It happens everytime we say hello. In person, in text, on the phone. Someone asks us how we’re doing. It’s politeness. It’s a social convention. And it’s a way to find out how we’re all doing and connect with each other.
But, more often thannot, do you find yourself answering, automatically, with “fine, thanks?” You are not alone. Most of us do. But maybe, just maybe, if we said more than just “I’m fine,” we would connect a little more, and have more meaningful connections.
In fact, when we slow down and figure out what we’re really feeling, it can help us actually feel better and can improve the way we communicate with and relate to others. Knowing and saying what we really feel can improve our relationships.
So, what could you say instead of just I’m fine? The English language has literally thousands of words for emotions.Here are just some of them. Next time someone asks you how you are, try one of these answers on for size.