Hi, How are you?

How often have you been asked this question, and how often do you tell the truth?  I pass people in the hall ways at work dozens of times a day, and we always exchange these words.  The answer is usually: “Fine, how are you?”  Right?  For me, it is, but its pretty much a lie most of the time.  Sometimes I am quite far from being fine.  Why do we exchange such petty tidbits of conversation if not only do we often lie, but we also never actually care to know in the first place? The other day, I asked someone as we passed each other in the hall, “Hey, how are you?”, and he responded, “Not good.” and kept walking.  While I appreciate his honesty, and I appreciate him even more for continuing to walk instead of making me sit and listen to just why his day was not […]

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