What's on your mind? How are you? are you okay...

teresaman's profile thumbnail
This is a great approach to ask twice! I've taken to saying "how are you" and if the answer is a generic "fine" and I really want to hear more about their lives, I'd ask things like, "tell me everything that's been going on!", or a gentle, "how are you truly?"
HarrietJames's profile thumbnail
Ahh thank you!!! I completely agree!!!!At my last job I found myself in a rut when I would enter the office they would say “how are you?” And always my reply was “good thank you, you?” And they would laugh as it was always like the robotic response and I feel like now we just need to change it up a bit!!!
TinaReis's profile thumbnail
In Germany, it is very common for people to say how they are truly feeling after the first ask, especially when they are friends but not always! I've had business partners share all the intimate details with me about their personal life, just because I'd ask the question "how are you doing?". Interesting cultural difference perhaps :-)