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Despite — or, more accurately, because of — the isolation most of us have been experiencing, making an effort to stay connected has proven more important than ever. But asking someone “how they’re doing” in this moment, though the intentions behind it are undoubtedly good, can hit a little differently.
The reality is that most of us, to varying degrees, haven’t exactly been doing great. “I guarantee your email isn’t finding me well,” quips one meme that’s been well circulated since COVID sent us packing inside our homes. We’ve been stressed and we’ve been afraid, for the physical and financial health of ourselves and our loved ones. And although these feelings aren’t something we should shy away from sharing — I personally have been transparent about them pretty much daily — it’s worth bearing in mind that “how are you?” isn’t the trite pleasantry it once was.
But the growing irrelevance of trite pleasantries isn’t something to mourn, either. Now’s the time to make a habit of fostering deeper connections through the daily conversations we’re having, and we can start by replacing “how are you?” with these 13 more effective questions.
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