How are you doing is one of the most common greetings in the English language. When someone asks, “How are you?” it is important to respond so as not to be awkward or insulting. But how should you respond to this question? How to respond to “How are you?” or “How are you doing?”
There are hundreds of responses to “How are you?” This is because it’s also a greeting like saying “Hi” or “Hello.” Your response depends on your relationship with the person. If you don’t know the person, how you respond depends on whether you are interested in chatting with them or not.
- 1 “Thanks for asking! …
- 2 “Not bad, but it’s still early!”
- 3 “Better, now that I’m talking to you.”
- 4 “I’m hanging in there.”
- 5 “Great, but I could use some help with…”
- 6 “Do you want the cliff notes, or the full story?”
- 7 “I’m a little busy slaying dragons. …
- 8 “Good question!
36 Smart and Interesting Responses to ‘HOW ARE YOU?’
#11-20: Responses to how are you
If she just sent you: How are you?
#11: The twist Good, but I’ll get over it
So prepare an answer and see where it takes you.
#12: The sassy Why you all up in my kool-aid when you don’t even know my flavor?
It’s a fun metaphor. And it’s overly hostile, which adds to the funny.
That said, you do want to directly follow the kool-aid line up with something sweet so she knows you aren’t serious. j/k. Just felt like saying something dramatic out of a rom-com, how are you?
How to Respond to “How Are You?” from a Friend?
When you’re hanging out with friends, you may tend to hear the same question, but it might be slightly different. Instead of asking “How are you?” they may say instead: “How’s it going?”, “How’ve you been?” or “What’s up?”
In this case, you can answer comfortably and tell them if you had a bad day or going through a hard time. If you don’t want to give the complete detail, it’s up to you.
How to respond to how are you text messages from a friend? Your responses can be:
How to respond to an ex asking how you are? When an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend asks you “how are you?” you can respond with “fine, thanks” or “fine, thank you”. If you don’t want to hurt their feelings, you should not say you are doing great. Instead, keep it neutral and say that you are okay or fine.
You can also use the responses I gave above. You can change some of it depending on how good or bad your relationship is with your ex.
How to Respond to “How Are You?” from a Senior?
There are times when you would meet someone older than you or be introduced to a person informally. Here are responses you can use:
You can respond with a smile and a little nod.