Honesty is amongst the better policies, right up there with the No Child Left Behind Act (in theory) and just behind "Let people off the train before you start getting on it," in terms of general value. But we're sensitive to too much honesty. A bowlful of sugar is the only thing that makes the medicine go down. But a reluctance to criticize our friends is a disservice. However, too much callin' 'em like we see 'em is a bummer, too. That's why you need your one starkly honest pal to give you a lift on the straight talk express. Here are the top reasons to love that best friend even more than you already do.

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