Virtue of the Week – Honesty

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Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.


Honesty is being truthful, sincere, open, and genuine. We are content and confident to be ourselves. We see ourselves and others with unclouded eyes. We do not exaggerate to impress others. We refuse to lie, cheat or take what is not ours. We strive to keep our promises. As we recognize illusions and self-deceptions, we gently let them go. We admit mistakes even when we know someone may be disappointed or angry. We heal old messages that tell us we are less than worthy. We stand strong, knowing that we have true value in being who we are.

Quote: “Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.’ – William Shakespeare

The Practice of Honesty

I am open and transparent.

I say what I mean and mean what I say.

I only make promises I can keep.

I continually seek to know the truth.

I have the humility to admit mistakes.

I am happy and content to be myself.


I am thankful for the gift of Honesty.

It allows me to be fully myself.

Questions for Discussion

  • What are little ways we can make life easier for each other?
  • How do we celebrate helpfulness in our community?
  • What does helpfulness look like as we deepen our social justice journey?
  • How can we be of helpful service in our community?

Virtues Matter was started by a passionate wife-husband team of social entrepreneurs seeking to positively uplift as many lives as possible. We aim to inspire and empower, to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and help everyone lead lives of passion and purpose.

Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage, and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtues skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit