Photographed by Atisha Paulson.
We've all been there: You're going about your daily duties when, suddenly, an old (maybe ex-) friend saunters their way back into your life. You, of course, both smile and chat a little, all the while knowing the words are completely empty air. Then comes the inevitable separation — how on Earth are you going to say goodbye? One of you will likely suggest getting coffee soon (whatever "soon" means). You hug, smile, and walk away, both knowing that coffee will never happen — like, ever.
For whatever reason, we've associated the telling of white lies with being nice instead of actually just saying what we mean in the moment. A friend asks you to go to a movie, so you a) avoid the question or b) make up some excuse as to why you can't go, rather than saying, "I just don't feel like it." It's pretty easy to gauge whether or not someone is fibbing, but in case you need a refresher, click here.