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Lie #1: “You don’t look fat in that dress.”

Why he says it: You asked-and your husband prefers boosting your confidence over telling the truth.

How to keep him honest: Rather than ask, “Does this dress make me look fat?” have your husband help you choose between two outfits, suggests Doug Hirschhorn, author of 8 Ways to Great: Peak Performance on the Job and in Your Life.

Lie #2: “Yes, I cleaned up already.”

Why he says it: “Men confuse intention with action,” says Hirschhorn. Your husband plans to do the chore eventually, so in his mind, it’s as good as done.

How to keep him honest: Give your guy a specific deadline (“Please hang up your clothes by Saturday morning”) and explain why it’s important that he finishes by then (“My parents are coming over that day”).

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