefits to being honest. Really! The first is a clear conscience. Truthful people don't lose sleep over lies they've told or worry about getting caught in their lies. The second benefit is that others will trust you. Friends who trust you are more likely to share with you. Bosses who trust you will most likely reward you with raises.
 
3     Honesty is prized in friendships and in employment. It's a trait to be guarded carefully. Just one lie could destroy your reputation as an honest person. There is a saying that goes "Lie once, and a thousand truths will be doubted."

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