Everyone has secrets. Sometimes, a secret can be something as innocent as a planned surprise for a friend, or a joke that only a few people would understand. But when a secret involves something wrong, it can be a big problem.
- Have you ever kept a secret when you knew you shouldn’t? What made you do it? (Possible answers may include: I was scared of what might happen or of what people might think.)
- What happened when the truth came out? (Answers will vary.)
- How did you feel once everyone knew the truth? (Accept all reasonable answers without comment—some students may say they felt relieved or glad while others may express feeling embarrassed.)
A recent study found that “97% of people are keeping a significant secret at any given time, with the average person having about 13 secrets” (SPSP). That’s a lot of secrets! The research also showed that thinking about the secrets we keep is linked to lower well-being and health.
Keeping secrets, hurts, or sins hidden can destroy relationships and leave us crippled with guilt. Good thing there’s a solution! Let’s find out what it is in our lesson today.
Information Source: https://www.spsp.org/news-center/blog/slepian-keeping-secrets