Notice how grooved we get in our reply to this question.
Either we respond with an anodyne “Fine thanks. And you?”
Or we use it as a chance to vent about the last three things that went wrong in our day.
Here’s an idea: use this as a moment to consciously, genuinely share the most positive thing that’s happened recently, or one thing you’re looking forward to.
By sharing that emotion and that energy, the person who was kind enough to ask can feel that and pay it forward.