Hi, how are you?
This question has become such a social norm that people don’t even wait to hear your answer anymore. My favorite is when a customer calls and says, “Hi Sheri, how are you? The reason I’m calling is because…” I’m always tempted to say, “Oh. Ok. Well, I’m great. Thank you for asking. Now, about the reason you called…”
The hallways at work are long and I hate those times when someone else is at the opposite end walking toward me. During those times, I often feel the need to look at the floor, the walls, my phone, anything to avoid looking at the person walking toward me. While passing an individual, I prefer to do the awkward smile and nod of the head, but most resort to saying “Hi, how are you?” The problem is that I’ve given so much thought to those 4 little words that they’ve become more awkward for me than anything else.
Why can’t people just say, “Hi!” or just smile? Or even, “I like your shirt/shoes/pants/jacket/jewelry…” Personally, I’m a big fan of a big, cheery, “HI” accompanied with a big smile - if I know the person well, otherwise, I stick with the awkward nod of the head and half-smile.
I’ve actually put so much thought into this stupid little question that I almost think it’s rude. Unless you REALLY want to know how I am, don’t pretend to care. And I promise, I won’t do it to you, either.