It's hard to believe that even the most honest person has never told what we like to call a little white lie. This may just be the hope that I have in humanity, but I believe that most people are generally honest with that one exception.
Little white lies are used for many different things. They spare the feelings of people that you don't want to hurt and generally help us avoid awkward moments. These little half truths are a lifesaver when your partner asks you if you like his cooking, or what you think about the not-so-well thought out gift he got you for your birthday.
That's fine and dandy for keeping us out of trouble at the moment, but are little white lies actually bad for us? Even though we tell them without malicious intent, it's possible that they are hurting people more than they are helping.
Think of it this way. When you tell your partner that their food is delicious when it really isn't, you're robbing them of the knowledge that their cooking skills could use some work. Instead of taking the initiative to improve his or her skills in the kitchen your partner just may get comfortable cooking mediocre meals because you didn't politely tell them the truth.
That's not so bad though, right? You don't mind forcing it down. Wrong! The problem comes when your partner decides to take her spaghetti that you love so much to the potluck at work and the CEO frankly verbally assaults the dish right in front of her unaware that she brought it in. Now you have some questions to answer.
The bottomline is that honesty is always best for every relationship. Little white lies may be effective for the moment, but they will eventually catch up to you. Your partner may get upset with you for being honest, but they will respect that you cared enough to tell the truth.