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Lying Is Bad for Your Health

Preliminary results from the University of Notre Dame show that when people stop telling big lies or even just small “white lies” they complain less of many ailments.

Scientists already knew that lying increases stress. And now they also know that when people lie, they also complain more about headaches, sore throats, tenseness, and anxiety. Said lead author Anita E. Kelly:

“Recent evidence indicates that Americans average about 11 lies per week. We found that the participants could purposefully and dramatically reduce their everyday lies, and that in turn was associated with significantly improved health.”

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